Margaret Hafer Kleinsmith
Margaret Hafer Kleinsmith
  • March 30, 1923 - May 17, 2017
  • Pennsylvania

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Margaret Hafer (Rittenhouse) Kleinsmith, 94, of The Villages, Fla, formerly of Exeter Twp., passed away quietly surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. She was the loving wife of the late Edwin Lincoln Kleinsmith. The couple married in Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Reading on March 16, 1946. Sadly, Edwin passed away June 16, 2016, leaving Margaret heartbroken.

Born on March 30, 1923 in Exeter Twp., Margaret was a daughter of the late Samuel and Fay (Hafer) Rittenhouse. She was a 1941 graduate of Mount Penn High School. She was employed with Mount Penn Trust Co. as a teller for seven years before starting her new life as a mother. She was a faithful member of Reformation Lutheran Church, Reiffton for several years.

Margaret was an avid reader and enjoyed cooking and baking. Her family tells of her excellent Shoofly Pie. Margaret also enjoyed card games and taking trips to the Casino. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are three daughters: Dorothy A. (Kleinsmith) Watkins and her companion, Martin Heaxt of Viera Fla, Karen M. (Kleinsmith) Shaak and her husband, Harry of The Villages, Fla and Janet L. (Kleinsmith) Stankard and her husband, Thomas of The Villages, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Also surviving are two siblings: Kathryn Hafer (Rittenhouse) Mast of Exeter Twp. and Gene William "Bill" Rittenhouse of Honolulu, HI.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Edwin; Margaret is predeceased by two brothers: Richard and Stuart Rittenhouse.

A Memorial Service for Margaret will be 11am on Friday, June 16, 2017 in Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Rd., Reading, PA 19606. Family and friends will be received in the funeral home at 10am. Margaret will be laid to rest beside her sweetheart, Edwin in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

The family encourages memorial contributions be made to Villages Hospice House C/O Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778.

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