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Dorothy Jacobs

Dorothy (Righter) Woomer Jacobs

Tuesday, December 18th, 1923 - Saturday, January 19th, 2019
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Dorothy (Righter) Woomer Jacobs, of York, died on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at 10:52 p.m., in Belleview, PA. Born on December 18, 1923, in Burnham, PA, she was the daughter of the late Fred Bruce and Bernice (Moyer) Righter. Her first husband, Dr. Kendall K. Woomer, died May 18, 1963, and her second husband, Dr. Harry G. Jacobs, died September 30, 2000, after thirty-five years of marriage.

Mrs. Jacobs grew up in Highland Park, Lewistown, PA, where she attended elementary and secondary schools, graduating in 1942 from Derry Township High School at Yeagertown. After working during the WWII years at the American Viscose Corporation, she enrolled in and graduated from Shippensburg State Teachers College, now Shippensburg University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Biology. Continuing her education at Penn State University, Mrs. Jacobs earned state certification as a speech therapist and a Master’s degree in secondary education as well as completing course work toward her doctorate in education. She taught in high schools at Warriors Mark, Derry Township at Yeagertown, Ridgway, and her last twenty-one years as a Language Arts teacher and department chairperson at Shippensburg High School, retiring in 1979 after over thirty years as an educator.

During her retirement years, in addition to her devotion to her home and family, her main interests were reading, writing poetry, quilting, oil painting, and corresponding with former students and student teachers. Over the years she had been active in a number of civic and educational organizations and was a founding member of the Shippensburg chapter of the American Association of University Women and a member of the Elizabeth Early Chapter of Eastern Star.

Mrs. Jacobs is survived by one step-son, Robert R. Jacobs and wife Cathy of York; three step-grandchildren: Scott R. Jacobs, Middlebury, Vermont; Dr. Heather Tedesco (Joseph), McLean, Virginia; and Lisa Buer (Justin), York; and five step-great grandchildren: Sophia, William, and Henry Tedesco, Maya Jacobs, and Jacob Buer. Also surviving are two brothers and one sister: Glenn Righter, Lewistown; Richard Righter, York, and Virginia Geedey, Lewisburg. Two sisters, Edith A. Mazuc and Marian Kipp and one brother, Charles Righter along with two nephews, Charles R. Righter and Paul E. Kipp, Jr., preceded her in death. Mrs. Jacobs is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, including Charles H. Filand of Lancaster.

There will be private graveside services at the convenience of the family, with burial in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg. The Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc., Shippensburg, has been entrusted with her funeral arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, it is Mrs. Jacobs’ wish that tributes be made to the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Rd., Your, PA 17403.
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    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    Pastor Robert Jacobs
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    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Deborah Glessner

Posted at 05:12pm
I was fortunate enough to have Dot Jacobs as an eleventh grade teacher (English and speech) and as a cooperating teacher when I did my student teaching. She was a tough taskmaster, but she demanded excellence and was good at getting students to achieve to their highest capability. Dot and I became friends, and we shared many wonderful times together. When we look back over our years, there are always certain individuals who stand out as touching our lives in special ways. Dot was one of those in my life. My condolences to the Jacobs family and to her many nieces and nephews. Deborah Glessner

Shirley A. Weller

Posted at 10:12pm
While there were a few teachers who impacted my educational experience, this fine lady remains at the top of the list. Yes, she was tough. But, it was because of her demanding nature that I, and many others, worked harder to 'ace' her demands. Her speech class produced more self confidence in many students. Dorothy (Righter Woomer) Jacobs taught the means necessary to articulate and present speeches successfully. This specialty also allowed students to communicate easily in all areas of their lives. Most of The Class of 1963 @ Ship will remember her and her first husband, Dr. Woomer, as they accompanied the senior class trip to New York. Harry Jacobs was our principal during our tenure at SASHS. We will remember this lovely, though stern, lady for her valuable teachings forever. May she continue to glowingly educate in The Lord's Heavenly Realm.
With Sincere Sympathy to The Jacobs Family. Mrs. Shirley A. (Mason) Weller

Dorothy (Long) Martin

Posted at 08:12pm
Mrs. Jacobs was an excellent English teacher. I never repeated the mistake of "rearing children" and "raising chickens."
I appreciated her knowledge and terrific ability to teach. She was a woman I have thought about often throughout the years and have highly respected her.

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