Grace Stauffer Brosius


Grace Stauffer Brosius, 94, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Franklin.

Born Oct. 28, 1922, in Thurmont, Maryland, she grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the sixth child of Mildred Butzler Waltemyer and Dr. William C. Waltemyer, professor of religion at Gettysburg College.

In 1944 she graduated with honors from Gettysburg College and taught English at high schools in Upper Darby and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

In 1948 she married the Rev. George E. Stauffer, and together they founded Luther Memorial Church in York, Pennsylvania. They went on to serve congregations in Buffalo, New York, Hanover, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

After her children were grown, she taught English at Cumberland Regional High School in Seabrook New Jersey, and in 1986 was awarded the New Jersey Governor’s Award for outstanding teaching in the state.

In 1998 she married retired U.S. Navy Chaplain George R. Brosius, and moved to San Diego, California, where she was recognized for her contributions to the tutoring program in the Hispanic community of Pacific Beach. Later she moved to Athens, Georgia, and then to Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Stauffer; her second husband, George Brosius; her sisters Miriam Waltemyer, Ruth McHale and Charlotte Smith; and by her brothers, Dr. William Waltemyer Jr. and Robert Waltemyer.

Her survivors include her sister, Jeanne Webber of West Caldwell, New Jersey; her daughter, Dr. Emily Stauffer of Franklin, and her son, Donald Stauffer of Scottsdale, Arizona; and her granddaughter and great-grandson, Renee and Breonn Copello of Ormond Beach, Florida.

A funeral service and interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at a future date.

Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is assisting the family with arrangements.

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