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Doris Mae (Kirchner) Clark

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 10, 2015 @ 8:27 am In Obituaries | 2 Comments

Doris M. Clark, 88, of Masonic Village, Elizabethtown, died on June 6, 2015.  She was the devoted wife of Leonard James Clark, her sweetie, who died in 2010 just before their 60th anniversary.

Born in Lancaster, PA on September 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Valentine A. Kirchner and Emma Christina Vatter Kirchner.  She is survived by her beloved daughter, Jeanne M. Brooks, her fiancé Harry Freas, and Leonard’s sister, Jean Harriet Chappell whom Doris considered her own sister and best friend.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Valentine G. Kirchner.

Doris graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1944.  She was selected to go to Purdue University in Indiana for 6 months to become a drafting aide for RCA where she worked until 1952.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and USO.  Doris was a homemaker for most of her life, devoted to her husband and daughter.  She enjoyed the 20 years of travelling and adventure while Len was in the Air Force.  In retirement they traveled, cruised and took many road trips together to see friends all over the country.  She LOVED to dance with Len and they were amazing to watch (sometimes fellow dancers would stop dancing just to watch them.)

Doris was the best mom ever, a gift from heaven that her daughter will always be thankful for.  She taught Jeanne important life lessons and was always there for her.  Friendly, kind, caring, thoughtful—all who knew her loved her.  Her card sending was legendary—from birthdays to encouragement—another one of her endearing traits.  She was upbeat and strong to the end and was a stellar example of living a good life.  So many will miss her.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown, PA  17022 or Lancaster Catholic High School, 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster, PA  17601.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, September  16, 2015 at the Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road (Manheim, PA), Located between Mt. Joy & Salunga. Visitation with the family from 2-6 PM.  She “didn’t think much of computers,” so please send cards like she would have.


Condolences for the family of “Doris Mae (Kirchner) Clark”

Condolence from Jimmy Otto on June 11th, 2015 12:42 am

I want you to know your family is in my prayers. Jeanne, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate hearing from you this week. I only wish it was under other different circumstances. Doris and Len were very special to my mother, Ann Otto Sears, who also passed away this March. I too enjoyed going to dinner with them on their visits to Wichita Falls. I will cherish those memories and the honor of knowing them.
May God bless you and provide you comfort knowing Doris is once again in the loving arms of Leonard.
Jimmy Otto

Condolence from Sandra Koser on June 15th, 2015 11:02 am

Dear Jeanne, It is with great sadness that I learned of your dear Mother’s passing. I am n Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at St. Peter Catholic Church. Every Sat. evening Doris sat on the end of the next to last pew and would call me over to tell me she was here ( we took communion to her at her seat. I noticed on Sat. June 6th she was not in her seat. My heart broke when I found out why.
On Easter Sunday 2014, I was not on the Ministry schedule and Doris was overlooked. Fr. Dave told me she had not received Holy Communion so I told him I would take it to her at home as I knew how important it was to her to receive our Lord. I don’t know that I ever saw someone so pleased. I received one of her famous thank you cards and I still have it and treasure it even more now. What a beautiful obituary! the words kind, caring, thoughtful and I will add grateful suit her perfectly. I feel very blessed to have known her.

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