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Donald T. Summers, Sr.

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Donald T. Summers, Sr. of Carlisle, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his home. He was born on December 30, 1932, in Mt. Union, a son of the late William Frank Summers, Sr. and Grace P. (Jones) Summers.

Donald graduated in 1951 from Mt. Union High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Donald was a 1959 graduate of Shippensburg University. Mr. Summers graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. He served more than 40 years in education, teaching at many of the schools in south-central Pennsylvania. Among those schools were Mt. Union, Rock Hill Furnace, Shade Gap, Big Spring, and his last 27 years were spent at Bermudian Springs elementary and middle schools. Donald had a deep concern for people and always desired to serve others. He volunteered extensively at the Salvation Army, co-led Bible Study groups, worked and supported the C.A.R.E.S. program, served on the South Middleton School Board for 8 years, participated in events with the Senior citizens in Carlisle, and was an active member of Carlisle Alliance Church.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Jane A. (Steninger) Summers, his children; Rev. Daniel S. Summers and wife, Linda of York Springs, Donald T. Summers, Jr. and wife, Denise of Mount Airy, MD, Kathleen G. Murtoff and husband, Gary of Carlisle, and Joel C. Summers and wife, Nannette of Carlisle, one brother, John H. Summers Sr. of New Oxford and 18 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, William F. Summers and one sister, Jane Summers Chiodi.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Carlisle Alliance Church, 237 E. North St., Carlisle, with Pastor Tim Keller and Pastor Daniel Summers officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the missions department at the Carlisle Alliance Church.

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 I will always remember Mr. Summers for his warm personality and friendly nature. He will be sorely missed by all those whose lives became enriched by contact with him.

Charles E. Hursh


 Don was a good friend and a kind person who I taught with at Bermudian Springs for 16 years and enjoyed his friendship and his sense of humor. Don was a fine person who cared about others more than himself. He will be missed.

Norman Shimmel

My memories are of Mr. Summers from Shade Gap elementary in 1964 - 1965 as my 6th grade teacher. He was a very caring man. You have my heart felt sympathy at this time. Remember to celebrate his life not his death.

Cindy Brown Walter

 I am saddened to learn of Mr. Summers' passing; although joyous in that he will live eternally with our Father in heaven. I was a 6th grade student of Mr. Summers' at the Shade Gap Elementary and remember him fondly. I recall that my parents purchased the set of Encyclopedia Brittanica following his visit to our home. My prayers of sympathy are with his family.

Nancy (Hunsinger) Shellenberger

Jane, we are remembering you and your family in prayer. So sorry to hear about Don. Just getting to know you both at Ladore Camp. Your Canadian friends, John and Carol Blair from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

John E. Blair

Please know that we are praying for your family and that God's peace will surround you during this time and in the future. While I didn't know him, based on the son he raised, I can see he was a great man.

 John Burley

 Dear Summers family,
 I am sorry for your loss, Mr Summers was a great man.

Sandra Collins and family

As a member of the senior center I will never forget the kind words you spoke to me, when I told you I too was going through the radiation therapy. God was waiting for you with open arms, and my deepest sympathy to Jane, and the family. God comfort you all!

Delores Slear

 A mentor when I sorely needed one, Mr. Summers was my 5th grade teacher. He was firm and yet always encouraging. I hope now God will show him how many lives he touched.

Wesley H. Taylor


I was sorry to hear of Don's passing.

I still remember the encouraging letter that he wrote to me 25 years ago regarding my move to the big city for a new job.

I hope that your family is doing well.
David Dolly

I first knew "Mr Summers" as a teacher, then as a Christian Leader in the community, then as a great father and grandfather with an outstanding family that are impacting the worlds they live. He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him, but we will all remember him because he gave us all a little of himself though his loving, compassionate, humorous and knowledgeable personage. What a legacy he leaves. Rest in Peace and rejoice with all the Saints in Heaven..JIM SPERTZEL

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