Carl E. Sponenberg
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Carl E. Sponenberg
He was born Oct. 14, 1932, in Benton, a son of the late Griffith and Vivian (Shultz) Sponenberg. He was married for 54 years to the former S. Ann Udelhofen who preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 2004.
Carl graduated from Berwick High School in 1950 and then enlisted in the Army where he fought in the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars and the UN Service Medal.
He was last employed as a materials engineer with PennDOT (never missing a day of work.)
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Danville, the Caldwell Consistory, the Danville-Mahoning Lodge 224 F&AM, the Danville American Legion, the Loyal Order of Moose, VFW, and the Washies and East End Fire Companies.
Carl enjoyed camping with his wife, spending time with family and thoroughly enjoyed winters at their condo in Daytona Beach, Fla., where they met lots of new friends. Carl was at his happiest sitting on his Allis Chalmers tractor and farming. He loved dogs, especially Dalmatians. His children all helped him bail hay, feed animals, gather eggs and anything else their Dad needed to be done.
He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Diane Sponenberg of Greenwood, S.C.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carla and Thomas Graham, Debra and Richard Walter, Holly and Bill Greenly, and Jan Hendrickson, all of Danville; 10 grandchildren, Matthew and Andrew Graham, Erin Feist, Alec Herman, Ryan and Kaitlyn Greenly, Taylor Hendrickson, Grier, Griffin and Garrett Sponenberg; two great-grandchildren, Leah Graham and Sullivan Feist; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Rosalee Sponenberg of Somerville, N.J.; brother-in-law, Carl Bower of Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carl, who was in failing health, resided in South Carolina for the past eight years with his son, Kevin and daughter-in-law, Diane and their sons. Carl became especially close to a friend of Kevin's, Jeff Lench, whom he considered to be a second son. Jeff, Kevin and Carl spent many days talking, tending to the garden, and enjoying the wonderful South Carolina weather.
Carl and Ann's children had promised to their parents that they would never have to enter a nursing home. They fulfilled that promise because of their daughter-in-law, son and boys. Diane gave selflessly of herself for the loving care she provided to Carl. The Sponenberg family feel they have been truly blessed to have Diane as part of their family.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 215 E. Market St., Danville, with the Rev. Trevor J. Hahn officiating. Friends will be received from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, with military rites accorded by the Montour County Veterans.
The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions in Carl's memory may be made to Hospice of South Carolina, 326 Montague Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646, Alzheimer's Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1309, or the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
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