Catherine H. Long, 95

JAN. 29, 1917-MAY 7, 2012

May 09, 2012
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Catherine H. Long, 95, a resident of Penn Hall at Menno Haven, Chambersburg, and formerly of Mercersburg Road, Greencastle, died Monday, May 7, 2012, at Penn Hall Nursing Center. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Long, who preceded her in death on April 21, 2006.

Born Jan. 29, 1917, in Greencastle, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Ruth (Kuhn) Haldeman. She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1934 and received her degree as a registered nurse from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Lancaster, in 1939

In her early years, Catherine was a homemaker. Later, she worked as a nurse at Bridgewater College for several years, then for 17 years at the Mercersburg Academy.

She was a longtime member of the Welsh Run Church of The Brethren near Mercersburg, where she was a member of the church's women's group and taught the women's Sunday School Class. Additionally, she volunteered with the library of Shalom Christian School, the Bible Release Program at Camp Joy El and hospice.

Catherine was a former member of the Greencastle-Antrim Women's Fellowship, past president of the former Greencastle AARP and enjoyed crocheting and quilting. Quilting offered her a great deal of enjoyment and was an activity that continued after she moved to Penn Hall.

Surviving are her children, J. Daniel Long and wife, Lois, of Greencastle, Paul Edward Long of Lowville, N.Y., James H. Long and wife, Cheryl, and Marvin T. Long and wife, Linda, all of Greencastle, and Verna Ruth Rice and husband, Eugene, of Waynesboro; sisters, Arlene McDaniel of Oklahoma and Elizabeth Stahl of Greencastle; 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and her daughter-in-law, Louise Long Boswell and husband, Hank, of Hagerstown

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Maynard Eugene Long, in 1991; grandson, Terrance Allen Long, in 1997; and three brothers, Daniel, Glen and Bruce Haldeman.

The family will receive friends at the Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, on Sunday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Monday, May 14,  at 10 a.m., at her church, Welsh Run Church of the Brethren, 11420 Welsh Run Road, Mercersburg, with the Revs. C. William "Bill" Spangler and James D. Kent officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and memorial contributions offered to Camp Joy El, 3741 Joy El Drive, Greencastle, PA 17225

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