Patricia J. "Pat" Hench, 76, of Carlisle,
passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at her home. She was born on Tuesday, January 1, 1935, in Carlisle, a daughter
of the late Lloyd and Ruth (Emerick) Dietrich.
Pat was a 1952 graduate of Carlisle High School. She was a devoted homemaker and had worked
part-time with the former United Telephone Co., Carlisle as an operator for 12 years, the Carlisle School District as a street
crossing guard for 15 years and the last 20 years as a tipstaff at the Cumberland County Courthouse. Pat was a member of First
Church of God, Carlisle, where she was a former Sunday School teacher and a member of the Welcoming Committee. Pat also taught
Bible school to older children and was the leader of the Good News Club for younger children in her former South Pitt Street
neighborhood in Carlisle.
survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, William M. Hench, five sons; Bill, Jr. (and his wife, Melinda) Hench,
Carlisle, Brad (and his wife, Sue) Hench, Carlisle, Pastor Greg (and his wife, Beth) Hench, Boiling Springs, Scott (and his
wife, Lynn) Hench, Carlisle and Eric (and his wife, Jean) Hench of Boiling Springs, one sister, Pam Gotshall of Harrisburg
and 11 grandchildren.
will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at the First Church of God, 705 Glendale St., Carlisle, with Rev.
D. Alan Mathna officiating. Burial will be private at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville Viewing be held on Thursday
from 9:00 a.m. until time of the services at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorial contributions
be made to Celtic Healthcare of Carlisle, Suite 100, 220 Wilson St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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I want to express my sadness to Pat's family..
I am praying for you all...I know she is with
she was such a fun and never dull Mom....
I have so many memories of her...being a crossing guard
and getting our families together.
I know she touched many lives...I always asked her
did you raise so many sons-
wow...that takes so much from a mother and she did it.
I always prayed for
Pat when I passed her house--
may her family be comforted with God's help.
and prayers are with you all.
I have fond memories of Pat working the kids on arts and crafts during
Bible School. She always greeted you with a smile on her face.
She will be missed.
Pat was an awesome friend and God gave
her to me to get through a lot of stuff. She never hesitated to be honest and was a great accountability partner. She loved
on me, counseled me, scolded me and encouraged me...she was a mom and through those years on Chestnut Ave., I received informmation,
wisdom and spiritual nurturing that has molded me as much as experiences from my own family...maybe even more. I will always
remember our "tea time" and laughing A LOT. We were ruthless...we'd make fun of anything and anybody, but always
laughed the loudest at ouselves. You are all important to my past and all over my heart in the present.
all very much. Hugs from Nee!
Pat meant the world to me growing up on South Pitt Street. I've got thousands of memories, and she's
part of most of them. She was one of those angels who touched you and made you a better person. I remember her telling us
during one of the Wednesday Good News Club sessions that when you die you go to heaven and get to see all of the people you
love who went before you. I'll bet she's been busy because I doubt there was anyone Pat ever met who she did not feel
love for. My deepest sympathy goes to you, Bill. I rarely saw one of you without the other. Pat's legacy lives on-- a
very fine one, indeed. Bill, Brad, Greg, Scott and Eric-- no one needs to tell you what a wonderful Mom you have. You are
very lucky men.
the Hench families,
Your mom was my Bible school teacher MANY years ago and what fun we had. As we crossed paths
over the years, she continued to make me smile with her great sense of humor.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Denise ( Wimer ) Evans
Our thoughts and Prayers are with the entire Hench Family.
Pat was a very SPECIAL LADY and will
be missed by many.
Phyllis (Hoover) Heiges
condolences to the entire Hench family. Pat was such a fun and loving person. Her family will be left with the wonderful memories
of her life. May the Lord grant you his peace.
Barbara Adams, Jay and Heather Bear
Pat was one of the most upbeat, positive people
I've ever had the pleasure
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Teri the Terrible Termite
I am so sorry for your loss.
No one who knew your mother will ever forget
She was loved by all.
I have many fond memories of her that will remain with me always!
Simpson, Cumberland County Prothonotary Office
I was sorry to read about Pat's passing. Our sympathy is with the family at this time. I know
she is with our Lord and he is taking care of her. She has been taken from this earth, but her memories will always be with
you. May your family be at peace at this sorrowful time.
Ira and Sandy Landis, Oak Ridge, NC
I'm sorry to hear of your loss and thinking of you all.
Cindy Beck Parker
May the peace of the Lord be with you all during
this difficult time.
Donna Beck - Boiling Springs
To the Hench family, About the only one I know is Greg and his family and I know Pat had to
be someone special to have family like this. I feel with what I hear she is now in heaven and you can all be proud
of having her in your life. God bless all of you and my prayers are with you.
Mary Alice, The refuges grandmother.
