Edith M. Hebel

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Edith M. Hebel passed away on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, 2018 at The Oaks at Pleas­ant Gap.

Born Au­gust 11, 1924 in Sayre­ville,

NJ, she was the daugh­ter of Ru­dolph and Emma Sch­midt Weg­ner.

Sur­viv­ing are sons Don­ald (Lynette) of Lanse, Thomas (Bar­bara) of Perkasie and daugh­ter Ann (Thomas) of Ber­rys­burg, 12 grand­chil­dren, 24 great grand­chil­dren and 10 great­great grand­chil­dren.

Pre­ced­ing her in death were her hus­band Rev H. Lee Hebel, par­ents Rudy and Emma Weg­ner and foster son Ernest Smith, his wife Hilda (Sis) and their in­fant son, Lee.

Mrs. Hebel grad­u­ated from New Brunswick High School in New Jersey. She served 22 months in the U.S. Navy (Women’s Re­serve) dur­ing World War II. She was a 1949 grad­u­ate of Susque­hanna Univer­sity, Selins­grove PA, and served on its Board of Di­rec­tors 1981 to 1986.

On May 29, 1949, she wed H. Lee Hebel in New Brunswick, NJ. She and Pas­tor Hebel lived in the Karthaus area on three oc­ca­sions for a to­tal of 49 years, Bed­ford County seven years, Hager­stown two years, and Perkasie eight years. While liv­ing in Perkasie, Mrs. Hebel held ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions with the Pearl S. Buck Foun­da­tion in Adop­tion and Sup­port Pro­grams for Amerasian chil­dren dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

As a life­long mem­ber of the Lutheran Church, she served in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties in the con­gre­ga­tions, Con­fer­ences, and Syn­ods in each place she lived, es­pe­cially in Lutheran Women’s Or­ga­ni­za­tions. Among her spe­cial in­ter­ests were the pro­mo­tion of Chris­tian Peace and Jus­tice, Care of Cre­ation and Na­ture with spe­cial con­cern for the Susque­hanna River, Church Camp­ing, World Hunger, and serv­ing as co­or­di­na­tor of the Al­legheny Synod Hunger Ap­peal for a num­ber of years. She also co­or­di­nated the Que­hanna Area Trails Club from 1993 to 2005.

There will be no pub­lic view­ing at Edith’s re­quest. A pri­vate fam­ily burial will be held at Liver­pool Ceme­tery. A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at Shep­herd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Karthaus, PA will be sched­uled at a later date by the fam­ily.

Me­mo­rial gifts may be made to Shep­herd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Karthaus for the Build­ing Fund or World Hunger Ap­peal.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of John­son Fu­neral Home, Grass­flat.

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