Kathryn Mae Hoover100, of Landis Homes, phone operator

By on July 27, 2011

Kathryn Hoover

Kathryn Mae (Buckwalter) Hoover, 100, formerly of Parkesburg and Shunk, died at Landis Homes, Lititz, on the morning of July 18, 2011.

She was born May 3, 1911 in Leacock Township, the daughter of Henry and Naomi (Kreider) Buckwalter. After the death of her father and subsequent remarriage of her mother, Sem Eby became her step-father.

In addition to homemaking, she worked intermittently as a telephone operator in Intercourse, Atglen, Gap, Parkesburg, West Chester and Embreeville State Hospital. After 30 years of farming near Parkesburg she and her husband moved to Sullivan County, where she served as a KOA camp manager.

Involvement in the community was a big part of Mae’s life. She was a PTA "Mom" and president, member of the Octorara School Board, coordinator for the Fresh Air Program and chair for the Chester County Migrant Ministry.

Mae participated in various expressions of congregational life including teaching Sunday school and Bible school, and was deeply committed to the broader Church and its outreach. Many persons were supported by her faithful prayer ministry. She was a member of Wheelerville Mennonite Church, now Faith Mountain Fellowship, and after moving to Landis Homes in 2001, became a member of the Landis Homes Fellowship.

She is survived by four children: Naomi H., wife of Duane Kauffman of Perkasie; Edwin L., husband of Edith (Bradley) of Parkesburg; Ada M. Kassa of Andover, N.J.; and Norman V. and companion Beth Liner of Oxford, N.C.; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother: Ira J. Buckwalter; step-brothers: Warren Eby and John Eby; and step-sisters: Edna (Eby) Rohrer and Verna (Eby) Kreider.

Funeral services were held July 22 at Landis Homes Chapel with Rev. Henry Buckwalter officiating. Interment followed in the Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mae’s memory may be made to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc. Akron/Ephrata. For additional information or to make a condolence to the family, visit stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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