She was the wife of Dale Kreider, New Providence. They would have celebrated their 49th anniversary December 31. She was the daughter of the late Clayton Warfel and Edna Groff Charles.
Elaine was born in Lancaster and lived in Conestoga before moving with her family to a small farm in Manor Township. She graduated from Penn Manor High School in 1960 and began her 37 ½ year career as a secretary with Armstrong World Industries. She was fortunate to be able to retire at age 55 and then worked for 5 years as a Teacher’s Aide at Pequea Preschool. Following this second retirement, Elaine volunteered with VisionCorps for several years and most recently had been a volunteer with Hospice & Community Care, which she very much enjoyed. She also enjoyed keeping in touch with and meeting with friends, especially her special Armstrong pals who have been getting together for more than 50 years. Her greatest joy was her family.
Elaine was an active member of Grace Community Church of Willow Street and loved the pastors, the friendly and supportive congregation, and the excellent Bible teaching and discipleship opportunities.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her first husband, Donald Paul Kauffman; her brother J. Wendell Charles; and her son Gregg Kauffman Kreider.
Thanks to the family, the many friends, and to the special people at Grace Community Church who gave encouragement and support to Elaine and Dale. And also thank you to the compassionate caregivers from Hospice & Community Care for their help during the last months of her life.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:00AM. The family will receive friends during a reception at the church following the service. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Church (marked Growing with Grace Fund) or to Hospice & Community care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 176040-4125. Arrangements entrusted to Reynolds Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Quarryville, PA. To send an online note of condolence, please visit our website at reynoldsfuneralhome.net.