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Glendeane Mae Almond, age 72, passed away peacefully at home, June 28, 2017.
Glendeane was born August 16, 1944 at the Mary M. Packer Hospital, Sunbury, to Glen Hackett Campbell and Bertha Brosius Campbell (Klock). She received part of her father's name, Glen, as her first name, for at the time she was born, he was fighting in France with the 81st Airborne Division. She spent her childhood and school-age years in Sunbury graduating from Sunbury High School in 1962. She was a member of the National Honorary Society, listed in Who's Who Among Student Leaders in the Eighth Edition 1961-62 Student Leaders in High Schools of America, Tri-Hi-Y, School Times Newspaper, Torch Yearbook Staff, Archery Club, Bowling Club, N.R.A. Girl's Rifle Award 1961 and President of the Sunbury High School Rifle Club.

She contracted polio as a child and subsequently when she was twelve, required a long hospitalization and several surgeries at the Elizabethtown Children's Hospital. She was an active supporter of Rotary International's Polio Plus Program and became a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow because of her involvement in the program.

After high school, she attended Central Penn Business School, now Central Penn College, earning a degree as a Medical Secretary in the Health Information field. She subsequently took advanced courses and received further certifications. She was employed by the Sunbury Community Hospital and later the Selinsgrove Center in the Health Information field.

She was married to Dr. Charles R. Almond, April 22, 1972, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sunbury. They resided in Sunbury but then moved to Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia in 1979 when her husband joined the Faculty of Temple Medical School as one of the founding members of the Department of Family Medicine. Subsequently the family moved to Haddonfield, NJ when her husband was appointed as Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1990 the family moved back to Sunbury where she resided until the time of her death.

In 1987, she and her husband, who was a College member, attended the 200th Anniversary of the founding of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The College was founded in 1787 by Dr. Benjamin Rush, the only physician signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Rush was a close friend of Benjamin Franklin and Joseph Priestley. She got to meet and talk with President Ronald Reagan who was the guest speaker.

She was active in Sunbury Community Affairs, serving two terms as a co-chairman of the Sunbury Community Hospital's "Love and Care Street Fair", volunteering in the Hospital's Medical Record Department, serving as a member of the Day Care Nursery Board and the Staff Parish Relations Committee of the Otterbein United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Pennsylvania German Society and the Friends of the Degenstein Community Library.

She decorated her Packer Street home which was featured in Sunbury Christmas and Garden tours.

Her ancestors, the Campbells and the Renns, were members of Malick's Mile Run Church, Lower Augusta Township, United Brethren in Christ, the predecessor of Sunbury's Otterbein United Methodist Church. The Mile Run School was on the church property. A 1900 school photo includes ancestors Blanche Renn, Bryson and Savilla Campbell, Howard and Calvin Klock. Although the Malick's church building no longer exists, the cemetery is still there.

While living in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia and later in Haddonfield, she was class mother at the Chestnut Hill Academy, The Springside School, Haddonfield Friends School and Haddonfield Elementary School. She was a member of the staff at the Beechwood School in Haddonfield, N.J. She also did volunteer work at the Presbyterian churches in Chestnut Hill and Haddonfield. She enjoyed taking courses at Chestnut Hill College.

She enjoyed traveling with her family to our National Parks, New York City, The New Jersey Shore, Florida, Virginia, Maine, Arizona, California, Washington State, British Columbia, US Virgin Islands, England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, riding horses at Arizona Dude ranches and visiting our many friends in France and Germany. She attended the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Italy was her favorite European country.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time and going on outings and trips with her three grandchildren Samantha, Julian and Lexi.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Richard Almond, MD, son Peter Benjamin Almond, daughter Kathleen Elizabeth Almond, brother Herbert Campbell and three wonderful grandchildren Julian, Samantha and Lexi. Her sister, Linda Kerstetter, preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Degenstein Community Library, Rotary Polio Plus c/o Sunbury Rotary Club, PO Box 202, Sunbury, PA 17801.

Arrangements will be announced by the family and the Zweier Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pomfret Manor Cemetery.
Published on July 8, 2017
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