Death Notices

Clergy & Spouses Conference Lay Leadership

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Death Notices: Clergy & Spouses

The Rev. Albert Schell, Jr.

The Rev. Albert Schell, Jr., retired local pastor, passed away on August 20, 2018. Prior to his retirement in 2016, he served the following Eastern PA Conference Churches: Shamokin: Emmanuel… Read more

The Rev. Cecil P.E. Pottieger

The Rev. Dr. Cecil P. E. Pottieger, 94, passed away on July 5, 2018. He was a Retired Elder of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Prior to his retirement in 1990,… Read more

The Rev. Barbara Housley

The Rev. Barbara Housley, Doylestown, Pa., a retired Elder in the Eastern PA Conference passed away June 22, 2018. She served Grove and Mountainhome UMCs, prior to her retirement in… Read more

The Rev. George Thomas

The Rev. George E. Thomas, age 100, a Retired Elder, died on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. He retired in 1985, after serving as pastor to the following churches: Malvern UMC Millersville:… Read more

The Rev. Harry B. Irwin III

The Rev. Harry B. Irwin III, 88, of Yarmouthport, Mass., a Retired Elder of the Eastern PA Conference, passed away on May 4, 2018. In his 44 years of pastoral… Read more

The Rev. Betty A. Ford

We are informed that the Rev. Betty A. Ford, 80, of Shamokin, died on May 3, 2018. She was a retired local pastor, who served Shamokin: Emmanuel UMC and Shamokin:… Read more

The Rev. Paul L. Shumate

The Rev. Paul L. Shumate, of Elizabethtown, died on Friday, May 4, 2018. He served the below churches: Goodwill Philadelphia: Roxborough Emmanuel (closed) Elizabethtown: St. Paul’s Thorndale Lampeter Havertown: Ebenezer… Read more

Mrs. Ruthann W. Gotwols

Mrs. Ruthann W. Gotwols, age 94, the surviving spouse of the Rev. G. Webster Gotwols, died March 14, 2018.  Together they served the below Eastern PA Conference churches from 1962… Read more

Mr. Russell Welsh

Mr. Russell Welsh, 74, spouse of the Rev. Barbara J. Welsh, died April 13, 2018. Rev. Welsh served as Licensed Local Pastor to Ash Grove UMC and then retired in… Read more

Mrs. Amelia Bemesderfer

Mrs. Amelia Bemesderfer, age 103, died March 28, 2018.  She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. James O. Bemesderfer. Together they served the below Eastern PA Conference churches: Birdsboro:… Read more