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Esther M. Hatfield

August 30, 1935 May 1, 2017
Esther M. Hatfield
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Hatfield, Esther M. (Richardson) -81 of Portage. Passed away peacefully on May 1, 2017 in Portage. She was born on August 30, 1935 in Portage. She was the daughter of Raymond and Hilda (Hufford) Boley.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lloyd Hatfield; sisters, Charlotte Chrisko and Delores Boley, and a brother, Paul Boley.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Terrace Cook; stepson, Robert Hatfield and wife Audrey; 4 grandchildren, and sisters, Ruth wife of Lowell Seabolt, and Rose James , and brothers, Don Boley and wife Edith and Paul Miterko, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1955, served at Ft. Lee, Virginia and Ft. Hamilton, New York, and she received Honorable Discharge in 1957. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credentials from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA and her Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University. She entered Federal Service as an elementary school teacher and principal for the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools, serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, St. Johns, Antiqua; Greenham Commons, London, England; Soesterburg, The Netherlands; and SHAPE (NATO), Brussels, Belgium. Esther was a member of St. Bartholomew Church in Wilmore. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards and bingo and spending time with her family. Her beautiful smile and sunny personality will be missed by all.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 6 PM on Sunday at the Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. of Portage. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Monday at St. Bartholomew Church in Wilmore. Military rites will be held by the Portage Ritual Team. Committal at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

The Family would like to extend a special thanks to Maple Winds Care Center in Portage for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Esther’s name to either the National Parkinson Foundation or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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2:00 PM 5/7/2017 2:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 5/7/2017 6:00:00 PM
Decort Funeral Home

532 Main Street
Portage, PA 15946

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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

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Wilmore, PA 15962

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Arlington National Cemetery Final Resting Place

Virginia, VA 00000

Virginia Virginia 00000 VA
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