Flora C. Jespersen
Flora Campbell Jespersen of Harrisburg passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 21. She was 95 and a resident at Homeland Center.
Flora was born in 1924 in New Brunswick, NJ, the second of four children. Growing up in the depression formed her behavior for many years. She achieved her undergraduate degree at New Jersey College for Women in 1945 and a second degree in Library Science in partnership with Rutgers University. She worked in the Rutgers Library where she met her husband Helge V. (Jeff) Jespersen when she sent him an overdue notice for a book. A six-week courtship led to a marriage of 69 years.
Flora and Jeff had a long and happy partnership, and a life of service to others until his death in January 2018. Flora, while raising seven children, volunteered in numerous church and charitable organizations. Always the librarian, she spent countless volunteer hours at school and community libraries, especially at Kline Village. She was integral in the establishment of Shalom House, a shelter for single mothers, was an early and long-time supporter of the Central PA Food Bank, and rarely missed an Election Day working the polls. She served on the Board of Managers at Homeland Center for many years and enjoyed her time as a docent at the Governor’s Residence and the State Museum.
Flora never turned down a game of bridge or a chance to travel. She loved the learning, teaching and socializing both provided, and in bridge she played to win. She traveled worldwide with family and friends and hosted many international visitors with the Friendship Force. She had a special way to turn a phrase, was a force for good in this world and did her best to pass her values on to anyone in her universe.
She is survived by her children Katherine Hill, Peter (Kathleen), Eric (Bernadette), Allan, Edward (Jolene), and Marian Harvey (Stephen), daughters-in-law Sharon and Marcia, 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. A son Neil died in an accident in 1998.
Flora’s funeral mass will be said on Friday, May 3rd at Saint Francis of Assisi, 1439 Market Street in Harrisburg at 11:00 a.m. Friends are welcome to call at 10:00 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Flora’s memory to the Friends of Kline Village Library. The Campbell/Jespersen family is grateful to have had such a source of faith, light and kindness to guide them in this world.