Grace E. Clemens
December 28, 1918 – April 6, 2021
Grace Clemens was born in Lebanon, PA on December 28, 1918, and died on April 6, 2021. She was the daughter of Calvin and Minnie Batdorf Kreider. As a young girl, she enjoyed living on a farm and often entertained others with stories of that life. She attended Lebanon High School and graduated in 1936. She entered the work force as a seamstress and then married Wilson (Pat) Clemens. Together, they raised four children. She was patient and supportive to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a fierce advocate for them. After many years as a stay-at-home mother, she returned to work as the secretary at Southwest Elementary School, a job which she loved. She and her family were faithful members of Salem EUB Church, now Covenant UMC. She was a member of the altar guild and a longtime member of the choir, serving as the alto soloist on many occasions. Grace was an excellent seamstress and made most of her children’s clothing, including Halloween costumes, prom dresses and even wedding gowns. She also enjoyed knitting scarves, socks and dishcloths for anyone who requested them. In her later years, Grace moved to Cornwall Manor, where she enjoyed reacquainting with former friends and making new ones. Grace was 102 years old and lived life to the fullest independently in her own apartment, playing the organ (though not in the afternoon, when the other residents were napping) and checking her Facebook and emails daily up until the last few weeks. She enjoyed playing Pinochle and working jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles. Her favorite game was Rumikub, and many of us have fond memories of marathon games with her. She was especially proud of the medals she won at the Senior Games at Cornwall Manor. Grace was predeceased by her two sisters, her husband Wilson, and her daughter-in-law Jacquelyn. She is survived by her children, Fred and his partner Eileen, Tom and his wife Debbie, Colleen Harris and her husband Loy, and Susan Busch and her husband Bob. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her niece Linda Rittle and her nephews Doug Clemens, Dennis Clemens, Barry Henning and Jan Henning. A graveside service will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions, may be made to the Cornwall Manor Benevolence Fund, PO Box 125, Cornwall, PA 17016 or to the charity of one’s choice. A public memorial service will be held later in the summer. Grace was an amazing woman with a delightful sense of humor, and we feel so blessed to have had her in our lives. Even though she is no longer physically with us, our happy memories of her will keep her alive in our hearts. Rohland Funeral Home, Inc. is handling her arrangements. www.rohlandfh.com
Cornwall Manor Benelolence Fund
P. O. Box 125, Cornwall, Pennsylvania 17016
- Charity of your Choice
Private Graveside Service with a Memorial Service being held later this summer
Grace E. Clemens
Fran Batz Williams
April 12, 2021
Fred, Tom, Colleen, Susan & families. You may not remember me, an old neighbor from Quentin Road. I was very sorry to read about your mother passing, I have beautiful memories of her & your dad as I was growing up. They were both always very welcoming to me. I’m sure your dear dad was waiting at the Pearly Gates with open arms to greet her. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for comfort & peace. RIP Mrs Clemens.🙏🏻 Frannie Batz Williams
Stan & Angie Carpenter
April 11, 2021
Aunt Grace was larger than life. Her smile and grace were such a warm welcome when interacting or visiting her. She loved people, family, and friends. Her personality and wit were infectious and it was hard to say goodbye. She enjoyed wine and chocolate but you would never know it with such a petite figure. Her infectious personality was something to be treasured. I'm glad to have known such a beautiful and caring woman as Aunt Grace.
April 11, 2021
I truly fell in love with Grace almost the moment I had the privilege of meeting her, and so looked forward to every visit I knew would be filled with laughter, witty conversation and especially, endearment.
Thank you, Grace, for welcoming me with your loving open arms. I will sorely miss you.
April 11, 2021
It is hard for me to grasp a world without Mom. I thought she would be around forever - her sharp mind and determination kept fueling her desire to keep living independently, driving until she was 97.
She was an inspiration to all who knew her and the most thoughtful parent, grandparent, and great grandparent you could ask for. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion - always sending cards. She loved sharing stories of her youth, and living through the depression and WW II, throwing in an occasional ‘PA Dutch’ word or phrase.
You will be missed, Mom.
April 10, 2021
I am beyond grateful for the amazing memories I will cherish forever of my time with my grandma! She always made me feel completely loved and welcome! She loved all of her family equally and it showed us all what family love is supposed to be.
I will miss her very much, she was a once in a lifetime treasure. I was blessed to have been one of her grandchildren.
Her love of babies, her sense of humor and her love of family are some of the qualities I think I have because of her 💗
Rest In Peace Grandma xoxo
April 9, 2021
I feel so fortunate to have had her as my mother, as our daughters' grandmother, a confidante and friend. She loved unconditionally and without bias, enjoyed time with friends and family, and lived to laugh. She was unparalleled in her sewing skills and always found time for her four children and their interests. I will miss her deeply, and though it would be remiss to say, at age 102, she was "taken too soon"...for me, she was.