Community Says Goodbye to Dissinger Brothers

RUSH TOWNSHIP — It was a day to say goodbye to three children who lost their lives too soon.

Daniel Dissinger,13, and his brothers Gavin, 7, and Arthur, 2, died when their Rush Township home went up in flames last week.

At the time of the overnight fire the five Dissinger children were sleeping and only two of them made it out alive.

“We’re all heartbroken, for all of them. For all the children, the Dissinger family, Mrs.Dissinger and the remaining children,” Daniel’s fifth grade teacher Melinda Rosini said.

A few hundred people came to the Danville Mennonite Church. Many of them family and friends. Others who didn’t know the Dissingers stopped to pay respect to a family coping with a horrible tragedy.

“What can I say it’s a disaster, I mean it’s bad. You think of your own kids God forbid you know, it’s sad,” Northumberland County commissioner Vinny Clausi said.

Students and teachers from the Danville Area School District also stopped to pay their respects.

Daniel was a sixth grader at Danville Middle School.

His former teacher says she’ll never forget him.

“He would smile all the time. He was a happy, happy young man. He smiled. He was a typical fifth grade boy. He was very, very happy,” Rosini said.

The cause of the deadly fire is still under investigation.

The coroner has ruled the boys deaths as accidental.

Those who knew the kids are having a hard time coping with the fact that they’re gone.

“Knowing Daniel the way he loved his siblings so much, you never know what really happened but I’m sure he felt responsible for them. So whatever happened, I know he made his choice,” Rosini said.

The three brothers will be laid to rest at a later date.

The funeral home director told Newswatch 16 they are working to have the kids buried with their father.

He died a few years ago and is buried at Fort Indiantown Gap.

 

8 comments

  • Dawn Harvilicz

    As I see and understand it she was working to support her kids and if he is going to put the blame on her All I have to say is were was he when this happen. evedently not at the home with his child doing his fatherly duties. This is were you are wrong I know the real christine. She is my relation So if you are going to blame her I think he is to blame since she was doing what it takes to support her family. and where was he. And to think tis was just done to him is selfish. there are a lot of people morning the lost of ALL 3 Boys

  • Dawn Harvilicz

    As I see and understand it she was working to support her kids and if he is going to put the blame on her All I have to say is were was he when this happen. evedently not at the home with his child. This is were you are wrong I know the real christine. She i my relation

  • Ann

    Is there a fund set up for this family? I would like to share it on fb and see what we can do for them.

    • Stacia Scheitrum

      if you would to send cards notes locally please send them to Dissinger family c/o Karla Chapman 330 Patton Rd Danville, PA 17821 or

      MONETARY DONATIONS: Make payable to:
      MCFCU For Benefit of Dissinger Family
      M-C Federal Credit Union
      230 Walnut St.
      Danville, PA 17821

      they are also taking other donations of household goods and clothing at the credit union as well…

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