2013-01-09 / Obituaries

Helen G. Decker Chambersburg, 84

Helen G. Decker, 84, Chambersburg, died Saturday moring, January 5, 2013, at the Shook Home.

Born June 29, 1928, in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late William and Della (Coldsmith) Stewart.

She retired after a long civil service career at Letterkenny Army Depot.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg. Throughout her life she enjoyed taking pictures at every holiday gathering, birthday celebration, picnic, vacation, etc., that she shared with her family and friends. In honor and respect for this passion, she was officially known by her family as the “Family Photographer,” and she was faithful in giving photos to each family member as an annual Christmas gift. She also enjoyed a passion for collecting historic and antique postcards. She loved music throughout her life. During her secondary-school years, she rode her bicycle to school while transporting a cello. In her adult life, she played harmonica, concertina and organ.

A loving and dedicated wife, she married the late Larry I. Decker November 15, 1969. They share more than than 40 wonderful years of marriage unil his death on November 13, 2010.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William W. Stewart Jr., and wife Phyllis and two sisters: Pauline Stewart and Margaret (Stewart) Fahnestock and husband Raymond.

She is survived by an aunt, Betty (Stewart) Snyder and husband Earl; a sister, Thelma (Stewart) Johnson and husband Harold; a brother-in-law, Archie Decker and wife Pat, Harrisonville; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, January 11, in Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg. Rev. Dick Williams officiatid. Interment was made at Norland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Chambersburg, 225 south Second Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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