Elaine (Fehlinger) Konkle "Ritter"

Born: Wed., Apr. 2, 1947
Died: Thu., Nov. 7, 2013

Gathering of Family & Friends

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
Location: The Mechanicsburg Club's Centurian Room

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Elaine (Fehlinger) Konkle “Ritter”

First Lady of Mechanicsburg -

Elaine (Fehlinger) Konkle “Ritter”, 66, of Mechanicsburg, and formerly of Montoursville, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home with her husband by her side on Thursday, November 7, 2013.  She was born in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, April 2, 1947, daughter of Charles Fehlinger and the late Olga (Shypulski) Fehlinger.  Elaine was the wife of Mayor Jack Curtis Ritter whom she married on May 5, 2006.

Elaine’s survivors include her loving husband and companion for over 30 years, Jack Curtis Ritter; her two sons, John David "JD" Konkle, III, of Williamsport, Douglas Konkle of Colorado; her father, Charles Fehlinger of Montoursville; and her sister Linda Richards of Montoursville.  Preceding Elaine in death is her mother, Olga Fehlinger.

Elaine enjoyed being the First Lady of Mechanicsburg, a title that she wore with humility and grace.  She was a deeply private person who treated those around her with kindness and compassion.  One of Elaine’s joys was buying and selling antiques at the Antique Marketplace in Lemoyne.  Before that, she worked in advertising and sales at Traffax in New Cumberland, WHP 580 Radio in Harrisburg, and Cindy Rowe Auto Glass.  Her sudden departure from us is felt by many and Elaine will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her and none more than her loving husband, Jack.

All are welcome to join Jack in remembering Elaine at her Gathering of Family & Friends and Reception on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Mechanicsburg Club’s Centurian Room, 333 Heinz Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055.  Cremation was private and burial in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pennsylvania, will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family encourages memorial contributions to the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut Street, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055, or the Wildcat Foundation, 500 South Broad Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or the Mechanicsburg Museum Association, 2 West Strawberry Avenue, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055.

Elaine’s family has entrusted her care to Myers–Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Elaine’s full obituary and sign her official guest book at www.Myers-Buhrig.com.

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Layne Lebo
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

Trish Hammaker& Family
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
We are very sorry for your loss.

Bob & Kathy Manbeck
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013

We are very sorry to learn of Elaine's passing. Be assured that you have our prayers for comfort.

Bob & Kathy Manbeck

Martin Marsola
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
To the Fehlinger, Konkle and Ritter Families,
Pleasd accept my sincere sympathies at this time. Cousin Lany, it has been a long time since seeing you...I hope you now finally find peace with your mother, grandmother and with God. Till we meet again, peace be with you and your families.

Brian Freeman
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
My family's hearts hurt today for the loss of this wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack, Douglas and all of Elaine's family.

Carole and Ken Spahr
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
Cherish the memories, they last a lifetime.
Our prayers are with you.

David, Denise, and William Griffith
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Jack ~ We are so sorry to hear of your wife's passing. You, and your family, are in our thoughts and prayers. May you know peace, strength, love, and comfort through the Lord.

Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

The Washies
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013

The officers and members would like to extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to you in this time of loss. Be strong our brother.

Rain Hess
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Elaine was a kind compassionate woman. She loved her soul mate husband with all her might. She was a protector and care giver to her family and friends. Her love and laughter will be missed by all who loved her.
I am so glad I knew her as my dear friend! My deepest sympathy to Jack and the entire family. Please know she truly loved you from the bottom of her heart forevermore!

John Rainville
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Jack to say I am shocked is an understatement. My thoughts are with you and your family.

   Posted Sat November 09, 2013

Deborah Wallace
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Glenda L. Blair
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013

Words can not express the amount of sorry you and your family are feeling at this time. But, I hope knowing how much of the Borough is behind you, and have their hands on your shoulder or back will help you come through this trying time.

Your soul mate left, knowing you have been retained as Mayor. She must have been very proud of that fact. I hope you will remember all the wonderfull times you have had, and allow those memories to sustain you through a most diffcult time in your life. (Like what was wrong with your wallet one Sunday morning?)

May her spirit sustain you. She will always be with you in your heart and memories. Much sympathy is going out to you, your and Elaine's personal family and to the family under your employment.

Jim Heffelbower
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Jack.......Bill and i want you and the family to know that you are in our prayers always. As everybody has, we loved Elaine and her jovial attitude. We always looked forward to her coming in the store to see us! She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Be strong our friend!

Larry and Lauren Smerling
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Mayor Ritter..
Larry and I were saddened by the news of your unexpected loss. May you walk along the streets of Mechanicsburg with the light of your wife on your shoulder, with the knowledge that an entire town is walking by your side as well.

