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Martha Jane (Caldwell) Diffenderfer

Born: Sat., Sep. 10, 1927
Died: Mon., Apr. 1, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Apr. 22, 2019
Location: Paxton Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 22, 2019
Location: Paxton Presbyterian Church

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Martha Jane Diffenderfer, 91, of Paxtang, passed away April 1, 2019, at Community General Hospital. Born September 10, 1927, in Harrisburg, PA, she was daughter of the late Thomas D. and Martha Caldwell. She was the wife of Gilbert Donald Diffenderfer.

Martha taught Kindergarten in the Harrisburg area for more than 25 years. She loved working with young children. She graduated from Dickinson College in 1949 where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was a member of Paxton Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years and an active participant in church activities. She especially enjoyed making baby quilts for local children and knitted hundreds of hats for babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Martha was an avid bridge player and enjoyed doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles.

Surviving are her daughter, Diane (Randi Axelrod, MD); son, Thomas (Rosie); brother, The Honorable William W. Caldwell (Janet); sister-in-law, Lenore S. Caldwell; 5 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Thomas D. Caldwell, Esq.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:00 am, at Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Visitation will be from 10-11 am at the Church. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to: The Seeing Eye at www.seeingeye.org.

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