Obituary for John "Jack" M. Cassebaum (Guest book)
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John "Jack" M. Cassebaum

August 12, 1940 ~ September 2, 2015 (age 75)
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Message from Tom Flad - Easton Area HS Class of '67
March 20, 2016 1:47 PM

I only today saw on Facebook that Coach Cassie had past last Sept. I was at Easton for his first year there and was privileged to have been coached by him for 3 yrs. His motivation and enthusiasm were infectious and his love for his players and football showed in everything he ever did. Now, approaching 67, I still think of him and remember vividly lessons learned from him that always stuck with me and are in large measure responsible for many life success I've experienced. He taught will, determination, hard work, and desire always triumphs over those with more talent and ability, who don't use what they have. He taught me that if you wanted something badly enough, you will get it. RIP, Coach. I'm sure you are in Heaven motivating Angels even to be better.
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A candle was lit by Candy stone he was a good coach r.i.p on December 20, 2015 4:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Tara E. Luby on December 4, 2015 11:17 AM
Message from Don Reifinger, The Villages, Florida
November 2, 2015 9:52 PM

Just learned of the passing of Coach. A very sad moment now in my life. Coach got 110% out of me and made me realize that I could accomplish anything I desired if I worked hard enough. What a great human being. Other than my parents, I realize Coach gave me direction and encouragement that I needed. Thank you very much "Coach", I will never forget you.
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A candle was lit by Tonya Hollenbaugh Schalk on September 18, 2015 10:31 PM
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A candle was lit by Becky Ebersole on September 14, 2015 9:42 AM
Message from Kathy Bizousky Elenchin
September 13, 2015 6:44 AM

My sincere sympathies at the passing of your husband/ father. He was a great man. I have very fond memories of his kindness and happy energy. He accomplished a great deal in a short time for our town and football program--including an undefeated season and scholarship for my brother. Your family will be in my prayers.
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A candle was lit by Kathy Bizousky Elenchin on September 13, 2015 6:40 AM
Message from Victoria Condran
September 12, 2015 12:54 PM

So sorry for your loss. My husband loved spending time with Jack and helping him with finding weight for his grandsons weight room! You are in my prayers!
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A candle was lit by Victoria condran on September 12, 2015 12:49 PM
Message from Jennine Fager Shoemaker
September 12, 2015 12:35 PM

I know Jacks passing leaves a hugh hole in your heart and I am at a loss for words. We had good times together at East Stroudsburg as Jack and Mel worked their way thru college. We were like starving artists. You are in my heart and prayers.
Send to you with love.
Jennine Fager Shoemaker
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A candle was lit by Beckey L Elkin-Gotwald on September 12, 2015 10:35 AM
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A candle was lit by Victoria Condran on September 11, 2015 5:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Melvin Fager Jr., Sharon Fager, Melvin Fager III, Lilly Fage on September 11, 2015 1:36 PM
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A candle was lit by Barry and Brenda Acker on September 11, 2015 11:12 AM
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A candle was lit by Sue Smith and the Smith Family on September 11, 2015 10:55 AM
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A candle was lit by Joseph and Amie Barone, RIP Coach!! on September 11, 2015 10:47 AM
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A candle was lit by Shirley P Sundy on September 10, 2015 2:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Keith Kolb on September 10, 2015 10:00 AM
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A candle was lit by Keith Kolb on September 10, 2015 10:00 AM
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A candle was lit by Roger and Carole Mullen on September 10, 2015 8:40 AM
Message from Susan (Minor) Wolfe
September 9, 2015 10:36 PM

Dear Kathy and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jack's passing. I have so many fond memories of him from our first years at PAHS. To me, he was larger than life! Do you remember my hitching a ride to Lancaster with your family in order for me to visit my then-boyfriend? Jack taught me the short-cuts! I loved his practical jokes that came complete with great graphics and cartoons. I am so happy that I saw both of you several years ago at the Hall-of-Fame banquet. Please know that Jack is truly a legend in Punxsy. We will never forget him and the joy he brought to our lives. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Susan (Minor) Wolfe
Message from Scott Baylor
September 9, 2015 9:54 PM

Cass was one of a kind. I am proud to say that I taught with him and learned from him. He taught me that you're never too old to do a cart wheel across the stage in front of the entire student body and that it's always all about the kids.
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A candle was lit by Scott, Janelle and Ethan Baylor on September 9, 2015 9:46 PM
Message from Kathe & Marc Means
September 9, 2015 5:39 PM

