Blanche A. Hawbaker
She was born March 29, 1917, at Foltz (Cove Gap), Pa., the daughter of the late J. Edgar and Elmira Unger Highlands. Her ancestors, the Ungers, were prominent distillers and residents of the Foltz community for many generations. She was a lifelong resident of Mercersburg, which she loved. She married the late former state senator D. Elmer Hawbaker on May 10, 1941.
She was a graduate of the Mercersburg High School, the class of 1935. She later graduated from Shippensburg State Teachers College. Teaching was her love. She began teaching at Fort Loudon from 1937-1942, Mercersburg 1942-1951, substituted in Tuscarora School District from 1951-1960 and taught first grade at Mountain View Elementary from 1960-1981.
She was very involved in the community that she loved; she was a member of Franklin County Retired Teachers Assoc., Farm Women Group #5, American Legion and VFW Auxiliary, The Order of the Easter Star and Chambersburg Council of Republican Women, where she served as chaplain. She volunteered for the program Meals on Wheels for 21 years. Blanche was also a member of the Mercersburg Women’s Club. While residing at Magnolia’s in Chambersburg, Pa., she participated in two women’s Bible study groups. From 1954-1965, Blanche taught a Sunday school class at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mercersburg. She was a Republican committee person for Mercersburg for 20 years.
She loved her Savior and cherished her family, friends, church and community.
She is survived by one son, David E. Hawbaker of Mercersburg; three grandchildren: Erich (husband of Caroline) Hawbaker of Mercersburg; Gustaf Hawbaker of Iowa and Heidi Hawbaker of Roaring Spring, and a number of cherished nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one daughter Barbara Goldthwaite, and one sister Kathryn Highlands.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mercersburg, Pa. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelsocorneliusfuneralhome.com. Kelso- Cornelius Funeral Homes, 322 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, Pa. handed the arrangements.