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Valdessa I Stuempfle
Valdessa I. (Corson) Stuempfle, age 90, 205 Edgar Ave., Bloomsburg, died at 6:15 p. m. Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient.
Born in Williamsport on Nov. 27, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Irene M. (White) Corson. She was a 1947 graduate of Williamsport High School and a resident of Bloomsburg since 1973.
Dessie was employed by the former Bell Telephone Co., in Williamsport as a switchboard operator prior to her marriage
An active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Espy, where was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA). She also belonged to the Danville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); American Legion Auxiliary; the Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary; and was a life member of the Espy Fire Co. Auxiliary and of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Dessie was an active volunteer for many groups, including the American Red Cross; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; and the Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital. She was a former Girl Scout leader.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 60 years, E. Ray Stuempfle on Jan. 17, 2010; two brothers, Eugene J. Corson and Richard Kohlberger.
Dessie is survived by a son, Rev. Richard R. Stuempfle, and his wife Cindy of York; three daughters: Sharon I., wife of Steven Weaver, Brick, N.J.; Nancy R. Dincher, Williamsport; Ellen L., wife of Charles Rubenstein, Bloomsburg; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; a sister, Freda M. , wife of Vern Pidcoe of Jeffersonville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4 p. m. in St. John Lutheran Church, 2575 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg (Espy) with her pastor, Rev . Gordon E. Smith, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. The family will receive friends from 3:30 - 4:00 p. m.
In lieu of flowers, friends may remember Dessie with a contribution to either the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg or St. John Lutheran Church, 2575 Old Berwick Rd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
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In honor of my mother, who enjoyed helping out at the BTE, bringing me along to assist her in ushering on several occasions. She and my dad, Ray, always enjoyed helping and watching the productions.
sharon sturempfle Nov 4 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Dessie, Thank you for your and Ray's support through the years. Thank you for always being honest with me and letting me know when things needed attention. We'll miss you with your team on show nights, but I have a feeling you'll be watching.
Jon White-Spunner Oct 11 2019 12:00 AM
It is a sad day here at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, with the passing of Dessie. For those of us who help found the company way back in the late 70's, Dessie has been a significant (and imposing, in her modest way) connection to the early years. She shared hugs with us along with encouragement and critical comments. We knew what she liked, and what she didn't like! Thank you for your honesty and support. You'll be missed.
James Goode Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM
I remember you! She and Dad loved the Follies as did I. Great memories, thank-you.
Ellen Stuempfle Rubenstein Oct 9 2019 12:00 AM
Dear Family, I am sorry to read of Dessie's passing. We worked together on "THE FOLLIES", shows to benefit the Bloomsburg Hospital... We had many laughs together... She was a wonderful lady...
Denise A Stout Oct 8 2019 12:00 AM