K. Frederick Mauger

The Rev. Dr. K. Frederick Mauger, Major General on the retired list of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, died July 12, 2013. His wife of 55 years, the former Mary Ann Shimer, preceded him in 2006. They made their home in Spring Brook Twp., Lackawanna County, Pa.

The Rev. Mauger had a career in the public schools of Pennsylvania, retiring as superintendent of schools of the North Pocono School District in 1984. Before coming to North Pocono he was superintendent of the Bellefonte Area Schools. He entered the teaching profession in 1953 at the Milton Area School District, the same district from which he graduated in 1940.

The Rev. Mauger was a military veteran of five years in World War II. Continuing his military career in the PA Army National Guard, he held most every grade from Private to Major General on the retired list. Military schooling consisted of Army Aviation, Command and General Staff School and a short term at the U.S. War College, Washington, D.C. During the Korean War, he served on active duty with the 28th Infantry Division and the Division Aviation Officer.

His civilian education included a B.S. in education and a master's degree from Bucknell University and a doctorate in education from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, middle school principal, curriculum coordinator and superintendent of schools. He was appointed by Gov. Raymond Shaffer to the State Board of Education for a six- year term, served on a national committee evaluating colleges and universities of education, past president of two Rotary clubs, chairman of the Bellefonte Area Industrial Development Committee, elected for two terms as mayor of the Borough of Milton, Pa., chairman of the Milton and Bellefonte chapters of the American Red Cross, a 10-gallon-plus blood donor and served on the board of Telespond Senior Services.

Following early retirement from the North Pocono School District, he attended the University of Scranton and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1984. Fr. Mauger served parishes in Hamlin, Honesdale, Indian Orchard, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Scranton. He served as a volunteer chaplain at Community Medical Center for seven years and was currently serving as director of pastoral care at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.

He is survived by three children, Karen Ann Ebeling, Pennsylvania Furnace; F. Scott Mauger and his partner, Michael Kelley, Bellefonte; and Karl F. Mauger II and his wife, Patricia, Throop; seven grandchildren, Shawn Ebeling and wife, Christine; Michael Mauger, Bethany Lucas and husband, David; Wesley Mauger and wife, Christina; Ian Mauger and wife, Nikki; Trevor Mauger and Courtney Smargiassi and husband, Julius; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emma Lucas; Mackenzie and Alex Ebeling; Aiden Janowicz, Alex and Shane Mauger; Robert Mauger and Dante Smargiassi.

Fr. Mauger was a member of all Masonic orders. After 38½ years of military service, retiring in 1979, his numerous military awards included the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the European theater of operations with five battle stars, the PA Distinguished Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal and the German Occupation Medal, along with many Pennsylvania service awards. In 1994 he received a medallion from the Mayor of LeMons, France, for assisting in the liberation of that city in 1944.

The Eucharist of the Resurrection will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, North Washington Avenue and Electric Street, Scranton, with the Right Rev. Paul V. Marshall of the Diocese of Bethlehem as celebrant. Interment will be conducted at Milton Cemetery, Milton.

Friends will be received at the church Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, North Washington Avenue and Electric Street, Scranton, PA 18509 or Telespond Senior Services Inc., 1200 Saginaw St., Scranton, PA 18505 or the Espiscopal Diocese of Bethlehem, 333 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem, PA 18015.

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Homes of Moscow and Scranton.

For online condolences and directions, go to www.duffyan dsnowdon.com.

Published in Scranton Times on July 15, 2013