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Lucille E. Kemper – Oct. 8, 2015

October 8, 2015

Lucille E. Kemper, 93, the wife of the late Rev. Philip J. Kemper, died Oct. 8, 2015, at Normandie Ridge in York, Pa. A funeral service was held Oct. 14, at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in New Freedom, Pa., officiated by the Revs. David Brinker and Dennis McCleary.

Lucille E. Burdick was born April 15, 1922, in Carbondale, Pa., the daughter of the late Myrl Wallace Burdick and Alice Henrietta (Dietz) Burdick. She is a graduate of Columbia Bible College in Columbia, S.C., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

She and Philip Kemper married in 1945. They had four daughters. They lived in several places as her husband’s appointments changed. His first was to Union Bridge from 1965 to 1967, then to Stone Chapel, St. James Charge. In 1971, they moved to the Grace-Bosley Charge in Sparks, followed by Lodge Forest UMC in Edgemere from 1978 to 1983. From 1983 to 1987, he served Orems UMC in Middle River, then was appointed to Whiteford Charge until his retirement in 1992.

During these years, she worked in Carroll and Baltimore Counties where she was an Elementary School Media Specialist. She retired in 1982 after 16 years of service. At the time of her death she was a member of St. Paul UMC in Pylesville.

Survivors include her four daughters, Ruth K. Michael of Pueblo, Colo., Mary K. Gearhart of Blakeslee, Pa., Ann L. Kemper of York, and Catherine K. Fronck of Martinsburg, W.Va.; four granddaughters; one step-grandson and five great-granddaughters.

Condolences may be sent to Mary Kemper Gearhart, P.O. Box 1555 Blakeslee, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Normandie Ridge Benevolent Care Fund, 1700 Normandie Drive, York, PA 17408.

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