Dorothy B. Abernatha

Born: Sun., Mar. 8, 1925
Died: Tue., Mar. 4, 2014


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 10, 2014
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tue., Mar. 11, 2014
Location: Lock Haven First Church Of Christ

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Dorothy B. Abernatha, 88, of 102 Susquehanna Avenue, Lock Haven, passed peacefully March 4, 2014, at the Susque-View Home in Lock Haven, where she had been a resident the past few years.

Dorothy was born March 8, 1925 in Lock Haven to the late E. Roy and Amy Nestlerode Baker. She was united in marriage to Kenneth “Kenny” Abernatha who preceded her in death June 4, 1970.

After graduating from Lock Haven High School in 1942, Dorothy went to work at Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven, where she also took flying lessons. She then went to work at Mill Hall Clay Products in Mill Hall.  An avid businesswoman, she and her husband purchased the Mill Hall Brick Works, which they ran together, with Dorothy spending much of her time on the road in sales.  After Kenny died, Dorothy continued to run the company on her own for many years.

Dorothy was involved in her church and the community. She had been an active member of the First Church of Christ in Lock Haven and had served as chairman on the Church’s Board of Trustees. She was also active with the Friends of the Ross Library, Lock Haven Hospital Auxiliary and the Williamsport Bridge Club.

Dorothy loved spending time with her daughter, Karin and her husband, John Archer, in Denton, Texas.  She was a proud, loving grandmother to granddaughter Lauren Pegram and grandson Matthew  Archer.    She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, her long-time companion, her dog Fannie, and she had many close friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lyman Baker and a sister, Shirley Herring.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday March 11, 2014, at 1:00 pm  in the Lock Haven First Church of Christ 330 N. Vesper St.,  Lock Haven with Pastor Steve Salmon officiating. Family and friends will be received in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven PA.  Monday  evening March 10 from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Interment will be in the Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Mill Hall, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First Church of Christ, 330 North Vesper Street, Lock Haven, Pa 17745. Online thoughts and memories can be made at

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Judy Kitchen
   Posted Thu March 06, 2014
I will miss Dorothy so much. We had so many great times, traveling and in her home. She gave me so much family history, memories and joy. Rest in peace, dear cousin, you deserve it.

Dick & Patty Long
   Posted Fri March 07, 2014
Dorothy was one of the most motivated individuals I have ever met. She set a goal & would achieve it. She loved her family and was so proud of her grandchildren. She always "pampered" her little dogs & gave them the run of her life. She will be missed but she touched so many lives in her journey here on earth. Some we may not know about but they know the role she played in their lives. She loved Kenny & Karin with her whole being. Rest in Peace Dorothy.

Darlla Conway
   Posted Sun March 09, 2014
I feel so blessed to have grown to know her over the last 13 years. She was a wealth of knowledge about this area, and its history; she taught me a lot about my ancestry, and my family.She was so kind and caring; she valued her family, her friends, and her christian beliefs. She was such a classy lady... and always a positive influence to all that knew her. I will always think fondly of the moments and the laughs we shared. I will always remember her smile and her laugh.

Madalyn(Mattie) Sims
   Posted Tue March 11, 2014
Having spent time with Dorothy as her caregiver, Dorothy and I spent many happy hours together.

How she loved her daughters family and talked so loving about her dear grandchildren

Another love in her life was her little Fannie, that was her forever friend and love. Fannie was treated with special care and love., and received her dish of ice cream each day.

I am blessed for knowing this specail lady.

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