YORK TOWNSHIP Sally King Lauer, 96, died at 3 a.m. Wednesday at her residence. A mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. At the same time we all celebrate in her going home to her Savior Jesus Christ and to be reunited with her loving husband William W. Lauer, and her grandson, Andrew McLanahan who went on before her. Though we who are left will miss her terribly we know that in time we too will join her because of our faith in Jesus Christ and what he has done for usHis gift of salvation for those who believe. Sally was born February 10, 1916, and passed just shy of her 97th birthday. She attended Penn State University, but graduated from Lock Haven earning a BS in Education. She taught on the grade school level in the West York School district. She was known for her loyalty and love for Penn State and especially to its football team of which she never missed a game right up to the end. She was very active in serving others and once was described as Mother Theresa by one of her granddaughters. She loved visiting her shut-ins. She also knit hats for babies at the York Hospital and retired from there as a house mother. One of her passions was her church, Zion United Church of Christ, where she served on various committees such as the rummage sale, the Easter egg hunt, where even up to last year was out collecting from various businesses for candy etc. She was on the Missions committee, home department, and on the consistory as a Deacon. She and her husband William Lauer also started the Lauer scholarship fund for deserving youths through their church and were also very active in the ECHO program in Fort Myers, Florida, their motto being reducing hunger, improving lives world wide where they worked together serving this organization. Her family whom she loved dearly and was active in every one of their lives consists of daughters Connie Lauer Thornton McLanahan, and her daughter Kate Thornton Pearson, married to Greg Pearson, and her son Kyle Remig and their daughter Kassidy Pearson, her daughter Tracey Thornton Rosa married to Rich Rosa, and their daughters Jordan Rosa and Sydni Rosa, her deceased son Andrew Gregg McLanahan and Connie's daughter Alexandra McLanahan, Sally's daughter Jann Lauer Brown married to Todd Brown and their children, son Matt Brown and daughter Jennifer Brown. She is also survived by nieces and nephews and their families. Also she would include all of her wonderful friends in her neighborhood of which she considered and referred to as her extended family and who supported her right to the end, especially Tom Flinchbaugh, who was as attentive to her as any son would have been and many friends whom she lunched with right up to the end. Also a special thanks to Sarah Williams who cared for our mother right up to her passing, and Hospice of Lancaster County. The funeral will take place at her Church, Zion United Church of Christ, 100 Lafayette Street, York, at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2012. Officiating will be her Pastor, The Rev. Philip Nace. Viewing will be 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church. The family will be receiving friends and family at Sally's home at 2628 Wren Terrace (Leaders Heights), York, after the funeral and burial. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 S. George St., York (the former Hahn Home) is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, she would have appreciated contributions to the Lauer Scholarship fund C/o of her church or ECHO at 17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. And may God bless richly all who were a part of our mothers life and may you all receive comfort in knowing that as Paul said, "to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord. KuhnerAssociates.com
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Nov. 29, 2012