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Jeffrey S. Churchill, 31

Jeffrey S. Churchill, 31, of Willow Street died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at Lancaster General Hospital

Born in San Diego, CA, Jeff was the son of Wanda L. (Beals) Churchill of Altoona, and the late Dayle L. Churchill.  He was married to Jacqueline M. (Nugent) Churchill in 2005, and celebrated the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Christine in 2007.

Jeff was a 1994 graduate of Altoona Area High School, where he was a member of the basketball team.  He earned a four year athletic scholarship to St. Francis University to play on their Red Flash Basketball team.  He graduated from St. Francis University in 1999 with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and secondary education.

Jeff was employed by Penn Manor School District as a special education teacher in the emotional support classroom for five years.  He was the head coach for the Penn Manor boys varsity basketball team. Jeff was named 2005-06 Coach of the Year for section one basketball, and 2006-07 Outstanding Coach of the Year for Penn Manor School District.  He loved spending time with his daughter Kaitlin and wife Jackie, and his family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf, going to the beach, playing basketball, and was an avid Celtics fan, and a guitar hero.

In addition to his wife and mother, Jeff is survived by his daughter, Kaitlin C. Churchill at home, brother, David T. Churchill of Altoona, aunts, Patricia Palazzi, Barbara Civiello, and uncle, Tom Beals, husband of Tina, all of Altoona, father and mother-in-law, Charles J. and Christine Nugent of Lancaster, brother-in-law, Charles J. Nugent, Jr., husband of Kim, and their son CJ, and sisters-in-law, Rachel E., Kelly A., Colleen M., Megan T., Moira K. Anne K. Nugent, and Amy Rohman, wife of Adam.

 Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service on Thursday, July 31st at 10 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 119 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA with Rev. Msgr. John Jagodzinski officiating.  Interment will be at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.  Viewings will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 until 9 PM at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 441 N. George St., Millersville, PA, 717-872-5041, and again on Thursday morning from 8:30 until 10 AM at St. Mary’s.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions in Jeff’s memory may be made to Reynolds Middle School PTO, 605 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17602.  To send an online condolence or for directions, please visit www.snyderfuneralhome.com.

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Jackie,
We were so sad to hear of your loss.
May Peace and Blessings be with you and your family.
In Christ,
Joe and Jackie (Schneider) Hollcraft
Chico, CA

We were deeply sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing.  Please know that you will remain in our thoughts and prayers daily!
Love,
Katie & David Holler and Girls
(Tom and Peter Fox’s sister)

My wife and I went to high school with Jeff.  We have not seen or talked to him for many years, but remember him as on of the kindest and nicest people from are high school years.  He was truly a good person, our condolences and prayers go to your entire family.  Mike Coon and Jess (Hauser) Coon

DEAREST WANDA, DAVID AND JACKIE, WE ARE SO SAD TO HEAR OF JEFF’S PASSING. I SPOKE WITH AMY AND SHE CRIED SAYING JEFF WAS HER "FIRST FRIEND" AT LOGAN.  HE WAS SO KIND TO HER IN FIRST GRADE – REMEMBER HIM BEING THE ONLY BOY AT HER BIRTHDAY PARTY – BUT HE STAYED ANYWAY!  ALTHOUGH WE NEVER MET, JACKIE, I KNOW HOW HAPPY JEFF WAS WITH YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS BABY GIRL FROM THE PICTURES THAT WANDA SHARES WITH US.  WE HAVE MANY DAYS WHEN WE QUESTION GOD BUT THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE IT THROUGH EACH DAY IS TO TRUST HIM.  SOMEONE TOLD ME THAT EVEN IF OUR SON COULD COME BACK FROM HEAVEN – HE WOULD NOT WANT TO BECAUSE IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL AND PLEASE KNOW THAT I’M HERE WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ALTOONA, WANDA – TO BE YOUR FRIEND.  MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN HIS ARMS DURING THESE DIFFICULT DAYS AND THE DAYS TO COME.                         
LOVE AND PRAYERS, TODD AND JUDY RUSS

We are terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in our prayers. May God give you strength to endure.
Chris and Adina Dildine

Please accept our sincere condolences.  Jackie, it was our honor and privilege to be invited to your wedding and share in your joy.  Now we share in your sorrow.  We are just minutes away, so please call if you need anything.  We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,
The McHales

To the entire Churchill family,
 We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Jeff.  We went to high school with him.  He was a wonderful person and friend.  We would like to offer our condolences and prayers to your entire family.
Amy(Everhart) and Ryan Humbertson

We just wish there were some special words to say to you today.
The words that would take the loss and grief away.
At this time, may you feel the comfort of friends, the love of family, and the presence of God.

