Service planned for teacher, wife

December 16, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A community memorial service is being planned for the Chambersburg math teacher and track coach and his wife who were killed in a car accident Friday.

The service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium, Principal Dennis Hillwig said. Family and friends will be allowed in after 9 a.m.

The family and Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home in Chambersburg are planning the service, he said.

Tim and Susan Cook, of 3774 Pampas Circle, Chambersburg, were killed late Friday night in an accident on Interstate 81 in Guilford Township.


Hillwig said the school's crisis team met Sunday afternoon to prepare for the return of students and staff today.

"We have the rest of the counselors throughout the district on call," he said. "I am very comfortable we are ready to offer the support needed."

The Cooks, both 49, were driving north on I-81 shortly after 11 p.m. when a southbound pickup truck driven by Sabrina L. Whitsel, 28, of Shippensburg, Pa., crossed the median and hit them, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The Cooks' 1992 Toyota spun around and was struck by two tractor-trailers. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Whitsel was listed in serious condition at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police are still investigating the accident and had no further information Sunday.

Tim Cook was a longtime math teacher and track and cross country coach at the high school.

Susan Cook worked as a secretary at Shippensburg University, according to friend and colleague John Ambrosio.

The couple's two children are both in college, majoring in engineering. Brian is a junior at the University of Delaware and Allison is a freshman at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Ambrosio said.

Cook was the only coach of the Trojans girls cross country team.

He was a 1971 Chambersburg graduate and became the school's first state champion in his senior year when he won the two-mile run.

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