Phyllis Marie Hassinger (1924 - 2017)

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If it's true that behind every great man stands an even greater woman, Phyllis Marie Hassinger was living proof. From her birth on May 5, 1924, in Middleburg, Pa., to her passing of kidney failure in Sequim, Wash., on Sept. 14, 2017, Phyllis led a life of which most others could only dream.
Phyllis was the ninth child of James and Bessie Herbster and was raised as a dairy farmer's daughter. In 1943, she married the love of her life, Harry F. Hassinger, and they moved to a dairy farm near Middleburg, Pa. After retiring from the farm, Harry and Phyllis joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Liberia, Africa, then moved to manage a private lodge near Loganton, Pa.
In 1985, Harry and Phyllis fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Alaska. Their life there was filled with adventures that took them from Chicken, Alaska, where they worked as campground hosts, to Ekwok, Alaska, managing a fishing lodge, and finally to Denali National Park, where Phyllis spent 23 summers as the campground host of Wonder Lake Campground. She spent three months each summer turning strangers into friends. Phyllis and Harry were honored for 6,000 hours of volunteer time, but by the time Phyllis retired, that number had grown to more than 8,000.
Phyllis was known everywhere she went as a loving, generous and loyal friend and fantastic cook! She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, apple pies and other goodies which she served to anyone who came near her 21' motor home at Denali. She was a prolific letter-writer, and she corresponded with friends around the world.
Phyllis was predeceased by her beloved husband of 64 years, Harry F. Hassinger.
She is survived by her children, Joanne and Jim Wood of Sequim, Wash., and Bob and Brenda Hassinger of Port Trevorton, Pa.; grandchildren, Shannan King of Sequim, Wash., Annie and Jason Knouse of Newport, Pa., and Chelsea and Colin Alvarez of Sugar Hill, Ga.; and five great-grandchildren, Evan, Gage, Jordan, Khiana, Logan and Connor; along with countless friends around the world.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Park Foundation:
Arrangements are with Drennan & Ford of Port Angeles, Wash.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2017