Hilda Mary (Ludwig) Westhafer

Born: Mon., Feb. 20, 1928
Died: Fri., Mar. 24, 2017

Gathering of Family & Friends

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory


11:40 AM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Stage & Studio Cafe


1:30 PM Fri., Mar. 31, 2017
Location: Mechanicsburg Cemetery

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Hilda “Peep” Mary (Ludwig) Westhafer

Loved to Play Bingo -

Hilda “Peep” Mary (Ludwig) Westhafer, age 89, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2017.  Peep was born on Monday, February 20, 1928 in Mechanicsburg to the late Neff Ludwig and Myrtle (Brewbaker) Ludwig.  Hilda was the widow of H. Wayne Westhafer, whom she married on March 29, 1947, and who died on December 3, 1984.  In addition to her parents and husband, Peep is preceded in death by her brother, Merle “Spark” Ludwig, Sr.; her little sister, Bernice; and her beloved feline companion, Charlie.

Hilda’s survivors include her two children: Rickey L. Westhafer and his wife, Laurie, of Harrisburg, Diane L. Hollen and her husband, Joseph, of Mechanicsburg; her three grandchildren: Philip J. Hollen and his wife, Allison, of Etters, Lindsay M. Hood and her husband, Joshua, of Gardners, John F. Hollen of Mechanicsburg; her four great-grandchildren: Elliott Hollen, Emma, Olivia, and Julia Hood; and her two siblings: Neff L. Ludwig of Mechanicsburg, Violet P. Potteiger of Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.

Hilda worked for Kulp’s Drive-In Restaurant in both Mechanicsburg and Lemoyne as a waitress.  She also worked at Drug Fair in the Windsor Park Plaza and Ryan’s Store in downtown Mechanicsburg.  Peep attended the First Church of God in Mechanicsburg for over 20 years.  She enjoyed embroidery and creating things for her friends and family.  Hilda loved eating diner food and going for breakfast with her brother and sister.  One of Peep’s favorite pastimes was playing Bingo, especially at Williams Grove.  Hilda liked to watch game shows and scratch off lottery tickets, particularly the Bingo ones.  She loved cats and held a special place in her heart for cherished feline companion, Charlie.  Most importantly, Hilda loved the time she got to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was always buying her family special gifts and cards, which she put an extreme amount of thought and care into. 

All are welcome to join Peep’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Tracy A. Conner officiating.  Hilda’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at the Stage & Studio Café, next door to the funeral home, following the service.  Burial will follow in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.  Honored to be pallbearers are Philip Hollen, Joshua Hood, John Hollen, and Rickey Westhafer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in celebration of Peep’s life can be made to Castaway Critters, P.O. Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105-1421, www.CastawayCritters.org or to any animal charity of the donor’s choosing.

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

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Merle and Bette Capp
   Posted Fri March 24, 2017
Diane and Rickey: Hilda was always a special person to us. She was especially kind to mom (Ruth) taking her out to breakfast and shopping. They were such good friends. We loved her. She will be missed by all.

David and Linda Berkowitz
   Posted Sat March 25, 2017
Diane, Rick and all family: Peep was special to us. Even though we didn't get to see her too often lately, she was in our thoughts. Peep could always make me laugh. She loved you all very much. Now, she is with her dear Wayne. God bless everyone. Linda and Dave

Randy & Cindy Hood
   Posted Mon March 27, 2017
Diane & Joe & Family,

We are praying for you all at this time of loss. Praying for God's comfort and strength and for you to treasure in memory all that was "good, right, lovely and true" in Hilda's life.
We remember Hilda at the grandchildren's birthday parties where we observed her watching with great pride and delight on her face her great grandchildren running about and playing.
In our thoughts and in our prayers.
Cindy & Randy Hood

Connie & Leonard Tritt
   Posted Tue March 28, 2017
Diane, Rick, and family: How sad that you've lost your mother and grandmother. Such a quiet, unassuming lady who loved you, her family. Know you were her life, especially after your dad/grandfather went on ahead. Take comfort knowing she is now happy, forever with him and with the Lord in Heaven she believed in. There they will be together always. Take this time to reflect on all your mother was and what she meant to you, share your memories of her, and help each other through this trying time. We send our sincere sympathy to you.

Carol Tritt
   Posted Thu March 30, 2017
To the Westhafer & Ludwig families - my sincere sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

I got to know Peep at picnics at Ruth & Neff's home over the years.
They used to kid her about leaving before dark because her car would turn into a pumpkin.

May your loving memories comfort you.

Fred W Fike (son) & Shirley Fike (Mom)
   Posted Fri March 31, 2017
Hello Rick & Dianne, What a time to get in touch. I am so sad to hear about your mother passing on. My mother read the obituary and told me about it. Although it's been quite a long time since I've been in contact with her, I feel I knew her well, us being neighbors on good ole 108 W. Green St. Rick, you were my best friend back there and then, and I'll never forget Dianne the one who taught me how to tie my shoes. Oh how time passes us by. My mother and I both agree that she's in a good place now, being well taken care of. Maybe your Mom and Dad can say hi to my Dad when they meet up there in heaven. I wish you all well, Fred (son) and Shirley.

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