MOUNT CARMEL — Richard F. Beierschmitt, 65, of 508 W. Third St., passed away suddenly Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
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He was born in Ashland, April 5, 1948, a son of the late Gerald and Dora (Betz) Beierschmitt. He was a lifelong resident of Mount Carmel.
Richard was a 1966 graduate of Mount Carmel Area High School.
He received an associate degree in liberal arts from Valley Forge Military Academy in 1968 and a Bachelor of Science in education in 1970 from Bloomsburg State College. He obtained a Master of Education from Bloomsburg University and earned elementary principal, secondary principal and superintendent certifications from Bucknell University.
On June 6, 1970, in Our Mother of Consolation Church, Mount Carmel, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Deborah Wisneski, who survives.
Richard began his lifelong career in education with Mount Carmel Area School District as an elementary school teacher. He served 18 years as high school principal and six years as superintendant for a total of 35 years with the district before retiring in 2005.
He also served as an adjunct professor in the education administration program at Wilkes University, acting superintendent at Southern Columbia Area, and was currently employed as a student-teacher supervisor and professor at Bloomsburg University.
Richard was a member of Mount Carmel Area High School Band while in high school. He was a saxophone soloist throughout his time in the band. He continued his musical experiences at Valley Forge Military Academy.
While an administrator at Mount Carmel Area, he worked closely with the music department, providing many levels of support and encouragement. He directed the high school band for one year while he served as high school principal.
Richard played a critical role in the establishment of a new music suite, including a state-of-the-art band room, during the renovation of the high school in 2003. To honor his support of the music department, upon his retirement, the school district named the high school auditorium after him. His contributions and support of the music department will long be remembered.
He was an avid golfer and a winner of many tournaments and trophies.
He was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Knights of Columbus and Indian Hills Golf and Tennis Club.
He was ardently devoted to his family, his students and his friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jodi Frantz, and her husband, Carter, of Lemoyne; a mother-in-law, Catherine Saukaitis, of Mount Carmel; four brothers, Gerald A. Beierschmitt, of Mount Carmel, James J. Beierschmitt and his wife, Marcia, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Thomas A. Beierschmitt and his wife, Mary, of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Robert K. Beierschmitt, of Mount Carmel, and many nieces and nephews.
BEIERSCHMITT — Richard F. Beierschmitt, 65, of 508 W. Third St., Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Our Lady, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Francis Karwacki, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Beaverdale. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to the Richard F. Beierschmitt Scholarship Fund, c/o UNB Bank, 1 N. Oak St., Mount Carmel 17851. For additional information or to leave a guestbook condolence for the family, go to www.stutzfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The News Item from June 9 to June 10, 2013