Altha Rae Widder “Sue” Stimely
LEWISTOWN – Sue was born in Akron, Ohio, daughter of Ralph and Clara (Krebs) Widder. Sue celebrated 69 years of life.
She shared her childhood joys with brothers Ted and Ed, and sister, Linda. Her family eventually moved to their farm in Wadsworth, where she enjoyed her horse, Nancy, and avoided chores at all costs, leaving her siblings behind to tend to them.
Sue attended Wadworth High School, after which she began working as a secretary. Soon after she fell in love and ran off….yes they did… to Maryland to marry her Pennsylvania sweetheart, Fred Stimely, in September, 1962. The blessing of a son arrived in December 1963… Bruce Eugene Stimely!
A move to Pennsylvania would then take place, as well as new jobs. Sue would continue on as an excellent secretary at various businesses. Shortly after, a daughter arrived, Michele Elizabeth! Sue then took a full-time position with the Mifflin County School District Administration. There she would eventually retire with 30 years of service and many appreciative and blessed lives because of her hard work and extra effort that went far beyond the job title.
It was not uncommon for her to personally hand deliver important documents, resolve busing issues or distraught children or parents, and do the job of others, daily. Upon retirement, Sue decided sitting was not an option and went to work part-time as a secretary with E.R. Rhodes & Son.
Sue was a very active wife, mother and community member. She gave tirelessly to her family, caring for their every need from the beginning to end, and most of the time without ever being asked to do so. Her selflessness never ended, even to strangers; there was no fear and no expectation of a return. Giving was her way of life every day. “No” was not a word in her vocabulary and forgiveness and acceptance was how she lived, eager to help anywhere she could. Colossians 3:12-14, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” This is how Sue lived and God shares his message with you today through her beautiful life.
Sue passed into His Kingdom on Monday, May 20, 2013, and has been proceeded in death by: her grandson, Jesse Lee Stimely; parents Ralph and Clara Widder; grandparents, Special Uncle Russ and Aunt Dorothy; and many loved ones.
She is survived by: Fred; son, Bruce (wife Irene Callahan); daughter, Michele Etherton (husband Jeff); and grandchildren, Christian, Caitilin, Benjamin, Ian, Cory and Joey.
Donations can be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Ronald McDonald House of Central PA at preview.tinyurl.com/ n9jyk7h, or the United Cebral Palsy Association http://preview.tinyurl. com/o33rjjy.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Third St, Lewistown, with the Rev. Karen McCachren officiating.
A celebration reception will follow in the church parish hall.
Arrangements are being handled by Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville.