Ocean City Today

Elaine Stickler Buddenbohn

Feb 01, 2018
Elaine Stickler Buddenbohn

printed 02/02/2018


Elaine Stickler Buddenbohn, 88, passed away at Brethren Village, Lititz, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Formerly of Ocean City, Maryland and Pompton Plains, New Jersey, she was born in Baltimore to the late Gerard T. and Helen (Lewis) Stickler.

She graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore and, at the age of 18, married E. Stanton Buddenbohn, with whom she built a large, busy, loving and fun family and life over the 51 years they shared together before his death in 2000.

A spitfire, full of spunk, Elaine dedicated herself to raising her four children and was always heavily involved in their activities and in the communities where she lived.

Elaine and Stanton’s home was full of the best kind of noise, and all were welcome at their table – or at least for a cocktail and crab bite. She cultivated life-long friendships and loved the beach, bowling, and her large and growing family.

While raising her children in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, Elaine was very involved with Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church and the Rosary Altar Society in Pequannock, New Jersey. She also served as PTO president, ran many school fundraisers and was the Girl Scout Neighborhood chair.

Following Stanton’s retirement, Elaine and Stanton moved to Ocean City, Maryland, where they built a home and became embedded in the community. Elaine was involved in many civic organizations in Ocean City, including the Women’s Club, of which she served as president for several terms, and the Irish Club.

In fact, despite their lack of Irish blood, Elaine and Stanton proudly served as grand marshals of the Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade one unforgettable year.

Following Stanton’s death, Elaine moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. For 14 years she lived at Freedom Village in West Brandywine, where she was an ambassador, served on the Residents’ Advisory Council, and chaired the Decorating Committee. The last six months of her life were spent at Brethren Village.

Elaine is survived by her children, Barbara A., wife of Dr. Thomas H. Yingling, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Robert S. Buddenbohn, husband of Louise, of Bend, Oregon; Thomas L. Buddenbohn, husband of Rebecca, of Arlington, Texas; and Jean B. Rossell of South Coventry, Pennsylvania; her nine grandchildren, eight (soon to be nine) great-grandchildren; and her sister, Dolores, wife of Charles Voelkel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601, with The Rev. Daniel F.X. Powell as Celebrant. A visitation will begin at the church one hour prior to Mass.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Evergreen Cemetery, 9230 Mary Road, Berlin, Maryland 21811.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a contribution in Elaine’s memory to DePaul Catholic High School, attention Carmella Raiti, with “Sr. Patricia Flarity Scholarship Fund” in the memo: 1512 Alps Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470 or depaulcatholic.org.

To send online condolences, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.

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