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Gene Mittel


Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church


M. Eugene Mittel was welcomed home by our LORD on September 14, 2021. Gene was born in Lancaster, Pa. on 4/9/1927, and grew up in Downingtown, Pa.

After high school, he entered the Army Air Corp in 1944. Gene mustered out in December of 1946 and proceeded to Gettysburg College graduating in 1950 with a major in Biology and a minor in Education.

Gene married Nancy Ellen Pearson in 1950 and spent a year at PennState to earn his Master’s Degree in Education/Administration, graduating in August of 1951. That fall they moved to Hagerstown, Md. where he began work with Washington Co. School System, where Gene taught general science in grades 7-8-9 for five years. During those years he and Nancy had three children, Debra Jean, Mariellen and Michael.

In 1960 Gene became the principal of Hancock High School in Hancock, Md.

In the fall of 1962 the family headed to Nigeria. Gene was part of a team from Washington Co. to assist in the presentation of lessons by closed circuit television throughout the country.

Returning to Hagerstown in 1964, he developed and became principal of the Washington Co. Vocational-Technical Center. Gene retired from this school in 1980.

Gene was a member of the Photography Club, Hagerstown Jaycees, the Suburban Kiwanis Club plus other organizations. He was also a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport.

In 1990 he and Nancy moved to Bradenton Fla. Nancy later passed away in 1996. He remarried to Jane Lee Harmas on Sept. 2, 2000.

Gene and Jane enjoyed traveling, playing golf, being with family and friends and their church.

Gene was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be sorely missed by all.

Preceded in death are his parents William Musser Mittel and Laura Ellen Arms Mittel and his first wife, Nancy Ellen Pearson Mittel.

Survived by his second wife, Jane Lee Harmas Mittel, his three children and spouses, Debra and Eric Stoutamyer of Jacksonville, Fla.; Mariellen and William Rhodes of Woodsboro, Md.; and Michael and Paula Mittel of Hagerstown, Md. Also his Step Children, David Harmas, of Sarasota; Diane and Douglas Jennings, of Ft Myers; and Patti and Daniel Talley, of Bradenton, Fla. Gene has a combined family of 11 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He is also Loved and cherished by his nieces and nephew.

A celebration of life will be at St Andrew Presbyterian Church in Williamsport on Wednesday October 6th at 1:30 pm, Visitation will be following the celebration.

Guest Book

To the Mittel Family: It is with deep sympathy that I send my condolence. I will light a candle for Gene and "be with you in spirit" tomorrow as you celebrate the life of our good neighbor and friend. Loving memories of yesteryear (going back to 1969) have trickled into my mind. I am pleased to have been a neighbor and friend. Love, Joanie Powell

Joanie Powell
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Mike and family, I can remember my dad fondly talking about your dad. I am very sorry for your loss. May your memories fill the void. Anna and Rick Fahrney

Anna Ruth Fahrney
Hagerstown , MD

Mike, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Jo Ellen and Henry Allenberg
Hagerstown, MD

Mariellen and Bill. May all the joys and memories you have in your heart help you through this time. Prayers to you and your family. Cheryl (Forrest) StoddRd

Cheryl Stoddard
Hagerstown, MD

You are and have been wonderful neighbors! We send our most sincere condolences in this time of your grief! It is comforting to know that Gene is still in the very capable and loving hands of our Lord and Savior! Marilyn & Shaun

Marilyn & Shaun Murphy/Harpley
Bradenton, Florida

Our condolences to the extended family. He had an incredible life and was so talented and successful.--------Arthur and Marianne Schneider

arthur schneider
Hagerstown, MD Maryland

My sincere condolences to the Family, Death of a love one is so painful.I wanted to share some comforting news.The Bible tells us about the hope for all who die. John 5:28,29. The Resurrection! On Earth! You will be reunited with your love one again! I pray this Bible Truth brings you some peace and comfort.

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