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Carthey, Wilbur O.  
Wilbur O. Carthey Will Carthey, 91, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at the Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center, Allentown. He was previously a resident at the David A. Miller Personal Care Community and Phoebe Terrace. Born in Davenport, Iowa on November 12, 1923, he was the son of the late Frank Carthey and Christine Schemmel Carthey and beloved husband of the late Ramona Heffner Carthey. Will and Ramona shared 59 years of marriage until her death in 2008. Will's late brothers and sister-in-law were James Carthey and wife Virginia and Frank Carthey. Immediately after completing high school, Will entered the United States Army serving from 1943 - 1946 in Europe. Following WWII, he received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's degree from the University of Iowa. He served as a teacher, elementary and junior high school principal in the Cedar Rapids Iowa schools, and as a principal and assistant superintendent in the Oak Park, Ill. public schools. Following his work in Oak Park, Ill., he served as a faculty member in the School of Education at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., where he received his doctorate in education. In 1965, the Carthey family moved to Pennsylvania where he joined the faculty at Shippensburg University as Director of Elementary Education. In 1968, he was named Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and then served as Dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Shippensburg from 1975 until his retirement in 1983. Throughout his career, he served in many professional associations and was the Chief Institutional Representative for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Will and Ramona were former members of the First Presbyterian Church in Shippensburg for 30 years. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Will's love will be with his family forever. Survivors include sister, Fay Kahofer of Rock Island, Ill.; sister-in-law, Eleanor Carthey of Iowa City, Iowa; daughters, Ann Straley and husband Edward of Shippensburg and Lisa Fichera and husband Michael of New Tripoli; grandchildren, Joshua Straley and daughters Victoria and Emily of Mount Joy, Beth Straley Houser and husband Jason of Newville, Christina Straley Sweat, husband Joshua, and son Harlan of Shippensburg. A memorial service celebrating Will's life will take place at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015 in the Moyer Hall Chapel at Phoebe Home, 1925 W. Turner St., Allentown. The family will receive friends in the Chapel beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday until service time. Private burial at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Annville. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Will to Phoebe Ministries, 1925 W. Turner St., Allentown, PA 18104. www.jsburkholder.com
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Published in Public Opinion on June 30, 2015
College, Mary Jane  
Mary Jane College Mary Jane College, 87, a resident of The Shook Home in Chambersburg, PA for the past four years, passed away Sunday evening, June 28, 2015, in the Chambersburg Hospital. Born February 17, 1928, in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late J. Roland and Janet Hassler College. Early in her life, Mary Jane had been employed in the dietary department at the former Piney Mountain Home and at Menno Haven. She worked as a receptionist at The Shook Home in Chambersburg for 25 years, retiring in 1999. She was a longtime and faithful member of the Chambersburg Bible Church where she was a member of the Berean Sunday School Class and helped with the Awana Club, Vacation Bible School, and the Good News Club. She enjoyed volunteering with the Bible Release program and she loved gardening, cooking, and canning. She is survived by two sisters, Helen College of Fayetteville and Nancy College of Chambersburg; two brothers, Joseph H. College and wife Marion and Roy College and wife Joanna, all of Chambersburg; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William E. College on January 1, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the Chambersburg Bible Church, Chambersburg, PA. Pastor Gary Yoder will officiate. Interment will follow at Grindstone Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Chambersburg Bible Church, 810 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on June 30, 2015

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Coccagna, Anna Mae  
Anna Mae Coccagna Anna Mae Coccagna, 95, of State College, PA and formerly of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Hearthside Nursing Home in State College, PA. Born May 31, 1920, in Harrisonville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Brady and Adaline Hann Mellott. Mrs. Coccagna worked as a receptionist for T.B. Woods Company for a number of years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, NARFE Local Chapter 1063, and St. Paul United Methodist Church. The last of her immediate family, she is survived by her sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel J. Coccagna in 1998. Funeral service will be held in her honor on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, where Pastor Rick Noll will officiate. It was her wish that there be no viewing. Entombment will follow the service in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, PA 17201. Online condolences may be offered on her Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on June 29, 2015

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Cook, Catharyn  
Catharyn Cook Catharyn Elizabeth Harrison Cook, 99 years old, of Chambersburg, passed away June 23, 2015 at the Penn Hall Nursing Center where she had resided for a number of years. She was born on December 9, 1915 in Marion, PA to Herbert and Emma Jane Harrison. She was married for fifty years to Warren D. Cook who died in 1990. She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Marion, PA. Katy was a devoted mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She loved to sew, cook, and bake for her family and friends. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling with her husband and friends, crossword puzzles, and family gatherings. She would welcome visitors with a meal even when "there was nothing in the house to eat." Katy will be remembered by her family for her smiling face, calm demeanor and her sticky buns. Katy is survived by her sons, Charles Frederick (Fred) Cook of Baltimore, and Joseph Cook (husband of Kathy) of Collegeville, PA; grandson Grant D. Cook (husband of Jensen) of Cary, NC; and granddaughter Paige E. Cook, of Collegeville, PA. Katy was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert, Paul, and Harold Harrison; and sisters, Mabel Dymond and Janet Hege. A celebration of her life service will be held at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 99 Miller Road, Chbg., PA 17201 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be expressed at www.sellersfuneralhome.com
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Published in Public Opinion on June 27, 2015
Curtis, Robert S.  
Robert S. Curtis Robert Sidney Curtis passed away at his home in St. Thomas, Pa., on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. A native of Huntington, N.Y., Bob was born September 20, 1946, and was raised in New York with his parents and five sisters. He was a genius when it came to anything mechanical. From early childhood, he was a "tinkerer extraordinaire". One of his friends quoted, "When Bob looked at something, it was fixed." In his early thirties, he was granted a patent on a fuel system for aquatic craft that propelled moving objects and individuals through water. He applied his passion for all things mechanical and parleyed it into a very successful career as owner and operator of Superior Rent - Alls of Syosset, N.Y. When you asked Bob to do something, you knew it would be done, and done well. Throughout his life, Bob had to endure his sisters' shenanigans, which left him with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. Upon retirement, he relocated to St. Thomas, Pa. He loved his neighborhood and neighbors, and became involved with the Mount Parnell Lions Club. He found a family in the members of the Club, was elected Secretary, and held that position until he passed. Bob exuded a quiet, calm presence, and you knew all was well when he was around. Bob was predeceased by sisters, Christa and Carolyn, as well as his parents. He is survived by his sisters, Susan, Connie, and Cathy and their families. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at a future date in St. Thomas. Donations can be made in Bob's memory to the Mount Parnell Lions Club, 6637 Town Drive, St. Thomas, PA 17257.
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Published in Public Opinion on June 25, 2015
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