Leah L. Zechman, 92, worked at The Strand, Sturgis Pretzel, enjoyed crafting, fishing

By on March 1, 2017

Leah L. Zechman, 92, of Reading, formerly of Denver, and Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, after a brief illness.

She was the loving wife of the late Arthur H. Zechman, who passed away Dec. 15, 2011. Leah was born in Atlantic City, N.J., a daughter of the late Jack D. and Virginia M. (Hurst) Needles.

After school, she was trained in hotel and restaurant management. While living in Atlantic City, Leah worked at her family’s restaurant, The Strand.

In 1972, Arthur and Leah moved to Denver. While living in Lancaster County, Leah worked for the Sturgis Pretzel Co. in Shillington. During their retirement, she and Arthur lived in Millsboro, Del., and then moved to Ephrata in 2009.

Leah loved, and was very active at making crafts. She also enjoyed playing Pinochle, fishing, and going for walks.

Surviving are two daughters: Lynn M., wife of Anthony Civitarese, of Womelsdorf; and Janet L., wife of Joseph Tomko, of Denver; a stepdaughter: Sherrie L., wife of Robert Bulles, of Blandon; a stepson: Arthur H. Zechman III of Vero Beach, Fla.; a niece: Constance Rutter Hoffman, of Toms River, N.J.; two step-grandchildren: Stacey Bulles Amato and Kymberly Zechman; five step-great-grandchildren: Megan, Nicholas, Danielle, Tony, and Melissa.

In addition to her husband and parents, Leah was preceded in death by her first husband: Richard T. Kiefer; a sister: Patricia M. (Needles) Rutter Gallager; and a niece: Jacqueline.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church, Ephrata, on Feb. 28. She was interred at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Donations in Leah’s memory may be directed to the Our Mother Of Perpetual Help Church Food Bank, 320 Church Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send online condolences, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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