Dorthea Marla Stahl


Dorthea Marla Stahl, 76, of Kreamer, passed away at home on the morning of July 4, 2019.
She was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Herndon, a daughter of the late Grace (Klock) and Charles "Bud" Bordner.

Dorthea graduated from Selinsgrove High School in 1960, where she was remembered for famously sneaking away from a school field trip to Philadelphia to appear on the studio of American Band Stand. Afterward, she attended Goldey Beacom College in Delaware.

On March 4, 1961, she married Ronald G. Stahl at Trinity Lutheran Church in Selinsgrove. Her death ends a union of 58 years, in which they not only raised three children, but traveled to the 50 states and took several memorable cruises all over the world.

Dorthea worked for more than two decades as a secretary at Selinsgrove High School, most of that time as the secretary to the principal.
She was also a gifted cook and hostess who served innumerable home cooked meals for everyone who was lucky enough to be in her sphere. Her mint tea was a family favorite. She baked cakes for the Ladies Auxiliary whenever one was needed, always with plenty of icing, as she was known for her sweet tooth.
Her calligraphy and penmanship skills were extraordinary, and it was always a treat to receive a card addressed by her. She cherished the company of lifelong friends, whether they were playing cards or traveling together. Dorthea was also always ready for mischief as one of the founding members of the local Red Hat Society. She was proud to call herself a breast cancer survivor. She may be most remembered for her love for babies and children, which extended to family, friends and neighbors.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Katrina (Stahl) and Jay Barton, Rodney and Dorothea Stahl, Kristin (Stahl) and Dirk Aucker; nine grandchildren, Nathan Aucker, Nicole (Barton) Chalecki, Krista Barton, Stephanie Aucker, Joseph Barton, Rachel Stahl Aucker, Calvin Stahl, Olivia Stahl and Sally Stahl; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kati, Bryson, Addison and Asher; nieces, Lauren (Bordner) Finnerty, Nicki Young, Stephanie McCully; and nephews, Donald Parsons, Chris Shirk, Daniel Parsons, Jason Wagner, Steve Wagner and Adam Kratzer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Bordner.

Family and friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Christ United Methodist Church, 145 Disciple Drive, Selinsgrove, followed by the funeral at 11, with Pastor Ryan Gephart officiating.
Burial will be in Witmer's Memorial Cemetery, Port Trevorton.

Donations in Dorthea's memory may be made to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.
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Roger A Dunlap
Jul 18, 2019
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Jul 12, 2019
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Suzan Derk
Jul 11, 2019
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Winnie Graham Danley
Jul 11, 2019
I sit here trying to find the appropriate words to express my feelings for your family. I am saddened as your loved one meant so much to me through the years. Please know that I am wishing your family as much comfort and peace as possible during this difficult time. I’ve heard that some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and that was Dorthea!
Betty Hollenbach Blyler
Jul 10, 2019
I graduated with Dorthea. She made me laugh out loud every time I saw her. Including the most recent time. Love and prayers for all of you
Linda and Don Byron
Jul 10, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dorthea's passing. We will keep her family in our prayers. She was the most fun person to be around that we have ever known. We spent many hours in card games with Ron and Dorthea while in Florida. Every Thursday was our day with them at Busch Gardens. What great memories she has left us with.
Dianne Lamb (RICE)
Jul 10, 2019
Very sorry for your . I always remember her being a teacher at Sunday school and bible school.. she was a great mother and wife.
Polly Savidge
Jul 10, 2019
We worked for years for the Selinsgrove School District, and We didn’t know that we’d both cut out of class trips in Philadelphia to be on Bandstand! I a year ahead of Dorothea, but both of us with the same spirit!