We will always remember Jeff as we followed his achievements through the years as he made his Mother proud–remembering the most recent, his marriage and birth of their beautiful baby girl.

To all the loved ones of Jeff: 
May God Hold You In His Arms & Comfort You!
"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."  Hebrews 13:5

With Sympathy,
 Joe, Betty Lynn, & Alexandra Diamond and Ray & Jeannie Funicelli

To dear Wanda and all of Jeff’s family and loved ones,
Words cannot say enough at this time of your great loss.  Jeff was a wonderful man.  We’ll always remember him as the "Big Guy" as our Dale would call him.  He had a special talent working with my special kids.  We will especially remember him working at the summer rec program at Juniata Memorial Park and it was Jeff that taught my Kari how to swim.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers.  May God be with you all and know that he will be greatly missed!  Love and prayers,
The Murphys

He will be sadly missed, he was a good person. My son was in his class, he liked him a lot. I am hoping, my son, Nick will still want to continue going to public school, we had a tough time getting him back!  Mr. Churchill was an incredible teacher to these emotional classroom kids!  We know he is in a better place and will always be around, just watch for the signs he will give you.  God bless!

Jackie, Kaitlin and the Churchill family – words cannot express our shock and sadness at the news that Jeff has unexpectedly passed.  He was truly a warm hearted and caring person.   I have fond memories of the time that I spent on the basketball team at St. Francis and Jeff played a huge part in those memories.  Being so far from my home in Greece was made a little easier by the family relationship that was exhibited within our team.  Our hearts and prayers go out to your family. —
Sotiris, Amy, Anastasia and Iliana Aggelou

I am a friend of the Nugents, and am very close in age to Jackie.  I cannot begin to imagine the pain that you all are going through, esp Jackie, and can only offer my prayers, positive energy and heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. 
Blessings,
Vanessa Dziuba
Seattle, WA

Cheryl and I would like to send our sincerest condolences on the loss of Jeff. I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing. I have been praying that God will provide His compassion and comfort at this time. Please call upon Him and He will answer. I don’t know how long it will take, but I know He will provide you with the reassurance that He is sovereign and ease your pain.
In love,
Jeff Bulger and family

I was very upset to hear the news of Jeff’s passing.  Please know that Jeff was a tremendous friend throughout high school and a talented player.  I loved challenging myself against him in practice. So many memories of the fieldhouse and Mansion Park. It was great to learn he was coaching and teaching as I can’t see him doing anything else.  Many thoughts and prayers are with the Churchill family through the lives that Jeff impacted as a friend, teammate, teacher and coach.
Sincerely,
Paul Downey
AAHS class of 1993
vpdowney@hotmail.com
Morgantown, WV

I had to send my heartfelt condolences for a great guy that I remembered from school.  Church and I had met in class at KJHS.  He was truly a nice guy who will be missed.  I am very sorry to hear of his sudden passing.  Heaven must’ve been missing an angel.
~~Natalie (Alexander) Graham and Family

To all of Jeff’s family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I went to Keith Jr. High and Altoona high with Jeff and we both grew up for the love of the game of basketball. I will always remember Jeff as a "class act" and a true gentleman. May God bless Jeff’s family through this difficult time. I will always remember you Jeff.
-Cheryl (Farabaugh) Hutchinson

Dear Churchill Family:
I got word 2 days ago while on business in LA of Jeff’s passing and am completely devastated.  Jeff and I were virtually roommates our last year at St. Francis as he was well respected by everyone.  Jackie, best wishes to you and Kaitlin as I send my deepest sympathies.  We will all remember Jeff as the "gentle giant" who cared about everyone and everything. 
Jeff, we are gonna miss you big guy! 
Best Regards,
D. Burns

To the Churchill Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Jeff was such an outstanding individual and great friend during high school and will be missed by so many.  I feel proud to have known him and send my deepest sympathy to his wife, daughter, and family.
Tommi (Minielli) Burchfield

I know you are viewing these messages, my friend.  You are so much on my mind again.  I am praying hard for you and David.  God will give you the strength to get through this, I assure you.  My favorite saying is, "What God leads you to, he will lead you through".  I don’t understand this, Wanda.  Be as strong as you can for David and Kaitlin.  Pick up the phone anytime and call if you want to, and I will be back in touch with you next week. 

