Memoriam

Suzanne Harbach – LBG #6

Suzanne Heiges Harbach, 89, 1075 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, died Friday, May 15, 2009 at Gettysburg Hospital. Mrs. Harbach was born January 30, 1920 in Harrisburg, the daughter of a brake inspector for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Ray Heiges, and his wife Susan Crouse Heiges.  Mrs. Harbach’s husband of 57 years, Dr. Harrison F. Harbach, died in 2001. Mrs. Harbach was a longtime member of Trinity United Church of Christ where she had served on the Consistory and as a Sunday school teacher.  Suzanne was a graduate of John Harris High School in Harrisburg and a 1941 graduate of Gettysburg College, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority.  She met her husband, Class of 1939, at Gettysburg College.  Mrs. Harbach was the first in her family to graduate from both high school and college. Suzanne taught 1st grade in the Littlestown School District for 25 years, retiring in 1985.  Following her retirement, Mrs. Harbach became a Licensed Battlefield Guide, served as secretary for the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, and became a  Guide Emeritus.   She was first licensed in April of 1984 and served until she gave up her license following the 2006 season. She was someone whose parents instilled a love of the pursuit of knowledge, and was described by a niece as being quite adventurous.  In addition to being an avid bridge player and a sewer who made a lot of her own clothing, she learned to sail and to fly.  Her husband owned a small plane, and according to her son-in-law, she thought it was important to learn how to fly a plane, too, in case something happened to her husband while she was flying with him. She took great satisfaction in her first solo flight and her accomplishment of learning how to fly. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, as well as with fellow guides to visit other battlefields. On a later trip, she and her daughter visited her granddaughter at Bowdoin College, the alma mater of one of her favorite Civil War generals, Joshua Chamberlain. Suzanne’s love of travel was traced back to her youth, when every couple of years her father was able to get free tickets for long trips through his work with the Pennsylvania Railroad.  When she was 20, she traveled by train to California and stopped at Yellowstone and San Francisco on her way to Los Angeles. Mrs. Harbach is survived by a son-in-law, Wayne Partenheimer of Haddonfield, N.J.; a granddaughter, Kirsten Partenheimer and her husband Christopher Chesla of Stillwater, Minn.; a grandson, Scott Partenheimer of Haddonfield, N.J.; a sister, Ruth Replogle of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her daughter, Louise Ann Harbach, and her husband, Dr. Harrison F. Harbach. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 21 from Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 E. High Street, Gettysburg at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Roy Fauth officiating.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg.  There will be a viewing at the church Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to: Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 East High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, 147 Gettys Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, or Adams County Public Library, 140 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Arrangements are through the Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg.

GETTYSBURG VISITOR’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISKS

In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

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