Elda Mae (McCahan) Rickenbaugh

Born: Mon., May 28, 1923
Died: Sun., Mar. 19, 2017


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Mar. 23, 2017
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Mar. 23, 2017
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Church


Thu., Mar. 23, 2017
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery

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     Elda Mae Rickenbaugh, 93, of Mifflintown, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

      Born May 28, 1923 in Mifflin, she was the daughter of the late David H. and Julia Ann (Williams) McCahan.  Her husband, Paul K. Rickenbaugh, whom she married July 4, 1942, died May 28, 2007.

     She is survived by two children, Nancy Rolain and husband, Mike, and  David Rickenbaugh, all of Mifflintown, two grandsons, Jeremy Rolain and wife, Carrie, and Justin Rolain, three great-grandsons, Kyle and Erickson Rolain, and Howie Shehan, one nephew, John McCahan and one niece, Patricia Cook.

     She was the last of her generation, having been preceded in death by two brothers, John W. McCahan and Jay A. McCahan, one sister, Sara McCahan, and an infant brother, David McCahan, Jr. She was also the last of 60 grandchildren of William Bell and Mary Zimmerman McCahan.

     She graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1942 and worked as chief clerk for the Juniata County commissioners from 1960 to 1972.

     She was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and former church council member.  She had been past president of American Legion #298 Auxiliary, the Crawford-Brubaker VFW Auxiliary, and the Juniata County Women’s Republican Club.  She was a charter member of Juniata County Business and Professional Women’s Club, was the first director of the Heart Association fund drive in Juniata Co., and was assistant leader of Messiah Lutheran junior church for 18 years. She was a member and regular participant in activities at the Four Seasons Senior Center.

     Elda Mae and her husband were avid golfers, belonged to Lost Creek Golf Course, and enjoyed wintering in Florida where they belonged to Clerbrook Golf Course.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle and hand and foot.

     Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 23 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church with Rev. Chris Mathiason officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services on Thursday at the church.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 8489 Licking Creek Road, Mifflintown, PA  17059, Juniata Co. Meals on Wheels, PO Box 251, Mifflintown, PA 17059, or the Juniata County Food Pantry, PO Box 44, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

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

Charitable donations may be made in Elda Mae's memory to the following organizations:

Juniata County Food Pantry
PO Box 44, Mifflintown, PA 17059

Juniata County Meals On Wheels
PO Box 251, Mifflintown, PA 17059

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Building Fund
8489 Licking Creek Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059

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Miriaam Taylor Wert
   Posted Thu March 23, 2017
Dear family,
My memory of dear Elda Mae goes back many, many years to when we were both teenagers in the 4-H Clubs of Juniata County. I first got to know her when we had the County 4-H Roundup at the Fairgrounds, somewhat like the 4-H Fair of today, but not nearly as big. We took part in many games and had a real fun time. I remember Elda Mae as a very pretty, gentle girl and have admired her down through the years. May God bless and comfort you as you miss her presence and are reminded that she is with Jesus and no longer suffering.
Miriam Wert, formerly of Port Royal but now with daughter Sue Vogt near Hershey

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