Ronna J. Halpin

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Ronna Jean Halpin, 505 Baker St., Minersville, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after a short battle with brain cancer.

Born in Port Jervis, N.Y., May 15, 1949, she was a daughter of Betty Jean Halpin and the late Ronald C. Halpin.

She was a graduate of Sparta High School, Sparta, N.J., and Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music education. In the Tri-Valley School District, she taught at Barry Township, Mahantongo Valley and Hegins-Hubley.

In 1992, she began teaching general music in the elementary schools and also chorus at the Tri-Valley Junior/Senior High School. She always had students involved in the Schuylkill County Chorus, and often in the PMEA District 10 and Region 5 choruses.

She was well loved by her students, who remember her as being a gentle and caring teacher with a ready sense of humor. She retired from the Tri-Valley School District in June 2006.

She was a member of PMEA, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, was a Schuylkill County Chorus director and played in the Third Brigade Band, Cressona Band, Pine Grove Band, Schuylkill County Symphony and many other small ensembles throughout the region.

She loved the ocean, camping, doing counted cross stitch, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

She was a long-time member of Schuylkill Christian Church, Schuylkill Haven. She leaves a legacy of faith, laughter and music that will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved her.

Left to honor her memory, in addition to her mother, are two sisters, Betsy Messerle and her husband, Richard, Port Jervis, N.Y., and Peggy Majos and her husband, Ted, Hampton Township, N.J.; a brother, Karl Halpin and his wife, Magda, of Belleville, N.J. She is also survived by two nieces, Deborah and Stellamarie Halpin; two nephews, Ricky and Bobby Messerle; her aunt, Alberta Maltby; four cousins and many loving friends.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 27, at Schuylkill Christian Church, 780 S. Route 183 across from Lake Wynonah. She asked that in lieu of flowers, donations in her name be made to Pottsville Area Music Endowment, 384 Center Ave., Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972, or her church, Schuylkill Christian Church, 134 Lake Front Drive, Deer Lake, PA 17961.

To extend condolences to the family online, visit, Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., has been entrusted with the arrangements with cremation services provided by Riverside Cremation Services LLC, both of Schuylkill Haven.

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