The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 24, 2013

Geraldine M. “Jeanne” Teufel, 92, Lewisburg

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — Geraldine M. “Jeanne” (Bennage) Teufel, 92, was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. She was a well-known resident of Watsontown for 58 years until January 2006 when she moved to the Rockwell Center in Milton. In October 2010, she moved to RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg, where she lived until her death.

She was born May 4, 1921, in rural New Columbia, a daughter of the late Albert and Mabel (Ranck) Bennage. She grew up as an avid tomboy and her Daddy’s helper on their farm. She married Lee M. Teufel in her home church of New Columbia Trinity Evangelical Church on Oct. 2, 1945, with the Rev. Samuel A. Snyder Jr. officiating. They enjoyed 47 years of marriage until his death on Oct. 30, 1992.

Geraldine was educated in Robin’s One-Room Country School and graduated from Milton High School with the Class of 1937. At the age of 20, she graduated with the Class of 1941 from Bucknell University as an English and French major.

She taught from 1941 to 1951 in several Union County schools as well as teaching English, French and social studies for five years in the Montgomery-Clinton High School.

She began teaching Sunday school in her early teens and continued for many years. She also taught children’s Good News Club in their Watsontown home. In April 1950, she transferred her church membership from the New Columbia church to Milton Evangelical United Brethren Church, now St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where she served on various committees and boards, along with teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir.

Geraldine enjoyed playing hymns on the piano and was glad she could continue to play well into her late 80s in services at the Rockwell Center. For many years, the Teufels visited shut-ins and conducted Sunday worship services in local nursing homes.

Geraldine is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Natalie (Truckenmiller) Teufel, of Schnecksville; two daughters and one son-in-law, Lois J. Parde, of Dillsburg, and Joy L. and Gene Newswanger, of Kempton; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia L. Shanahan; one brother, Stanley Bennage; and one sister, Pauline Bennage Virgilio.

There will be a public viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the funeral at 11, at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 102 Lower Market St., Milton, with Pastor Dale L. Hippensteel officiating.

Burial will follow adjacent to her beloved childhood family farm in Highland Cemetery, New Columbia.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mission Fund of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church or the Good News Club Inc. of Northumberland County, 53 Blue Hill Road, Northumberland, PA 17657-8667.

Arrangements are being handled by the Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, 125 N. Front St., Milton.

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