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333 Falling Spring Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Phone: (717) 264-6416
Fax: (717) 264-1114
Ralph Kissel

Ralph R. Kissel

Thursday, March 3rd, 1949 - Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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Ralph R. Kissel, of Fayetteville, PA, passed peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous fight with frontotemporal dementia. His kindness, commitment to helping others, humor, unforgettable laugh, and deep love for his family are some of the greatest memories that will keep him in our hearts forever.

Born on March 3, 1949, to the late Max Kissel, and Margaret Nurnberger Kissel Seidel, Ralph grew up exploring the outdoors, becoming an Eagle Scout and an avid cross country/track runner. He graduated from Penn State, where he excelled as a record-setting co-captain of the cross country team. He earned his Master’s Degree and started his career as a high school guidance counselor at Fairfield High School, a role he enjoyed for his ability to help shape the future of his students.

Ralph was an active member of the community, coaching children's and then girls’ soccer to support his daughters, and volunteering at the soup kitchen and Meals on Wheels with his wife. He enjoyed the lake life, surrounded by family and laughter, the opportunity to sail, and of course, run. A huge smile would light up his face anytime he saw vintage sports car. Ralph loved making others laugh, always ready with a joke or performance with his brothers at family gatherings.

Ralph's passing will leave a void in the lives of the many family and friends he touched.

He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his wife, Cynthia Miller, daughters, Monica Edwards (Mike) and Erica Kissel; granddaughter, Peyton Kissel, step-grandchildren, Michael and Madison Edwards, and step-children, Jason, Lindsay (Lucas Rizzardi), and Matthew Hartwig. Ralph is also survived by his beloved brothers and co-entertainers, Christian, (Ruth) Arthur, and Walter Kissel, as well as many treasured cousins, nieces, and nephews that he loved dearly. In addition to his biological parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Kurt Seidel, who played an important part in his life.


The family has arranged a celebration of life at the Mont Alto United Methodist Church, 10 South Main Street, Mont Alto, PA at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, where Pastor Carl Herman will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the above church address. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.


In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Association for Frontotemporal Dementia Degeneration, Radnor Station Building 2, Suite 320, 290 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 or at theaftd.org.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Location
    Mont Alto United Methodist Church
    Address
    10 South Main Street
    MONT ALTO, PA 17237
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 12:30pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 12:30pm
    Location
    Mont Alto United Methodist Church
    Address
    10 South Main Street
    MONT ALTO, PA 17237
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Rick and Penne Miller

Posted at 02:24pm
We were so saddened to hear that Ralph had passed. He was a great brother in law to both of us. Visiting at the cabin won’t be the same without him. He was a sweet, intelligent and fun loving guy to be around and will be missed by all. Love to the family from US in Iowa.
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Janet Rapuano

Posted at 11:05pm
My deepest sympathy is being sent to Ralph's family. I first met Ralph when I was hired to work with him to set up a vocational counseling program in January of 2000 at Fairfield High School. It was a pleasure to work with Mr. Kissel until his retirement. Ralph truly cared about the students that he worked with and was an advocate for moving students forward in the most productive of ways. Many thanks to Ralph and I will always remember his wonderful smile and gentle spirit.
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Janice Keller

Posted at 11:00pm
Please accept my condolences. Your husband, father, brother, friend will be greatly missed. Ralph and i knew each other at Pennrridge High School. Some of my memories were watching him in track and in the band. Very sorry for your loss. Janice Nyce Keller
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Paula Clayton

Posted at 12:01pm
CIndy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing, I had the pleasure of getting to know your family here at WellSpan WellFit. From using the machines, dancing or playing ball. He did have a great smile. Cindy I could see how much you loved him and he loved you. Thinking of you all during this emotional time. I hope you can smile know that he is running around now playing ball, no pain, just joy and he will know you when we all meet again one day. Paula Clayton
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The Galaida Family

Posted at 06:35pm
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