Cora Susan (Kuhns) Crunkleton, 89, of Chambersburg, passed to her eternal home on Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2018, at Menno Haven. Born December 5, 1929 in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Martha Horst Kuhns. She attended Chambersburg area schools and worked in local retail department stores for many years. She later retired from the former American Can Company where she had been employed as a Quality Control Inspector. She was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren where she enjoyed singing in the choir and using her hand quilting talents to help make numerous quilts. She had been a long time hospital volunteer and served as a board member with Habitat for Humanity. Her husband, Theodore W. Crunkleton, whom she married September 16, 1950, preceded her in death on December 28, 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Wenger (Garry); her granddaughter, Brandie Wenger (Rick); and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the Church of the Brethren with Pastor Joel Nogle officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service on Tuesday at the church. Private interment will be at Norland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Brethren, 260 South Fourth Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at geiselfuneralhome.com
Steven Brown, age 55, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, December 9, 2018. Born December 13, 1962, he was the son of Ray Wallace Brown (wife Connie) and Bonita Louise Harrison Watson (husband Roy). Steve was a 1980 graduate of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. He had worked as an Auto Body Mechanic at Chambersburg Auto Body for 35 years. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, AmVets, and a life member of the Marine Corps League, all in Chambersburg, PA. Steve enjoyed riding his motorcycle spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, and camping with family and friends at Saunderosa. In addition to his parents, Steve is survived by his loving wife, Jodie Whitfield Brown, whom he married April 24, 1982; two children, Darren S. Brown (fiancé Ashley Goller) of Chambersburg, PA and Danielle N. Fitz (husband Micah) of Chambersburg, PA; two grandchildren, Natalie and Jace Fitz; and two siblings, Missy K. Waldron (husband Jeff) and Timothy L. Brown, both of Chambersburg, PA. A time of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 5 – 8 PM at Norlo Park, 3050 Lincoln Way E., Fayetteville, PA 17222. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Arthritis Foundation, 4811 Jonestown Rd #230, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
John A. DeBross, age 74, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away at home on Friday, December 7, 2018. Born May 29, 1944, in Phillipsburg, PA, he was the son of the late Anthony and Matilda Zwiener DeBross. A 1962 graduate of Phillipsburg High School, John went on to serve honorably in the U.S. Navy and graduate from technical school with his Associate’s Degree. John worked in communications at Letterkenny Army Depot and CECOM United Defense. He enjoyed hunting, golf, bowling, watching John Wayne Westerns, Cowboy Movies, Steeler Football, helping others, and tinkering; John was well versed at taking a 20 minute job and turning it into an hours’ worth of work. Surviving are two sons, Shawn P. DeBross (wife Billie Jo) of Chambersburg, PA and Timothy J. DeBross of Chambersburg, PA and two grandchildren, Shawn DeBross, Jr. and Lindsy DeBross, both of Chambersburg, PA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary R. DeBross in 2015. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 11 AM in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA, where Deacon Richard Ramsey will celebrate. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 6-8 PM and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Private interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport, PA. Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
Wilfredo Elias “Pop” Taylor, 49, of Dillsburg, PA, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018 in the Milton Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. Born on August 18, 1969 in Chambersburg, he was a son of Wilfredo Elias Soto and the late Frances Hankerson. A 1989 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School, Wilfredo served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993 and the National Guard from 1996-2000. He was employed as a correctional officer at Camp Hill State Correctional Insitution for the last 19 years. Aside from his father, he is survived by two sons, Marcus Taylor of Little Rock, AR and Jaden Taylor of Middletown, PA; a twin sister, Francina (Robert) Harris of Chambersburg and sisters, Sabrina Edmonds of Fayetteville, PA, Nadina Thomas of Chambersburg, and Rosita (Anthony) Fletcher of Pittsburgh. Some of his interests including fishing, cooking and grilling, and going to drive-in movies with his sons. He also enjoyed playing cards and dominos, but most of all he cherished the memories of good times spent with family and friends. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, in the Chapel of the Thomas L.Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road Chambersburg, with viewing from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Rev. Charles Jenkins will officiate. Interment will follow in Norland Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1004 N. Juniata St., Holidaysburg, PA 16648.
Robert John (Bob) Kessler passed away at home on December 5, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Born in Holland Patent, New York on July 24, 1943, Bob was born into a proud farming family and continued that love of farming and agriculture throughout his entire life. It was that love of agriculture that led him to earn degrees from The State University of New York, Cornell University, and the University of Maryland and fueled his lifelong involvement as a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Zeta Chapter. That same passion then brought him to Pennsylvania where he worked as an Extension Agent with The Pennsylvania State University for more than 40 years. Bob began his career as the Franklin County Dairy Agent in 1969 and in 1972 he became one of the first full-time 4-H agents in Pennsylvania. Over his years as an Extension Agent, Bob helped to establish the Pennsylvania Association of Extension 4-H Agents and served as its first president. He was also the first PAE4-HA member to be elected as a national officer and was recognized over the years with the Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. Bob helped to implement the Master Gardener Program in Franklin County, the Ag Learning Center, the 4-H Seeing Eye Program and his greatest joy, the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, just to name a few. In October 2017, Bob’s life’s work as an Extension Agent culminated with his induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame in Chevy Chase, MD. Bob also proudly served his community as a member, Sunday school teacher, and Superintendent at St. Paul United Methodist Church; as a member of the Chambersburg Kiwanis Club, a Key Club Liaison for students, and as an Adopt-a-Highway Chairperson. He also served on both the Penn State Mont Alto Campus Advisory Board and Franklin County Fair Board for many years. Bob and his wife Carol were married for 53 years and had five beautiful children. They met while both were attending State University of New York in Delhi, NY and she’s been by his side ever since. Bob and Carol built a wonderful life together over the past 49 years in Chambersburg where they dedicated their lives to service to others and raised their family. Always giving his time selflessly and putting others first, Bob’s dedication to youth and education were unparalleled and defined everything he did throughout his life. He is survived by his wife Carol (Seaman) Kessler; daughter Collene Kessler and her fiancé Richard Shover of Winter Springs, FL; daughter Denise Fox and her husband Matthew of Fort Leavenworth, KS; son Travis Kessler and his wife Melanie of Shippensburg, PA; and son Devin Kessler and his wife Danielle of Chambersburg, PA. Bob is also survived by his siblings Sandra Maikranz and her husband Paul of Holland Patent, NY, David Kessler and his wife Mary of Owings Mills, MD and Linda Boucheron and her husband Steve of Rome, NY, and by his grandchildren Allison Hope and her husband Brandon, Katelynn Miller, Justin and Delaney Rowland, Tyler and Braedon Fox, Kai Kessler, and Carter and Spencer Kessler. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Helen (Stanulevich) Kessler of Rome, NY and his son, Robert (BJ) Kessler, Jr. A memorial service and visitation will be held at 12 PM on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd. Chambersburg, PA. Chaplain Ed Rabenstein will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10 AM – 12 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center at www.giveto.psu.edu/FCTRC Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.