2010-07-15 / Obituaries

James H. Schall Chambersburg, 100

James H. Schall, 100, a resident of The Shook Home in Chambersburg, died Friday, July 9, 2010.

His wife, Emily, whom he married June 16, 1939, died November 2, 2005.

His son, James M. Schall, and his wife, Monica, are residents of McConnellsburg.

His daughter, Karen Schall Balas, died several years previously and was survived by her husband, Dr. J. Paul Balas, who resides in Fort Valley, Va., with his wife, Shelby, and their three sons. Jim’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren are: John P. Balas IV, and wife Amanda, daughters: Malia and Elie and son J.P. of Stroudsburg, Pa.; James Andrew Balas and wife, Barbara, son Matthew and daughter Elizabeth of Gettysburg, Pa.; Dr. Michael T. Balas and wife Heather, and daughter Sydney, of Jamestown, Pa.; and James D. Schall and wife Dr. Elizabeth Schall, sons Jackson and Winston, of Johnson City, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by great-grandchild Rebecca Balas; Marla Balas, wife of John P. Balas IV, and his brothers, Fred and Earl of Kittaning, Pa., and Albert of Indiana, Pa.

He was born April 2, 1910, in Kittanning, Pa., and grew up there. His parents were M.V. Schall and Maude Miller Schall.

He attended Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and graduated with a B.S. degree in engineering from Tri-State College (now Trine University) in Angola, In. He was a caseworker for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare for several years, then in 1937 began his career as an engineer with U.S. Steel Corp., in Donora, Pennsylvania. Upon retirement, he secured teaching credits and was a teacher, substitute teacher and tutor to high school age students. In the 1990s, Jim and Emily moved to Luther Ridge Retirement Community in Chambersburg and then to The Shook Home in October 2005.

He was active in the Lutheran Church as a councilman, Sunday school teacher and lay minister. He also volunteered with the American Red Cross. He enjoyed hunting grouse, playing golf and spending time at his camp along the upper Allegheny River in Warren County, Pa. He was an advocate for fresh air, whole wheat bread and walking.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 24, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Chambersburg, adjacent to the campus of the Luther Ridge Community.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Shook Home, 55 South Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201, Fulton County Friends of the Library, Inc., 227 North First Street, P.O. Box 36, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, or the charity of one’s choice.

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