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Gail M. Getz

Gail M. Getz of Fayette Township entered into eternal rest on June 20, 2022. She was the daughter of the late Arch and Elena Mercey of Washington D.C. Her sister Marta Mercey of Washington D.C. preceded her in death as well. She was married to the late Donald E. Getz. Surviving is two step daughters Susan Costello of Fleming Island, FL and Karen Burger of Centerville, OH and stepson John Getz of Beavertown, PA. There are 6 grandchildren. Gail was born in Washington D.C. in 1937. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and later graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She also attended American University and the Corcoran School of Art. Gail came to Harrisburg in 1971 and worked as a curator for the State Museum of Pennsylvania for many years. After retiring in 1990, she continued to do consultant work and to write articles on the decorative arts and costume for regional and national publications. Gail was a member of the Costume Society of America and long-time board member and enthusiastic supporter of the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University. She belonged to the MidAtlantic Association of Museums and the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations. She also enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of the Red Hats Society gatherings of McAlisterville. Gail was also a staunch champion of the Getz Barrel Business which Don and his son John operated. They traveled to many black powder (18th century) rendezvous for both business and pleasure where many treasured friendships were made over the years. Her interest in the natural world led Gail to be an avid supporter of several environmental groups including the World Wildlife Fund, Cornell Ornithological lab and the National Audubon Society. She was a member of the Towpath Naturalist Society and active participant of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania. This gave her great satisfaction and joy. Arrangements were handled by Browns Funeral Home in McAlisterville, PA. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at The Bread of Life restaurant 30644 Rte 35 N, McAlisterville, PA 17049 from 1:30-4. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the World Wildlife Fund in Washington D.C. or to a charity or institution of your choosing.