David F. St. Ledger, age 87, of Mechanicsburg, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family, including his wife of fifty-seven years, the former Mary Willis. Born May 19, 1930 in Carbondale, he was a son of James and Mary (Quinn) St. Ledger.
A wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Dave was known for his devotion to his faith, love for his family and friends, unwavering integrity and kindness to everyone he encountered.
In addition to his wife Mary, Dave is survived by three daughters, Ann St. Ledger and husband Ernest Helling of Enola; Mary St. Ledger Baggett of Mechanicsburg; Susan St. Ledger of Los Altos, CA; a son, David St. Ledger and wife Danielle of Little Falls, NJ; four grandchildren Artyom and Snezhana Helling, Jack Walter and Alessandra St. Ledger; a brother, Robert St. Ledger and wife Angela of Mechanicsburg and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Jeffrey Baggett and brother and sister-in-law James and Joan St. Ledger.
Following graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, Dave enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948 and served aboard the USS Toledo (CA133) during the Korean War. His ship participated in the Battle of Inchon, which many consider the turning point of that war. He then earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in political science and a Master’s degree in American history from the University of Scranton.
Dave taught courses in American history and government in the Carbondale School District for seven years and then in the Forest City Regional School District until his retirement in 1995.
He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State’s Worthington Campus in Scranton for several years and taught courses in history at the former Kilroe Seminary, Honesdale, and at other educational institutions within the region.
He had a reputation for being a challenging, but inspiring educator, known for both his dynamic teaching style and genuine concern for each student. He always made himself available to his students (a/k/a his “scholars”) and took interest in their lives and accomplishments.
He loved helping young people recognize their own potential and consistently encourage their pursuits.
His influence was immeasurable. It was common for students to keep in touch with “Mr. St. Ledger” long after graduation. Over the years, Dave developed many long-term friendships with his former students, and he was grateful for the support that they offered during his illness.
Dave lived in the Carbondale area for most of his life where he was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Church, having served on various parish committees.
He was one of the parish’s initial lectors and continued to serve as a lector for over twenty-five years.
He was an active member of the Carbondale community and served on the Board of Directors for the Carbondale Public Library and the Carbondale YMCA, and coached Little League Baseball.
Dave had a gift for public speaking and enjoyed occasional opportunities to address community groups, including the Gold Star Mothers and church groups in the Scranton Diocese. In 1975, he had the honor of serving as the toastmaster for the gala celebrating the renovation of St. Rose of Lima Church. Following his retirement, he was invited to return to Forest City Regional High School to give a commencement address; this was an experience he cherished.
He was an avid reader, whose favorite books included historical biographies and books about the development and operation of American Government. Although he considered himself a “hacker” in golf, he managed to score a hole-in-one in Hilton Head, SC.
He enjoyed watching professional and college sports and was a great fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. In his retirement, he enjoyed travelling and took several trips to his favorite destination, Hawaii. He also loved attending the athletic events and performances of his grandchildren.
He and his wife relocated to Mechanicsburg in 2008 to be closer to their daughters and at that time became members of St. Katharine Drexel Church.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, December 7, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg. Burial was held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
The family expresses its deepest appreciation to Dave’s cardiologists: Dr. Michael Smith and Dr. Cleon Hubbard, Mechanicsburg and Dr. John Lundin and Dr. Leonard Dennis, Scranton, as Dave’s long life would not have been possible without the excellent care he received over the years.
In addition, the family thanks the staff of Celtic Hospice and Home Instead for the compassionate care that made it possible for Dave to remain at home and enjoy quality time with family and friends throughout his recent illness.
In lieu of flowers, Dave has requested memorial contributions to either St. Ann’s Monastery and Basilica www.stannsmonasterybasilica.org or The Trinity childcare Center at St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton www.stjosephscenter.org
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