What a legacy of faithfulness to our Lord Pat has
left behind. When my father died in 2002, Pat was at my mother's house w/us during that time of grieving... she was crying,
laughing, & being herself. She faithfully came back many times and entered into our pain w/us. She was such a blessing
during a time of grief. She has passed her legacy unto her family. When I would see her in church, I told her several times,
Greg really has a special gift in ministry. Her eyes would light up and you could see how proud she was of him. The legacy
continues down through the grandkids. Greg's daughter would pick my mother up for church...my mother tells me over and
over Amanda was so kind, thoughtful, and helpful. The legacy continues. I pray our Savior will comfort you all in your time
of grief. May you be comforted now by knowing she is with her heavenly father living in perfect peace.
Loewen (Nancy Brownawells daughter)
sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Sad to say we lost touch over the years. But during the time we were in touch she was
an amazing and caring person and lots of fun to be around. All of my kids, Christa, Jason and Betsy loved being with her.
She will be truly misssed by all her knew her. Know that God is embracing her now and caring for her as she cared for all
of us in her time here.
Jo Ann Franklin
The Hench family
was always known for their great character.
It was bestowed to the sons by a devout loving and caring mother and
God be with you all during this time of sadness,
and yet have joy knowing she now has eternal
Glenn & Marti Peterson
your loss. I'm going to miss you very much.
Our deepest sympathy to the whole Hench family. It is with many fond memories still fresh in my head that
I remember Pat (wife, mother, terrific woman of God). She was always so REAL, FUNNY, AND LOVING to everyone. Thanks for sharing
her with us. We have been truly blessed for having known her. We know she is with the LORD, but she will be missed by all
who ever knew her.
Rich, Kay & Charity Murtorff
My thoughts are with you Bill, and your family. I know Pat is with GOD now and we will all meet
again. Pat was a supper person and we enjoyed each others company
Merle Wagner....Little Rock, Arkansas
My sincere sympathy to the Hench family.
May your many memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Kathi Pittenger Smith
to have grown up with a "TOT LOT" Mom--Thinking & Thanking all of the Hench Men for sharing her
& All "TOT LOT" Brat(s)
the Hench Family: I remember Pat when she was my Sunday school teacher at Brethern Christ Church. She would teach me and my
siblings Vacation Bible School. Pat would ride a big wheel down the center of the isle in church. All of us kids would laugh
and laugh. She always had hugs for all "her" kids. I ran into Pat again at the Courthouse last year when I was serving
as a Juror. What fun we had talking about all those fun times. I loved Pat and she will be missed. Bill, Bill Jr., Brad, Scott,
Greg and Eric...her legacy lives on in ALL of you. God bless you.
Deb (Evans) Carey
I wanted to send a card to all her sons/husband. God is with us & He provides
our comfort at this time, but we are human & it is a painful time. Pat's strong faith, hope & love were always
there, the greatest is her love she gave all.
Colleen Christopher & Dave S
The Carlisle High School Class of 1952
extends sincere sympathy
to the Hench family.
CHS Class of 1952
Joan and I have many happy memories of Pat and all of you.
She will live on in our minds and we wish
all of you good and happy lives.
We hope to be seeing you from time to time.
John and Joan Steigleman
Pat was the Best - That's
it -- the Best. A Witness of her love for the Lord, a Wife, Mom, Servant, playmate and joker. Pat & Bill have done it
all right, and gave the world five fantastic sons. What a joy, blessing, and privilege if you were Pat's friend. Thank
You, Lord, for giving us Pat Hench.
I was so sorry to hear of your dear mother's passing. I remember her fondly. My sister and I lived
on Garland drive several years ago and always looked forward to seeing her. She was always so kind. I have fond memories of
her coming to our house the night before the "annual yard sale" to try and find treasures. I know she will be deeply
I was awakened this morning by thunder and lightning and thought.....Pat must
be up to something in heaven this morning! She was always such an encouragement. My deepest symthapthy to the Hench family.
was so very sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful lady!
My heart is with all of you at this difficult time!
I am sorry I did not make it to the services today.
Please know that my love is with you all!!
My thoughts always go
out to those that have lost someone so special. She was a very special lady who touched many us,and all that she came in contact
with were very blessed.As a kid growing up,I had contact with someone from the Hench clan, to a point sometimes of maybe being
a pest. But all were special times for me. She was always to me the neighborhood 2nd mom to all the kids.You always knew even
if she had very little time, she truely cared for each of us,and that was very special to me. Pat and Bill will always have
a special place in my life. Growing up part of the Pitt St. gang was special in itself,but knowing that a very special family
had a major influence in your life,well all I can say is thankyou so much. thanks sharing your mom and dad, and all of your
family with of us. She will be missed.
Dick and I, and Betzi Morrison attended Pat's service but did not get to sign the guest book.
We extend to the family our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Pat was a wonderful unique person.
Ellen & Dick Darr and Betzi Morrison
have many fond memories of Pat , Bill and the entire Hench from Louther St. BIC church. She was a true example of Christ with
skin on. A great sense of humor an a fine family.
To all of the Hench Family Members, my wife and I would like to express our most sincere condolences
at the loss of your wife and mother. Pat was just a dear heart that brightened everyones day. She always had a smile and was
always glad to offer a happy greeting when she saw anyone. She will be greatly missed.
Patrick and Diane O'Leary
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