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Johanna M. Harpster

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Johanna Marie Harpster, 70, of Rockingham and formerly Killington, VT, died August 21, 2017 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She was born December 17, 1946 in Lock Haven, PA, the daughter of Victor and Marie (Wentz) Lucas.

Mrs. Harpster graduated from State College (PA) Area High School in 1964; received a B.A. from Allegheny (PA) College in 1968, received a M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University in 1975, and earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Vermont.

On June 15, 1968 she married the Rev. Dr. Donald E. Harpster in the Presbyterian Church in State College, PA.

Johanna was a member of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ and was an associate member of the United Church of Ludlow.

She was the chairperson of the Board for Greater Falls Connections and a member of the Bellows Falls Rotary.

From 1970-1972, she taught 6th grade in Branford, CT schools; from 1986-1989, taught English and Social Studies-grades 7 and 8 in Bangor, ME; in 1989-1990 she was Assistant Principal in Dexter, ME Primary-Middle School; then became Principal there from 1990-1991. In the Windsor Central Supervisory Union she was Principal at Woodstock Union Middle School from 1991-1997, and then became Principal at Woodstock Union High School 1997-2006. From 2006-2011 she was the Superintendent of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Dr. Donald E. Harpster; and two sons, Benjamin E. Harpster and his wife, Christine and Matthew L. Harpster.

The memorial service will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11 AM in the United Church of Ludlow, with the Rev. Bruce Bishop, of Rutland, officiating.

A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Friends may call from 10-11 AM at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Ludlow, 48 Pleasant St., Ludlow, VT 05149.

Burial will be in Graysville Cemetery in Pennsylvania Furnace, PA.

Arrangements are with Tossing Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 23, 2017
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