Your loving friends,  Nancy, Richard, Eric, April and Caylin Anderson

Wanda, I don’t know if you’ll remember me but I worked with you and both your boys at the summer rec. program at Juniata Elementary several years ago. I have since moved out of state and so I apologize for being late with this message but I only heard of Jeff’s passing today. I’m still shocked. I have very fond memories of those summers we spent together and please know that I’m thinking of you and your family. Jeff was a special man.  I feel blessed that I had the privilege of knowing him.
Sincerely
Bairbre Flood

I am sorry for your loss.  Jeff was one of my first students at Saint Francis University.  He combined athletics and academics with dedication and grace.
Sue Reimer

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We were so saddened and shocked to hear of Jeff’s passing. We both attended Saint Francis with Jeff and, like everyone at SFC, enjoyed Jeff’s company, his sense of humor, and, of course, his laugh! He will be missed.
Tim and Letty (Runzo) Henry

Although I had never met Jeff, his dad Dayle, was my favorite cousin on the Churchill side and I always looked forward to summers in Nebraska. Through the years I have heard about Jeff and his accomplishments. I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sue Churchill Farrand (daughter of Ray and Pat Churchill)

I had received a phone call telling me about the passing of Jeff and it has completely broken my heart. I had the opportunity to work with Jeff while I was employed at Penn Manor. I will never forget the first day I had to talk to him. He had sat right next to me at an in-service and the first words out of his mouth was how tall he was. He had an infectious laugh, a warm smile, a kind word, shoulders to lean on and an amazing person. He was always there for me when I needed someone to listen to me and was willing to help me with any problem that I had encountered. He was the giant with a big heart. You could watch him melt when his friend, Simon, was still alive. There were times that I had been able to hijack his coffee mug so I wouldn’t have to witness the scum on the top of the soda during lunch.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time. He was a giant man who made a giant impression on everyone. He will be incredibly missed by all the lives he had touched. I don’t know if he was even aware the impact he had on each and every person.
Corinne Hafer

As soon as my brother Denny (Dixie) Murphy told me of Jeff’s death, I put his name and that of all his family on the prayer list of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.  My all of you experience deep courage and great peace at this most difficult time.
Patricia Murphy, SSND

Dear Jackie and Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Jeff and I graduated together from Saint Francis College. Jeff and I were in Anatomy Class together. Jeff was a wonderful young man. I am keeping you in my prayers.
Debora Fisher

You all don’t know me, but my name is Tom McCauley.  I went to school and played basketball with Jeff at Altoona High. I was unable to attend the services as I am stationed with the Air Force in England.  I am deeply saddened by your loss and my heart and prayers are with you all.  Jeff was one year behind me in school, but he taught me life lessons on how to be positive and strong.  He had the biggest heart and I am thankful I knew him and hope he touched everyone else as much as he touched me.  I know he is bringing smiles and energy to those up above. Stay cool big guy…You will be missed

Jacqueline, Kaitlin and Wanda-
    Please know that we are so very sorry that Jeff’s life here among us ended so early.  Our hope is that you will find comfort in what he was able to give you, his family and his students – abit of himself.  We are thankful that we knew him as well. 
Randy and Jeffie Singo
AAHS

Wanda and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss.  Even though there has been limited contact with the "Churchill’s" you have never been too far from our thoughts.  I have fond memories of you and Dayle and I can only imagine that you have raised two incredible young men.  Take Good Care and May God Truly Bless You. 
Beth Churchill (bethachurchill@sbcglobal.net)

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Coach Churchhill.  Our prayers are with you Jackie and your family.  He sure held a special place in our heart because he believed in Bobby and gave him the chance to participate with the Basketball team and he sure was someone that was a positive influence in Bobby’s life. He will be greatly missed.
Bob, Lisa, Bobby and Matthew Peters

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this tough time.  We have many memories of Jeff growing up and he will be missed. 
~The Lallemand Family

To one of my favorite teachers from one of your favorite students,
Mr. Churchill was such a big help to me.  He was the only reason I graduated high school and I just want to thank him for all he has done for me.  I will always remember all the times he made me laugh til I almost cried, all the great times i had in his classroom and most of all the advise he gave me.
Mr. Churchill I will miss you greatly and you will never be forgotten.

