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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Verna Britton - Our German Teach at Tamaqua High School - Dies

Lulu and I both had the joy of sitting in Verna Britton's German classes at Tamaqua High School. I re-call her spending almost every summer in Germany. She taught German at THS for 35 years.

Verna Mae Britton, 95, of Lansford, died Sunday at Maple Shade Meadows, Nesquehoning.

Born in Lansford, she was a daughter of the late John Daniel and Carrie Agnes Hettinger Britton.

She was a graduate of the former Lansford High School, Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in teaching, and received her master's degree in German Language from Middletown College, Vermont,

Verna was an English teacher for the Lansford School District and for 35 years she was a German teacher at Tamaqua Area High School, where she served as the first advisor for the Blue & White High School newspaper and adviser for the German Club.

She was a member of the former Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Ridge Street, Lansford, and a member of Frieden's Church, New Ringgold.

She was preceded in death by brothers Carl and Norman Britton; and sisters Beulah Britton Coble and Marion Britton.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Frieden's Church, 525 Church St., New Ringgold, with the Rev. Jennifer Oaks officiating. Calling hours will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church. Committal service will follow at Frieden's Cemetery, New Ringgold. Contributions may be made to Maple Shade Meadows, 50 East Locust St., Nesquehoning PA 18240 or the Hazleton SPCA. Schaeffer Funeral Home, Lehighton, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

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