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Eloise Gingrich


Eloise W. Gingrich, 93, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Middletown Home. 

She was born on March 11, 1924 in Sproul, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Orva and Florence (Shoemaker) Anderson. 

Eloise was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middletown and the Women’s Club of Middletown. She enjoyed reading, volunteer work, and loved traveling with her husband prior to his passing in 2002, and dear friends. She was also a former partner of Gingrich Memorials in Middletown. Eloise was a proud graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing. 

In addition to her parents, Eloise was preceded in death by her loving husband, Russel D. Gingrich, two brothers, Dale Anderson and Wayne Anderson, a sister, Anna Jean Fisher, and a great-grandson, Benjamin Gingrich. 

She is survived by her two loving children, Barbara L. Samalot and her husband George of New York, and James R. Gingrich and his wife Karen M. of Mechanicsburg; four grandchildren, Nathan Gingrich and his wife Erin, Andrew Gingrich and his wife Kaitlyn, Shelley Odenthal and her husband Kevin, and Jeffrey Samalot; three great-grandchildren, Betsy Gingrich, Finn Gingrich, and Anna Gingrich; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday May 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, with the Rev. Dr. J. Richard Eckert officiating. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday in the narthex of the church. 

Memorial contributions in Eloise’s name may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Spring and Union Sts., Middletown, PA 17057.

The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Middletown to handle the funeral arrangements. 

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I loved, and was loved. What more could I ask? (Eloise W. Gingrich).