Padjen, 94, of Camp Hill and formerly a longtime resident of Carlisle, passed away Monday, August 29, 2011, at the Woods of
Cedar Run, Camp Hill. Sam was born in Steelton on July 9, 1917, a son of the late Anna and Andrew Padjen.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sister, Kathryn Diebler, and brother, Steve Padjen.
Sam was a graduate of Steelton High School, class of 1935, and
graduated from Dickinson College in 1939, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and was an all-around athlete, excelling
in football. Sam held several Dickinson football records for 50 or more years, including career rushing,
touchdowns, total points and yards per carry. Sam’s accomplishments on the football field led to
such honors as induction into the Dickinson College Sports Hall of Fame (1969), the South Central PA Sports Hall of Fame (1982),
and the PA Sports Hall of Fame (1984).
After graduation from Dickinson, Sam was a teacher and assistant coach at Carlisle High School
for several years before working for Standard Piezo Company as director of its recreation program. During
World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. After his discharge from the Navy, Sam joined
the former Carlisle Tire & Rubber Co, where he was employed until his retirement from the Carlisle SynTec division in
1982. Sam then worked as a tipstaff at Cumberland County Courthouse until 1999.
Sam was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Carlisle, where he
had served as president of the Board of Trustees and was also active in the United Methodist Men’s Club.
He was also a past member of the Carlisle School Board and the Carlisle YMCA board, as well as a charter member of
the Y’s Men’s Club. Sam also served on the board for the Cumberland-Perry ARC. As
a member of the Central PA-PIAA officials chapter, Sam enjoyed officiating high school football and basketball, and had the
honor of being selected as an official during one of the Big 33 games.
Sam is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret (Hartz) Padjen, one
son, Samuel K.(and his wife, Nancy) Padjen of Mechanicsburg, one daughter, Idana P. (and her husband, Jim) Beck of Camp Hill,
a sister, Anna Shelper of Harrisburg, two brothers; Andrew Padjen of Shiremanstown and George Padjen of Bethlehem, seven grandchildren;
Aaron (Cathy) Beck, Amy (Chris) Schweisthal, Andrew J. Padjen, Daniel (Stacy) Beck, Derek (Tiffany) Beck, Nathan Beck and
Devon (Lauren) Beck, ten great-grandchildren: Christopher and Sophia Schweisthal, Juliana and Abagail Beck, Kate and Jason
Beck, Braden and Kylie Beck, Ava Beck and Harrison Beck.
will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with
Pastor Chris Schweisthal officiating. Burial with military honors by Cumberland County Honor Guard will
be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. Viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of the services
on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to Grane Hospice, Suite 201, 4 Lemoyne Dr., Lemoyne, PA
17043 or Wounded Warrior Project, Suite 300, 4899 Belfort Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to Cumberland–Perry ARC, 1219
N. West St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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Idana and Family,
So sorry to read about the passing of your Father. My Prayers are with you.
Gary L Wickard
Please accept my condolences.
Your father was one of the finest people
I had the opportunity to work with
during my 43 years at Carlisle
Tire and Rubber.
He set a good example for all his co-workers.
Your family is in my thoughts and
I have many fine memories of Mr. Padjen.
The world is a better place because of him!
Maureen McGinn Chemsak
I had the pleasure of working with Sam for many years at CT&R. My condolences and prayers for everyone
in the family. Sammy Jr....now I know where you got that football ablilty..:)
To Mrs. Padjen and the kids,
My family and I would like
to extend our deepest sympathies and heart felt condolences during this time. Mr. Sam Padjen was such a special person, neighbor
and friend to all of the Saporito family. Mrs. Padjen, to you especially, the warm and care both you and Sam showed towards
me and my family we are very greatful to know such wonderful people. As a young child you opened your home on I Street and
gave me experiences I remember to this day. May God shine on Sam and your extended family and know he was loved, respected
and Buddy Saporito will be at the gates of Heaven with a handshake and a smile to greet him.
Saporito and Family
Dear Sam and Idana:
was such a great man and gentle man.
Our sincerest sympathy to you both in your loss.
Margie (Boomershine) Blumenthal
I would like to extend
our deepest sympathy to all of Sam's family. He was a friend of many in the Boomershine family (G Street). God bless the
Mike & Roberta (Boomershine) Slaybaugh
hear of your loss.
He was a good man, and a great sports fan.
He will be missed.
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