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Elaine M. Gessner

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Elaine M. Gessner of Oxford Elaine Mary Gessner, 65, of Oxford, Pennsylvania and North Fort Myers, Florida, died unexpectedly on September 20th, 2013 at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Elaine was the partner of Linda Luker, daughter of Anna and Paul (deceased) Gessner of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; sister of Patricia (Alton) Hughes, Carolyn Jovanelly, Dennis (Sandy) Gessner and Cindy Varner; aunt and great-aunt to a niece and seven nephews; and dear friend and teacher to many whose lives were impacted and improved by her kindness, great intelligence, curiosity, know-how and extraordinary beauty inside and out. Elaine was raised in Camp Hill, Pa. A graduate of East Stroudsburg and West Chester Universities, she was a health and physical education teacher and coach at Unionville Middle School until her retirement. An avid traveler Elaine and Linda toured Europe, Africa and the Caribbean extensively. As much as Elaine enjoyed these adventures, she was most content tending their beautiful home, gardens and wild birds, and exploring the woodlands surrounding their property. A celebration of Elaine's life will be held at 11 a.m., October 5th, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church, 292 West Main Street, Newark, Delaware. A tender lover of animals, and mother to dogs Katie and Sophie, and Alfie the cat, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 (www.humanesociety. org), or Tri-State Bird Rescue, 110 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, Delaware (tristatebird.org). Arrangements by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford, Pa. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollins funeralhome.com.

Published in The Daily Local on Sept. 25, 2013
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