Patricia A. Lease, 76, driver for Vinemont Fire Co., accordian player, McDonald’s worker

By on July 12, 2017

Patricia A. Lease, 76, of East Cocalico Township, passed away July 4, 2017, at 2:10 p.m., in the Reading Hospital, where she had been a patient since June 29.

She was the wife of Stuart R. Lease, with whom she shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Harold H. and Emma S. (Eichner) Keffer.

She worked as a food server at McDonald’s, Sinking Spring, for 10 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of Mohns Hill Memorial Evangelical Congregational Church and was active in their senior citizens group and their Pilar group. She was a member of the Vinemont Fire Company where she, along with Joyce Lorah, were the first female drivers in Berks County. She was very involved with their Easter candy making, using her grandmother’s recipe. Patsy played in an accordion band at local fairs and carnivals. She was a 1959 graduate of Gov. Mifflin High School, the insitution’s second graduating class, and loved fishing and clamming in Delaware.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children: Ann M. Lease companion of Sean P. Murphy, Shoemakersville; Shawn M., husband of Becky Lease, Shillington; Brian A. Lease, Denver; her brother: Dennis H., husband of Joyce Keffer, Pennwyn; and three grandchildren: Nathan, Morgan, and Alex.

She was predeceased by her son, Nathan, in 1980.

Services were held July 8 at Klee Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Shillington, with Pastor Kenneth B. Ogden officiating. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery, Sinking Spring.

Patsy had an extreme dislike for lilies and it’s requested that none be sent. Please honor her memory by making contributions to Mohns Hill Memorial E.C. Church, 708 Mohns Hill Road, Sinking Spring, PA 19608.

Klee Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Shillington, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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