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Calling Hours:
Friday, August 6, 2021, 9:45-10:45am
Gathering Space of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA

Mass of Christian Burial:
Friday, August 6, 2021, 11:00am
St. Michael Roman Catholic Church
85 N. High St., Greenville, PA
Rev. Christopher Barnes, Pastor, as Celebrant

Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery

Lucille Christopher, age 86, of Greenville, passed away Saturday morning, July 31, 2021 in St. Paul's Senior Living Community. She was born May 9, 1935 in Greenville, PA to Frank J. and Mary (Rowley) Christopher.

She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church where she was Baptized, received her First Holy Communion, was Confirmed and served as a greeter and lector. Lucille was a 1953 graduate of the former Penn High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in June 1957 from the former Villa Maria College now part of Gannon University, Erie.

Miss Christopher returned to Greenville where she was a teacher in the elementary schools for 36 years, retiring in 1993. Miss Christopher will always be remembered for her extraordinary cursive handwriting and the ability to teach this skill to her students. Upon retirement, she enjoyed tours in Italy and Egypt. Lucille was a 25 year volunteer in the Greenville Regional Hospital and served as a Treasurer of the Hospital Auxiliary from 1994-1996. She belonged to the former Orpheus and Thiel Women's Clubs. She held life memberships in the Greenville and Mercer County Historical Societies as well as the Greenville Business and Professional Women's Organization.

She is survived by her cousin-in-law, Carol Rowley of Rochester, NY and Carol's sons, Derek Stone Rowley of St. Louis, MO and Dr. Jason T. Rowley of Camarillo, CA. A very special thank you to St. Paul's and With Out Walls staff, especially Mary, Nikki , Nancy, Donna and Chana.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Michael School Endowment Fund or St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, both of 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

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10 Comments

  1. Jason Haslett Jason Haslett
    August 3, 2021    

    I had Miss Christopher two different times while I was growing up. She was an amazing teacher. I was a total pain in the butt as a student. It was definitely a different time. She paddled me and hit my knuckles with a ruler, but she was one of my favorite teachers of all time. She believed in me and didn’t let me settle for mediocrity. If we had more teachers like her this world would be a better place. God Bless her and I look forward to seeing her again some day.

  2. Carolyn Hogan Carolyn Hogan
    August 3, 2021    

    She was an amazing woman and a great teacher! I at 49 years old still try and do impressive cursive writing to make her proud! Condolences to her family!

  3. Eric Bair Eric Bair
    August 3, 2021    

    When I turned 10 years old in 4th Grade at East Side Elementary School she placed a picture of a lovely birthday cake on the chalk board and said to me & the entire class that I was now a “Decade Old.” It was the first time I had even heard the word Decade. My handwriting skills on the other hand were atrocious. Being left-handed presented challenges of its own. I too was a pain in the butt, and years later I saw her outside the Greenville Post Office during a 4th of July holiday. I walked up and apologized for my attitude from years before. She smiled. All seemed forgiven. Then she said to me, “Have a Happy 4th of July. I hope it’s a real sparkler!” I will always remember her and especially that day.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 3, 2021    

    She was a good friend for many years. A very kind soul.
    Jerry Hodge

  5. Jerry Hodge Jerry Hodge
    August 3, 2021    

    She was a good friend for many years. A very kind soul.
    Jerry Hodge

  6. Sheryl Snyder Sheryl Snyder
    August 3, 2021    

    I had Miss Christopher as a teacher when I was in 4th grade . She was so nice And even after I grew up .if I saw her out I always said Hi. My prayers are with you her family.

  7. Karen Tumpak Karen Tumpak
    August 3, 2021    

    I saw her beautiful handwriting and was so amazed. While working as the volunteer scheduler I had the pleasure of talking to her quite often. Very beautiful person inside and out. Rip Lucille You will be missed.

  8. Megan Jordan Megan Jordan
    August 3, 2021    

    I was making the switch to public school in 4th grade & my mom was a little worried about the transition. My mom called Miss Christopher for some advice & she had us come up to her house so she could talk to me about what East Side would be like & give me reassurance. She then told my mom not to worry, she’d request that I was in her class. She made that transition so easy for me & got me to love school again. She was an amazing teacher & as others have said, her handwriting was beautiful. I also remember that old Ford mustang she drove.

  9. Kathy Patterson Kathy Patterson
    August 4, 2021    

    Miss Christopher was my 4th grade teacher at East Side Elementary. She was a wonderful teacher and became my inspiration to become an educator many years later. When I had to have heart surgery in 1980, I received weekly notes from her, full of encouragement to heal, motivation and love. Her beautiful handwriting and her good heart made these notes even more memorable. She would always ask my dad how I was, even when I wasn’t sick. I always appreciated her caring thoughts. I will always remember her as Miss Christopher, my influence to be creative.

  10. Suzan Fry Hartsell Suzan Fry Hartsell
    August 24, 2021    

    So sorry to see Miss Christopher passed away. She taught me how to write in cursive and we stayed in touch with a note e wry Christmas.

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