Jacque "Dawn" Harbach, of Linden, passed away March 20, 2014, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after an extended illness, surrounded by her family.
Born May 18, 1936, she was the daughter of Fred C. and Rhoda M. Harer. Upon her mother's death at age three, she lived with her Aunt Edna and Uncle Harry Rice who helped her father to raise her.
Dawn was a 1953 graduate of Jersey Shore High School, and a 1957 graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College. She was an orchestra member at both schools, playing the violin.
Dawn shared 50 years of marriage with her husband, the late Dear R. Harbach.
Dawn attended Mount Zion United Methodist Church as a child; as a young adult she chaired the Ladies Evangelism Committee. After her marriage in 1960, she joined her husband's home church, Trinity United Methodist of Jersey Shore, where she was a long time member. It was her childhood dream to become a missionary, and while she never strayed far from home, Dawn spent her life sharing her love of Jesus.
Dawn taught combined elementary grades at the former Woodward Township Elementary School for eight years, before she took on the role of a stay at home mother and homemaker.
Never really leaving the farm she grew up on, Dawn was a country girl at heart who enjoyed planting things and watching them grow, her friends and neighbors were often the beneficiaries of her gardening and canning efforts.
Dawn loved the outdoors, liked to hunt and enjoyed fishing with her father at his home in English Center, Pa. She was a life member of the N.R.A.
Dawn was a member and secretary of the Williamsport Sports Touring Club, and like her husband, participated in numerous local racing events.
Dawn served as the Piatt Township Republican Committee Woman for forty years and enjoyed "watching" the local elections where she had the opportunity to interact with her many friends.
Dawn enjoyed exploring genealogy and was the secretary for the Harbach family reunion for a number of years.
A person with a life-long disability, Dawn was limited in her ability to visit others, but was blessed with a network of wonderful friends and caregivers who not only came into her home, but spent hours visiting with her on the telephone and through written correspondence. Those small acts of kindness meant the world to her. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word on her lips for those who enjoyed the pleasure of her friendship.
Dawn is survived by her daughters, Denise A. (Charles) Diggan, with whom she lived and Darlene R. (Jerry) Wesneski of Williamsport; a grandson, Sean Diggan, three granddaughters, Patti Diggan, Angela and Danielle Wesneski; numerous nieces and nephews; and her two pet dogs.
Dawn was predeceased by her husband Dean, and a sister, Patricia Ann Harer.
Relatives and friends are invited to Dawn's Life Celebration service, Monday March 24, 2014, at noon, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, Pa. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Jersey Shore Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1407 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, PA 17740, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2040 Linglestown Road., Harrisburg, PA 17110
Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Ltd. "A Life Celebration Home" 1002 Allegheny St. Jersey Shore.
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