Pearl B. Buch, 83, EHS grad, Grace Point Church member, devoted to her family

By on December 21, 2016
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Pearl B. Buch, 83, of Ephrata, went home to be with Jesus after a courageous four-year battle with breast cancer on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy.

She was the loving wife of the late John H. Buch, who passed away Oct. 4, 2005, and daughter of the late Aaron and Edna (Burkholder) Felpel.

Pearl was born in Ephrata and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Ephrata High School with the Class of 1951, and was a lifetime member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Ephrata.

Pearl and John were married on Sept. 19, 1953, and enjoyed 52 years of marriage. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and loved spending time with family.

In Pearl’s own quiet way, she gave others hope through her example of strength and peace. Her faith in God, positive attitude, and grace followed her through her life but was especially inspiring to those around her during her illness.

Pearl is survived by two daughters: Cindy S. Mellinger and Cheri L. Maurer, both of Ephrata; two grandsons: Michael T. Maurer of Reinholds; and Logan T. Maurer, husband of Brooke, of Ephrata; two sisters: Shirley, wife of Lester P. Myers, of Ephrata; and Kathy, wife of John Fox, of Manheim; and three brothers, Ronald Felpel of Akron; Thomas Felpel, husband of Diane, of Brookville, Fla.; and Walter Krimes, husband of Beverly, of Crawfordsville, Fla.

In addition to her husband and parents, Pearl was preceded in death by a brother: Robert “Bobby” Felpel.

Services were held Dec. 20 at Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, with Pastor Rocky Hambrick and Chaplain Nilda Roman officiating. She was interred in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery in West Earl Township.

Those who desire may make memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at stjude.org; or, to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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

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