Dora M. Wenker

Dora M. Wenker

Dora Mae Burkett Wenker, of Lock Haven, went to meet her Lord on July 10, 2018, at Susque-View nursing home, where she had been a patient since March.

The former Dora Mae Burkett was born in Lock Haven on March 19, 1923, to the late Roy M. and Pearl Martz Burkett.

A 1941 graduate of Lock Haven High School, she was married to LeRoy A. Wenker on Feb. 12, 1943. The two had celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary earlier this year, just shortly before LeRoy’s death in late February.

Dora and LeRoy made their home in Swissdale after LeRoy completed his U.S. Army service in World War II.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and especially baking. For a short time she was a cook at the Locks Restaurant and then a cook at Woodward Elementary School.

Later she baked pies for several restaurants in the area and also participated in the farmers’ market in Lock Haven with her husband, selling her cakes, pies and cookies for nearly 50 years. She was frequently referred to as “the pie lady”.

In addition to her husband and her parents, Dora was preceded in death by her oldest son, Kenneth.

She is survived by four children, Gerald Wenker (Candy) of Lock Haven, Dennis Wenker (Karen) of Salisbury, N.C., Terry Wenker (Donna) of Lock Haven, and Jeanne Pellacore (Robert) of Jersey Shore.

Additionally, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Dora is also survived by one sister, Marion Bair, of Thompsontown, Pa.

Funeral services will be held on Friday July 13 at 11 a.m. in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven. Officiating will be Pastor Gary Runtas, of the Gap Fellowship Church, Williamsport.

Family and friends will be received in the funeral home one hour prior to the services. Interment will be in the Swissdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dora’s name to Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.

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