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Shirley I. Luckenbaugh died peacefully in her home December 18th, 2023 at the age of 83 years, surrounded by her loving family.

Shirley was born on March 12, 1940 in Hanover, PA to Rolandus F. and Edna V. Mummert.

Shirley attended Hanover High School. She worked at the Forest Park Amusement Center along with many of her friends. She married her sweetheart Harold G. Luckenbaugh Sr. on September 21st, 1957.

Harold and Shirley lived in the Pigeon Hills for a majority of their lives. They raised 3 children, Harold G. Luckenbaugh Jr., Norma Jean (Luckenbaugh) Kuntz, and Tammy Jo (Luckenbaugh) Esaley. Eventually they moved to the Stoverstown area and continued to enjoy their years together in their new home as a retired couple.

Harold and Shirley were married for 65 years before his death in March 2023.

Shirley is survived by her son Harold (Harry) G. Luckenbaugh Jr. and his forever girlfriend, Leslie (Mann) Cooke, daughter Norma Jean (Luckenbaugh) Kuntz and her husband Kevin M. Kuntz, daughter Tammy Jo (Luckenbaugh) Esaley and her husband Robert A. Esaley.

She is also survived by her 2 brothers, Dale J. Mummert of Hanover, PA and Merl E. Mummert of Smithville, PA. Shirley was predeceased by her brothers Melvin Mummert, Harold Mummert, Raymond Mummert and 2 Sisters, Nadine Scott and June Messinger.

Shirley is also survived by her Grandchildren, Troy L. Luckenbaugh, Corey A. Link and his wife Sallie (Polak) Link, Travis M. Luckenbaugh, David R. Kuntz and his longtime girlfriend Diana Moore, Cody A. Esaley and his girlfriend Kim Smith, Carly I. Esaley, Zachary Esaley and his wife Jessica. Also, his Great Grandchildren Audrey Luckenbaugh, Logan Luckenbaugh, Landon Luckenbaugh, Alex Groft and Layton Esaley. And one great-great grand-daughter Lainie Luckenbaugh.

Shirley had many friends in the neighborhood and community. She loved to keep busy with her sewing, crafting and basket creations. She enjoyed Bingo and spending time with her family. Mom loved to contribute her time and energy to helping with our family reunion. She was a big part of the family gatherings and kept the family close together.

Shirley retired from The Hanover Evening Sun in 2009. She worked at Revonah Pretzel when the children were young and then as a housekeeper for many years. Her most important job was raising her children properly and teaching them family values. She took great pride in making sure we all had fun times such as trips to the zoo, lake, skating rink, and amusement parks. Her love and support continued as she cared for her grandchildren. As a grandma, she provided her grandchildren with the same exciting experiences.

We were so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving Mother who always made us feel special. She had a gift for making each of us feel we could accomplish anything we set our minds to. Her encouragement and support helped us survive all of life’s ups and downs.

Shirley was a member of Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church for over 60 years. She was a very kind, caring, giving, generous person and will be missed by all who knew her.

Thank you Mom! You may have left us but we will never forget you and look forward to reuniting with you and Daddy someday. We thank God for allowing us the time we had with you and Dad. It has been a great life with you as our parents.

The viewing will be held at Kenworthy Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. at 269 Frederick St., Hanover, PA 17331 from 6-8 pm on Friday December 22, 2023 also from 10 -11 am on Saturday December 23, 2023 at Mount Carmel Lutheran Church on Moulstown Rd, Hanover.

Funeral service will be conducted at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church on Moulstown Rd., Hanover, PA 17331 on Saturday, December 23rd at 11 am.

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Posted online on December 20, 2023

Published in The Evening Sun

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