Dear Kathy & Cassabaum family, I don't know if you remember me, but I used to teach the small children at the Punxsutawney Gymnastic School you started. I fondly remember Jack's enthusiasm and positive attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know he will be sadly missed.
Message from Gary W. Mills
September 9, 2015 2:47 PM

Coach Cass was a great person. He will be deeply missed.
Message from Jim and Audrey Mayes
September 8, 2015 3:35 PM

Prayer for the family.
Message from Joe and Linda Juliette and family
September 8, 2015 1:39 PM

Kathy and family,
So very sorry to hear of coach Cass's passing. You're family was such a big part of my high school years. Without a doubt, I will carry with me, long lasting fond memories of your whole family. Sending hugs, love and prayers for you all.. You have me deepest sympathy. Linda and Joe Juliette
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A candle was lit by Joe and Linda Juliette and family on September 8, 2015 1:27 PM
Message from Betsy Reisinger Eshleman
September 8, 2015 11:44 AM

So many memories of Coach. I was a faithful fan of his and admired him for his love of sports as well, if not more the love of his athletes and students. He was an amazing mentor and friend to many. Thank you for allowing him to be part of JP McCaskey HS. Memories are forever! Cassebaum...Cassemaum...OHHH...AHHH...what we cheered every time he entered the field.

May peace be with you and your family
Class of 74
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A candle was lit by Betsy Reisinger Eshleman JP Mc Caskey '74 on September 8, 2015 11:39 AM
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A candle was lit by Margie DiCello on September 8, 2015 9:02 AM
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A candle was lit by Karla Kreamer on September 7, 2015 5:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Ed Hennigan on September 7, 2015 2:45 PM
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A candle was lit by Jennifer McNitt on September 7, 2015 2:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Mike blue on September 7, 2015 12:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Mike blue on September 7, 2015 12:52 PM
Message from Ted and Paulette
September 7, 2015 12:29 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the Family. It was such a shock to hear of Jack's passing. May God comfort you with his love at this time and he will be sadly missed by all. God Bless, Ted and Paulette
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A candle was lit by Ted and Paulette Christian on September 7, 2015 12:22 PM
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A candle was lit by Daniel price on September 7, 2015 9:56 AM
Message from Lance Wagner
September 7, 2015 9:51 AM

Wow I love this guy!! If you can find a bigger character, with more stories, more friends, more passion, a bigger heart and a better laugh I would love to meet them. Cass was pure gold!! Prayers to the family.
Message from Dave Grosh
September 7, 2015 7:51 AM

Kathy and entire family: Deeply saddened to learn of Jack's passing-please find comfort and strength in knowing how many lives he touched--much more than a coach! Always willing to help! I remember asking him to help with an E-town merchants event-We drove to Punxsy just to get the display for a water balloon toss--Thanks Cass for ALL the memories and RIP my shared-birthday friend--Prayers for your family and your large extended family as well---- Dave and Kiffanny Grosh
Message from Carla and Bill Ferko
September 7, 2015 7:26 AM

So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I graduated with Jill and my husband grew up with her. I recently reconnected with Jackie in Baltimore and it was so nice to hear how you are all doing. One thing Jackie told over and over was how close you are all! Your dad was a great man and obviously raised a wonderful family! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
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A candle was lit by Nicole R. Sargen Carl on September 7, 2015 7:01 AM
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A candle was lit by Pam & Scott Carlson on September 7, 2015 3:47 AM
Message from Jeffrey Louis Griest
September 6, 2015 11:45 PM

I remember when Mr Cass would tell us to keep our heads on the books
R.I.P. Coach
Condolences to the family and friends as well
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A candle was lit by Jeffrey Louis Griest on September 6, 2015 11:42 PM
Message from Louisville, KY
September 6, 2015 11:00 PM

Dear Jill and family,

Condolences to you and your whole family. Coach meant the world to us back in the day and we're all proud to say that we played for him. I know him and Sarge are up there riding that cart.
Tucker Raifsnider Jr and family
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A candle was lit by The Shenigo Family on September 6, 2015 10:30 PM
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A candle was lit by Ron Reed on September 6, 2015 9:17 PM
Message from Galen R. Neideigh
September 6, 2015 12:00 PM

