George Harris Shugert Jr. January 4, 1940 April 7, 2013 George Harris Shugert Jr, passed from this life on April 7, 2013, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was born in Elmira, N.Y., on Jan. 4, 1940, and moved to Bellefonte at age 3, when his parents returned there. He was the son of the late George Harris Shugert, Sr. and Helen Cruse Shugert. He was the grandson of John McCoy Shugert and Katherine Curtin Harris Shugert; and of Charles Cruse and Rebecca Garman Cruse. He was the great great grandson of Gov. Andrew Gregg Curtin. On Dec. 12, 1980, he married Elizabeth (Bette) Russell, at the St. John's Episcopal Church in Bellefonte. Their children were Allison Elizabeth, born May 9, 1983, died May 9, 1983 and Ame Laurine, born May 9, 1983, died May 10, 1983. George is also survived by a dear cousin, Katherine Harris Keene Gallagher, and by his second family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Mensch II and their children Heather, Amy, and Thomas III; and by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mensch, all of Bellefonte. George was a graduate of Bellefonte High School ('57) and Penn State University ('61) where he studied Agricultural Economics. He worked for Peoples (Omega) National Bank from 1961 to 2002 attaining the position of Assistant Vice President and manager of the Bellefonte Office. He was a life member of the Logan Fire Company and served as Assistant Chief and as Bellefonte Fire Marshall. He served on the Board of MHMR, of the Centre County Library, and of the Bellefonte Boro Housing Authority. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Bellefonte, where he served as Senior Warden, Vestryman, Lay Reader, Assistant Treasurer, and choir member. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 11 a.m., at St. John's Episcopal Church, 120 W. Lamb St., Bellefonte, PA. Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m., at the church, prior to the service. Interment will follow in the St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to St. John's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 120 W. Lamb St., Bellefonte, PA 16823. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., Bellefonte. Online condolences may be made at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Apr. 9, 2013