Jessie Schmitthenner, 100, Retired Music Teacher and Choir Director

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Jessie Schmitthenner
Jessie Schmitthenner

WILLIAMSBURG — Jessie Schmitthenner, 100, of Dushore, Penn., and Williamsburg, died suddenly Monday, June 14, 2021, at her apartment in Virginia. She was born Jessie May Walton on May 9, 1921, in Pottsville, Penn., daughter of the late George D. and Dorothy I. (Lavenburg) Walton.

She graduated from Pottsville High School in 1939 and Susquehanna University with a major in music in 1943.

Jessie was a music educator, having taught in multiple Pennsylvania public schools. A lifelong Lutheran, her vocation was as a church musician, directing choirs, playing the organ, and lending her voice to choirs in parishes throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Until her retirement from civic activities, she was active in the Dushore Music Club, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and her honorary music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, serving several offices in Pennsylvania and mentoring college chapters.

Jessie recently celebrated her 100th birthday, with a reception at her residence in Williamsburg, and then with a party for friends and family at her home on Dutch Mountain, Penn.

Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, John William Schmitthenner Jr., Esq., in 2005; and sister, Dorothy Griffiths (Pottsville).

She is survived by her three children, Susanne Schmitthenner of Dushore, Penn., and Haddonfield, N.J., Carolyn England (Atty. David) of Yorktown, and John W. Schmitthenner III (Brenda) of San Diego, Calif. She had five grandchildren, Atty. Christian Schmitthenner (Candace) of San Diego, Calif., Dr. Jared Schmitthenner (Dr. Jenny Philip) of Madison, Wis., Dr. Jennifer England (William Cumberland) of Denver, Colo., Scott England (Becca) of Lansdale, Penn., and Shawn England, Wood Ridge, N.J. She delighted in her seven great-grandchildren, Samuel, Audrey, and John Schmitthenner, Julian and Miles Cumberland, and Elise and Celeste England.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 28, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Williamsburg. Calling hours will held during a reception following the service. Interment will take place at 3 p.m., Friday, July 23, in the BellaSylva Cemetery in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church Music Ministry, 612 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg VA 23185; or the Sullivan County Food Pantry, P.O. Box 55, Dushore, PA 18614.

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