Delma Appleby

Delma Appleby

Tuesday, July 5th, 1921 - Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

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Obituary for Delma Appleby

Delma Appleby, 97, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at her home. Born July 5, 1921 in Cross Keys, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lula Marshall Rhine. Her beloved husband, John Appleby, preceded her in death on October 14, 1983. Delma was employed as an LPN at Chambersburg Hospital for 23 years until her retirement. She was a member of St. Thomas Assembly of God and enjoyed reading, playing card games and singing.

She is survived by eight children, Harold Appleby (Judy) of Chambersburg, Twila Lee of Chambersburg, Ernie Appleby (Flora) of Shippensburg, Randall Appleby (Janet) of Ft. Loudon, Charlene Waters of Chambersburg, Dorene Pine (Harold) of St. Thomas, Elna Judy Piper (Barry) of Greencastle and Christopher Appleby (Sally) of Chambersburg; 21 grandchildren; 67 great grandchildren; 39 great-great grandchildren; and two siblings, Betty Covert and Gerald Pennebaker. In addition to her husband and parents, Delma was preceded in death by three brother, two sisters, a grandson and a great grandson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at St. Thomas Assembly of God, 173 Rhondel Drive, St. Thomas, PA 17252. Pastor Dennis Sproull will officiate. Interment will follow in Neelyton – Pine Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday evening at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, from 6 – 8 PM and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at

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  • First Visitation

    Monday, January 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Monday, January 21st, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Thomas Assembly of God Church
    173 Rhonel Dr.
    St. Thomas, PA
    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
    10:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Thomas Assembly of God Church
    173 Rhonel Dr.
    St. Thomas, PA
    Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
  • Interment

    Neelyton - Pine Grove Presbyterian Church Cemetery
    Address not given

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Bob Allen

I have known Delma for many many years. She was the mother to my brother-in-law Chris Appleby. Chris married my wife's sister Sally. We have spent a lot of time together and our friends. We have visited each other many times over the years and and we shared many a meal together. Each time we would break bread at Sally and Chris's house Dalma was there. She lived with Chris and Sally. She always made me feel at home like I belonged and was like one of her own. She was a good Godly woman. She will be missed by her friends and family. I grieve but not too hard because I know where she is, she is with the father.
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Mary and John

Our love and prayers are with you all.
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Barbara E Wadel

Dear Family, My deep condolances for the loss of your saint of a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Loved her so much. She loved her Lord and now she is rejoicing with Himl She was a straight forward person, told you like it is in total love and honesty. God Bless you at this time. Barbara Wadel
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