Madeline "Midge" L. (Stetler) Rowell

Born: Mon., Oct. 29, 1923
Died: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Dec. 09, 2019
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Dec. 09, 2019
Location: Guss Funeral Home, Inc.


Mon., Dec. 09, 2019
Location: St. Stephen's Lutheran Cemetery

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     Madeline L. “Midge” Rowell, 96, who lived near Mifflin since 2000, formerly of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, where she had lived for 57 years, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Riddle Hospital, Media.

     Born Oct. 29, 1923, in Mifflintown, she was a daughter of the late R. Samuel and Anna (Sauers) Stetler.

     Her husband, Raymond J. Rowell, whom she married on Aug. 26, 1950, died on June 26, 1978. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Katherine Valunas, Faylene M. Kerlin, Grace S. Houtz, and Marjorie S. McKee and two brothers, George S. Stetler and Richard A. Stetler.

     She was the last of her immediate family and is survived by nieces, nephews and their families.      

     As a young woman, she worked at the William Banks Hotel in Mifflintown. She moved to Michigan in 1943 and worked as a switchboard operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad, the American Lady Corset Co., and Detroit Power Screwdriver.

     She graduated from Juniata Joint High School in 1941. She regularly attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Nook.

     Midge enjoyed traveling and playing cards, especially Pinochle and Hand and Foot. She was a member of multiple card clubs.

     She volunteered with Juniata Co. Meals on Wheels the fourth Tuesday of every month, helped wrap caramels for the Westminster Presbyterian Church caramel project, and knotted quilts with the ladies from St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church.

     Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Guss Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Third St., Mifflintown, with Rev. Richard A. Adams officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen’s Lutheran in Cemetery, Licking Creek Valley.

     There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Monday at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to Juniata Co. Meals on Wheels, PO Box 251, Mifflintown, PA 17059 or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 337, Mifflin, PA 17058.

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Charitable donations may be made in Madeline "Midge"'s memory to the following organizations:

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

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

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   Posted Fri December 06, 2019


Aunt Midge, peace be with you. You always brought joy to any gathering. With love, Joanne & Tom Valunas

Fran Russel
   Posted Sat December 07, 2019
Aunt Midge, May God bless you, and keep you close to Him. You were such an inspiration. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of spending precious time with you. You had such a sweetness about you and a wonderful sense of humor. A life well lived by a great lady.

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