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Allen Smetzer

Allen Emmert Smetzer

Thursday, November 13th, 1924 - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
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Allen Emmert Smetzer, age 94, of Chambersburg PA, passed from this life on Saturday, March 23, 2019, and entered into His Eternal Rest. He was born in Waynesboro PA, to George E. and Thelma L. (Harne) Smetzer. He grew up in Waynesboro, and was a 1942 graduate of the Waynesboro High School.
Allen enlisted in the United States Army in March 1943, served in Europe with the 8th Infantry Division (Pathfinder), 28th Infantry Regiment, and received his honorable discharge in December 1945. He was awarded The Purple Heart with one oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Ribbon and The Bronze Star.
In the spring of 1946, Allen met the love of his life, Norma Elaine Wilhide, in Waynesboro PA. They married on September 28, 1946, and soon started their family. From 1946 until 1978, Allen was the manager for the retail store Joe, the Motorists’ Friend, located in Charlottesville VA and Chambersburg PA. After retiring from Joe’s in 1978, Allen worked part-time for Glenn Miller Auto Parts in Chambersburg PA.
Throughout his life, Allen loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a devoted, loving and protective husband, father, grandfather and brother, and was a loyal friend. He was a humble, honest and reserved man, whose quiet faith sustained him through his life and his final days.
Some of Allen’s favorite activities included camping, playing horseshoes, playing golf and leisure travel. He also found joy in family pets. He was an active member of The American Legion Post 46, The Charles Nitterhouse Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1599, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 79, and The Marine Corps League, in Chambersburg PA.
Allen is survived by his wife of 72 years, Norma W. Smetzer; his daughters Nancy Strite of Fayetteville PA, Ellen Fassio and Rev. Barbara Witter (Rev. Alan) of Chambersburg PA, and Susan Baldassari (Robert) of Vienna VA; his grandchildren William Robinson (Kim), Ryan Hopple, Paul Hopple, Jennifer Mason (Mike), Aaron Witter (Dawn), Brandon Baldassari (Charlotte), Stephen Baldassari and Amanda Baldassari; 10 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. One granddaughter, Cynthia Robinson, preceded him in death. Allen was also preceded in death by his siblings Betty Etter, Charles Smetzer, and Ray Smetzer. His sister, Dorothy Smetzer resides in Florida.
A celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 in the Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA, with Rev. Alan Witter and Rev. Barbara Witter officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the service begins at 1:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Road, Chambersburg, PA; or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 541, Scotland, PA 17254. The Smetzer family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Shook Home, Myers Home Healthcare, Comfort Keepers, and SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care.
Online condolences may be offered on his Book of Memories page at geiselfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
  • Service

    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 1:30pm
    Chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Road


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Donna Martz Wishard

Posted at 01:12pm
Norma and family, We would like to extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of Mr. Smetzer. Our parents, Donald "Bud" and Jo Martz who were friends of yours, spoke very highly of your family when we were growing up. I have pictures of Mr. Smetzer and Dad in their uniforms and Mr. and Mrs. Smetzer holding their twin Daughters. It was a lovely obituary that told how he was a devoted and loving Husband, Father and Grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends,
With our Deepest Sympathy at this difficult time - Donna Martz Wishard, Wayne Martz, and Debby Martz Mouer

Comfort Keepers

Posted at 12:04pm
We here at Comfort Keepers would like to extend our condolences to Allen's family. Our staff, Julie & Nancy really enjoyed the time they got to spend with Allen. Julie said she enjoyed getting to know and taking care of Allen. He always had her laughing. The one thing she will always remember about him will be the love he had for his wife. No matter how rough his memory got, he would always come downstairs and kiss her good morning and pray over breakfast and thank God for her. Made be her believe that real love does last. Nancy said one of her fondest memories was when he would wake up and sit up and look out his window. Often depending on the weather he would reminisce about being in the military. She enjoyed hearing his stories. She also said that she loved seeing the deep love he had for his wife and that he always made sure he told her he loved her. She agreed with Julie in that in today's world it is so nice to see such true love after so many years. Both of these ladies will miss Allen and want the family to know that their thoughts and prayers are with "the love of his life" and his family. Comfort Keepers is honored to have had the chance to experience such a wonderful family. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives.

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