Wanda J. Gaskin, 91, of Carlisle, died Monday, February 8,
2010, at Thornwald Home, Carlisle. She was born on Sunday, August 4, 1918, in DuPont, PA, and was a daughter of the late Stanley
and Sophia (Potocka) Rakowski and the widow of SFC. (Ret.) Joseph A. Gaskin, USA, who died Dec. 4, 1976.
Wanda earned her G.E.D. and was a homemaker. She was of Catholic
faith and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading, politics and spending time with her loving family. Wanda championed her
son Joseph’s efforts in ensuring his daughter Lydia’s inclusive education and ground-breaking class action lawsuit
in Federal Court, which opened doors for inclusive education for 250,000 student with I.E.P.’s. in Pennsylvania. She
was preceded in death by two brothers; Felix and Stephen Rakowski, two sisters; Bernice Vukmirovich and Lillian Rakowski and
one son-in-law, Fred Lipton.
She is survived by three daughters: Dr. Felicia A. Gaskin,
PhD (and her husband, Dr. Shu-Man Fu) of Charlottesville, VA; Lillian B. Gaskin, Esq. of Washington DC and Mary J. Gaskin,
Esq. (and her husband, James Annelin) of The Woodlands, TX; one son, Joseph J. (and his wife, Karen) Gaskin of Carlisle; nine
grandchildren: Kai-Ming Fu, Kai-Mei Fu, Alissa Lipton, Eric Lipton, Elisa Annelin, Moira Annelin, Quinn Annelin, Emily Sitch
and Lydia Gaskin; six great-grandchildren: Gabrielle Fu, Abigail Fu, Isaac Preiner, Oscar Preiner, Calvin Sitch, Samantha
Sitch and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February
12, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Patrick Catholic Church, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle with Rev. Olusola H. Adewole, OP as the
celebrant. Burial will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. A viewing will held on Thursday from 7 - 8:00
p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and where a prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 152 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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Joe & Family,
Our thoughts & prayers
are with you at this time.
John & Alicia Navratil - Carlisle, PA
Dear Joe and Family,
Please accept my condolences
on the loss of your mother. The world of inclusive education has lost one of its champions. Her influence and inspiration
will live on through the efforts of the Gaskin family.
Wishing you peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
Dear Felicia, Lillian, Mary, Joe, and families,
was my privilege and honor to have met Mrs. Gaskin. My sincere condolences for you at the passing of your mother.
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my
covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter
of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Joe, Karen & family
Our thoughts and prayers
are with you at this time.
Frances & Howard Long
Our condolences to you all. I am the daughter of Bernice
Vukmirovich, Wanda's sister. Though I did not know Wanda my mom spoke of her often. It was nice to be able to read her obituary
and see her picture online. We will have Mass offered for Wanda. God Bless!
Maruszka (Mary) Hufstader Lowell,
Hello Joe, Karen, Lydia and family,
have my deepest symphathy for your loss! I hope that you find comfort in your fond memories of her life with you!
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