V. Arlene Axmacher, 89, formerly of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on March 1, 2023, surrounded by the love of her family.
Arlene was born on May 21, 1933, in Dalmatia, PA to the late Thomas Zerbe and Helen Heintzelman Lebo. In addition to her parents, Arlene was preceded in death by her aunt and uncle, Annie and Wesley Strohecker, and aunt, Minnie Hile, who raised her.
Arlene is survived by her loving husband and faithful caregiver, Robert Axmacher; daughters, Diane Harrison of New Cumberland, PA and Nancy Knowlton (David) of Carlisle, PA; sister, Alma Stence (Josie) of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Timothy Dunham (Kimberly) of York Springs, PA and Adrian Stouffer (Jason) of Etters, PA; great grandchildren, Caden and Alaina Dunham and Tyson and Dane Stouffer and by a daughter-in-spirit, Cynthia Coldren of Elliotsburg, PA. Arlene was also preceded in death by stepmother, Amy Zerbe, grandson, Todd Knowlton and son-in-law, R. Grant Harrison.
Arlene worked as a bookkeeper for Preis Finance. In her free time, she loved cooking, traveling, playing Scrabble, doing jigsaw puzzles, and planting flowers in her beautiful garden. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Lemoyne, PA and belonged to the Little Flower Club in New Cumberland, PA.
From an early age, Arlene was progressive for her time, a constant champion of those otherwise not accepted by society. Arlene embraced lonely hearts, often opening her home for everyday meals and holidays. She came from a long line of those who cared and provided for others. Through her family leadership, this legacy of service will continue for many generations.
Arlene loved her family very deeply. She had a tender heart, a generous spirit and a genuine consideration for others. Her passing is a profound loss for all those she touched, both past and present.
Private graveside services and burial will be held at Zion Stone Valley Cemetery, 1899 Mountain Road, Dalmatia, PA 17017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Downtown Daily Bread, 234 South Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 and Safe Harbor, 102 W High St, Carlisle, PA 17013. Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs. Visit www.HollingerFuneralHome.com to offer condolences to the family.
The family of Arlene would like to personally thank the team at Chapel Pointe of Carlisle, PA for their loving and tender care of Arlene during her last months.