Fay I. (Wagner) Stapleton

September 17, 1933 ~ March 15, 2019 (age 85)

As you lay still, half asleep, the back of my hand sweeps gently across your brow.  The visions of your husband sleeping beside you, holding your hand from the armchair, your daughter resting beside you in your bed, and your son gazing down upon you with a look of despair; are in my head.  Pictures and bouquets that surround you, a reminder of family and love.  Love for a kindhearted lady who gave so much of herself.  My only wish in this moment is to give you comfort and the love you gave to me. 

Fay Irene Stapleton was born on September 17, 1933 in Lewistown, PA to Evelyn "Shorty" Wagner. 

Fay has six children to her first husband, Eugene E. Sweitzer Sr.; Vicki, Eugene, Jr. (Skip), Cindy, Tim, Mike and Denise.  In 1969 Fay married Frank Stapleton.  Together, they have a son Darin.  They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this June. To her 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.....she is known simply as "Gram" or "Nan".

In 1979, Fay and Frank made Aaronsburg, PA their home, where they raised their family for the past 40 years.  Folks of all ages know and love Fay from her involvement and contributions to the community.  She was a member of the Millheim American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and St. Peters Church in Aaronsburg.  She volunteered many hours at the Aaronsburg Civic Center and Millheim Outreach Center. 

Aside from her volunteer work, Fay could best be described as simply "a giving person".  A visit to Fay's, and you would be assured food in your belly, or a token of some sort to take home with you.  The words "what do you need" and "what can I get for you" came from her often, even as her health faded. 

We lost Fay on March 15, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.  She is preceded in death by her son, Skip, and 2 grandchildren.  May we carry on your strength and giving spirit everyday.  We have been blessed to have you in our lives.  Rest in heaven our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and neighbor.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Fay may be given to St Peters United Church of Christ in Aaronsburg. 


Donations may be made to:

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
c/o Cindy Stover 126 Stover Hill Lane, Spring Mills PA 16875

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