Betty R. Strickler Lerch, 94, of Vanderbilt, Franklin Twp., passed away Saturday, August 28, 2021 at LaFayette Manor, Uniontown. Born February 17, 1927 in Newell, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Clara Belle Thompson Strickler. A resident of Vanderbilt for the past 69 years, Mrs. Lerch was a member of Flatwoods Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her five children Barbara (Delbert) Shahan of Franklin Twp., Beverly Rimel of Lower Tyrone Twp., Bonnie (Randy) Warnick of Smock, Melvin Lerch Jr. of Vanderbilt, Belinda Heffern & Fiance Bruce Hixson of Franklin Twp.; including two loving grandchildren whom she helped to raise like her own Donna Zuzak and Steve Capan; brother James Strickler of Perry Twp., sister Anna Fike of Ohio; eight additional grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin E. Lerch Sr.; two brothers William Strickler, Maurice 'Bud' Strickler and two sisters Shirley Crouch and Darlene Diethorn.
Visitation will be held Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC, Family Owned and Operated, 191 Liberty St. Perryopolis, PA 724-736-2515. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at the Parzynski Funeral Home & Cremations LLC at 10 am with the Pastor Darrel Evans of Flatwoods Baptist Church officiating. Interment will take place in Bowman-Flatwoods Cemetery. The family would wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Conley, and his staff at LaFayette Manor for their loving care and support given to Mom.
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