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Frederic H. Abendschein

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COLUMBIA Frederic Henry "Fred" Abendschein, 63, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, November 28, 2010, at Lancaster Regional Hospital from heart disease. He was born August 11, 1947, in Columbia, and was the fourth generation to live in the family home. Following the death of his mother, Ada Lucille (Larmore) Abendschein 1915-1952, he and his sister Lucille (1952-2000) were raised by his aunts, Martha Mary Abendschein (1896-1981), retired U.S.N., and Margaret Louise Abendschein (1903-1983), a nurse who helped deliver many of the Borough's residents during her career at the Columbia Hospital, as well as by his grandmother, Josephine (Barklay) Abendschein (1871-1956). His grandfather, Harry Abendschein (1870-1930) operated a grocery store at Third and Walnut advertised as "A Full Line of Fresh Groceries Always in Stock." His father, also Frederic Henry Abendschein (1905-1959), was an amateur radio operator beginning in 1923 and served on several Liberty Ships during World War II leading to Fred's lifelong interest in related subjects as well as history in general, and the genealogy of families and of buildings in Columbia. Fred was the husband of Mary Virginia "Ginny" (Hood) Abendschein, with whom he shared 21 years of marriage. They enjoyed seasonal trips to Longwood Gardens and ballroom dancing to the Naylor Winery's Summer Sounds Big Band Concerts (Stewartstown) and the Nissley Lawn Concerts in Bainbridge. In a recent letter to Borough Council volunteering to continue serving the citizens of Columbia through a fourth four-year term on the Columbia Borough Planning Commission, where he served as Chair for much of that time, Fred provided the following information about himself. He noted that he had done the course work necessary to become a certified Lancaster County Master Planner and had recently attended a class (related to his maintaining his P.E. license) on solar energy that included a model ordinance for municipalities. In other community-related work he wrote a monthly local history column for the Columbia Ledger and the Columbia Register; worked with Rivertownes in developing historical plaques for Columbia et al.; worked with Lions Club, Sunsnappers, and veterans organizations on the 60th Anniversary of Columbia's Welcome Home Celebration for World War II Veterans; supplied business and home owners partial histories of buildings and their occupants; served on Columbia School District's Tax Study Commission; wrote Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville as one of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America; and served on Columbia's Economic Development Strategic Plan Task Force as the Columbia Borough Planning Commission representative. In his professional life, he was Engineering Manager, Fiber Optics, Communications and Industrial Solutions Division, Tyco Electronics (1984-present), a Professional Engineer (Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineer), and a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fred obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1969, with Honors and held a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1977. He completed the coursework "Design for Six Sigma Black Belt", and jointly held 19 work-related patents. Fred lived by the Golden Rule and made every effort to foster "Win:Win" solutions by treating others as he would like to be treated. As a result, he was liked and respected throughout Columbia as a man of his word who always followed through. His watchwords were honor and harmony. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, a stepdaughter, her husband, and a grandchild. A memorial service will be held from the Columbia United Methodist Church, corner of Route #462 and Walnut St., on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Richard E. Geib officiating. Interment in Mt. Bethel Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Parking is available both at the church and at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St. A time for people to share memories will be provided. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Fred's memory may be made to the "Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania", P.O. Box 125 Strasburg, PA 17579; or to the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, P.O. Box 578, Columbia, PA 17512. Arrangements are by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville 684-2370 or 898-2240. Online condolences may be directed to
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 1, 2010
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