Judith Mae (Swartzentruber) Hess

May 6, 1949 ~ November 11, 2018 (age 69)


     On Sunday, November 11th, 2018 Judith  Mae (Swartzentruber) Hess of Canton  went home to be with the Lord while at  Robert Packer Hospital .  She was 69 years of age.  Born May 6th, 1949  in  Lancaster, Pa. , she was the daughter of  Earl and Delilah (Kauffman) Swartzentruber.   On July 31st, 1971  she married H. Laverne Hess.  Together they raised four sons and a daughter and shared 35 years until Laverne’s passing in March of 2007.  Although committed to the responsibilities of raising a family Judy still managed to find the time to contribute to the well-being of others.  Her selfless concerns for her fellow human beings led her to implement the GriefShare  Ministry at her home church, as well as Women of Grace, a community support group for widows.  She also served many years as a volunteer at the Pregnancy Care Center in Canton.  Judy also served as office manager for Dr. Nick Spano.   She was a strong, independent woman who loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and never thought twice about flying out to Colorado to visit with loved ones there.  She also enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening.  But most importantly, Judy had an unshakable faith in the Lord, and the heart of a servant, and when Jesus took her by the hand she went with Him joyously.

   Judy is survived by her sons, Matthew (& Angela) Hess of Canton,  Mark (& Lauren) Hess and Philip (& Mara) Hess, all of Colorado Springs, CO., Benjamin (& Korlissa) Hess of Canton and daughter Caroline (& Chesen) Frey of Colorado Springs, brothers Glenn (& Rosanne) Swartzentruber of Roaring Branch, Daniel (& Audrey) Swartzentruber of Fayetteville, Pa., sister-in-law Josie Swartzentruber and brother-in-law Marlin Ebersole.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Laverne Hess,  parents Earl and Delilah Swartzentruber,   brother Earl Swartzentruber, jr. and sister Doris Ebersole.

Calling hours will be Friday 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the North Street Community Church, 177 North Street, Canton, Pa., and will resume at 10 AM Saturday.  A celebration of Judy’s life will begin at 11 o’clock with Pastor Darren Peachey officiating.  Interment will follow in Beech Flats  Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorial contributions in Judy’s name be directed to the North Street Community Church,  PO Box 43, Canton Pa.  (

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