Laura M. Burkhart, 86, seamstress, co-founded Denver Christian Women’s Club, active in VFW

By on August 12, 2015

Laura M. “Mickey” (Coldren) Burkhart, 86, of Denver, passed away Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, after a brief illness, at Denver Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Denver to the late Virgil Sr. and Edith Mae (Maxton) Coldren, and was the wife of the late William I. “Ike” Burkhart, who passed away in May of 2015.

Laura was a faithful member of the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a graduate of Cocalico High School. She had worked at Cinderella and Kinder Knitting Mills as a seamstress and then at Denise’s Tall Fashions, she had also been a Stanley Home Product representative for many years. Laura was active in the VFW Wernersville Post, Meals on Wheels and was the co-founder of the Christian Women’s Club, Denver. She enjoyed taking senior citizen bus trips with her late husband, cooking, playing cards, crocheting and knitting. She collected music boxes and angels and her family meant everything to her, along with her faithful companion, Max the cat.

She is survived by daughter: Denise Burkhart of Denver; a sister: Beatrice, wife of Clyde Ebersole, of Ephrata; two sisters-in-law: Catherine “Cass” Sensenig of Ephrata, Betty Coldren of Reading; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: Virgil Coldren Jr.; and a sister: Hazel Althouse.

Denise would like to extend a special word of thanks to the nursing staffs of Denver Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hospice and Community Care for their kind and compassionate care of her mother during her illness.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver, followed by her funeral service at 2 p.m., with Pastor Peter Schwabe-Fry officiating. Interment will take place in the Muddy Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, PA 17517; or American Cancer Society-Lancaster County Unit, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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