Alverta G. Kipp, 95, child care provider, worked at Wilbur Chocolate, extraordinary baker

By on July 20, 2016

Alverta G. Kipp, 95, of Manheim, went home to meet her Lord and Savior on Friday evening, July 8, 2016, at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz where she was a guest for four months.

She lived on Hart Street in Manheim for 67 years in the home she and her husband built. Born in Silver Springs, she was the daughter of the late Monroe and Gertrude Brandt Waser. Alverta was the loving wife of J. Clarence Kipp for 72 years, prior to his passing in 2014.

Alverta was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church in Manheim and a former longtime member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in East Petersburg. She provided child care in her home for more than 40 years to children who affectionately referred to her as “Mrs. Kipp.” Earlier, she was employed by the former Wilbur-Suchard Chocolate Co. in Lititz and in the dining room at the former Crippled Children’s Hospital in Elizabethtown.

Alverta was a fantastic baker, and preserved delicious fruits and vegetables for her family. She enjoyed picking boxes and boxes of strawberries each season, raised gladiolas, and loved tending the more than 80 rose bushes in her garden.

The family wishes to thank the staff of United Zion Retirement Community for their compassionate care given to Alverta during her declining health.

She is survived by three children: Clarence “Johnny” Kipp, husband of Susie Rochel, of Manheim; Rodney R., husband of Donna Kipp, of Beverly Hills, Fla.; and Suzanne K., wife of Charles T. Houck, of Lancaster; two grandchildren: Adam Charles Houck and Alycia Suzanne Houck; and four siblings: Minerva Dickenson of Maytown; Jane Gehman of Mount Joy; Arlene Houck of Marietta; and John, husband of Janet Waser of Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by three siblings: Monroe “Bud” Waser Jr., Betty Rhoades, and Charles Waser.

Services were held July 14 at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Manheim, with Pastor Jeff Schell officiating. Interment followed in Hernley Mennonite Cemetery in Manheim.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made to Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545; Water Street Rescue Ministries, P.O. Box 7267, Lancaster, PA 17604; or Children’s Miracle Network, 90 Hope Drive, P.O. Box 852, MCA120, Hershey, PA 17033-0852.

To watch a webcast of the funeral beginning the day following the service, or to leave condolences for the family, visit Spence Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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