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In Memoriam—Rev. Rosalyn Sammons Kummer

March 20, 1934—March 6, 2022

Posted March 13, 2022

Rev. Rosalyn Sammons Kummer passed away on Sunday evening, March 6, 2022 at home on the farm with family by her side.

Rosalyn was ordained and installed at Crestview Presbyterian Church, now Crestview Community Church, PC(USA), in 1976 where she served for nearly 24 years. After her retirement she went on to serve as interim or stated supply to five churches including St. John’s United Church of Christ in Evans City and most recently Camp Run Presbyterian Church outside of Harmony.

Rosalyn was born in Union City, Erie County. She earned degrees from Penn State University and Purdue University in Home Economics. She taught home economics at the high school and college level before entering Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity. She became the first woman to be ordained in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery. She continued to perform hundreds of baptisms, weddings and funerals long after her retirement. Rosalyn served on Beaver-Butler’s Ministry and Vocation Committee and the Coordinating Team.

Starting in 1962, Roselyn lived with her husband, Lee, on their dairy farm outside of Evans City where they raised their family. She enjoyed working in her garden and sharing the produce with friends and neighbors. There is a story of how on a very snowy Sunday, she drove the farm tractor to Crestview Church. She deeply cherished her home at Kummer Farm and was blessed to be able to remain there even after Lee’s passing in 2015.

Rosalyn hitch-hiked across Europe in the 1950s. She was a life long learner who shared her knowledge and was proud of her Scottish heritage. Her great gift of love and compassion for others served her well in ministry. She was genuinely interested in the lives of everyone she met. 

We celebrate Rev. Rosalyn Kummer—her life well lived and dedication to serving our Lord. She will be greatly missed.