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Lycoming College celebrates former campus minister

Lycoming College celebrates former campus minister

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The Reverend J Marco Hunsberger, 74, of Williamsport, passed away Feb. 17, at his home. “Marco” was the campus minister for Lycoming College from 1989 to 2007, retiring after eighteen years of inspired service to the Lycoming Community. During his time at the college, he was awarded the Sister Vincent Humanitarian Award and the Dale V. Bower Service Award.

“Colleagues who knew Marco describe him as a selfless person who gave of himself to others. He saw potential in everyone and was a tireless advocate for students,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “He encouraged others to serve the community and created opportunities for students to learn and grow. Marco was also a ubiquitous presence at campus events and an avid fan of Warrior athletic teams.

“We send our condolences to his wife Beverly and family,” Trachte said.

Among Marco’s accomplishments was his role in the Habitat for Humanity program at Lycoming College. He personally coordinated at least fifteen Collegiate Challenge spring break trips where hundreds of Lycoming students had life-changing experiences as they built homes and served others. Marco also created the Community Service Center on campus, partnering with local community service groups allowing Lycoming students to get first-hand community volunteer experience.

Marco was a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and received his master’s degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was an ordained United Methodist minister serving the Halifax United Methodist Church for 19 years along with the Lycoming College community.

Surviving is his wife, Beverly A. (Smith) Hunsberger, four sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Condolences can be left on Lycoming College’s Facebook page or the Knight-Confer Funeral Home page.

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