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Dorothy Mae Kepple


2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hindman Funeral Home (Chandler)

Funeral Service

11 AM
Friday, March 16, 2018

Conemaugh Church of the Brethren

Kepple, Dorothy Mae (Cameron), 95, Johnstown, born September 22, 1922, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Dorothy was beloved by all who knew her, the best mother and grandmother anyone could ever have. She was christened “Big Gram” by her great-grandchild, Tyler when he was two years old, and the other great-grandchildren continued the nickname tradition. Preceded in death by her husband, Duane, parents, Ernest Boyd and Jessie Mae (Dishong) Cameron, infant sisters Mildred and Marian and brothers Lawrence, James Dean Sr. and Harry and sisters Grace Andrews and Edythe Edwards. Survived by daughter and son-in-law Carrol and Larry Saintz, and daughter Janice Kepple. Also survived by beloved grandchildren Wendy (Scott) Maxwell, Melanie (Douglas) Spaid, Stephanie (Tedman) Smay, Lawrence II (Jennifer) Saintz, David (Amy) Saintz, and great-grandchildren Tyler and Tanner Spaid, Jacqueline (Maxwell) March, Deanna and Scott Maxwell, Brennan and Brody Smay, Wesley, Wyatt and Wade Saintz and Nathan, Devin and Vanessa Saintz. Also survived by longtime friend and neighbor of 68 years Meriam Shomo. Dorothy was an excellent cook and baker and made home a wonderful place to be. Her Easter puffed rice crosses, million-dollar fudge, and chocolate cake with egg white icing were enjoyed by the whole family for years. In her younger years, she was an avid softball player and basketball player, playing on softball travel teams and although not a nursing student, played on a team for Mercy Hospital School of Nursing when there weren’t enough student nurses on the team! Mom loved traveling and camping, and as a family, we have many happy memories of trips with her and Dad. They enjoyed a trip to Europe in 1979. Her grandchildren had the wonderful benefit of growing up right next door to Gram. A member of Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, she was involved in many church activities including choir and as a Key Lady for the Church of the Brethren Home. Dorothy enjoyed playing Carroms and Chinese checkers, and even at age 95 was nearly unbeatable at either one! She also liked jigsaw puzzles and the “Jumble” in the newspaper. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Family and friends will be received Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Hindman Funeral Home, 146 Chandler Ave, Johnstown, PA 15906. A Funeral service will be held at Conemaugh Church of the Brethren, 1256 William Penn Ave., Johnstown, PA 15906, on Friday at 11 a.m., Pastor Craig Gaunt officiating. Friends and family will also  be received at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Interment Benshoff Hill Cemetary. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Conemaugh Church of the Brethren. Arrangements in care of Hindman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., 146 Chandler Ave. “Exclusive Provider of Veterans & Family Memorial Care.” Condolences may be made at

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