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Margaret R. Dabback

August 20, 1930 — March 6, 2018

          Mrs. Margaret R. Dabback, age 87 of Wyalusing, PA and wife of Rev. John H. Dabback, went to be with her Lord and Savior at home with loved ones at her side Tuesday evening, March 6, 2018.  


          Margaret was born on August 20, 1930, in Bryn Mawr, PA, a daughter of the late Frederick M. & Ruth Miller Robb Sr. She graduated from Lower Merion Sr. High School as a member of the class of 1948. She earned a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree in 1952 from Eastern Baptist College, now Eastern University. In 1954 she received a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Eastern Baptist Seminary. She was commissioned by Philadelphia Presbytery and worked as a Director of Religious Education in different churches in the Philadelphia area prior to her marriage.


          On September 14, 1957, she married John Hendrickson Dabback, whom she had known since childhood, at the Narberth Presbyterian Church. They raised their family and have enjoyed 60 years of devoted partnership in ministry and marriage.


          While living in Duncannon, PA she was a summer staff member of Synod School at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. After relocating to Hallstead, PA with her young family in 1972 she served as the Director of Music and organist at the Hallstead Presbyterian Church for close to 20 years. She also spent several summers as a camp director at Camp Lackawanna in Vosburg, PA. In 1995 Margaret and John retired to Second Street in Wyalusing and she served as the Choir Director and Organist at the Towanda Presbyterian Church until the early 2000s. She became a member of the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and part-time organist. Margaret was very active in the Wyalusing Musical Society.


          Margaret enjoyed genealogy, reading, knitting, and traveling. A lifelong music lover, she enjoyed singing, playing, and going to concerts. Her greatest joy was her family, and she cherished the hours spent with them... She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend, and all who knew her will miss her.



Loving husband:

Rev. John H. Dabback                             at home


Two sons and daughters-in-law:

John (Ann) Dabback                                 Williamsport, PA

William (Katherine Axtell) Dabback              Harrisonburg, VA       

Daughter and son-in-law:

Deborah (Rev. Dr. Stephen) Starzer          Mechanicsville, VA



Courtney (Miheer) Starzer Kulkarni                New York City, NY

Chad Starzer                                               Richmond, VA

Thad (Jessica) Dabback                                 Fort Bragg, NC

Leah Dabback                                               Williamsport, PA

Aaron (Allison) Dabback                                  South Williamsport, PA

Abigail Dabback                                              Williamsport, PA

Kaleb Dabback                                                Williamsport, PA

Laura Dabback                                                Harrisonburg, VA

Grace Dabback                                                Harrisonburg, VA


Two great grandchildren:

Adriel Dabback                                              Fort Bragg, NC

Temperance Dabback                                     Fort Bragg, NC



Margaret is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


She was predeceased by her parents and by brother Frederick M. Robb Jr. of Narberth, PA and sister, Elizabeth Wynn of Millersville, PA.


A viewing will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA where family and friends may call from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. A short Prayer Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4:00 P.M. with the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Ballard officiating.


A Memorial Service will be held at the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church at a later date to be announced with interment in the Riverview Cemetery, Huntingdon, PA.


          Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church, 68 Franklin Drive, Sugar Run, PA 18846 or the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, PO Box 25, Wyalusing, PA 18853.


          Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing, PA 18853.


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