Born March 9, 1925 in Sonestown, she was a daughter of the late Roland and Ethel Phillips Boatman. She graduated from the Sonestown High School, a member of the Class of 1943. She married Charles Tyler Masteller, Sr. of Nordmont on Dec. 11, 1959; he predeceased her on March 10, 1999. They lived in New Albany most of their lives. Violet was a homemaker and loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also found enough love to share with 69 foster children over her lifetime. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, embroidery, reading and carpentry. She was very capable of making many home repairs aided by Charles. Her chief joy was the daily maintenance of her magnificent flower garden around her home.
She was a member of the New Albany United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women’s group, the New Albany Community Club and the Widowed Persons group. She was a very active member of Sonestown American Legion Unit 601 Auxiliary and also attended the Penn York Music Club.
Surviving are two sons, Donald (Sharon) Haines of Picture Rocks, Walter Leroy (Sandy) Masteller of Monroeton; two daughters, Lois (Nelson) Chilson of Wyalusing, Jody (Jonathan) Fiske of Wyalusing; stepson, Charles T. (Karen) Masteller,
Jr. of Towanda; two step-daughters: Shirley (Randy) Bahr of New Albany, Alice Adjei of Dushore; four sisters, Marjorie Houseknecht of Muncy, Lorraine (George) Phillips of Muncy Valley, Carol Smith of Cogan Station and Mary Koch of Sonestown; 22 grandchildren; 31 greatgrandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kady Haines Franklin Masteller on Jan. 19, 1995; a grandson, Francis Newton Franklin, Jr. on Nov. 20, 1988; an infant sister, Phyllis Boatman on March 25, 1936; baby brother, Phillips on July 11, 1927 and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Keeney Masteller on Nov. 20, 1995.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the New Albany United Methodist Church, 56 Front St., New Albany, with Pastor James P. Rouse officiating. Interment was in Cherry Grove Cemetery, Nordmont.
The family received relatives and friends on Monday, May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and on Tuesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
The family provided flowers and requests that memorial donations be sent to the Sonestown American Legion Unit 601 Auxiliary, 1433 Champion Hill Road, Muncy Valley.
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