Area woman killed in Tennessee crash

December 30, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman was killed and her husband seriously injured Friday in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 near Morristown, Tenn., according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Dolores M. Papoutsis, 70, of 9 Kensington Drive, was killed in the 1:43 p.m. crash, police said. Her husband, James N. Papoutsis, 73, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center, according to daughter Mary Margaret Osterman of Chambersburg.

Police in Tennessee said Dolores Papoutsis was driving south when the 1999 Ford Explorer went into the median, back onto the road and then rolled over about seven times.


Police said she and her husband were wearing safety belts, but Dolores Papoutsis was thrown from the vehicle.

"His injuries were orthopedic in nature. He's getting better every day," Osterman said Monday. Her father, a retired principal in the Chambersburg Area School District, was being transferred to the Chambersburg area Monday, she said.

The couple was on the way to Georgia to visit a son at the time of the crash, Osterman said.

Osterman said her mother was an organist and vocalist for many years at Corpus Christi Catholic Church and that she was also a member and organist at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Camp Hill, Pa. She was also a member and past president of Holy Trinity's St. Catherine Philoptochos Society, according to her obituary.

Dolores Papoutsis was a teller for many years at F&M Trust in Chambersburg and the former Commonwealth National Bank in Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Pa., her daughter said. She was a volunteer at Chambersburg Hospital, Osterman said.

James Papoutsis had been the principal at Faust Junior High School, the former Central Junior High School and Chambersburg Area Middle School, Osterman said.

He also was director of buildings and grounds during his career with the district, Superintendent Edwin Sponseller said.

"We worked as teachers together. He's the one I credit with getting me back in the district," Sponseller said Monday.

Sponseller said he had gone to another district in the 1970s, but Papoutsis lured him back to become his assistant principal at Faust.

Sponseller said James Papoutsis also taught and coached basketball in the Greencastle-Antrim School District early in his career.

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