Merle Hipple

Merle J. Hipple (Knerr)

Saturday, June 16th, 1928 - Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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Merle J. Hipple, 92, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 25, 2021 with her family by her side.
Merle was born on June 16, 1928 to the late Claude S. and Mazie A. (Kehler) Knerr. She was the widow of Harry R. Hipple.
Merle was a member of Middletown First Church of God where she was a Sunday School Teacher for a number of years. She was an avid card player and belonged to a number of card clubs in the area and also enjoyed playing cards with her family. Merle enjoyed baking and was known for her “sticky buns and raisin filled cookies”. She also enjoyed going to the beach and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Merle also was an avid Philadelphia Phillies Fan.
Merle is survived by her son, Tim R. Hipple and wife Sue, three daughters, Susan R. Hipple, Sandra J. Benson and Sallie A. O’Donnell and husband, Lance, her sister, Ida Kramer, daughter-in-law, Ann Flury (Fred), son-in-law, George Hein and sister-in-law, Joyce Knerr, her 8 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Merle’s husband, son, Ted E. Hipple, grandson, Tracy E. Hipple, step-daughter, Marie Hein, her 6 brothers and 3 sisters, all preceded her in death.
Services will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 12 noon in her Church at 245 West High Street, Middletown, PA. A viewing will be held from 10 AM to 12 noon in the Church. Burial will be in the Middletown Cemetery, Middletown, PA.
There will be a live stream of the funeral service on our website at
In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made in Merle’s name to her Church.
Matinchek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Middletown, PA has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Middletown Church Of God
    245 West High Street
    Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 12:00pm
    Middletown Church Of God
    245 West High Street
    Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Kimberly Shifler
  • Interment

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 1:00pm
    Middletown Cemetery
    675 N. Spring St.
    Middletown, PA 17057
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Tom Yoder

Posted at 01:55pm
Sending our Heartfelt Condolences to Aunt Merle's family from all the Yoder families in Massachusetts...
May the memories of the 'Good Times' be a comfort to all - Peace.
Jan & Tom

Jeff, Colleen, and Sarah

Posted at 07:07pm
Joe, Beth, and family, With deepest sympathy.
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