I got the tragic news of Jeff’s untimely passing while on vacation in North Carolina.  I had the good fortune to know Jeff at PMHS where I work as an aide in learning support.  Jeff was a kind and caring teacher with a ready smile and amazing laugh. I will never forget how his face would soften and  would light up when I asked him about his wife and daughter. It was obvious how much you were loved.  To all of Jeff’s family,I send my deepest sympathy and prayers. I hope you find comfort in knowing Jeff’s legacy will be the students who will go on to lead happy, productive lives because of the positive influence Jeff had on "his kids". 
Janice Bofinger

To Jeff’s Family,
It was with great sadness that we heard of Jeff’s untimely death. Our children, now teenagers grew up watching him play at St. Francis and even have autographs he gave them. He was a great person. Please accept our sincere sympathies and may God bless you during this very difficult time.
Gary, Donna, Carly and Alex Raymond (Hollidaysburg, PA)

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Jeff. He was a wonderful person. I had the pleasure of growing up with him since kindergarten. I’m glad that I knew him and got to see the man that he became. He always had a smile that can’t easily be forgotten and the memories I have of us growing up will always be with me. I know he touched many lives being a teacher and I’m sure he was a great friend to many. The Jeff I knew would of made a loving husband and father and I know he will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and those closest to him.
Sincerely,
Greg Summers and family

I was truly shocked to hear about Jeff! It has been a while since I have seen or talked to him.  I went to school with Jeff since elementary school all the way up to high school. He was always such a caring person.  I remember when I was learning to roller skate, every time I fell he was right there to help me up.  I can also remember sitting in the Logan Elementary school lobby with our parents waiting to go into our kindergarten rooms.  He was always such a fun person to be around.  He always made you laugh.  I will truly miss him! I’m sorry to hear about his death and send my condolences to his family. If you can find any peace in his passing, know that god has gained a wonderful, caring angel!
-Angela Thomas (AAHS Class of 1994)

Dear Wanda and family,
My heart aches for the sorrow you feel in the loss of your precious son.
 May the love of God enfold you and keep you in His care. My love is with you and your family. I am only a phone call away if you need me.
My love in Christ,
Maureen C.

DEAR WANDA MOTHER AND WIFE JACKIE AND DAUGHTER KAITLIN;
WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOU ON THE PASSING OF JEFF.
 HIS PASSING IS SUCH A SHOCK TO ALL OF THE CHURCHILL’S  INCLUDING RAY AND PAT, RICHARD AND RENI AND GLENN AND ANNIE AND CLEDA. I WILL TRY TO CONTACT AUNT JEANNE AND UNCLE ROBERT WHO ARE LIVING IN OREGON ACCORDING TO CLEDA.
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
LOVE, RICHARD AND RENI CHURCHILL-  rickyreni@cox.net

Wanda and family,
God has taken home one of our beautiful flowers. I can not express the feeling of sadness hearing about the passing on of Jeff. I am thankful that I was blessed to have the opportunity to know him and will always remember the times we spend at Altoona High School field house cheering our guy’s on to victory. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and his family.
Vanessa Washington ( Jamir’s Mom )

Thoughts and prayers go out to the Churchill Family for the loss of Jeff. He was a true gentleman. I had the chance to referee many of his games at Mansion Park in Altoona. Also had the chance to see him play against my school (Bishop Guilfoyle) many times. You never heard anything negative from Jeff while he played. It also take a very caring person to do what he did in working in Special Education. God Bless all who are effected by this terrible loss.

Jackie, Kaitlin, Mrs. Churchill, David, and the entire Nugent Family,
Words cannot express the loss, the heartache, and the deep sadness Peter and I feel for all of you.  Jeff was someone of extraordinary personality, presence, and "big heartedness".  Although we are extremely sad, he helped to shape us into the people we are today.  The world is a much better place for him having lived in it.  WE will miss his smile, his wit/humor, and his voice, but most of all, we will miss him as a friend.
Allison Carey and Peter Fox

Wanda,
There are no words. I am thinking of all of you. You are in my prayers.
Sharon Thompson

We here at Hampton Inn and Suites of Annapolis, Md would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Churchill family. Our prayers are with your family and we know that God will comfort you now and always. May he continue to bless and keep you all….

