Frances Vanden, 88

MARCH 16, 1923-JULY 2, 2011

July 04, 2011
  • Frances Vanden
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Mrs. Frances (Angle) Vanden, 88, of 208 Wesley Drive, Unit B, in Waynesboro, Pa., died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at 6:02 a.m. at Quincy (Pa.) Village.

Born March 16, 1923, in Big Spring, Md., she was the daughter of the late Guy K. and Maria (Schnebly) Angle.

Mrs. Vanden graduated from Clear Spring High School with the class of 1940. She later graduated from Penn State University in 1943, earning her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. While at Penn State, she was the women’s sports editor of the yearbook. She also was business manager of the county edition and a member of the Penn State Players.

Following a short teaching career, she became a postmaster for the post office in Big Spring in 1957. That office was held by members of her family since 1892.

Mrs. Vanden was active in the National Association of Postmasters. She was also a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Mortar Board Honor Society, American Association of University Women, Order of the Eastern Star and Zonta International.

She and her husband, George W. Vanden Jr., moved to Fairfield Harbour, N.C., in 1983, where they enjoyed golfing and boating, and were members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. In 1993, they moved to Locust Hill, near Charles Town, W.Va., and in 2000 they retired to Quincy Village. While at Quincy Village, Mrs. Vanden enjoyed reading, needlework and duplicate bridge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jack A. Newkirk and his wife, Nancy, of Hagerstown, Md., and William D. Newkirk of Clear Spring; one grandson, Jack A. Newkirk II and his wife, Amy, of Middletown, Md.; and two great-grandchildren, Jack A. Newkirk III and Michele Newkirk.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.

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