Marie E. (Tressler) Rider, 88

MARCH 24, 1923-JAN. 12, 2012

January 14, 2012
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Marie E. (Tressler) Rider passed away Jan. 12, 2012, at the Wynwood House, Centre Hall, Pa. She was surrounded by the love and "chatter" of her children and grandchildren, just as she lived most of her life.

Marie was born on March 24, 1923, the daughter of Jefferson and Lydia Tressler of Buffalo Run, Pa.

On May 25, 1940, she married Vaughn M. Rider in Bellefonte, Pa. The couple enjoyed 66 years of marriage before his passing on Aug. 4, 2006. The couple began farming in Buffalo Run and later moved to the farm in Axemann, Pa., retiring from farming in 1984. As a farm wife and mother, Marie was a "Master" of many jobs. She was a wonderful homemaker, cook, and baker and will long be remembered for her pies, "sticky" buns, raisin-filled cookies, and her specialty, apple dumplings, which she enjoyed sharing with everyone.

Marie attended the Marshall School, a one-room schoolhouse for eight years, and despite being unable to attend high school, valued education and encouraged her loved ones to graduate from high school.

She enjoyed attending many of her children's and grandchildren's school programs, concerts, and events, ready to offer her critique and praise, freely. Marie enjoyed gardening, home canning, family gatherings and helping others. Mom was a champion of lost animals as well as her pets and her farm animals. She was a charter member of the Buffalo Run United Methodist Church, a long-time member of the Logan Grange 109, the Pennsylvania State Grange and the National Grange organizations. She also enjoyed her volunteer work at the Centre Community Hospital for many years.

Marie is survived by her eight children, Vaughn (Shirley) of Pleasant Gap, Pa., Elaine Lutz (Kenneth) of Boonesboro, Md., Edwin (Karen) of Centre Hall, Randall (Mary) of Madisonburg, Pa., Juanita Wolfe (Harry) of Centre Hall, Kevin (Jenny) of Spring Mills, Pa., Ruby Hersh (David) of State College, Pa., and Leslie (Sheri) of Port Matilda, Pa. She is also survived by 28 grand children, 34 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her six siblings, Fannie Hamilton, David, Fred, Ralph, Thomas and Earl Tressler.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Mark D. Heintzelman Funeral and Cremation Service P. C., 226 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall, and from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Buffalo Run United Methodist Church, Route 550 and Rock Road, Bellefonte. The funeral will follow immediately at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Duane Bardo officiating.

Burial will be in Meyer Cemetery, Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte.

Mother has left her family and friends with many wonderful life lessons and precious memories. Thank you Mom!

Memorial contributions may be made the Buffalo Run United Methodist Church, Rout 550 and Rock Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.

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