Claudia Brandes Obituary

Claudia L. Brandes
Claudia L. Brandes

November 24, 1967 - May 4, 2012
Resided in Waynesboro, PA
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Claudia L. (Bashaar) Brandes, 44, of Waynesboro, PA, passed away peacefully Friday, May 4th at her home in Waynesboro, PA with family at her side.

Born November 24, 1967, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Robert and Deborah (Smith) Bashaar.

She graduated from Upper Dublin High School, Maple Glen, PA , with the class of 1986. Claudia pursued a degree in elementary education at Salisbury University, Indiana Purdue University and Wilson College, though her passion was her husband and four daughters.

Claudia and her husband, Paul S. Brandes, were married on October 24, 1992. Having moved from Indiana to Paris, France, Claudia and Paul focused on broadening their children's horizons with experiences that encouraged them to always look forward. They have been a part of the Waynesboro community since 2001.

For 6 years, Claudia coached swimming and taught Senior Aquatics at the Waynesboro YMCA. Claudia was not only a Coach but a source of incredible encouragement to children, friends and families-not just her Swimmers. She touched the lives of many people with her kindness, generosity, and giving nature. Claudia was inspired by every child she met.

She was a faithful member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Waynesboro. She regularly taught Sunday school and participated in activities in the church.

Celebrating her memories are: Paul, her husband, Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, and Ava, her daughters. Her siblings: Mark D. Bashaar, and his wife, Leslie, Los Angeles, CA; Cynthia L. Bashaar, San Francisco, CA; Tracy D. McMillan, and her husband, Bill, Olathe, Kansas; Matthew R. Bashaar, and his wife, Patty, Sellersville, PA; her aunt and uncle, Kathy and Gary Fox, Bryson City, N.C. and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 8th at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St. Waynesboro. A Prayer Vigil will begin at 7:45pm.

The services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, May 9th at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Rev. John Bateman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and memorial donations be made to:
Caring Touch: 215 W. Main St. Waynesboro, PA 17268 or Lutheran Homecare and Hospice: 2700 Luther Dr. Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home
50 S. Broad St.
Waynesboro, PA US 17268
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Andrew Catholic Church
12 North Broad St.
Waynesboro, PA US 17268
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
10:00 AM
Saint Andrew Cemetery
Waynesboro, PA US
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
11:30 AM