Phyllis's Story

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Phyllis Marie Hassinger passed away Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Sequim, Wash.

Born May 5, 1924, in Middleburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late James and Bessie Herbster. She married her late husband, Harry Hassinger in 1943, with whom she was blessed to share 64 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on April 26, 2007.

Surviving are her children, Joanne Wood and husband Jim, of Sequim, and Robert Hassinger and wife Brenda, of Port Trevorton, Pa.; grandchildren, Annie Knouse and husband Jason, of Newport, Pa., Chelsea Alvarez and husband Colin, of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Shannan King, of Sequim; five great-grandchildren, Evan King, Gage Russell, Jordan Knouse, Khiana and Logan Maxton and Connor Alvarez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were brothers, Parke, Glenn, Bruce, Cloyd and Donald; and sisters, Dorothy Mitchell, Ruth Walter, Vesta Lessman and a sister in infancy.

Phyllis helped her husband on their dairy farm near Middleburg and also was a secretary to T.W. Erdley, treasurer at the Snyder County Courthouse, Middleburg. After retiring she and her husband joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Liberia, Africa, then moved to manage a private lodge near Loganton, Pa. In 1985, she and her husband moved to Alaska where they worked as campground hosts in Chicken, Alaska, Ekwok, Alaska, and finally to Denali National Park where Phyllis spent 23 summers as the campground host of Wonder Lake Campground. By the time she retired, she had volunteered more than 8,000 plus hours. She also volunteered hours of time sewing dog booties for dog sled teams running the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska.

She was a past worthy matron of Easter Star. Phyllis was a loving and generous person and a fantastic cook. She was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, apple pies and other goodies. She was a prolific letter-writer and she corresponded with friends around the world.

Memorial contributions can be made to the national park service at www.nationalparks.org/support/donate.

A memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown, with Pastor Ken Brown presiding.
Published on September 22, 2017
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