Jeanne. So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother (Jack). My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Class of 56. Galen
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A candle was lit by Bob and Sandy Coleman on September 6, 2015 11:35 AM
Message from Ken and Polly Emenheiser
September 6, 2015 11:01 AM

Dear Kathy and Family,

We extend to you our heartfelt sympathy. We were shocked and sad to hear of Jack's death. We will treasure the many memories of Jack that we are fortunate enough to have. I know he will be missed by the many people whose hearts he touched and all those he taught and inspired over the years. With Sympathy

Ken and Polly

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A candle was lit by Mindi Burkett (Flowers) on September 6, 2015 10:03 AM
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A candle was lit by Rachele Stiffler on September 6, 2015 7:30 AM
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A candle was lit by Blane, Melissa and Alex Medford on September 5, 2015 10:49 PM
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A candle was lit by Thomas R. Shirk class of 1972 on September 5, 2015 9:51 PM
Message from Ralph Aldinger Jr. D.O.
September 5, 2015 7:56 PM

Kathy and family,

It hurts to know that Jack has left us here and passed on to heaven. Your husband influenced so many people; many in ways that he probably never knew. I went to school with his brother Joey. I grew up at the Masonic Homes vegetable garden, and admired Jack more than anyone knows. As a kid, Jack was my hero. As an adult, I was honored to consider him my friend!

Ralph Alinger Jr D.O.
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A candle was lit by Drew Shoemaker on September 5, 2015 9:13 AM
Message from Harold Brinser and Marlene Thompson
September 5, 2015 9:05 AM

Dear Kathy,

We were so sorry to read about Jack's passing. We will be at the funeral. I will light a candle for Jack at mass this Sunday. Prayers to you and your family. Jack was such a great guy and his life touched many!

Marlene and Harold

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A candle was lit by Steve Crum on September 5, 2015 7:59 AM
Message from Kathy Evans
September 5, 2015 12:44 AM

Coach C was inspirational. His enthusiasm was contagious. Our entire school caught it!!!
K Evans ,JP McCaskey,Class of '72.
Message from Omaha, NE
September 5, 2015 12:18 AM

I'm sorry about Coach Cassebaum's passing! I did not play for him, but I was one of the equipment managers for the 1971 J. P. McCaskey football team. I learned a great deal from Coach about respect, commitment. He helped me to believe in myself during a time when I found that a very difficult thing to do, and I have always been grateful to him for that. I am praying for you family and for all who knew him.
Mark Dommel
Message from Karen Smith and the Smith Family
September 4, 2015 11:10 PM

Jennine, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always be forever grateful for your father because he is the reason we became friends and are still friends for over 24 years. His energetic spirit that brought us together the summer of '91 will live in our hearts always. I am here for you and your family whenever you need us. Much love and prayers are with you and yours. Karen
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A candle was lit by The Smith Family of Elizabethtown, Pa. on September 4, 2015 11:04 PM
Message from Jonathan S. Zuck
September 4, 2015 8:31 PM

Coach Cass helped create memories for high school football players across Pennsylvania that will last a life time. I was fortunate to play both high school and college football, but days spent under Coach Cass at Elizabethtown are my most memorable and most cherished sports memories. I can only hope that my children get the privilege to be coached by someone with same charisma, leadership, and inspiration as Coach Cass. Thanks for all the great memories.
Message from Terry Ishman
September 4, 2015 4:34 PM

So sorry to hear about the passing of Cass. He was such a great motivator and has leaves such a deepened sadness in the hearts and minds of those who had the honor of knowing him. My deepest sympathies to the Casebaum family members.
Terry Ishman
Message from The weaver family punxsutawney
September 4, 2015 2:12 PM

Great person coach and mentor we the family send our condolences.
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Message from Barry & Peggy Ginder
September 4, 2015 9:25 AM

Kathy we are so sorry we will be at the funeral.
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A candle was lit by Matt and Mary McNitt on September 3, 2015 9:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Mr & Mrs Neil B. Cunningham and daughter on September 3, 2015 6:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Mary (Rylke) Dinger on September 3, 2015 4:35 PM
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A candle was lit by Leslie Rylke, Jonathan Friedman, Maya & Tess Rylke-Friedman on September 3, 2015 2:48 PM
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