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William H. "Bill" Hackenberg, 97, of Beavertown, entered eternal rest on June 22, 2016, at Brookdale Grayson View where he was a resident for the past 12 days.

He was born Dec. 18, 1918, in Penns Creek, a son of the late James A.G. and Sallie E. (Swineford) Hackenberg. On July 18, 1941, he married Marion A. Tittle who survives. They would have celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this coming July 18.

Bill was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army. He graduated from F.A. Fleisher Technical Institute of Watchmaking & Jewelry in Holidaysburg in 1949.

Mr. Hackenberg opened, owned and operated Hackenberg's Jewelry Store in Beavertown for more than 45 years. Early in his career he also was employed at Valsing's Jewelry Store, Selinsgrove. His work was his hobby.

Bill was a long time, faithful member of St. Paul's Reformed Church, Beavertown. Over the years, he served on the Church Council as Elder and Deacon, served on three ministerial search committees, and was Trustee for many years. He was also a life time member of Rescue Hose Co., Beavertown.

He was a gifted musician and served as a member of the Penns Creek Orchestra earlier in life.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one son, Willis E. Hackenberg and wife, Jacqueline, of Beavertown; one daughter, Pamela A. Shaffer and husband, Stan, of Middleburg; five grandchildren, Cole Hoffen, of Gettysburg, Steven Hackenberg, of South Caroline, Matthew Hackenberg, of Mechanicsburg, Cam Shaffer, of Middleburg, and Jenise Hoffman, of Richfield; and nine great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Caitlin Probst, Eirian and Kylie Hackenberg, Gradie, Cali and McCormick Shaffer, Banks and Drue Hoffman.

Bill was preceded in death by two sons, Robert J., in 1989 and Terry L., in infancy; sister, Clara S. Mitchell; one brother, John G. Hackenberg; and a sister in infancy.

The family wishes to thank Bill's caregivers for their services over the past 20 months and Evangelical Hospice for their professionalism and assistance in Bill's care.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Reformed Church, Beavertown, with the Rev. Carl H. Bergerson officiating.

Burial will follow in Penns Creek Union Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2000 Linglestown Road, Suite 201, Harrisburg, PA 17110, in Robert's name in memory of his father, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements are by the Pheasant Funeral Home, 316 W. Market St., Beavertown.
Published on June 23, 2016
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