Iona O. Poffenberger, 96

DEC. 6, 1916-AUG. 13, 2013

August 14, 2013
  • Poffenberger

Iona O. "Jackie" (Zittle) Poffenberger, 96, formerly of Young Avenue in Boonsboro, Md., passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village in Boonsboro.

Born Dec. 6, 1916, in Zittlestown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Alvey Conroy and Orpha Estelle (Kline) Zittle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur A. Poffenberger, in 1990; and her two sons, Dennis Lee Poffenberger in 1951 and Ronald E. Poffenberger in 2003.

Jackie and her husband were the owners of the Boonsboro Hardware Store until their retirement in 1975.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boonsboro, where she had also been a member of the Trinity Lutheran Sisters.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be fondly remembered for her family dinners every Sunday at her home. She loved to cook and bake, and also enjoyed playing dominoes, cards and bingo. She will also be remembered for her love of trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna J. Dempsey and husband, Ray, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two sons, Arthur W. "Skip" Poffenberger and wife, Audrey, of Zittlestown, and W. Rennis and wife, Sara, of Marco Island, Fla., and England; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, her husband and her two sons, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George W. and Alvey H. Zittle; and four sisters, Naomia C. Gigeous, Hermia McKnight, Hattie V. Poffenberger and Alice M. Parsons.

A funeral ceremony will be Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 64 S. Main St., Boonsboro. The Rev. Joseph I. Donovan III will officiate. Final resting-place ceremonies will follow at Boonsboro Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, and Sunday one hour before the service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Boonsboro Ambulance and Rescue Service, P.O. Box 7, Boonsboro MD 21713; First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, 5 St. Paul St., Boonsboro, MD 21713; or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 64 S. Main St., Boonsboro MD 21713.

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