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Virginia W. Arter, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, peacefully at her home,
after a courageous battle following an Auto Accident with a drunk driver. She was born in Marysville on January 8, 1926
to John and Rebecca (Sheaffer) Gutshall both deceased. She was the widow of the Reverend Donald E. Thompson after 42
years of marriage. She is survived by Patrick H. Arter Jr, her husband of 27 1/2 years, and high school sweetheart. She has 2-sisters; Natlee Linn of Enola, and Charlene Hicks, deceased. Virginia had 5-children; Donna Berman (David) of Columbia,
MD, twins; Garth (Lynne) of Hanover, Dorian (Judy), of Williamsport, Irene Dorsey, deceased, and Connie Thompson
of Camp Hill. She has eight-Grandchildren, and nine-Great-Grandchildren whose birthdays she never forgot. She has five Nephews, and one Niece, her name sake, Virginia Linn of, Camp Hill. She fostered a teenager, adopted dogs of all
breeds, and cooked and feed everyone with delicious meals. Virginia graduated with a Master's Degree in Education,
one of her proudest moments, from Shippensburg University in 1962. She did this while raising five children. She generally
taught first grade but taught all grades up to sixth in various school districts until she retired from Johnstown School District in 1990. While living in Johnstown she was named woman of the year in 1980 by the American Association of
University Women. Virginia is fondly remember for her beautiful hats as "The Hat Lady", and of course, she belonged to
the Red Hat Society. She was also a member of the Cenpenn Beachcombers Shell Club with an extensive collection of her Shells. She completed numerous needlework projects, painted, did ceramics, and was a member of the Audubon society. She hooked rugs and was a member of the Loose Noodles. She was the subject of articles in the Patriot News and the Johnstown Tribune and the WGAL for her advanced thinking, social activities, and historical background.
She wrote a chapter in a book published about the history of women in Cambria County. Virginia worked tirelessly in all capacities for her church, Zion Lutheran in Enola. She will be celebrated with a viewing Monday, September 11, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8;30 PM at the church. A viewing will be held at the church at 10:00 AM Tuesday, September 12, 2017 with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. The interment will follow the service at Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill before a buffet at the church. We would like to thank HomeInstead and Compassionate Care, for their care and assistance. Contributions in Virginia's name can be made to Zion Lutheran Church 265 N. Enola Dr. Enola, PA 17025
Published on September 9, 2017
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