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Catherine J. (Blankenhorn) Nester, 81, of New Ringgold, went home to be with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior, on Thursday evening, September 13, 2018.
Born July 13, 1937 in Schuylkill Haven, she was the daughter of the late Alice (Long) and Irvin Blankenhorn Sr. Her husband of 44 years, Ray A. Nester, Sr., passed away on September 30, 1999. They were married on October 15, 1955 in Reedsville Church, Schuylkill Haven, PA.
Catherine was a member of Grace Bible Church of Hawk Mountain, Orwigsburg where she enjoyed serving at God’s Helping Hands on a weekly basis. She was a homemaker, enjoyed babysitting for her own family and her friend’s children and had worked for Ames Department Store, Cressona, as a store clerk.
Catherine enjoyed doing crafts and word puzzles, meeting her high school friends for lunch and was an avid Dallas Cowboys’s, Nascar Racing and Phillies Fan. Most of all, Catherine loved to attend her grandchildren’s sports, musicals, drama shows, dance recitals and ballets.
Catherine is survived by her seven children, Ray A. Nester, Jr, husband of Lori A. (DeLong) Nester, Fleetwood, Janet L. (Nester) Bair, wife of Arthur C. Bair, New Ringgold, Linda J. (Nester) Keller, wife of Robert Keller, New Ringgold, Laurie A. (Nester) Sylvester, wife of Dominic J. Sylvester, Schuylkill Haven, Mark A. Nester, husband of Yvonne M. (Boyer) Nester, Schuylkill Haven, Brian R. Nester, Schuylkill Haven, and Karen L. (Nester) Yeagley, wife of Josh Yeagley, Pine Grove.
She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Jean (Blankenhorn) Moyer, wife of Charles Moyer, Pine Grove, Nancy (Blankenhorn) Gibson, widow of Gary Gibson, Cressona and her brother, Irvin Blankenhorn, husband of Edna (Schaeffer) Blankenhorn, St. Clair.
Memorial Services for Catherine will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm at Grace Free Chuch 101 Graeff St, Cressona, PA with Pastor Justin Whitenight, officiating. A visitation will be held Saturday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the church. Burial will be in Christ Church Cemetery, McKeansburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to God’s Helping Hands, c/o Sandy Kupres, 75 Kepners Rd, New Ringgold, PA 17960.
Walbert Funeral Home & Cremation Services, PC, Fleetwood, is honored to be caring for Catherine and her family. Online condolences may be offered at WalbertFuneralHome.com.