Mabel A. Etters

Mabel A. Etters, 95, of Bellefonte, passed away at Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

She was born on Aug. 15, 1922, the daughter of the late Harry Frederick and Zola (Decker) Kessling.

On March 11, 1939, she married Milford O. Etters Sr., with whom she was blessed to spend 52 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1991.

Mabel was previously employed at Willowbank Unit Hospital of Bellefonte as a nurse, and later she retired from Centre Community Hospital. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church of Marsh Creek and an active member of the Pleasant Valley Ladies Aide.

She enjoyed needlepoint, sewing and reading along with attending ceramics, bingo, and garden club of Centre Crest Nursing Home.

Surviving are her four sons, Milford O. Etters Jr. and his wife Carol of Howard, Frederick Etters and his wife Ruby of Julian, George Etters and his wife Nellie of Bellefonte, and Charles Etters and his wife Barbara of Howard; three daughters, Anna Mae Bechdel and her husband Roger of Blanchard, Edna Houdeshell of Bellefonte, and Dorothy Etters of Bellefonte; and one brother, Clarence Kessling of Chambersburg. She was also blessed with 27 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were both parents; her husband; one infant who died at birth; one brother, Henry Kessling; four sisters, Dessie Emel, Helen Irvin, Christine Bennett, and Annie Lose; and one son-in-law, Paul Houdeshell.

There will be a public visitation on Feb. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kader-Neff Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Howard. The Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Mellott officiating. Burial will be in Schencks Cemetery, Howard Township, with no graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mabel’s memory to Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church of Marsh Creek, c/o Fay Fetzer, 1823 Buffalo Run Road, Bellefonte, Pa. 16823.

Online condolences may be made at www.kader-neff.com.

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