Mary Oberholtzer, 95, was cook, area factory worker

By on August 24, 2011

Mary L. Oberholtzer, 95, residing in the Denver Nursing Home, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.

She was born in East Cocalico Township to the late Harry and Mary (Lesher) Zerbe and was the wife of the late Samuel G. Oberholtzer, who passed away in 1989.

Mary was a homemaker, but during her working years, she worked for the former Miller-Hess Shoe Company, Akron; the Stunzi Silk Mill, Ephrata; and Maple Farms Nursing Center in the kitchen department. Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She enjoyed playing cards and Yahtzee and making potpie dinners for family.

She is survived by her son: Dennis, husband of Sue (Burkholder) Oberholtzer, of Ephrata; three grandchildren: Kelly, wife of Lance Orzechowski, of Akron; Kate, wife of Justin Raski, of Ephrata; and Jeffrey Oberholtzer, of Ephrata; and four great-grand children: Jordin and Danielle Orzechowski, Mason Oberholtzer and Brynn Raski.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by five brothers: Harry Zerbe, John Zerbe, Lester Zerbe, Roy Zerbe and Solomon (Red) Zerbe.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Ave., Ephrata, with Pastor William Hoch officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

If desired, memorial contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to Denver Nursing Home, 400 Lancaster Ave., Stevens, PA 17578.

Arrangements are being made by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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