Bernard Washabaugh

Bernard Washabaugh

Thursday, October 31st, 1940 Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Bernard L. Washabaugh

Mr. Bernard L. Washabaugh, 80, of Chambersburg, PA passed away surrounded by family Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in the Chambersburg Hospital. Born October 31, 1940 in Chambersburg he was the son of the late Herbert H. and Margaret Irene (Spahr) Washabaugh.

He attended Corpus Christi Catholic School and then graduated from the Chambersburg High School in the Class of 1959. Mr. Washabaugh was an outstanding athlete in football and basketball.

His working career consisted of the Stanley Company for 28 years and as an auditor and supervisor for the Auditor General’s Office of Pennsylvania for 19 years.

Mr. Washabaugh was a life-long member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. The focus of his life was “family”, church, and following his sons and grandchildren in their sports and life experiences. He coached midget football, little league baseball and senior basketball for a number of years.

He was a member of Chambersburg Town Council representing the Fifth Ward for 28 years and served as the council president for 12 years as well as the vice president for 6 years.

Mr. Washabaugh was significantly involved in several important Chambersburg Area projects, such as, Exit 7, Downtown Memorial Park, the rezoning of the land which made way for the Norland Ave. Shopping Mall, and the rehabilitation of the Chambersburg Rec. Center.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia M. “Ginny” (Ardillo) Washabaugh, and they had three sons, Bernard L. Washabaugh, II, Christopher J. Washabaugh, and William H. “Bill” Washabaugh (Bobbi) all of Chambersburg; a granddaughter, McKensi; grandson, Spencer.; another special person in his life, Kim Bupp; several special step-grandchildren, Corey, Lauren, Tucker, Gretchen, Brylee, Hutson and Brynnsyn Hill; a brother, Donald Washabaugh of Florida; three sisters, Mona Etter of Chambersburg, Karen Washabaugh of Maryland and Sandra DeShong (Elliott) of Chambersburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by four brothers, Ted, Edward, James and Richard and five sisters, Doris, Peg, Linda, Deborah and Susan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 23, 2020, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 320 Philadelphia Avenue Chambersburg, with the Rev. Richard Lyons officiating.

A time of reflection will be held at the funeral home from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 22, for people to pay their respects. The family will be present from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in the Thomas L Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg. CDC social distancing and mask requirements will be in place at both the funeral home and the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, 5051 Letterkenny Rd W, Chambersburg, PA 17201 in memory of Bernie.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Please be mindful of social distancing, limiting hugs, handshakes etc., and following the recommended CDC guidelines in regards to COVID.
  • Service

    Monday, November 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Corpus Christi Catholic Church
    320 Philadelphia Ave.
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    Monday, November 23rd, 2020
    Father Richard Lyons

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Maya Mapp

The Shippensburg University Office of Admissions team sends our deepest condolences for your loss. A donation to Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has been made in honor of Mr. Washabaugh.
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Shippensburg University Office of Admissions

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jim Foltz

Virginia , Bernie, Chris and Bill Long ago two young kids came together on a football field in Chambersburg. That was the start of a city kid and a farm boy becoming the same as brother’s. I found my way to a little town of North East, Pa. ,there unknown to me we both found the love of our lives. It hurts to know that your husband ,your dad is gone .May god be with you and comfort you in this time. Until we meet again. Jim & Loreta Foltz
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Alan Calta

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
May the Lord give you comfort and peace in your time of bereavement.
Alan & Judy Calta
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Please accept our most sincere condolences at this difficult time. With love from Robin and Roni Becker and family
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