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Edna M (Bogart) Messner

December 5, 1926 ~ February 28, 2018 (age 91)


Edna M. Messner, 91, of Selinsgrove passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

 She was born December 5, 1926 in Sunbury, the daughter of the late Clarence Forest and Laura Edna (Ramsey) Bogart. She married the late Jack I. Messner on September 17, 1948.

Edna was a 1944 graduate of Sunbury High School, serving as class secretary for many years. Edna’s vigilant awareness of the need of others shaped her actions.  In her work as a realtor, her mission was to help people find an affordable home where they could be happy.  As the founder of the Messner-Bogart Scholarship Fund, she encouraged young people cobbling together funds to pay for higher education.

Her motto clearly was less for myself, more for others.

The gift of being present for her grandchildren meant a full calendar of sporting events and concerts.  Edna enjoyed Easter sunrise services, a challenging game of bridge or pinochle, and singing.  Her devotion to her husband was absolute. 

Edna was a member of Sharon Lutheran Church, Selinsgrove.  She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter #222.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Jeffery Sassaman, and one son and daughter-in-law, James and Linda Messner; four grandchildren and spouses, Rebecca and Joseph Gidjunis, Philip Sassaman, John and Shelly Messner, and Dr. Ann and Winton DeShong; three great-grandchildren, Jackson and Jodi Messner and Gabe Gidjunis; one sister Grace Cooper; one sister-in-law Eleanor Bogart; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Bogart and Sherwood Bogart; one sister, Zereta Moyer; one nephew David Cooper and one niece Bonnie Ladd.

A time of visitation will be held from 10 to 11 am. Wednesday, March 7, at Sharon Lutheran Church, 120 Market St. Selinsgrove, followed by the funeral at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, she would be pleased if you purchased a book for a small child and read it often.

Arrangements are by the David T. Zweier Funeral Home, Inc. 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury, PA.

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