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Kathryn "Kay" Louise (Coleman) Rechel

March 26, 1919 ~ October 30, 2018 (age 99)

Kathryn “Kay” Louise (Coleman) Rechel

Loved to Dance -

Kathryn “Kay” Louise (Coleman) Rechel, age 99, of Mechanicsburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  Kay was born on Saturday, March 26, 1919 in Williamsport to the late Ransom Coleman and Merrill (Cohick) Coleman.  Kay was the widow of Kurwin “Red” Eugene Rechel, whom she married on June 20, 1940, and who died on June 9, 1979.  In addition to her parents and husband, Kay is preceded in death by her two brothers: John Coleman and Robert Coleman; and her sister, Helen Thomas.

Kay’s survivors include her two children: Susanne “Sue” Sather of Enola, Robert “Bob” Rechel and his wife, Vicki, of Dillsburg; her two grandsons: Mark Sather and his wife, Nilda, of Mechanicsburg, Kyle Rechel of Dillsburg; her two great-grandchildren: Christina Sather, Nicholas Sather; her three sisters: Mary Bugbee, Ginger Weikert, Joanne Rickenbach; and several nieces and nephews.

Kay graduated from Williamsport High School as part of the class of 1937.  She was a member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg for over 70 years.  Kay volunteered with the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels by delivering nutritious food for over 25 years.  She loved to dance with her husband, Red.  Whether it was square dance, round dance, or swinging away to Big Band music, the couple danced to all kinds.  Kay enjoyed playing Pinochle and was an avid bowler well into her 80’s.  She was a good cook and baker.  She used the vegetables from her garden in her homemade meals as well as canning and freezing the produce with her husband.  Kay had quite the sweet tooth; she loved her candy and French fries.  She also loved going to garage sales and tending to her flower gardens, especially the roses. 

All are welcome to join Kay’s family at her gathering of family and friends on Saturday, November 3, 2018, 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 Pastor Eric Anderson officiating.  Burial will follow in Rolling Green Cemetery in Camp Hill.  Honored to be pallbearers are: Robert Rechel, Kyle Rechel, Mark Sather, and Nicholas Sather.  Kay’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at her church following the burial.

Contributions in celebration of Kay’s life can be made to St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 117 West Keller Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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


Donations may be made to:

St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church
117 West Keller Street, Mechanicsburg PA 17055


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