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Daily Item Obituaries

June 18, 2014

Mary L. Peterson Messinger, 92, Lewisburg

— LEWISBURG— Mary Lee Peterson Messinger, 92, of Lewisburg, formerly of Mansfield, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at home in Lewisburg.

She was born in Blossburg, the daughter of Mary Eleanor (Judge), originally of Mansfield, and Herbert Gerhard Peterson, originally of Arnot.

She was raised in Mansfield, graduating from Mansfield Senior High School in 1939. She had one brother, the late Dr. Herbert Gerhard Peterson Jr., a radiologist, who died in California at age 37 in 1960. Mary Lee attended Penn Hall Junior College in Chambersburg for one year, then graduated from Syracuse University in 1943. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and president of the Panhellenic Council at Syracuse.

In September 1944, she married her college classmate, Ernest Anderson, who had entered the Naval Air Corps after graduation. Within the year, Lt. Anderson’s small plane went down off the coast of Florida in a routine flying mission and was never found. As a young widow, Mary Lee returned to Mansfield and later moved to Ithaca, N.Y., to work in the business office of Ithaca College. There, she met her future husband, Robert G. Messinger, of Kingston, N.Y., a student who had returned to complete his music degree after serving in the war. In 1948, she and Bob were married and moved to Watertown, N.Y., where Bob was a teacher.

In 1950, Mary Lee and Bob moved to Mansfield, where Bob joined his father-in-law in the family business, T.W. Judge Co. Judge’s was founded by Mary Lee’s grandfather, Tom William Judge, around 1900. During her 71 years in Mansfield, she was a pillar of the community, well known to many local residents, just as her mother and father were. She enjoyed life to the fullest with family and friends. She was a devoted, lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church and, in recent years, was graciously ministered to by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lewisburg.

A member of the Corey Creek Golf Club, which was founded by her father, she was an enthusiastic participant in ladies golf, playing with many of her closest friends. She was president of the Northern Pennsylvania Arts Council, president of the Blue Monday Investment Club, of Wellsboro, and a board member of the North Penn Health Center. For a remarkable 70 years, celebrated in April of this year, Mary Lee was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, an international organization that supports education in women. She was a member of Chapter D, of Mansfield, and later Chapter BV, of Lewisburg, whose members welcomed and lovingly embraced her when she moved to town.

Bob and Mary Lee were honored by their selection as Citizens of the Year in Mansfield in 2003. That year, they moved to RiverWoods retirement community in Lewisburg, but never forgot their roots in Mansfield or the friends they cherished. After Bob’s passing, Mary Lee continued to live at RiverWoods thanks to the loving concern of her loyal caregivers.

Mary Lee will be remembered for her everlasting sense of humor and positive attitude, her beautiful family home, where she lived much of her life and enjoyed hosting many guests, her many funny sayings, the personal notes she wrote to friends, her generosity and kindness to all, her dedication to family, church and community, and her love of family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Lee Stearns and her husband, David, of Bluffton, S.C., and their daughter, Erin, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and her daughter, Nan Lansinger and her husband, Bob, of Rosemont, and children, Reed, of Conshohocken, Peter, of New York, N.Y., and Diana, of Rosemont.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, in St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield. A celebration of her life also will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the second-floor lounge at RidgeCrest, 270 RidgeCrest Circle, Lewisburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 18 St. James St., Mansfield, PA 16933.

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    DINSMORE, ELEANORE F., 83, of Selinsgrove. Celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 S. Market St., Selinsgrove. V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, Selinsgrove.

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    GANTT, WESLEY J. JR., 58, of Middleburg. Visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, followed by funeral at 2.

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