Myrle Margaret (Messerschmidt) Madtes

July 1, 1932 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Myrle Madtes Obituary

Myrle Margaret Madtes, 91, of Reedsville, passed away at 10 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at her home.  Born July 1, 1932, in Andreas, Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Clair and Verna (Gilbert) Messerschmidt.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Paul Clayton Madtes Sr.

Myrle is survived by: children, Brenda (Duane) Coulter, of Reedsville, and Dr. Paul C. (Judy) Madtes Jr., of Mount Vernon, Ohio; four grandchildren, Rev. Dr. Mark (Jessica) Coulter, Neil (Abby) Coulter, Sarah Madtes, and Matthew (Danielle, fiancé) Madtes; five great-grandchildren, Wesly, Gage, Dilan, Zalome, and Everett; and three sisters, Minerva Arner, of Allentown, Pa., Maryann Cronk, of Barton, N.Y., and Kathryn Snyder, of Middletown, Del.

Myrle’s personal relationship with her Lord and Savior defined who she was.  She and her husband, Paul, gave their time, talents, and money to God’s work most of their adult lives.  In her later years, she enjoyed the community and fellowship of the Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church.

Myrle was a long-time employee of Woolworth and worked her way to become the first female manager of a Woolworth store in her region of Philadelphia and New Jersey.

Myrle was a devoted and loving wife.  She loved and cherished her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She was a model of Christlikeness.  It was her habit to read through the Bible every year and she carried the Word of God in her heart.  She is rejoicing today in the presence of Her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2024, at Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes, Woodlawn, 200 North Main Street, Lewistown, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Mark Coulter officiating.

Private interment will take place at a later date at Bethany United Methodist Cemetery in Wescosville, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following:  Cape May Holiness Association, 470 Seashore Rd., Erma, NJ 08204; Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church, 99 Taylor Dr., Reedsville, PA 17084; or Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.      

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February 2, 2024

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

Funeral Service
February 2, 2024

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

Private Interment at a Later Date


Cape May Holiness Association
470 Seashore Rd., Erma NJ 08204

Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church
99 Taylor Dr., Reedsville PA 17084

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon OH 43050


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