Elsie M. Secrest, 71

AUG. 31, 1940-AUG. 16, 2012

August 16, 2012

Mrs. Elsie M. Secrest, 71, of Mercersburg, Pa., died early Thursday morning, Aug. 16, 2012 at her residence. She was the wife of Mr. Richard F. Secrest, her husband of 50 years.

Born Aug. 31, 1940, in Frederick County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Anna Mary Wilhide Wastler.

She was a 1961 graduate of Washington County Hospital School of Nursing, and retired from Washington County Hospital in 2003. She later returned for volunteer service.

Mrs. Secrest was a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Upton, Pa.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and was an avid gardener and reader.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Tracey DePasquale and husband, Eugene, of York, Pa., and Richard T. Secrest and wife, Kelly, of Mercersburg; and her grandchildren, Ben and Sarah DePasquale, and Aiden Secrest.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles J. Wastler.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, Pa.

The funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 8835 Lemar Road, Greencastle (Upton). Her pastor, the Rev. Alan R. Wilson, will officiate. Interment will follow in Welsh Run Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Mercersburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Home Care and Hospice Inc., 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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