Cumberland Times-News

November 13, 2012


Angie Brant
Cumberland Times-News

— GARNERS, Pa. — Frances M. VanMeter, 74, of Gardners, Pa., passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at her home.

She was the widow of Melvin V. VanMeter Sr. who passed away Feb. 8, 2007. She was also predeceased by a son, Harold Wayne VanMeter.   

Frances was born May 27, 1938 in Cumberland, to the late Perry and Catherine Wince Ritchie.

She retired from the Thornwald Nursing Home, Carlisle and was a member of the Shephards Gate Worship Center, Newville. Frances was an avid Bingo player, and loved to read and crochet.

Frances is survived by her two sons, Melvin (Pete) V. VanMeter and his wife Connie, of Shippensburg and Mark A. VanMeter and his wife Sandy, of Newville; three daughters, Ann Jumper and husband Roger, of Brandon, Fla., Melvin Jean Bupp and companion Bill, of Gardners and Theresa L. Paxton, of Gardners and two granddaughters raised like daughters, Tonya S. Yeingst and husband Randy, of Gardners and Debra A. Brough and fiance David Altland, of York. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; her brother, James (Barbara) Ritchie, of Spring Gap and two sisters, Mary Jane Clayton and Erna Ritchie, both of Spring Gap.

A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hollinger Funeral Home, Mount Holly Springs.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Donald Yeagle officiating in the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mount Holly Springs.

Interment will be in the Mt. Holly Springs Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Drive, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011, or for Lung Research, C/O Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.