Luella Houtz (Houtz) McLaughin

Born: Tue., Nov. 5, 1940
Died: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:30 PM Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Port Royal Lutheran Church


Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery

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     Luella Houtz McLaughlin, 76, of Port Royal went to be with her Lord on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

     Born Nov. 5, 1940, in Mifflintown, she was a daughter of the late Doran K. and Grace (Stetler) Houtz.

     She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James R. "Jim" McLaughlin, whom she married Aug. 12, 1961; two sons, Steven J. "Steve" McLaughlin and wife, Christine, of Mifflintown and John P. McLaughlin and wife, Rhonda, of Mifflin, four grandchildren, Katie, Neil, Grace, and Jim, one sister, Nancy Wenger and husband, Ben, of Quarryville, and one brother, Keith Houtz and wife, Anne, of Dillsburg.

     Luella graduated from Juniata Joint High School and took several courses at the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a teller and bookkeeper at the Juniata Valley Bank in Mifflintown until 1966 when she became a full-time homemaker to raise her children and care for her family.

     She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Nook, where she was financial recording secretary and served on altar guild. She was a former member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mifflintown where she had been active in the church, with the Sunday school, and with the youth group for many years.

     She enjoyed babysitting, quilting, canning, braiding rugs, cooking, and reading, especially cookbooks and horticultural books.  She had a talent for gardening and had a green thumb growing her plants and flowers. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and grandchildren, supporting them, and doing for others.

     Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Port Royal Lutheran Church, 402 Market St., Port Royal, with Rev. Charles Hershberger officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery, Licking Creek Valley.

     There will be a viewing on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown. There will not be a viewing at the church.

     In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who desire make memorial contributions to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, PO Box 337, Mifflin, PA 17058.

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Charitable donations may be made in Luella's memory to the following organization:

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
PO Box 337, Mifflin, PA 17058

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The Keisers
   Posted Mon October 09, 2017
Jim, Steve, John, and families, we love you and are praying for you all. We cherish all our memories of Miss Luella. Hugs!

Bryan Partner
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017
When I think of St. Paul's, I can't seem to remember a time that Luella wasn't sitting in the pew behind us, nor can I remember a time when she wasn't smiling, whether I was turned around in my seat when I wasn't supposed to, or at the Boy Scout's Ham and Bean Soup dinners, or any of the chance meetings around town when people you know pop up in your life for a brief moment when you are mailing a letter or buying a gallon of milk.
I loved that she cared when she asked how I was, or what was going on in my life, in the quick minutes after service, even as a young child; and I can still hear her laugh, see how her shoulders bounced when she really got into it, though I've since forgotten what it was that was so funny.
But her smile, I think, is what I remember the most, and what I miss today, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know her in the way one does in the chance meetings around life.
I am sorry for your loss, Jim, yours and your family's. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Leonard Casner
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017
Jim, Steve & John, So sorry for your loss. Louella was a lovely person & will certainly be missed by many in our community.

Mike Kauffman
   Posted Tue October 10, 2017
Jim, Steve & John,
There are no words to ease such a loss, however please know that Teresa, Max and I our thinking and praying for y'all during his difficult time.


Becky Smith (CBC)
   Posted Wed October 11, 2017
Jim, I'm so sorry to hear about Luella. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Sheryl Oswald
   Posted Thu October 12, 2017
Jim, Alex and I are so sorry to hear about Lou. We truly enjoyed spending time with her and you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sheryl and Alex

Ken Fisher
   Posted Fri October 13, 2017
Dear Jim,
Ruth and I were so saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful wife Luella. The last time we saw the two of you together was at Hoss' Restaurant, where she really seemed to be enjoying her meal and was, as usual, her usual friendly self. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Please accept our very deepest condolence at your tremendous loss. What a blessing to know that on THAT DAY, you will be with her again.

God bless you and yours,

Ken and Ruth Fisher

Kim and Marty Dreibelbis
   Posted Fri October 13, 2017
John, Rhonda and family- so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. May God wrap you in his arms and comfort you today and in the days to come.

Lori Horning Leach
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Dear Jim & Family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Luella. She was always smiling & I know will be sadly missed by many. Praying for God to give you comfort.