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Virginia Mae (DeHaven) Speelman, 107, of Gettysburg, PA died Saturday, April 30, 2022 at The Gardens of Gettysburg, three days after her 107th birthday.

Born April 27, 1915 in Berkley Springs, WV, she was the daughter of the late Franklin M. and Della Grace (Lutman) DeHaven. She was the wife of the late Barthal Speelman, who died in 1977.

Mrs. Speelman was a member of Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, Gettysburg, PA. She worked for Knouse Foods in Orrtanna many years ago before she started taking care of a local couple and their needs for over 30 years. It was then that she became a house wife caring for her ailing husband.

Virginia is survived by her son, Vernon Speelman and his wife Joyce, of Gettysburg, her three grandchildren, Francis Speelman and his wife Shelley, of Gettysburg, Diane Steltzer and her husband James, of Carlisle, Carolyn Slaybaugh and her husband Brian, of Orrtanna, six great grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren, ten great great grandchildren, two step-great great grandchildren, and her sister, Evelyn James, of Harpers Ferry, WV. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Nancy Speelman, her great grandson, Landon Brown, her sister, Louise Brown, her three brothers, Charles DeHaven, Elwood DeHaven, James DeHaven, and her half brother, Paul DeHaven.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM, Friday, May 6, 2022 at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, 1865 Knoxlyn Rd., Gettysburg, PA with Rev Dr. Mark Englund-Krieger officiating. Burial will be in the Upper Marsh Creek Cemetery, Gettysburg. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the services Friday morning at the church. The Monahan Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at monahanfuneralhome.com.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, 1865 Knoxlyn Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325.


This obituary was originally published here.

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