Asher S. Edelman Jr., 87

MARCH 15, 1924-DEC. 10, 2011

December 11, 2011
  • Asher S. Edelman Jr.
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Mr. Asher S. Edelman, Jr., 87, of 907 Park St., Waynesboro, Pa., entered into eternal rest at 3:21 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Waynesboro Hospital.

He was born March 15, 1924, in Mount Carmel, Pa., the son of the late Asher H. and Ethel (Hause) Edelman.
He lived his early life in Hagerstown, Md.

Mr. Edelman graduated from Hagerstown High School with the class of 1942. He then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College with the class of 1949.

Mr. Edelman served in the United States Army during World War II, serving with the 26th Infantry Yankee Division, under General George G. Patton, serving from 1943 through 1945. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart with Clusters. He also received the Soldier Metal of Honor, having rescued a swimmer in distress, and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Asher was a machine gunner with the 1st squad, 1st Platoon, Co H 101st infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division of the 3rd Army.

He and his wife of more than 62 years, Mrs. Anita E. “Betty” Edelman, were married Aug. 21, 1949, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boonsboro, Md.  They moved to the present residence in November 1953.

In his early life, Asher taught music in Rimersburg, Pa., and then in 1951 moved to Waynesboro and taught instrumental music in the Waynesboro School District for 35 years, retiring in 1986. Mr. Edelman also was a choir director for various United Methodist churches and Lutheran churches in the area; he also was the band director for the Wayne Band of Waynesboro for 47 years, retiring in 1999.

Mr. Edelman was a violinist with the Potomac Symphony; the Maryland Symphony for 9 years and the Millbrook Symphony from its’ onset in 1978 for 15 years. He also participated with the Mercersburg Community Chorus and many area church Cantatas.

Asher attended St. Peter’s Beard’s Lutheran Church on Leitersburg Road, and was a member of the Musician’s Union Local 720, Franklin County Chapter of School Retirees and the national AARP.

He was a past member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the National Education Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Asher Edelman IV, and wife, Deborah, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; one daughter, Emily Edelman Walsh and husband, Daniel, of Virginia Beach, Va.; twin grandsons, Brian A. Edelman and Christopher A. Edelman, both of Waynesboro; one sister, Mary Edelman Light of Carlisle, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter-in-law, Sara Henke Edelman; and a brother-in-law, John H. Light.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Peter’s Beard’s Lutheran Church, 21348 Old Forge Road, Leitersburg, Md., with the Rev. Thomas L. Perry officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Honor Guard of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 of Chambersburg, Pa.

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