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Helen M. (King) Arbegast

October 17, 1924 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Helen Arbegast Obituary

Helen M. Arbegast99, went to her eternal home on Friday, January 12, 2024, at Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, Camp Hill, PA.

   She was born October 17, 1924,  the fourth of eleven children to Lloyd L. and Melva (Baker) King. 

   She was the widow of Harry W. Arbegast, a celebrated WWII Veteran/POW.

   Helen is survived by two daughters, Joyce E. Fishel and Janis M. Clark both of Dillsburg; two Grandchildren, Lisa L. Bingham (William) of Camp Hill and Rodney E. Fishel (Valerie) of Dillsburg; three Great Grandchildren, Jacob C. Fishel (Rebecca), Alyssa L. Kuykendall of Dover, and Alexandra Fishel of Dillsburg; and in 2023 added a fifth generation with the birth of two Great Great Granddaughters, Gracelynn K. Fishel and Stella Elaine Steager.

   She is also survived by one sister, Zedna Pitt of Mechanicsburg and one brother, Mark King of Venice, FL.

   In addition to her parents she was predeceased by sisters, Elizabeth Farence, Fay Buffington, and Miriam Deardorff; five brothers, Jay Roy, Clyde R., Eugene C., Paul S., and Earl R. King.

   She retired in the 1980s as a head cook for Northern Middle School.  Following retirement she continued her life-long passion for drawing and oil painting, until a stroke destroyed most of her vision.  She spent many relaxing hours painting award winning scenery pictures.  One of her most valued projects was painting pictures of her families homes. She enjoyed sewing projects and wasn't shy when it came to performing manual labor when necessary. 

   She also enjoyed taking care of her numerous flower beds as well as making beautiful bouquets for family weddings and events.  Her potato salad, and pickled watermelon rind were always requested for family picnics. She will be sorely missed by family, including her two cats, Missy and Socks who came to her as strays and she nursed and spoiled them back to health.

   Services will be held on Thursday, January 18th, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc., 3o N. Chestnut Street, Dillsburg, PA .  Visitation from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm , one hour prior to the time of service. Burial will be at Dillsburg Cemetery, Mountain Road.

    In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Franklintown United Brethern Church P.O. Box 118, Franklintown, PA 17323.

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January 18, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc.
30 North Chestnut Street
Dillsburg, PA 17019

Funeral Service
January 18, 2024

2:00 PM
Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc.
30 North Chestnut Street
Dillsburg, PA 17019


Franklintown United Brethren Church
P.O. Box 118, Franklintown PA 17323


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