Dorothy L. (Lauver) Cleck

Born: Mon., Jul. 16, 1923
Died: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Private Interment

Memorial Service

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church

Visitation following the service

Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Messiah Lutheran Church

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     Dorothy L. "Dottie" Cleck, 96, formerly of Mifflintown, passed away  on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Richfield Senior Living Center.

     She was born July 16, 1923 in Oakland Mills.

     She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia C. Smith of Mifflintown and Emma C. Watkin and husband, Thomas, of McAlisterville, four grandchildren, Zachary Smith, Alyson Davis, Scott Watkin, and Lydia Nace, six great-grandchildren, and one brother, W. Deen Lauver.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Samuel E. Cleck on July 24, 2002, an infant son, Stephen William Cleck, on Dec. 27, 1948, her mother, Mary (Seiler) Lauver, her father, William H. Lauver, her step-mother, Dorothy (Deen) Lauver, and one sister, Margaret Lauver.

     She received a degree in Secretarial Science from Elizabethtown College and worked as a court stenographer and then as the executive secretary for the Juniata Valley Bank, from which she retired.

     As a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, she was active in various organizations of the church, including WELCA and the Needlers. She was a volunteer at Lewistown Hospital and with Juniata County Meals on Wheels.

     Dorothy enjoyed reading, playing piano and organ, sewing, knitting, painting, doing crossword puzzles and playing Bridge.

     Her memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at Messiah Lutheran Church, corner of Washington Avenue and South Third Street, Mifflintown, with Rev. Chris Mathiason officiating. A visitation will follow the service.

     Interment in Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville, will be private and at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are respectfully encouraged to the Messiah Lutheran Church Needlers, 3 S. Third St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, has care of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

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Curtis Kauffman
   Posted Sun August 11, 2019
I've known Dottie and her family my entire life and was a very good friend of my Mother, Besse Mae Kauffman. She was always a delight to be around. I'm sure she will be sorely missed by all that knew her.

Winifred Flickinger
   Posted Fri August 16, 2019
I wanted to express my sympathy to the family. Dorothy and I were in the same class at Fayette High School. I always enjoyed seeing her again at class and school reunions, and I know you will miss her very much.