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NOTE:  Change in LOCATION of Memorial Service to: Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS) on Dickinson College Campus.

Mary Peters Sandels, 84, of Carlisle died on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at her home. She was born on July 27, 1928 in Gardners, the daughter of John B. And Mary E. (Koller) Peters. She was the widow of Dr. Friedrich Sandels, a professor of German at Dickinson College.

Mary graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 1946 and from Dickinson College in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts.

An avid reader and debater, Mary was an independent woman. She was committed to the pursuit of peace among all people, always pulling for the underdog. Her generosity and empathy had no bounds. Mary loved to knit, crochet and do needle work, passing on many treasured gifts to family and friends. Mary was a wonderful steward of the earth, never missing an opportunity to sow a seed in a garden or a mind.

Mary was a 50 year member of the League of Women Voters, serving two terms as president . She served as secretary for Carlisle Opportunity Homes for 33 years. Mary was a member of AAUW and "Carlisle Cares". She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Mary displayed her affinity for all the people of the world by tutoring English to many Carlisle youths. She was an active participant in several book and poetry groups, never missing a chance to explore a new book.

Mary is survived by six siblings: John F. and his wife, Mary R. Peters of Gardners, William K. and his wife, Shelbia Q. Peters of Biglerville, Susan B. P. R. Wirths of Fredrick, MD, Earl H. Peters of Gardners, Virginia P. and her husband, Randolf H. Aires of Gardners and George M. and his wife, Mary Lou F. Peters of Portland, OR. Mary will be greatly missed by her 23 nieces and nephews and 46 grand nieces and nephews. Mary was much beloved by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium (ATS) on the campus of Dickinson College on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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 I was a Girl Scout in troop 554 back in the mid 1960's. Mary was our leader & she was wonderful. I remember her as very kind and extremely patient. I have many fond memories of the 3 yrs I was in her troop. Please know my prayers are with your family at this time.

Becky (Rumpf) Moyer


From Tacoma, WA, I send condolences on behalf of my husband Harold Sweeney & myself. We both served on the board of the League of Women Voters with Mary (who by the way served THREE terms as president). Mary was, I think, one of the most authentic people I've ever met. There wasn't an ounce of pretense about her. She was what she was. And she was also one of the kindest people. I will never forget her.

Patricia R. Sweeney

 Mary Peters Sandels was my father's first cousin, my first cousin once removed. Although I met many in their family during visits to the east coast as a child, I only had the pleasure of meeting Mary when I was an adult and she was taking care of her mother, my Great Aunt Mary. When we met, I felt as though I had known her for a long time and she immediately made me feel comfortable. She could not join me as I visited the family home in Mechanicsburg but at the end of the day she wanted to know exactly where I had eaten my meal or she would insist on preparing me something. Over the following years we corresponded and she would always let me know I was welcome to stay with her if I made a trip east but somehow that never happened. Mary was a good friend as well as a relative.

Barbara Tyson


We will miss Mary, a remarkable human being, who humbly gave so much of herself and was such a courageous advocate for the poor and who stood up for justice, the environment, and all issues that make the world a better place.

Don and Nancy Schoeps

With the death of Mary Peters Sandels, the community of Carlisle has lost one of its most dedicated and caring citizens. Dickinson College has lost an outstanding alumna who participated enthusiastically in the activities of the College throughout her life, setting a fine example of intellectual curiosity and involvement for current students. She never stopped learning.
It was our honor to know Mary for almost fifty years. We marveled at her grasp of the issues of the day, her sense of responsibility for those in need, her zest for life, and especially her devotion to her late husband her beloved "Fritz." She delighted us with her sense of humor, which was often expressed in the form of hilariously blunt critiques of the nonsense going on in the world! When our daughter Lee was born in 1970, Mary presented her with a dainty dress that she had sewn herself and decorated with exquisite smocking. Forty-one years later, when Lee passed away, Mary wrote us a note filled with tender eloquence; she included a photograph of the poppies in her garden, observing that each flower bloomed only for a day but was so beautiful. Mary had a gift for saying and doing the right thing. She was a treasure.

With sympathy to Mary's family,
Dieter and Jackie Rollfinke

 My sincere sympathy to all of the family!

Marian H. Boyer

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