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Carol Harshbarger | 84

April 6, 1937 - December 20, 2021

Carole Joann Harshbarger, 84, of 283 Old Kersey Road, Kersey, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021, at UPMC Shadyside, after a lengthy illness.

She was born April 6, 1937, in Bratton Township, Mifflin County, daughter of the late Eugene C. and Dorothy Renninger Bossinger.  Carole was a graduate of Bratton-McVeytown-Oliver (Rothrock) High School, Class of 1955 and earned her business degree from Elizabethtown College in 1957.  After graduation from college, she started her career at Postal Supply in Lewistown and then worked at Standard Steel in Burnham before moving to Elk County in 1966 where she was a committed member of her community immediately.  She retired as the Secretary for the Fox Township Board of Supervisors in 1999.

On May 24, 1958, in Church of the Brethren, in Pine Glen, PA, Carole married Harold Dean Harshbarger, who survives.  They were blessed with a loving marriage of 63 years together.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters: Juli Ann Schlimm (David) of Kersey, Renee Harshbarger of Kersey; one son: Bradley Harshbarger of St. Marys; six grandchildren: Wesley Harshbarger, Rocco Harshbarger, Nicole Harshbarger, Whitney Schlimm, Joshua Schlimm, and Olivia Sullivan; seven great-grandchildren; Stella, Gianna, Wyatt, Waylon, Everleigh, Kayleigh, and Sawyer; and by four sisters: Dotti Lu Fox of Richmond, VA, Yvonne Andrews (Charles) of McVeytown, PA, Jean Hughes of Chesapeake, VA, and Jane Esper (Richard) of Lanhem, MD.

Carole was a member of the Maria Lutheran Church in Dagus Mines where she served her church community in several capacities.  She served for many years on the Church Council, as the financial secretary, as Chairperson of the Evangelism Committee, and organized the Christmas Church tours.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star where she served as District Deputy for District 11.  Carole was an original board member of Women Who Care, Chairperson of the Social Ministry of Fox Township, Treasurer of Fox Township Manor and served 28 years as Secretary-Treasurer of North Central PA Regional Planning and Development.  She also committed her time and knowledge serving on the boards of the Fox Township Sewer Authority, Helpmates Charitable Giving Foundation, and was Chairperson of Elk Haven Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service to be held in the Maria Lutheran Church, on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Erik Hart, officiating.  Burial will be in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens.

As per the family’s request, wearing masks and social distancing is recommended and would be greatly appreciated.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Maria Lutheran Church, PO Box 136, Dagus Mines, PA 15831 or to the Fox Township Ambulance, 432 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846.



December 27, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

December 27, 2021
12:00 PM
Maria Lutheran Church

Final Resting Place

December 27, 2021
1:00 PM
Parklawn Memorial Gardens

Tribute Wall


  1. To the Family of Carole, It has been a couple of years she and Harold came to my house and got McVeytown Thro’s for Christmas gifts. We had a nice visit and they were on their way back to Kersey. Shared many moments with her Dad, Eugene, as he stopped in at the Mattawana Post Office where I was Postmaster and when we were building our home he gave Jim some huge stones to make steps to our front porch. Wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. My sympathy to all.

    Blessings, Carrol”Sis” Moist Norton

  2. So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Dean, Mary, & Ryan Hanes

  3. Harshbarger Family,
    I wish we could be there in person to share in this bittersweet time, but please know that our hearts are with you all. Words can’t do justice to the memory of such an amazing woman, or the influence she has made across the family and her community.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. I haven’t seen Carole in years but I remember her kindness. I am so sorry for your loss

  5. Harold and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Carole was such a lovely and giving person, her presence will be missed.

  6. Dearest Harold and family: Our deepest condolences on Carole’s passing; May your memories of a life well-lived be your comfort as the days pass. Live for the living enjoying what she would want for you all knowing that you will see her again at The Gathering of all Believers…2 Thess. 1-3, 2 Thess. 2:16-17♥️

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