Dennis Michael Lavery of Carlisle, PA died at his home on June 24, 2018, of a sudden cardiac event. He was 59. He was born in Titusville, PA, to the late James M. and Mildred M. Lavery. He is survived by his siblings Mary C. Lavery (Peter Rich) and niece Bethany Zahner of CT; Carol L. Barnhart (Dan), niece Lisa Schwartz and nephews Aaron Barnhart and Sean Barnhart and their families; Mark J. Lavery (Jody), nieces Samantha Lewis and Shannon Lavery and their families, all from the Titusville area. His feline companions, Molly and Murphy, also survive him.
Denny attended St. Titus School and Titusville High School, class of ’76. He then attended Shippensburg State College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.
Denny spent many years in food manufacturing, holding both technical and training positions.
As a mid-life career change, Denny graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Science, Library Science degree in 2010, and stepped into his dream career as a Reference Librarian. He joined the staff of Bosler Memorial Library, and rose quickly through the ranks to his present position as Assistant Director, Public and Information Services. He loved being a Librarian and serving the Bosler community. He was known for his kindness, support, and encouragement of personal development and life-long learning.
Denny was a quiet, thoughtful man, and one could count on having informed, interesting conversations with him. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Denny loved movies, museums, theater, and roller coasters. He collected books and vintage kitchenware. Denny was a terrific cook, and of course an avid reader. He loved a formidable game of Scrabble. Walking the trails at state parks brought him solace and joy, as did crocheting beautiful afghans.
In addition to his family, he is deeply missed by many life-long friends, cousins, and his Bosler Library family.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday September 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Shaffer Park Cabin, 1649 Spring Road, Carlisle. Casual dress please.
Memorial donations can be made in his memory to Bosler Memorial Library, 158 West High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013, or to a charity of one’s choice.