Olive M. Heinbaugh, 91

MAY 10, 1922-MAY 30, 2013

June 03, 2013

Olive Mae (Unger) Heinbaugh, 91, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Williamsport Retirement Village, Williamsport, Md., where she had been a resident for the last 18 months. She faced her declining health with courage, grace and dignity, singing until just before she died.

She was the widow of Emmert H. Heinbaugh, who died in 1985. They lived in Hagerstown for many years.

She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

Born May 10, 1922, in Ayr Township, Fulton County, Pa., Olive was the third daughter of Nettie Susannah (Price) and Clarence Maynard Unger.

Olive worked to pay her high school tuition at McConnellsburg High School. After graduation and her marriage, she worked at a sewing factory in Mercersburg, Pa., and at L’Aiglon and E. J. Fennel in Hagerstown, and she did alterations at Katie O’Connell’s dress shop. She was a skilled seamstress who made beautiful draperies, bedspreads and ladies’ clothing.

She was a superb cook. She baked delicious pies; canned fruit, vegetables and meat; and made many varieties of fruit preserves and jellies. No one ever left her table hungry. She was kind and generous, and always put others’ needs ahead of her own.

In addition to her husband and parents, Olive was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl French and Mabel D. Ludwig; and two nephews, Edgar L. St. Clair and David D. French Jr.

She is survived by three nieces, Carolyn Ludwig Shoop and Lyla Ludwig Gipe of Shippensburg, Pa., and Marian French Mills of New Oxford, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Helen Heinbaugh Stahl of Greencastle, Pa.; five grandnieces; and several cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Union Cemetery in McConnellsburg with Pastor David G. Rawley officiating.

In addition, friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, with Pastor Ed Heim officiating. Lunch will be available at the church following the service, during which time those in attendance may reminisce and share memories of Olive.

Please omit flowers. Those wishing to remember Olive with a memorial donation might wish to consider a contribution to a local food bank because she loved to eat, and she never wanted anyone to be hungry.

Messages of condolence may be sent to Marian Mills at 8 Juniata Court, New Oxford, PA 17350.

Harold M. Zimmerman & Son Funeral Home in Greencastle is handling arrangements.

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