Dorothy E. Strange

LEWISTOWN – Dorothy E. Strange, 81, of Kish Apartments, Lewistown, and formerly of Milroy, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Valley View in Belleville.

Born Jan. 23, 1932, in Milroy, she was a daughter of the late James Roland Wagner and Gladys (Reed) (Wagner) Chamberlain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon Strange, in 1960, and her companion, Robert Leidy.

Surviving are: her children, Mrs. Jack (Trudy) Weaver, of Mechanicsburg, Mrs. John (Darlene) Phillips Jr., of Reedsville, and Mrs. Mark (Margaret) Swanger, of Lewistown; eight grandchildren, Tish Maclay, John Phillips III, Jill Miller, Barbara Orwan, Matthew Weaver, Derek Swanger, Jonathon Swanger and Lucas Swanger; one brother, Ralph E. Wagner, of Reedsville; lifelong friend, Florence Pennepacker, of Milroy; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Strange was also preceded in death by: a sister, Thelma Close; a brother, Robert James Wagner; a great-grandson, Christian Swanger; and a stillborn son.

Dorothy worked at Lewistown Hospital, the Arrow Shirt Factory and owned the Main Street Tavern in Milroy before retiring on disability.

She was a member of the Rebekahs for one year and the Homemakers for six months.

She was a loving, caring mother, grandmother and friend who touched many people’s lives. She was a self-reliant and determined individual with an amazing sense of perseverance and a great sense of humor who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She always knew what she wanted and liked to laugh.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Bohn Funeral Home, Reedsville, with the Rev. Richard J. Bender officiating. Interment will be in Salem Cemetery, Siglerville.

Viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in honor of Christian Swanger to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, 100 Park Ave. Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850.