Samuel F. Meisenhelder

YORK Attorney Samuel F. Meisenhelder, 89, died Thursday, December 20, 2012, at The Brethren Home Community. He was the husband of the late Zoe M. (Steliotes) Meisenhelder. Born January 7, 1923, in York, a son of the late Edmund and Frances (Faust) Meisenhelder, he was a graduate of Swarthmore College and Dickinson School of Law. Mr. Meisenhelder first began work as a farmer, and later as a Real Estate Broker. He than returned to college, and at age 40 earned his law degree. His law practice spanned nearly 50 years, specializing in Real Estate and Estate Planning. He also had held the positions of York County Prothonotary, as well as County Solicitor. He was a member of The Episcopal Church of Saint John The Baptist and was a former member of Union Lutheran Church, where he served on its Church Council. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania and York County Bar Associations; The Rotary Club of York, where he served as past President; York Twinning Club; the Pennsylvania Junior Chamber, where he served as president; and Phoenix Dance Club. He was a member of the Penn State York Advisory Board for 50 years, where he served as legal counsel, and was a Life Member of York Agricultural Society. Mr. Meisenhelder is survived by four daughters, Helen D. Groft and her husband, William of Philadelphia, Carol M. Lowe and her husband, Donald of Falls Church, Va., Marguerite L. "Rita" Meisenhelder and her husband, Greg Strickler of York, and Joan M. Graff and her husband, Gary of Vienna, Va.; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth Howland of Madison, Wis. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Meisenhelder, and a brother, Edmund Meisenhelder. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, at Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 S. George St., York (the former Hahn Home), with his Pastor, The Rev. Canon David W. Lovelace, officiating. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 6, and 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday. Private burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 50 E. King St., York, PA 17401; or to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 22, 2012