Margaret M. Showalter, 85, Denver secretary, civic volunteer, Denver Fair advocate

By on June 1, 2016

Margaret M. “Peggy” Showalter, 85, of Reinholds, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Ephrata Manor.

She was born in Lower Heidelburg Township to the late Walter and Catharine (Long) Helm, and was the wife of E. Luke Showalter, with whom she shared more than 60 years of marriage.

Peggy graduated from Robesonia High School and then went on to McCann’s School of Business. She formerly worked for Farr’s Nursery and then was the secretary for Denver Borough for 28 years. She enjoyed volunteering and received numerous awards for her work through various civic organizations.

In addition to her job, she was a homemaker and raised three children. She loved spending time with family and friends, and enjoyed baking, canning, crocheting, and gardening.

In addition to her husband, Peggy is survived by three children: Kirk Showalter of Reinholds, Neal Showalter of Reinholds, and Jill Showalter of Reamstown; a brother: Gerald, husband of Sue Helm, of Stouchsburg; and a sister: Delores, wife of Harold Stieff, of Robesonia; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Shirley Wartzenluft and Ruth Shepler.

A viewing will be held Thursday, June 2, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver. An additional viewing will be held Friday, June 3, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Mellinger’s Lutheran Church, 80 Gockley Road, Stevens. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m., with Rev. Timothy L. Craven officiating. Interment will take place in the Pleasant View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peggy’s memory may be made to Mellinger’s Lutheran Church, 80 Gockley Road, Stevens, PA 17578; or to the Denver Fair Committee Inc., P.O. Box 207, Denver, PA 17517.

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

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