We are sad beyond words to hear about Jeff’s sudden passing.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you.  We are fans from the stands at PMHS.  We sat through all the basketball games for years and watched Coach Churchill and the team.  He will be missed by many.

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, I was in Jeff’s graduating class and he was a wonderful person.  My prayers go out to your family.

My deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Churchill family. Our son Tyler was a student of Jeff’s and was very, very fond of him, as were my wife and myself. Jeff was an extremely positive force in our son’s life and taught him that he could do anything in life that he wanted if he worked at it and never gave up. Thanks to that positive reinforcement, and a genuine caring for our son, he is succeeding.
I was so shocked and sad to hear of Jeff’s passing, but rest assured that he is now coaching the biggest team of his life…..Heaven’s Angels.
God Bless……Jim Ulmer

Sending you our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy.  Know that you are being thought of and we are praying for you!
Love,
The Doughty Family

Wanda and family-
 My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.  My heart goes out to you, and will be thinking of you often.  Wanda, if I can help in anyway, please call.
With sympathy-
   Jennifer Helsley (HealthSouth)

God Bless Jeff!
The 1st time I met Jeff, he was playing basketball for Logan Elementary School in Altoona. My son Tom played on another team. My first impression was holy cow this kid must be vicious and mean. He shaves his head. Boy did I get it all wrong. Jeff was just the opposite. Always a gentleman and a fine representative of his team. After elementary and jr. high basketball it was great to finally have Tom and Jeff on the same team. We had many good times going to all the home and away games together.
I will NEVER forget you Jeff.
Joe and Janie Eckels

We are so sorry to hear about Jeff. Could not believe he passed away. To Wanda, and David , feel our hugs as you go through this..You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could be there with you! We love you David. I know you know that!!  You will always be my little cub scout. Please extend our sympathy to Jeff’s family.. Love, Linda and Jack and our sons.

We would like to take this opportunity to send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Jeffrey. Jeff was more than a former player of mine he was a friend and more important a special person. We plan to attend the viewing on Wednesday.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless you!
Sincerely,
The Nelson family (Diallo, Heather and Jasmine)

DEAR WANDA AND FAMILY,
       WE ARE NEVER PREPARED FOR THE LOSS OF A LOVED ONE, BUT GOD IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO HELP US THROUGH THE LOSS.
       MAY HIS PRESENCE BEGIN THE HEALING IN YOU HEART AND SOUL, AND HIS LOVE SURROUND YOU WITH THE COMFORT ONLY HE CAN GIVE.
       JEFF WAS A VERY COACHABLE YOUNG MAN WHEN PLAYING ON MY TEAM AT KEITH JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.  I’LL KEEP ALL THE MEMORIES IN MY HEART KNOWING HE HAD A TRUE ATHLETIC ABILITY TO PLAY BASKETBALL AND ALSO HIS DREAM TO BE A COACH…..   HE ALSO PLAYED 3 YEARS OF JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL WITH MY SON JASON BAUMGARTNER, WHO ALSO SENDS HIS SYMPATHY TO ALL THE FAMILY.
ROD AND RUTH BAUMGARTNER

As a colleague of Jeff’s at Penn Manor and a classmate of his from the Alvernia master’s program, I send my deepest condolences.  Jeff had a kind heart and a ready smile. He spoke at school and in class with pride about his wife and daughter, and it was obvious how much he loved them. 
I am glad I got to know Jeff before his untimely passing.
Holly Astheimer
PMHS teacher

I had the privilege to know and work with Jeff.  I ran the Substitute Teacher Registry for the Altoona Area School District for over 30 years. I remember the day that Jeff came into the Superintendent’s Office he was so excited and such a nice young man we just wanted to teach children.  I have to say that Jeff never left me down.  It didn’t matter when I called him or for what type of class he was always willing to go.  Believe me when I say he substituted in some pretty rough classes.  I would hear how the students loved and respect him and the teachers would ask for Jeff because they knew that he cared for the students and did an outstanding job.  When I read in the Altoona Mirror today that he had passed I mourned not only for Jeff but for the many students who will never know him.  I would like to offer my condolences to the family..and say that God must have needed another angel (a very big angel) in heaven.
May God Bless you all!
Sherry A. Miller

