Amy Quinn

Published 11:33 am Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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Staff Sergeant Amy Quinn, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, passed away suddenly last year on September 4th, 2022. She was born early June of 1990 to her father Robert Quinn and mother Shawn Swartz. Over the course of her lifetime, she lived in 3 states (Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio) and 2 countries (Germany and the Horn of Africa).

She is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents who loved her dearly, Robert’s parents, Charles S. Quinn of Lewistown Pennsylvania, Joyce Ann Rodkey of Winter Haven, Florida and Shawn’s’ parents, Stanley Zimering and Dolores (Kline, Swartz) Zimering of Melbourne, Florida.

She is survived by her father Robert Quinn of State College, Pennsylvania, her mother Shawn Swartz of Bainbridge, Georgia, three siblings Kelsey Quinn of Virginia, Courtney Quinn of Florida and Matthew Quinn of State College.

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She also leaves behind many more friends and battle buddies. 

Amy was a Silver Award Girl Scout with her sister Kelsey. She worked with the 28th Division out of Boalsburg, PA as a volunteer since she was a Brownie Scout for the Wreath Laying Ceremony every Spring in May. She was particularly proud of the coin she earned as a Senior Scout, along with her sister, from the Division Commanding General for her 10 years of continued volunteer service. She went on to earn several more coins, service awards, and accolades for her continued dedication to serve those in need. She has many awards and accolades in the military as well.

Amy loved the Army and served as a soldier for 15 years having originally started her career in Ashley PA. She began her career as a Combat Medic, later transitioning to serve her fellow soldiers in a different way by becoming a Human Resources Specialist during her time in Germany. She loved that country and hoped to return one day. Amy’s subservient approach to lead and help soldiers made her an invaluable part of the units in Ashley PA, Altoona Pa, Westerville Ohio, Grafenwöhr Germany, Joint Operations Command (JOC) AFRICOM, in The Horn of Africa and the Flying Tigers Unit out of Fort Knox, Kentucky. She was scheduled to relocate to Saipan for her next assignment in January 2023. 

She attended Penn State while serving her country and had planned on completing her degree with the World Campus while stationed in Saipan. 

Everyone loved Amy that met her. She inspired, influenced, and cared for many soldiers, friends and people in general.  She was a devout Christian and sang in church as a young girl and later played the piano for services at The High Ground Church while living in Kentucky. She was a beautiful piano player and artist.  She always lived her life fully and with joy and aspired to be the Proverbs:31 Woman. She leaves behind her two puppies Spyder and Little Bit, her dog Bailey in South Carolina, and is joined in Heaven by her other dog Chico. 

A public viewing was held at Haky/Georgiana Centre County Funeral Home, 1034 Benner Pike, State College, PA 16801 on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. 

A public Memorial Funeral Service with Full Military Honors was held on September 14, 2022, at 10 am, at Boalsburg Auditorium, next to the military history museum, the GPS address is 51 Boalsburg Avenue, Boalsburg, PA 16827. Parking was free and immediately available at the Museum, which is adjacent to the cemetery where graveside services were held.

Donations in her honor may be made to Project Die Hard or the SOS charity. Project Die Hard was started by her former recruiting officer. Donations to Project Die Hard can be made at the following website: They have designated the next building built in Pennsylvania to be named in honor Amy. 

Amy also had a passion to support others, through the Supporting Our Survivors program for those wishing to donate to continue providing support to survivors in Amy’s name. Donations can be made to their website at: Both projects are near and dear to her heart.  

Amy was dearly loved and is now at peace in the arms of her Savior. The light that she gave off to the world will be missed by all of those she touched. Especially by her mother, siblings and father.

An online guestbook may be signed and condolences left for the family at