Leah P. Strausser


Leah P. Strausser, 97, formerly of 1215 Centennial Road, Mifflinburg, since 1948, died at 8:44 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.

She was born April 25, 1922, in Luzerne, a daughter of the late Hudson and Leah (Harter) Travers. On June 14, 1942, in Shamokin Dam, she married Richard K. Strausser Sr., who preceded her in death Aug. 23, 2015.

Leah was a 1941 graduate of Northumberland High School, where she played the saxophone in the all-girls marching band. After high school, she attended Central Penn Business College, Harrisburg.

She was an active member of the Emanuel United Church of Christ, Penns Creek, since the 1940s, where she served as President of the Ladies Auxillary.

Leah was employed as a nurse's aide at many area nursing homes.

She was an accomplished ballet and tap dancer, and enjoyed square dancing for the Penn Wheelers and Danjo Wheelers. Leah tap danced on live radio in the 1920s and 30s.

Leah and her husband sponsored many children from New York City in the 1950s and 60s through the Fresh Air Program.

She enjoyed gardening, swimming, traveling, and bird watching.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary M. and Catherine Strausser, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Glen P. and Donna Strausser, of Rapid City, South Dakota; two daughters and one son-in-law, Nancy K. Gray, of Enid, Oklahoma, and Barbara A. and Gary Gemberling, of Mifflinburg; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Kristopher Strausser, Annette Strausser, Sean Strausser, Laurette Strausser, Hope and Daren Hamen, Jeromy and Lori Haines, Angie Haines, Amanda Gray, Tanya and Jeff Starr, Joshua and Becca Gemberling, and Autumn and Kevin Shuck; 21 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Richard K. Strausser Jr.; one brother, Eddie; and one sister, Alice, in infancy.

Family and friends are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., 8594 Old Turnpike Road, Mifflinburg, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 with the Rev. Marian K. Anderson, Chaplain of the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, officiating.

Burial will be in the Penns Creek Union Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to either St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, or to your local S.P.C.A.

Leave your condolences online at www.rouppfuneralhome.com.
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Aug 01, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Leah P. Strausser.  Send flowers
Sandy ( Scholl ) Kile
Jul 29, 2019
Barb, Nancy & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You're in our thoughts & we are praying for all.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Gary & Sandy Kile
David Zerbe
Jul 27, 2019
Thoughts and Prayers for the family. I have never met Leah. I have heard wonderful stories from her Daughter Barb. The Zerbe Family