Doris B. Painter
January 23, 2013
Doris B. Painter, 89, of Orbisonia, PA, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at J. C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA.
Born January 28, 1923 at Mountain, WI, she was a daughter of the late Omer & Dora (Larsen) Belongia. She was married to S. Robert Painter, Sr., on April 22, 1944 by Rev. Bertram Davies of the First Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point, WI. Mr. Painter preceded in death January 4, 1985.
Mrs. Painter is survived by two children, Stephen R. Painter, Jr. of Charlotte, NC and Coreda Walker and her husband Thomas of Rockhill Furnace, PA. There are seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Dorothy Eilertson and her husband Carl of Oshkosh, WI. Five brothers, Wilfred, Orville, Eugene, Reuben and Blair Belongia, preceded in death.
Mrs. Painter was a member of the Orbisonia United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Mt. Union Chapter 280, Order of the Eastern Star, having served as Worthy Matron 1953 - 1954 and also as a Grand Representative of Grand Chapter.
Mrs. Painter received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central State Teachers College, Stevens Point, WI. She was a member of Primary Council, Sigma Tau Delta, Honorary English Fraternity and Omega Mu Chi Sorority. She also matriculated at Juniata College, Shippensburg University and Penn State University.
Following her college graduation she traveled with her husband to various military bases throughout the U. S., finally returning to Pennsylvania where she started her teaching career of forty years. She first taught at Mt. Union High School, then moved to Orbisonia where she taught elementary then high school. She retired from teaching as head of the English Department at Southern Huntingdon Co. High School. She was Teacher of the Year for 1987 - 88.
During her teaching career she was active in various extra curricular activities. She coached varsity girls basketball at both Mt. Union and Orbisonia High Schools and launched the Jr. High Girls Basketball program at Southern Huntingdon.
In addition to her sports activities, she was active in many other ways, directing class plays, serving as yearbook adviser and finally her favorite activity, assisting Bonnie Hiles in the production of numerous musicals. She will be remembered for her ingenuity and resourcefulness in that area.
Mrs. Painter was an avid golfer. She served as president of the Ladies Golf Association at the American Legion Country Club, Mt. Union, PA for several years and was a member of the Central Counties Golf Team.
Following her retirement, Mrs. Painter purchased a home in Venice, FL where she spent half the year. She continued to play golf there and enjoyed the southern living.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, 565 Ridgley St., Orbisonia, PA (map/directions) with Rev. Ed Seeley and Rev. Timothy Miller officiating. Interment will be made privately at the I. O. O. F. Memorial Cemetery, Rockhill Furnace, PA at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home 7 - 9 PM Thursday, January 31st and one hour prior to the service on Friday, February 1st.
Mt. Union Chapter 280, O. E. S. will conduct a memorial service at 8:30 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
Calling Hours - Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Funeral Service - Martin R. Brown Funeral Home - 10:00 a.m.