Helen G. Decker, 84, of Chambersburg, went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, January 5, 2013, at The Shook Home. Born June 29, 1928 in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late William and Della (Coldsmith) Stewart. She retired after a long civil service career at the Letterkenny Army Depot. Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg. Throughout her life she enjoyed taking pictures at every holiday gathering, birthday celebration, picnic, vacation, etc. that she shared with her family and friends. In honor and respect for this passion, Helen was officially known by her family as the "Family Photographer" and she was faithful in giving photos to each family member as an annual Christmas Gift. She also enjoyed a passion for collecting historic and antique postcards. Helen loved music throughout her life. During her secondary school years, Helen rode her bicycle to school while transporting a cello. In her adult life, she played harmonica, concertina and organ. A loving and dedicated wife, she married the late Larry I. Decker on November 15, 1969. They shared over forty wonderful years of marriage until his death on November 13, 2010. Helen was preceded in death by a brother, William W. Stewart, Jr. and wife Phyllis, and two sisters, Pauline Stewart and Margaret (Stewart) Fahnestock and husband Raymond. She is survived by an aunt, Betty (Stewart) Snyder and husband Earl; a sister, Thelma (Stewart) Johnson and husband Harold, a brother in law Archie Decker and wife Pat of Harrisonville, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013, in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. The Reverend Dick Williams will officiate. Interment will follow at Norland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory to the First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg, 225 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201. 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 Jan. 8, 2013