Elsie's Story

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Elsie E. (Hettinger) Brandon, 92, of Danville, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
She was born Sept. 2, 1923, in Danville, a daughter of the late Charles and Edith (Rudy) Hettinger.
She attended Danville area schools before moving to Berwick. She was a member of the Berwick High School class of 1942.
It was in Berwick that Elsie met her future husband, Cletus Earl Brandon Sr. They married on Oct. 17, 1944, in Berwick, while Cletus was on military leave. Elsie and Cletus were married for 69 years, each one of those years filled with devotion to one another.
In her early working life, Elsie was employed by Wise and Westinghouse. She began a career at Geisinger Medical Center, first as a telephone operator and later as a dietary clerk until her retirement in 1983.
Off the job, the mother of three served as president of the PTA at Danville's Third Ward School.
She was a talented seamstress, crocheter, cook and baker. Her happiest times revolved around being with her family, whether at gatherings at home or around the campfire a R.B. Winter State Park.
She and Cletus raised three children with much love, patience and cheer: Diane and her husband Butch Prichard, of Coal Township, Marie and her husband Lewis Carl, of Catawissa, and Cletus Jr. and his wife Holly Brandon, of Danville; seven grandchildren, Ginger and Dustin Henrie, of Millville, Beth and Bucky Cutchall, of Washingtonville, Candy Fry, of Riverside, Wana and Mike Howell, of Bloomsburg, Leslie and Kevin Young, of Danville, Lewis and Bridget Carl, of Catawissa, and Jillian Brandon, of Danville; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, among them Mary Lou Roney of Mount Airy, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Cletus, in January of 2014; and sisters and brothers, Alfreda Phillips, Robert Hettinger, John "Jack" Hettinger, Catherine Troutman, Dottie Mae Slusser and Danny Hettinger, who died in infancy.
While her family is inconsolable over the loss of their mother and grandmother who not only taught them the Golden Rule, but illustrated it every day of her life, they are happy in the knowledge that she is once again at the side of her Cletus.
Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Brady Funeral Home, 320 Church St., Danville, followed by the funeral at 11 with the Rev. Edmund Minnich officiating.
Burial will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on May 3, 2016
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