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Gretel Ann Malkin

Gretel Ann Malkin Gretel Ann Malkin, 74, of Summit Hill, passed away at the home of her sister and brother-in-law, Dr. Louis and Maxine Vermillion. She was the daughter of the late Thelma Derby and Thomas J. Malkin. She was a 1957 graduate of Summit Hill High School and a 1961 graduate of Penn State University. She was a Home Economics teacher in Greencastle Antrim School District, New Castle for 32 years. In 1988, she received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the South-Central PA Council for School Improvement in recognition of teaching excellence and innovative curriculum development practices. She was known to go above and beyond in her career when helping her students. In 1997, she returned to her home town and became active in community affairs, including the Summit Hill Historical Society of which she was a charter member. Gretel could often be found working at the organization's museum and volunteered for many events. She was a lifelong member of the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church where she served as lector and deacon and a member of the Presbyterian Woman's Group. Gretel was an accomplished seamstress and quilter and enjoyed sharing her skills teaching and helping others. Gretel was a kind and generous woman who was known affectionately by many as "Aunt Gretel". Besides her sister and brother-in-law, she is survived by two nephews, Dr. Richard Vermillion and his wife Dr. Jennifer and their sons Ethan and Maxwell and Thomas Vermillion and his wife Alesha and their children Abigail, Natalie and Brody, all of Summit Hill; niece, Allison Vermillion Long and her husband Allan and their son Leland of Fairbanks, Alaska; and her godson, Brian Schuyler, Laguna Niguel, Calif. Memorial service is on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at 12 noon from the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Market and White streets, Summit Hill, with the Rev. Barbara Lucia officiating. Calling hours are on Monday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions, in her name, may be made to the Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill. Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill. Online condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com

Published in Public Opinion on Nov. 23, 2013
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