Barbara & all Stackhouse
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Al and I are shocked and saddened by Elaine's sudden passing. Her smiling face and jovial sprit will be greatly missed at the Antique market place of Lemoyne. We are missing you already! You were always ready to help a friend or stranger in need. The grass never grew beneath your feet! When I make that peanut butter fudge that you like Al and I will eat a extra piece for you!
Our thoughts and prayers for you the family. We won't say good bye Elaine but until we meet again.
Love Al & Barb

Glenda Farner and Tim Strasbaugh
   Posted Sat November 09, 2013
Mayor Jack and family ~
Both Tim and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Elaine’s unexpected passing. We will miss her and her quick wit and sense of humor. No matter where we met, she always had an interesting story to tell. We always enjoyed seeing her at community events or out and about and discussing the news of the day. Elaine was a good friend to all; she will be missed by many.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to each of you during this difficult time, with deepest sympathy ~~

Steve Reed
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013
To Mayor Jack and Family and The Citizens of Mechanicsburg:
Elaine was one of my favorite people and I much enjoyed visiting with her, as I did this past Monday. Was stunned and upset to learn of her passing. Smart, witty, passionate, very direct and straightforward--and a host of other great qualities, and her graciousness--are how she is remembered. Most sincere condolences to you, Mayor, to sons John and Douglas, to father Charles, to sister Linda, to family, friends and co-workers, and the citizens of Mechanicsburg, We have lost a woman of great spirit. She shall be missed.

   Posted Sun November 10, 2013

Carol Pennington
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss.
With deepest sympathy,

Carol Pennington

William D Hesse
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013

My condolences and prayers to you and yours on your loss of Elaine.

With Respect, Bill

Jack Weinlein
   Posted Sun November 10, 2013
Jack, JD, & Douglas:
So shocked to hear of Elaine's passing...

As you all well know she was a character
and everyone who met her knew that.

I'll miss my good friend "E"...and keep all of you
in my thoughts & prayers.

John and Karen Anthony
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
Jack - Karen and I were so sorry to hear of this... Our prayers are with you and your family.

Ritters Hardware
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
We are sorry for your loss. We are all here if you need us! She was a great woman and will be dearly missed.

philip Nusbaum
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
Hi Jack=Heard about your loss from Sue M.
Very sorry old friend..
Pill - Candy

Paul and Brenda Askey
   Posted Mon November 11, 2013
Jack: We are so very sorry for your loss. We know that your heart is broken. Please remember that we are here for you.

Don & Jo Rinehart
   Posted Tue November 12, 2013
Dear Jack,
We are so sad, to say the least. Words are inadequate, and yet, we want you to know what wonderful neighbors and friends you and Elaine have been to us over the years.
Elaine was a lovely, one of a kind person. She will be missed.
Our hearts are with you, Jack.

Elfi Shaak
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
Dear Jack, John David (JD) and Douglas,
Elaine was a friend and mentor to me. She shared her life with me on multiple levels. She befriended me when our offices were in the same building and she jumped in to help me as a political volunteer, hosting Mitt Romney when he came to Mechanicsburg. Elaine instructed me on the best fundraisers for the school students and spoke with great pride when speaking about her own children. She watched me, comforted me, encouraged and instructed me becoming a friend of the soul. I am blessed to hold onto an antique gift she surprised me with one day.

Brooke Hess
   Posted Wed November 13, 2013
Dear Ritter and Konkle families, May you find strength and comfort in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

Elaine, you've been my guardian angel since the day I met you this past May. Your honest energy, love, and spirit are something I will always remember. You were my mother's kindred spirit and instant soul-sister. I could never thank you enough for everything you helped us through over the last few months. I couldn't ever repay you but I will give you my promise to always pay it forward. I'll miss your beautiful spirit and that oh so devious laugh! Until we meet again Elaine, may you rest easy. Forever in my heart. XO

Ron O'Neil
   Posted Thu November 14, 2013

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear wife Elaine. You honored her well with such a beautiful and descriptive obituary. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this most difficult time.

Faith R. Evans (Fay)
   Posted Fri November 15, 2013
Dear Jack
So very sorry to hear about Elaine, she will be missed by all.
My prayers are with you Jack.
Time will heal your sorry, your love and memories will stay in your heart forever.
Sincerely Jack, Fay Evans

Ginnie AndersonKane
   Posted Sun November 17, 2013
Jack, I was very sorry to read of the sudden passing of your wife. My prayers are with you and your family. May God Bless. Ginnie

Monica Custer
   Posted Sat November 23, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Elaine's unexpected passing. I only knew her casually from the Antiques Marketplace and I always looked forward to seeing her when I stopped in. God bless your family.

Nancy (Schuck) Livingston Montez
   Posted Mon December 09, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Elaine. My condolences to her family. I was a classmate of Montoursville 65 of hers.

Robert Altman
   Posted Fri December 13, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. We never worked together directly but for the same company. I often called on Elaine and bounced ideas and questions off of her. Elaine was always very kind and we always had a great chat. Elaine and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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