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Ferne Driver Gapcynski


Ferne Driver Gapcynski, 95, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018. Ferne was born in New Market, VA, and was a long-time Peninsula resident after growing up in her beloved Shenandoah Valley. Ferne graduated as a math major from Madison College in Harrisonburg, VA, and soon after, was invited to move to Hampton to work for the National Advisory Council on Aeronautics (NACA, and later NASA) as a “computer”. Ferne spent much of her time at NASA working at the 16′ Tunnel, where she forged many life-long friendships. It was there she met her husband, John Gapcynski, and like many NASA families, they built their home and started their family in York County. Just after the birth of her second child, she left NASA to become a home-maker where she spent the rest of her life taking care of her family.
Ferne is survived by a brother, Everette Driver and his wife Anna of Timberville, VA, and a sister Betty Funkhouser of Broadway, VA; her children Paul Gapcynski of James City County and Suzanne Wood and her husband Walter of Leesburg, VA; and four grandchildren, Miles Gapcynski and Taylor Gapcynski of Raleigh, NC, and Lindsey Wood and Austin Wood of Leesburg, VA.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown on April 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 123, Yorktown, VA 23690. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.

“So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can’t answer
So much work to do
But when I get where I’m going
And I see my Maker’s face
I’ll stand forever in the light
Of His amazing grace.
Yeah, when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah, when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here”

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