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Edna Mae (Schwartz) Dunn(1920 - 2013)

Edna Mae Dunn, 92, died at her home in Indian Orchard, PA, on Thursday, January 3, 2013 in the presence of family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Alfred L. Dunn, who passed away in 1998.

Born on July 17, 1920 at her family's home in Indian Orchard, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Elizabeth Scott Schwartz.

The family story is that she weighed two pounds at birth, and was kept in a shoe box near the stove to keep her warm until she grew a little. She attended the local one-room school house, Bethel School, through grade eight, and was a graduate of the Wayne Commercial School, Honesdale PA.

She was a life-long member of Christ Episcopal Church, Indian Orchard, and previously served as the church Treasurer, was a member of the Altar Guild, and was the church organist for many decades.

Her church and her church family were a very important part of her life.

She is survived by four sons: James A. Dunn of Hartland, ME, William G. Dunn (and wife Carol) of Beach Lake, John R. Dunn (and wife Ellen) of Honesdale, and Richard H. Dunn of Honesdale; four daughters: Elizabeth L. Dunsinger (and husband Helmut) of Honesdale, Jean A. Boyer (and husband Willard) of Dayton, OH, Amy R. Dunn of Honesdale, and Susan J. Maddock (and husband Clinton) of Midlothian, VA; one brother: Albert Schwartz (and wife Lois) of Beach Lake; four sisters-in-law: Betty Schwartz of Honesdale, Nancy Schwartz of Indian Orchard, Judy Dunn of Honesdale, and Grace Dunn of Bethany; 22 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Joseph Schwartz and Raymond Schwartz; by three brothers-in-law: Robert Dunn, Russell Dunn and Carl Dunn; by a daughter-in-law, Margaret Dunn.

Edna loved life, especially the every-day quiet moments with family and friends, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

One of her favorite quotes is, "The best things in life are not things."

Her simple home-spun lifestyle reflected her sincere belief in that philosophy.

In a documentary video of Edna's life which was filmed in 2009, entitled Grandma's Hands, she told her own life story, and stated that "Thoughts are things, and you have to think good things." That was her motto for life along with looking for the good in every situation.

She enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?s visits immensely, and was a special part of their lives as they were of hers.

Edna's passions in life were her family, music, and quilting.

She was an award-winning quilter, and her exceptionally fine hand-quilting was her special 'trademark.'

She quilted as a profession for decades, and was actively working on hand stitching quilts each day until she recently became ill.
Edna's family members would like to thank the wonderful staff of Wayne Memorial Hospice for their care and concern, and the visit of the clergy members to her home which were so deeply appreciated.

A memorial service to celebrate Edna's life will be held Monday, January 7, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, Indian Orchard, with Father Donald Shearer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Indian Orchard, or Wayne Memorial Hospice Services, Honesdale PA.

Arrangements by the Hessling Funeral Home, Inc. Honesdale, PA.

Published in Wayne Independent on Jan. 5, 2013
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