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Margaret A. (Smith) Halbfoerster

January 8, 2024

Margaret Halbfoerster Obituary

Margaret A. Halbfoerster, 101, formerly of Bath, passed into the arms of the Lord on Monday, January 08, 2024.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother.  Her beloved husband of 64 years, Frederick W. Halbfoerster, died in 2004.

Born in Bath, Margaret was a daughter of the late Russell V. and Beatrice E. (Graver) Smith.  She attended Nazareth High School.  Affectionately known as Margie, she was a talented baker well known for her unusual character cakes and outstanding wedding cakes.  She owned and operated Margie’s Cake Shop in Moore Township for 20 years and was later employed at the former Keppel’s Market in Bath where she was the bakery manager for 10 years before retiring.  A member of the PA Order of Eastern Star – Nazareth Chapter, now Calypso Chapter in Bethlehem, Margie served as a Past Matron from 1953 to 1954.  She was also a member of the Mid-county Senior Center in Bath, the Friendly Senior Citizens of Walnutport, and a life-long member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ – Seemsvile, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, secretary, Golden Link President, and was a former member of the choir and United Church Women.  Although baking was her passion, Margie also enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening.     

Survivors: Her loving grandchildren, Rev. Timothy Halbfoerster and wife, Marie, of Mechanicsburg, Michael J. Halbfoerster and wife, Jennifer, of Moore Township, and Katrina Sonnenberg and husband, Curt, of Olyphant; great-granddaughters, Rev. Heather Singleton and husband, Chad, of Fairfax, Virginia, Ashley Chest and husband, Joseph, of Enola, and Amber Shaw and husband, Wesley, of Round Hill, Virginia; eight great-great-grandchildren, Kiley, Lukcas, Makynze, Andrew, Dominic, Ryann, Morgan, and Lily; her late son’s companion, Catherine Dickinson of Moore Township; nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Frederick, she was predeceased by her son, Richard E. Halbfoerster; siblings, Clarence Smith and Arlene Miller; a niece and a nephew.    

Services: A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 15, 2023, at 12 Noon in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ – Seemsville, 8142 Valley View Road, Northampton, PA 18067.  Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday morning from 11:00 A.M. to 12 Noon in church with an Eastern Star Funeral Service at 11:45 A.M.  Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Snyder Church Cemetery, Seemsville.  Arrangements are under the care and direction of the GEORGE G. BENSING FUNERAL HOME, LLC, in the Village of Moorestown – Bath.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be offered to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ - Seemsville.

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January 15, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Peter's United Church of Christ - Seemsville
8142 Valley View Road
Northampton, PA 18067

Funeral Service
January 15, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Peter's United Church of Christ - Seemsville
8142 Valley View Road
Northampton, PA 18067


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