Martha Esther (Schrader) Dove
A Devoted Wife and Mother -
Martha Esther (Schrader) Dove, age 85, of Mechanicsburg, died on Friday, November 13, 2020 while under hospice in The Gardens at West Shore after a long illness. Martha was born on Tuesday, September 24, 1935, in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, near Auburn, to the late Stanley L. Schrader and Edna M. (Kirlin) Schrader.
Martha’s survivors include her husband of 62 years, Donald Delwood Dove; and her two sons: Wade Allen Dove and Gary Lee Dove, both of Mechanicsburg.
Martha graduated from Auburn High School. On May 10, 1958, Martha married Donald Dove and started the journey as a military wife. She accompanied her husband to various U.S. Marine Corps bases including the Marine Corps barracks in the Panama Canal Zone. Martha had many serious health problems throughout her life. Even though she was not allowed to drive, Martha lovingly cared for her two sons and kept her family together during Donald’s many overseas assignments. Martha was a member of the Lutheran and Reformed Church of Orwigsburg, PA. She later became a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, where she attended worship faithfully until her health deteriorated. Martha was a very faithful and devoted wife and mother; she will be greatly missed by her family.
All are welcome to join Martha’s family at her viewing on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Luke Zimmerman officiating. Private burial will take place in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.
Martha’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421. Read Martha’s full obituary, view her photograph, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com
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