Merle LeDonne

Merle R. LeDonne (Rodgers)

Wednesday, March 9th, 1938 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Merle R. LeDonne, 82, of Camp Hill passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at her home.
Born March 9, 1938 in Hershey, PA, she was the daughter of the late Emmett Vance and Helen (Tasker) Rodgers.
Merle was a 1956 Graduate of San Bernardino High School in San Bernardino, CA. After High School she went on to work for Bell Telephone Company from 1958 until 1965. She volunteered with Telephone Pioneers of America. Merle was a member of Camp Hill Women’s Junior Civic Club of PA, Central PA Women’s Business Sorority, Hershey Country Club, and was a tennis player. She was a member of the USTA since 1981, a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, and a member of Schaner Adult Center in East Pennsboro Township. She participated in senior wellness activities through East Pennsboro Township Recreation. She loved attending the sporting events and other activities of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved traveling the US to professional tennis tournaments with her husband. Merle was a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant for 38 years.
Merle is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Frederick LeDonne, of Camp Hill, PA; her son Brett and wife Lori LeDonne and their children Lynelle Wagner, Lance Wagner, and Brittany LeDonne; his daughters Renee LeDonne-Cockley and husband Steven and their children Braydon Cockley, and Jaylan Cockley; and Andrea LeDonne. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Merle is survived by her great grandchildren Gabby Fair, Rylie Freeman, and Sarah Freeman; her sister Donna Grimwood; her nephews, Matt Grimwood and his partner Kara Nolte, and Nathan Grimwood and his wife Meghan and their children Mackenzie and Jackson; her sister in law, Sandra Verner and her husband Ray; and nieces, Charlene Swinney and her husband Donald, and Heather Verner-Hussmann and her husband Jay, and their children, Rachel and Jason.
In addition to her parents, Merle was preceded in death by her brother in-law Marlin Grimwood.
A memorial service to celebrate Merle’s life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday July 23, 2020 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill, PA, with Pastor Jack Horner officiating. The family will also be receiving friends at a reception to be held in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Merle’s honor to Hospice of Central PA, or to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 11:00am
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    2000 Chestnut St.
    CAMP HILL, PA 17011
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    The family will also be receiving friends during a reception held in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
    Pastor Jack Horner
  • Reception

    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    2000 Chestnut St.
    CAMP HILL, PA 17011
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Joyce Kearns

Posted at 12:17pm
Being one of Merle’s many many tennis friends, I was shocked and saddened to hear of her passing. I can remember way back to the Sun n Splash days in the 1980s and she was always so pleasant. My sincere condolences to Fred and family.

Shirley Horst

Posted at 02:25pm
We are so sorry and shocked to hear of Merle's passing. Our sympathy goes out to Fred and the entire family. We had lots of good memories. Fred and Merle were some of the first friends we knew moving to Camp Hill from Sinking Spring.

Karl & Shirley Horst

Christina Bradford

Posted at 09:02pm
I knew Mrs LeDonne since my Middle School days in Lemoyne Pa. As a childhood friend of Andrea LeDonne, her youngest daughter, I was privileged to spend a great deal of time at their house. I always felt welcomed and enjoyed her friendliness and great laugh. She entrusted me to take part in the care of her father and helped me get other jobs that allowed me to work my way up in life. I have a great deal of respect for her and send my condolences to her family at this time of loss. I will always remember her and how when I was over at her house, I was never sure if that great laugh was her or Taco ,her beloved parrot imitating her. May good memories and love fill this time of sorrow and grief.

Crissy (Hunt) Bradford

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