Carl C. Bivens

Mr. Carl C. Bivens, 83, also known as “Sonny,” “Sarge,” “Pappa,” “Pap,” and “Poppy,” of 30 Stone Ledge Road, Newville, Pennsylvania, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in his home.

Born June 27, 1935, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Clay Henry and Verna (Phenicie) Bivens.

He graduated from Mercersburg High School with the Class of 1953. He served in the National Guard for more than 35 years.

Carl was employed as a lineman for United Telephone, which later became Sprint, Embarq and CenturyLink. He was working in the networking department when he retired after more than 40 years.

He and his wife, Joan (Caron) Tosten-Bivens, were married June 15, 2012, in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Visitation Roman Catholic Church in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania; Knights of Columbus; Mercersburg American Legion; Franklin County Bowling Association and The Lions Club of Mercersburg, where his passionate dedication resulted in enormous funds being donated to help with all things connected to diabetes, for which he received numerous awards.

A man of enthusiasm and of passion, Carl was an avid bowler, scoring a perfect game, and was honored with many awards. He enjoyed traveling, working out regularly at Planet Fitness, reading, playing cards, dancing, singing and life in general. The Lord blessed Carl with a very special ability to establish friendships with everyone he met. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and loyal friend, who always held close to his heart all the opportunities spent with family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Lisa A. Ernharth of Greencastle; one son, Gregory D. Bivens, and his wife, Liz of Delmont, Pennsylvania; Geraldine Mitchell, mother of Lisa and Gregory of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; one stepdaughter, Julie Shippy, and her husband, Mark, of Shippensburg; two stepsons, Bill Tosten, and his wife, Karen, of Everett, Pennsylvania, and Josh Tosten, and his wife, Mandi, of Newville; five grandchildren, David Bivens, Steven Bivens, Amanda Connors, Christine Benton and Stephen Ernharth; three stepgrandchildren, Tanner Tosten, Lanie Weigand and Louden Tosten; two step-great-grandchildren, Briar Tosten and Brindley Tosten; two sisters, Shirley Keyserof Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and Thelma Howell of Lemasters, Pennsylvania; three half siblings, Garnett Bivens of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, Sharon Pine of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and Betty Pensinger, of Marion, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Yvonne, who passed away Jan. 10, 2010; his brother, Richard Bivens; an infant sister, Rhoda Bivens; his half sisters, Diane Bivens and Mildred Bivens; a stepgrandson, Jordan K. Tosten; and a son-in-law, Robert Ernharth.

A Celebration of Carl’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in St. Andrew Catholic Church, 12 N. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and co-officiated by Rev. Robert Malagesi, MSSCC and Rev. Dwight Schlaline.

Burial in St. Andrew Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

There will be no public viewing, but the family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home, 521 S. Washington St., Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mercersburg Lions Club, 405 S. Park Ave., Mercersburg, Pa. 17236.

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