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Wanda V. Metzger

Wanda V. Metzger           

COUDERSPORT, Pa….Wanda Virginia Gooch Metzger, 94, passed away at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, on Saturday, December 21, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.

Born November 22, 1925 in Coudersport, she was the daughter of C. Jay and H. Beryl Arnett Gooch. She graduated from Coudersport High School in 1944. She married Arthur E. Metzger, December 16, 1944 at the family farm on Crandall Hill, Hebron Township. He predeceased her in 1983.

In addition to her work on the family’s farm, she worked for HR Tool Company, then in the Potter County Treasurer’s office in Coudersport, before moving to Rome, N.Y. to take a job with the Department of Defense at Griffiss Air Force Base. Her 34 years as a federal employee also included stints for the Department of Defense at Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown and Tobyhanna Army Depot. She concluded her career at the New Cumberland Army Depot where she was named Employee of the Year for 1991 for her outstanding work during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Always active in her community, Wanda began volunteering at Fredericksen Public Library in Camp Hill upon her retirement in 1997. In her 21 years of volunteer service, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award twice and co-chaired the Friends’ Spring and Fall Book Sales for many years.

She was a member of American Business Women’s Association, Camelot Chapter for 26 years, serving on various committees and being named Woman of the Year in 1994 and 2010. She served as elected Inspector of Elections in her voting precinct in Lemoyne Borough for eight years. She was one of the first women admitted to the Garden Club of the West Shore.

She was also a member of NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees) and First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport.

For many years, Wanda supported special activities at the Austin Area School district where her son was a teacher.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Roger) Wilkerson, Portland, Oregon; a son Arthur E. (Jane) Metzger Jr., Coudersport; granddaughter Kate (Jonathan) Day, Colville, Washington; grandson Joseph (Jennifer) Metzger, Palmer, Alaska; great grandchildren Rowan and Amelia Day and Matteson Lynne Metzger; sister-in-law Dawn Metzger Newton, Coudersport, and many nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents and husband, Wanda was predeceased by two sisters, Marie Snyder and Dana Kenyon; and two brothers, Everett Gooch and Lester Gooch, all of Coudersport.

Memorial contributions may be made in Wanda Metzger’s name to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915 or Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th Street, Camp Hill, PA, 17011. 

Family and friends are invited to attend graveside burial services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, in Woodland Cemetery (Five Corners), Hebron with her pastors, the Rev. Warren Cederholm and Pastor Donald Caskey, of the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, officiating.

 

The family will celebrate her life at a memorial service in the spring of 2020 at a place and time to be announced.   

 

Wanda’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Wanda, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home’s Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

 

 




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We extend our deepest sympathy to Wanda's family. We learned to know her as a faithful member of the Garden Club of the West Shore. She was a friendly and outgoing member, and will be missed.
Raymond Brooks, Secretary of the Garden Club of the West Shore

Raymond Brooks Dec 30 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you, Sue. She surely LOVED going to Curves.

Carol Metzger Wilkerson Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

You will always be remembered for you sweet disposition, soft voice and willingness to help others. You were truly missed when you retired from USASAC and left a hole in our daily lives. It was a blessing to call you a friend and coworker. May your family find peace and comfort at this time. If we reach out our hands we know that you will always be here by our sides.
Paul and Dorothy Snesavage

paul Snesavage Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

I met Wanda at Curves. She was a joy to be around. When she found out that I was a NARFE member, she urged me to attend their meetings, and although I usually had another obligation on meeting days, I did manage to attend a couple times, mostly because of her urging. Wanda had a wonderful sense of humor. Everyone at Curves loved her. I remember when we celebrated her 90th birthday. I also remember when she was diagnosed with cancer and her valiant fight against it. I know your loss is great. and I extend my sincere sympathy to the entire family. I will never forget her.

Sue Marcus Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

I will miss my sweet friend, Wanda. Many wonderful memories. I met Wanda working the polls at Election Day many years ago. She introduced me to ABWA and met another. Wanda was always there for me. We enjoyed getting together for breakfast and sharing stories and laughter. She was a very special lady I admired. Carol, her daughter, and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all.

Debra Yates Dec 24 2019 12:00 AM

A good friend for so many years - I will miss her dearly. I have so many wonderful memories of all the good times we had together, all the places we went together, and all the things we did together. There are no words to describe the impact this wonderful lady had on my life. My deepest condolences to Carol and Art and their families.

Mabel Jackson Dec 24 2019 12:00 AM

I only worked with har a short while before she retired at New Cumberland. We had mutual friends, so we kept in touch after her retirement. She will be missed. My deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

Kay Schweitzer Dec 23 2019 12:00 AM

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