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. 
With love and prayers,
The Carpenter/Pletcher family

Dear Jacqueline, Wanda, and family,
No words can express the sorrow we feel and express our deepest sympathy to you over the sudden tragic passing of Jeff.  He loved his family and it showed in the pictures Wanda showed of you all in pictures with Kaitlin.  Our family watched Jeff grow up and become a wonderful, successful, and caring person of whom you can be proud.  Jeff loved life and loved sharing his time and talents with all those around him.  He will be very missed to all those who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
With great sadness I write this,
Cheryll, John, Ryan, and Kara Schomber
Greenwood Church Family

To the friends and family of Jeff Churchill:
I was a sometimes classmate of Jeff’s at Saint Francis. He was a friendly, fun, and caring person. He was always nice and easy to talk to. We’ll all remember him fondly. Sorry for your loss. Wishing you all the best.
Ed Garrett
Saint Francis Class of 1998

Jackie and family.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Jackie, my hope is that your sweet little girl will get you through this and help keep a smile on your face.  God Bless.
Maria Emig
TSS at RMS

I am very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you.
Sincerely,
Tosha Ali (Substitute Teacher at Penn Manor High School)

Jeff was an outstanding person, coach and teacher and I wish to express my deepest condolences on his passing.  My son (Andrew Larkin) played basketball with Jeff in a local league last summer and he greatly enjoyed the opportunity to play with Jeff. Again  my deepest sympathies for the family.
Tom Larkin
Official LL League
Teacher Conestoga Valley HS

I’m so sorry for your loss. He was my stepson’s teacher. He went above and beyond being his teacher, he became his friend. My sincere sympathy to you and your family, the Decker family

Dear Wanda,
I am so sorry to hear about Jeff.  Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Marcia Cumming

To Jeff’s loved ones,
I am shocked and deeply saddened by Jeff’s passing.  It seems as though it has been a lifetime since I last saw Jeff; but I still hold fond memories of two little boys spending their summer days exploring the neighborhood, riding bikes and perfecting cannonballs in my grandparents’ swimming pool.  Jeff befriended me in the second grade shortly after my parents divorced.  At seven years old, I am certain he didn’t understand the impact he would have on my life.  He was my best friend when the rest of my world seemed so uncertain.  I have never had another best friend quite like Jeff.
To Jeff,
To this day I remain grateful for your friendship and kindness those many years ago and will miss you forever.  I hope you know that you changed my life for the better.
My deepest condolences and love,
Kelly Patterson

As a student of Mr. Churchill’s for 3 years, I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was a positive force in my life and helped me through the obstacles that high school contains. Even as I was mainstreamed and made it into the CTC, he still made sure I was ok and didn’t have any issues. His personality was so bright; telling jokes and silly stories, and always amazed at the fact that I was getting so tall. My heart goes out to Mr. Churchill’s entire family…
Tyler Ulmer Penn Manor High School Senior

Wanda and family,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Jeff who was a  great individual. My brief encounters with Jeff were always pleasant. We will all miss him very much.  Our prayers are with you and your family.
Kenny Macklin and Family.

I am so sorry for your loss.  I had the opportunity to be around Jeff a lot during his four years at Saint Francis.  He was a great guy and I’m sure he carried that over to his family and career.  Jeff you will be missed.
The Woomer family (Rob, Miya and Reese)

I feel truly blessed to have worked alongside Jeff over the past three years. I am proud to say that he was not only my co-worker, but also my good friend. I think what I will miss most is his sense of humor, his wonderful smile, and his laugh.  All three of those things got us through many tough days.  Jeff has touched so many lives and he will always be loved and remembered.  I know that ‘our kids’ will make him proud.
With Love,
Melissa Zongolowicz

You may not remember me, but I remember Jeff, his brother, and of course is mother when he was a student at Logan Elementary School in Altoona.  Jeff was such a nice young man and all the teachers thought very highly of him.  I was shocked and saddened by his death at such an early age.  My thoughts go out to his family and wish you the best at this very difficult time.
Sincerely,
Olga Orr
Teacher at Logan School

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With Love,
Jason and Linsey Palazzi
 

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