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Elaine D. Purbaugh

Purbaugh, Elaine D, 91, of Richland Township, went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2019, at Arbutus Park Manor. Born Mar. 24, 1928, in Johnstown. Daughter of the late Lewis and Rose (Moschgat) Freeman.; also preceded in death by husband, Frank W. “Perry”; son, Dennis R, great grandson, Cody Minick; and sister Virginia Campanella. Survived by son, Dr. Terry L. Purbaugh and his wife, Dr. Christine Burns, Wellesley, MA, daughter, Renee K., wife of John Callihan, Richland Township; grandchildren, Jill (Matt) Minick, Williamsburg, VA, Justine (John) Morin, Boston, MA, Elyse Purbaugh, Boston, MA, Sean (Courtney) Callihan, Cary, NC, Shannon (Joseph) Bradley, Richland Township, and Jennifer Purbaugh, Johnstown; great grandchildren, Casey Minick; Lauren and Lindsay Callihan; Ireland, Callihan, Finnegan, Hagen and MacKinnley Bradley, Wes Morin; sister Gwendolyn (Mike) Lesinski; and other special family members. Member of Arbutus Church of the Brethren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her family was her life. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Arbutus Park Manor Personal Care. At Elaine’s request, there will be no public viewing. A private service will be held at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Chery Lane, Richland. Rev. Barron Deffenbaugh, officiating. Interment at Oak Cemetery. Family suggests donations to Arbutus Church of the Brethren 1201 Erickson Dr. Johnstown, Pa. 15904 or Arbutus Park Manor Personal Care, 207 Ottawa St. Johnstown, Pa. 15904 in memory of Elaine. (Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com)




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I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I had the privilege to take care of her at Arbutus before I retired. We hit it off the first year I worked there and have been friends since I would still come to the manor and made sure I would visit her after I retired. We would pick on each other all the time but loved every minute. She was one of a kind and loved her so much for who she was. Going to miss her when I visit the manor.

Marsha Springer Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

You are in my thoughts and prayers, Terry and Renee, for the loss of your Mother, Elaine. Memories of her are of love and fun towards the neighborhood kids, always. She would include us in on the family activities and her home with love!
My sincere condolences.

Connie George Taylor Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences.

Emily Feathers Swoager Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

An A GARDEN PATH was sent on April 8, 2019

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family - a remembrance from CTM/Merck

Expression of Sympathy Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

What I remember most about is Elaine is her total love & devotion to her granddaugher, (my niece), Jill Purbaugh Minick. She would pick her up in the morning & off they would go on one adventure or another & both returned happy & looking forward to the next "day out with Grammy". Elaine never missed a chance to spend time with Jill & to shower her with love. Everyone who knew Elaine knew she belonged to Jesus & in that knowledge is comfort & joy. I offer sympathy to all those mourning her loss.

Barbara petz Kent Apr 7 2019 12:00 AM

I met your heart warming mom when I started my kids in Arbutus Pre-School. Elaine was perfect at that job making the children so comfortable. In the years since we have kept up with each other her always wanting to see pictures and knowing what happened in my kids lives.
Seeing her every voting day was my main reason to go. Your mom and I would sit and catch up. The last day I spent with your mom we sat in the beautiful autum sun on the porch at arbutus talking about everything that happens in life. It was beautiful as your mother. I will miss her! My sincere condolences.

Dorothy Beres Apr 6 2019 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort give you "the peace that surpasses all thought" during this difficult time. (Philippians 4:6,7)

K Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

Terry and Renee, Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time in your life. It is so hard to say goodbye to our parents but this is only a temporary separation until we all meet again in heaven. My sympathies to you and your family.

Lynne Barnhart Williams Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

Terry, So sorry to hear of your Mother's passing, sending prayers to you and family

Linda Sanderson Eves Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM