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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Vella E. Lerch, 87 of Austin, PA

Vella E. Lerch
Vella E. Lerch 

Vella E. Lerch, 87 of Austin, PA,  passed away in her home surrounded by family early Saturday morning October 3, 2015. 

Born August 1, 1928, she was the daughter of Milan and Vida Earle Carr. She graduated from Austin High School in the class of 1946. In 1952 she married Clark M. Lerch, who survives. 

They were married for 63 years. 

Vella worked for GTE Sylvania in Emporium for 25 years. 

 She was a faithful member of the Austin United Methodist Church, where she served as treasurer for a time. 

A hard worker Vella was an avid volunteer of several local organizations including the Austin Senior Center, her church and nursing homes. 

 Her memberships also included the Eastern Star where she served as Past Worthy Matron, and Ladies’ Auxillary VFW Post 7810, where she also served as treasurer. Vella loved to walk, and was famous for her peanut butter fudge.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Clark L. Lerch (Randi) of Coudersport and Dennis Lerch of Austin; one daughter: Kathy R. Jeffers (Mark) of Austin; 5 grandchildren: Angela Jeffers of Smethport, Sarah Jeffers of Austin, Zachery Jeffers of Austin, Beth Drake (Zeke) of Shinglehouse, Candace Sturdevant of Galeton, and Mark Sturdevant (Gail) of Emporium; and 4 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers: Richard, Ronald, Alton, and Harold Carr; and two sisters: Priscilla Peno, and Dorothea Caskey.

Friends and family are invited to Vella’s Life Celebration from 12 noon to 1pm Tuesday October 6, at the Austin United Methodist Church, with a memorial service to follow. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 Memorial donations may be made in Vella’s name to: Austin Ladies’ Auxillary VFW Post 7810, the Austin Vollunteer Fire Department, or the Austin United Methodist Church. 

Arrangements by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home”, 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thoughts n prayers for all of the family,
She's walking the streets of gold n dancing before Jesus !!!! She was a beautiful lady !