Ruth H. Meiser

McALISTERVILLE – Ruth H. Meiser, 92, of McAlisterville, died at 1:05 a.m. on Monday, April 07, 2014, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.

Born on Dec. 27, 1921, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, she was a daughter of the late Samuel G. and Sallie (Snyder) Hepner. On June 1, 1941, she married Ralph E. Meiser, with whom she shared more than 53 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1994.

Surviving are: her sons, R. Terry Meiser and his wife, Jennie, of Mifflin, Dennis R. Meiser and his wife, Mary Lou, of McAlisterville, Douglas E. Meiser and his wife, Michele, of Mifflintown, and Michael A. Meiser and his wife Lisa, of Saint Augustine, Fla.; siblings, Kenneth E. Hepner, of McAlisterville, Mary F. Wert, of Manheim, and Ferne O. Hepner, of Belleville; 12 grandchildren, Andrew Meiser, Christy Edwards, Matthew Meiser, Rebekah Morgan, Leslie Leidig, Kathy Stroup, Nathan Meiser, Malia Asthappan, Kiersta Meiser, Katie Meiser, Kari Meiser and Alayna Meiser; and she leaves behind 18 great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Gladys Hepner, Esther Varner, Samuel C. Hepner, Marlin Hepner, Clarence Hepner, Donald “Jim” Hepner and Richard L. Hepner.

Mrs. Meiser was an active member of Browns United Methodist Church, McAlisterville, where she served on missions committee, the pastor/parish relations committee, taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir.

Ruth was a homemaker who was also employed as a cook for the East Juniata High School, Mary Coldren Personal Care and, later the Zendt Nursing Home. She also assisted her husband Ralph with running Meiser Lumber Company and made pies for many area restaurants.

She enjoyed many things, such as baking, making afghans and quilts, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren. Ruth had a special ability to befriend people and open her home with hospitality to many people.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Browns United Methodist Church, McAlisterville, with the Rev. Candace Arnold and her grandson, Pastor Andrew Meiser, officiating. After the service, interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville.

Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville. There will be no viewing at the church.

For those who wish, memorial donations in Mrs. Meiser’s memory may be made to the Browns United Methodist Church, c/o Mission Fund, 33401 Route 35 North, McAlisterville, PA 17049.

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