Official Obituary of

Emma P. Church

September 30, 1932 ~ March 16, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

Emma Church Obituary

Emma P. Church, 90, of McClure, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Greenwood Village.

Born September 30, 1932, in Wheeling, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (Ritchie) Bishop.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; her husband, Charles R. ‘Red’ Church; a son, Michael Church; and her siblings. She was the last of her siblings.

She is survived by; children, Robert W. Church and wife, Patty, of McClure, Barbara L Hackenberg, of Beavertown, Karol A. Freiler and husband, Bob, of Shamokin; eight grandchildren, Chad Hackenberg and wife, Jamie, Jessica Epure and husband, Mihai, Jeremy Church, Adrienne Robinson and husband, Brian, Andrea Brouse and husband, Grahm, Cassandra Hendricks and husband, Todd, Kirsten Adee and companion, Terry Rebuck, Danielle Miller and husband, Dakota; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; daughter-in-law, Diane Church.

Emma was a member of the Burnham Lions Club.

She graduated from Wheeling High School, Class of 1949.

In her earlier years, she worked at Kirby Manufacturing as a floor manager where she later retired.

She enjoyed volunteering at Ohesson. She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, crochet items for her family and traveling, especially to Lancaster to watch shows. She also had the Hog Wallow at the Bean Soup in McClure.

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m., with Mr. Murray Laite officiating.

Interment will take place in Juniata Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Emma’s memory may be made to: UPMC Hospice, 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona, PA 16601, Burnham Lions Club, 401 First Ave., Burnham, PA 17009, or Salvation Army, 9 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

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March 21, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn
200 N. Main St.
Lewistown, PA 17044

Funeral Service
March 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn
200 N. Main St.
Lewistown, PA 17044

Interment following funeral service
March 21, 2023

Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn
200 N. Main St.
Lewistown, PA 17044


Burnham Lions Club
403 First Ave., Burnham PA 17009

Salvation Army
9 S. Dorcas St., Lewistown PA 17044

Family Hospice-Altoona
20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona PA 16601


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