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Sara June "Sally" Ferster, 91, of Richfield, went to be with the Lord at 4:12 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
She was born June 2, 1925, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, a daughter of the late Harry D. and Cora (Bergey) Landis. On June 15, 1946, she married Paul G. Ferster, with whom she was blessed to share more than 41 years of marriage, until he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1987.

Surviving are her children, Susan M. Freed, of Evendale, Michael A. Ferster and his wife Sherry, of Freeburg, Nancy L. Risser and her husband Samuel, of Middleburg, Eric B. Ferster, of Selinsgrove; nine grandchildren, Kirk Freed and his wife Renee, of McAlisterville, Jeremy Freed and his wife Rebecca, of Port Royal, Amelia Furman and her husband Timothy, of Loveland, Colo., Jessica Napp and her husband Matthew, of Middleburg, Jed Risser and his wife Carole Ann, of Denver, Colo., Aaron Ferster and his wife Jessica, of Denver, Janelle Faust and her husband Benjamin, of New Berlin, Christopher Ferster, of Selinsgrove, and Amanda Ferster, Selinsgrove; and great-grandchildren, Carter Freed, Daniel Freed, Nathaniel Freed, Emerson Freed, Sophia Napp, Madyson Freed, Ethan Furman, Josilyn Napp, Rhea Risser, Lucas Furman, Addison Ferster, Thea Abdil and Roy Risser.

She was preceded in death by one son, James Ferster; and a son-in-law, John D. Freed; she was the last of her generation having been preceded in death by three sisters, her infant twin, Kathryn June Ferster, Ruth "Skip" Frye, and Vivian Pauline Babin; and five brothers, Robert Herman Landis, Karl Landis, Reno Landis, Lester Landis and Bertram Landis.

Mrs. Ferster was a 1942 graduate of Fayette High School and a life-long member of the Richfield Life Ministries Church, where she served as choir member, church pianist, nursery superintendent, and pianist for the Primary S.S. department. She also sang in a ladies trio.
After graduating from high school, she went to work at the 5&10 cent store, in York, then to the Spicer Defense Plant, Pottstown, and later as a seamstress and secretary for the Shellenberger and Sons Shirt factory, Richfield.
Sara June enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing the piano, and painting, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Richfield Life Ministries Church, Richfield, with Pastor Aaron Benner and the Rev. Jerry R. O'Connell officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.
Interment will follow in the Richfield Union Cemetery.

For those who desire, memorial contributions in Sara June's memory may be made to the Richfield Life Ministries Church, 167 Church St., Richfield, PA 17086, or to Gideon's International, Juniata County Camp, P.O. Box 91, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Online tributes and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.
Published on April 5, 2017
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