Melvin B. Stenger Jr.

-FEB. 22, 2012

February 23, 2012

Melvin B. Stenger Jr., of Mercersburg, Pa., passed away at 7:35 p.m. Feb. 22, 2012, at Williamsport Retirement Village, Williamsport, Md.

Born in Hagerstown, Md., he was a son of the late Melvin B. Sr. and Helen R. Wiebel Stenger.

Mr. Stenger was a graduate of Shippensburg University. He taught at Forbes Roads School for one year. He then began his career at James Buchanan High School, where he taught in the English and business education departments for 38 years. He also coached basketball during his teaching career.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

He was an avid photographer, both personally and professionally. His many interests included his love of dogs and music, and he studied history, which he shared with his family and friends.

Melvin was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mercersburg. Other memberships include: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6241 and American Legion Post 517, both of Mercersburg, National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and Tuscarora Teachers Association.


Mr. Stenger is survived by his wife, Betty Overcash Stenger, whom he married Oct. 17, 1953; a brother, Edwin E. and his wife, Lilli H. Stenger, of Williamsport; and three nieces, Linda Moore, Carol Mellott and Ruth Japzon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Karina Ramins officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Mercersburg.

Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Lininger-Fries Funeral Home Inc., Mercersburg, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

The family requests the omission of flowers. Contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 37, Mercersburg, PA  17236.

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