Ethel A. Gehron

Former Rice Elementary Teacher

Ethel A. Gehron, 96, a resident of The Allegro, Tarpon Springs, Fla., died July 2, 2014, at home.

Ethel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and English from Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, and master’s credits in community recreation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Ethel received the Outstanding Athletic Trophy from Lock Haven University. She was a teacher in Ann Arbor, Mich, Renovo, Williamsport, and Mount Aloysius College, Pennsylvania. She was recreation director for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D. C., during World War II.

Ethel and her husband, John, were married in 1944 in the Washington Cathedral.

Ethel, always a sports enthusiast, enjoyed, swimming, biking, ping-pong, golf, playing the harmonica, flower arrangement, bridge, chimes, baking, and travel throughout the world. Ethel was a Scrabble player with family and friends, including her iPad. She especially enjoyed sharing time with her beloved family and friends and met all of life’s challenges with a positive attitude and a giving heart.

The Gehron family lived for 28 years in Laurel Lakes Village, Mountain Top. John Sr. was the divisional manager of American Express IDS at the Hotel Sterling, Wilkes-Barre, and later moved to Mountain Boulevard in Mountain Top after the 1972 Agnes flood. Her daughter, Jean, was a teacher at Rice Elementary School, for 15 years.

Surviving are her sons, John Jr. and his wife, Patty Gehron, Chicago, Ill.: and Jeff, Westlake Village, Calif.; daughter, Jean and her husband, David Abelson, Oldsmar, Fla.; and grandchildren, Andrew and his wife, Lulette, John Louis and Megan Gehron; Alan, Amy, and Adam Abelson.

A celebration of her life was scheduled at The Allegro in Tarpon Springs. Burial and private ceremony to take place in the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell, Fla., where her husband, John, of 58 years was interred in 2002. John was a HUMP pilot in World War II. Her grandson, Pastor Andy Gehron, presided.