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Lola May B. Hunsinger

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LOLA HUNSINGER Lola May B. Hunsinger, 93, of Souderton, went to be with her Lord Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Souderton Mennonite Homes, Franconia Twp. She was the widow of the late Ross Hunsinger who died in World War II. Born in Berwick, PA, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Bertha E. (Gaumer) Bowes. After earning her Bachelor of Science Degree, graduating cum laude from the Bloomsburg State College, now Bloomsburg University, in August, 1966, she taught junior high school for the Luzerne County Intermediate Schools. Lola completed her practicum at the Selinsgrove State School and Hospital. In January, 1969, Mrs. Hunsinger was awarded her Master of Education Degree at the Bloomsburg University. In the meantime, she had relocated to teach for the Souderton Area School District, and to be near her son and his family. Lola was a very dedicated Special Educator, instructing the Trainable Class at the E. M. Crouthamel Elementary School from 1967-1974, then teaching the Junior High Trainable Program in the new Indian Crest Junior High School, where she taught for 15 years, retiring in June, 1989, at the age of 69. Mrs. Hunsinger continued to substitute for the SASD for several years after retirement. While teaching at the Indian Crest Junior High School, Mrs. Hunsinger initiated and sponsored the Youth Education Association (YEA), a student affiliation of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Eighty-five ICJHS students were actively involved, meeting weekly, promoting community and school affairs. With a lot of hard work and dedication of the YEA members and their sponsor, a gift of $1,000. was netted and presented to the ICJHS library through a spaghetti dinner benefit fete. From 1970-1980 Mrs. Hunsinger's summers and a sabbatical were spent at the Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, engaged in post-graduate study, and in 1974 she was accepted as a Doctoral Fellow, completing her writtens and orals, the first three chapters of her dissertation on "Mainstreaming Special Students", as well as earning a Certificate of Supervision. From 1974-1984 Lola was an adjunct professor for the Graduate School at the PSU Ogontz Campus. Mrs. Hunsinger served on the Indian Crest Foundation Board for over seven years. She also volunteered to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) for the Indian Valley Opportunity Committee, tutoring two adults and a child from India and a young woman from Columbia, S.A., for several years.Lola is survived by one son, Terry L., and his wife Rachel A. (Edwards) Hunsinger of Souderton, three grandchildren: Ross E. and his wife Nanette (Landis) of Harleysville, Terri Ann (Hunsinger) and her husband Neil M. Derstine of Souderton, and Jonathan L. and his wife Lisa A. (Coffman) Hunsinger of Oley, and nine great-grandchildren whom she cherished dearly: Lauren, Nicholas and Alexa Derstine, Mallory, Jared and Daphne Hunsinger, Kylie, Alyssa and Jonathan Hunsinger. Mrs. Hunsinger was a long-time active member of Grace Bible Church, Souderton, where she enjoyed serving in the choir for 25 years, teaching 7th grade Sunday School Class for over 13 years, and for over 10 years serving on the Missions Committee. She had an avid interest in mission, reaching around the world. More recently she attended the Franconia Mennonite Church. Mrs. Hunsinger was a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Exceptional Children, PSEA, PASR retirees and SAAC. Her primary interests were church, missions, and family. She also enjoyed traveling, gardening and reading. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration Service which will be held Saturday, October 12 at 10am in the Summit View Auditorium of Souderton Mennonite Homes, 207 W. Summit St., Souderton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her memory to the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Columbia County, 2325 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Child Evangelism Fellowship of Montgomery County, P. O. Box 443, Hatfield, PA 19440. Arrangements are by the Sadler-Suess Funeral Home, Telford. www.sadlersuessfuneralhome.net

Published in The Reporter on Oct. 8, 2013
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