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In Memoriam

Netta Brenneman Staffon
Netta Brenneman Staffon

The Virginian-Pilot, (Norfolk, VA) July 14, 2001

PORTSMOUTH - Netta Brenneman Staffon, born Sept. 15, 1911, passed away June 24, 2001.

Born in Nicholson Township, Pa., Netta made headlines in her 17th summer when she rescued a man from drowning in Lake Sheridan. Two years later, the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission awarded her the Carnegie Medal and a scholarship to Carnegie Tech, where she studied art and design, and received several design awards, including a winning coffee pot design that was produced for 15 or 20 years.

She married Bill Staffon in 1936 and moved to Portsmouth in 1946. After raising two daughters, Donna and Linda Staffon, and pursuing a successful career as an art teacher at Cradock and Manor high Schools, Netta retired and moved to Wilton, Maine to retire and pursue her art work. She lived in her own home on Wilson Lake near her daughter, Donna Green, until her death.

She is also survived by her other daughter, Linda Beeber, and four grandchildren.