Edward Hunsberger

Edward E. Hunsberger

Saturday, September 6th, 1930 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Edward E. Hunsberger, age 89, of Saint Thomas passed away on 01/05/2020 at Menno Haven Nursing Home where he has resided since January 2018.

Born September 6, 1930 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Clarence Hunsberger and Hazel Secrest Hunsberger. He was a graduate of Mercersburg High School Class of 1949. Early in his life he was not afraid to pursue several avenues of employment starting at the Mercersburg Tannery, a bookkeeper for Heisey Orchards, a bookkeeper at Grove Manufacturing, Sherwin Williams paint store, and the men’s clothing departments at ELM Greencastle, JC Penney and Montgomery Wards. He finally found his calling in his thirties and earned his BS and MS in Education from Shippensburg University. He began his life work in Tuscarora School District, teaching grade 5 in the St. Thomas Lutheran Church basement. Ed loved his students and his students loved him. He always said he never had a bad student. This was evidenced by students of all ages from the past coming to him in restaurants and around town introducing themselves to him and reminiscing. Ed also developed and taught a local history course and gave tours and lectures to local clubs and organizations. He was a member of the Mercersburg Tourist Council and Fort Loudon Tourist Council, and he was published in a history book produced by Wilson College.

Ed taught Sunday School for over 50 years and volunteered for Camp Joy-El Released Time Ministries. He served as a board member and member of the witness commission at Greencastle Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are his wife, Naomi Negley, whom he married on November 19, 1955; daughter, Renee Joy Shirk (Andrew Shirk), and twin grandchildren Rachel Joy and Jonathan Andrew Shirk of Watertown, CT. Ed is also survived by his siblings, twin brother Eugene Hunsberger(wife Daris), Dorothy Hunsberger Martin (husband Paul), Harold Hunsberger(wife Lynn) of Mercersburg, and countless nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Hunsberger (wife Martha who survives).

There will be a private graveside burial for the family at Welsh Run Church of the Brethren Cemetery and a Celebration of Life Service for all on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg, PA.
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    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Greencastle Church of the Brethren
    36 South Carlisle Street
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Patti J Thornton

Posted at 09:09am
So sad to experience past Teachers and Educators passing in my life. They all made an impact on my life and I have fond memories of spending my years in School with all of them. Mr. Hunsberger also left memories for me to keep and share. Thank you for the heart of education and giving to me. Prayers to the family as they go through this time.
Patti Peck Thornton
St. Thomas Alumni 1963-1971

Lucinda Pine Casper

Posted at 01:19pm
He was always one of my FAVORITE Teachers! I loved his class! Especially when we got off topic and started talking Ghost stories!

Carrie Landman Sharp

Posted at 07:50pm
Was very sad to hear of Mr. Hunsberger’s passing. He had such a sweet and kind soul. Plus enjoyed having him for a teacher. Condolences to Renee and the rest of the Hunsberger family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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