Eleanor Louise Porter Getgen
Eleanor Louise Porter Getgen, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, passed from this mortal existence and was reunited with her husband on Friday, May 23, 2014, in Williamsport, after a long and blessed life. She was born July 27, 1921, to Burdette McKinley Porter and Lydia Edith Schmelzle Porter in Ogdensburg, the eldest of four children.
Eleanor attended school in Ogdensburg and graduated from Canton High School in 1939. She was a graduate of Williamsport Business Institute. She worked as a secretary at Avco-Lycoming, where she met her sweetheart, Jack Eugene Getgen. They were married July 3, 1942, at Muncy Valley Methodist Church by the Rev. Fred Stiner. Several weeks later Jack was inducted into the service and served overseas in Europe during World War II until 1945. They wrote to one another every day during their separation.
Eleanor was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Together with Jack, they worked hard and raised a large family, quite a few steers, lots of chickens, sold eggs, strawberries and other produce. They enjoyed many adventures and traveled the world together.
She served her family, community and church throughout her life. She was a 4-H leader for over 25 years; served on the county board of elections in Old Lycoming Township; was an active member of the Bottle Run Grange; and founding member of the Christian Church at Cogan Station. She was a woman of great faith and had a profound influence for good on many people through her service and caring ways.
Eleanor is survived by her children, Bonnie Charron, of Oroville, Calif., James (Sue), of Penn Yan, N.Y., John (Rhonda), of Williamsport, Susan (Jon) Rey, of Sandy, Utah, Don, of Williamsport, Bart (Beth), of Williamsport; daughter-in-law, Rose; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth Porter. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack; her parents; daughter, Vickie; son, Brett; sister, Leona Butters; and brother, Roy Porter.
Friends may call during visitation at the Christian Church at Cogan Station, 5904 Lycoming Creek Road, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 28 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at the church. She will be laid to rest in the cemetery at the Christian Church at Cogan Station.
Our family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Eleanor and Jack during their later years.
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.