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Margaret E. Tennis


Margaret E. (Gorse) Tennis, 90, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Middletown Home.

Born September 3, 1927, in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Susan (Hobosky) Gorse. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved son, Edward W. Tennis Jr., brothers John, James, and Thomas Gorse and sister, Agnes Kozlosky.

She is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Edward W. Tennis Sr. of Middletown; children Patricia A. Ethridge and husband David of Elizabethtown, Gary J. Tennis and wife Joy of Harrisburg, David J. Tennis and wife Nancy of Middletown; and daughter-in-law, Karen Tennis; grandchildren Amy, Scott, David, Angela, Brandon, Ashley and Alicia; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Susan Gacesa (husband John) of Highspire, Dorothy Moyer (husband Carl) of Chambers Hill, Julie Ann Alexander of Harrisburg, Mary Elizabeth Shettel of Lewisberry, and many nieces and nephews.

Marge graduated from John Harris High School in 1945 where she was a member of the Civilian Air Patrol. After graduation, she worked for the Bell Telephone Company. She was a faithful member of Seven Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church where she volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Thrift Shop as well as a member of the Golden Group. She also was a member of the Golden Hearts Club and the auxiliaries of American Legion Post 594 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Marge enjoyed crocheting, cross stitch, ceramics, cooking and baking as well as traveling with her husband, Ed throughout the United States. She is most known for her beautiful sewing. Her special love was the thread that stitched our family together. Her greatest joy came from caring for her family, especially all of her grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, Pa., with Fr. Ted Keating as celebrant. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Interment will be at Middletown Cemetery, Middletown.

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all the staff at Country Meadows and The Middletown Home for their care and love.

Memorial contributions may be made to Seven Sorrows Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, PA 17057 or to the Middletown Home, Benevolent Fund, 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057.

The family has entrusted the care of the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown with the funeral arrangements.