Louise Elaine May, 94, of Pleasant Gap, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 3, 2021 at The Oaks Manor, Pleasant Gap.
Louise was born at home in Reedsville on October 29, 1927, to Clarence R. (Red) Nale and Anna E. Bodtorf. She was the oldest of five children. Louise graduated from Reedsville High School. After high school, she traveled by train to attend the Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital Nursing School. Louise worked in a doctor’s office in Milroy, then in a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
Louise met her husband Earl May when he brought a person injured in a car accident to her workplace. Louise was engaged to the Green Gables restaurant in Lewistown. Earl and Louise were married on October 28, 1948.
Louise lived in Norfolk, Virginia from 1948 to 1950 while her husband served in the United States Navy. Subsequently, they settled in Peru, Pennsylvania, where they raised turkeys for sale to buy their first car. Louise enjoyed living in the house her husband built for over 50 years before moving to a cottage on The Oaks campus in Pleasant Gap.
Louise has been involved in the management of Pleasant Gap Hardware and Appliance Store for over 26 years. She has also facilitated many community activities held at the family home. “Camp Earl”, on Old Greens Valley Road in the Nittany Mountains. During the holiday season, Louise would go to Big Rock, picking up creeping pines on the way to make Christmas wreaths.
Louise was dedicated to community service. She is a former matron (1979) of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lewistown Chapter 283. She is a past president of the Pleasant Gap Women’s Club. Louise was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Pleasant Gap and participated in the quilting group.
As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she has counseled patients through ACS “Achieve recovery” program. Louise and Earl have sponsored children from the Fresh Air Fund of New York for many summers.
For fun, Louise enjoyed wandering the farm fields behind her house and walking the railroad tracks to the Pleasant Gap Hatchery. Louise was an active member of Logan Grange No. 109 and completed the 7th degree, which is the highest national level. She was both a “tensioner” and motorhome at Grange Fair, Center Hall. Louise was passionate about golf; she had a smooth swing and was a great putter. She especially enjoyed playing in the Tuesday Morning Women’s League at Nittany Country Club. She was a huge PSU football fan and watched many games in the stands or at home. Louise was also a âSnow bird; “ traveling to his winter home in Deerfield Beach, Florida. During their retirement years Louise and Earl took trips and cruises to various places around the world.
Louise is survived by her son, Dennis (Dan) May (Bellefonte), her daughters, Darlene Marley (Center Hall) and Debra Price-Bench (State College); his brother Clarence Nale and his sisters, Mary Hawk, Hazel Madden and Frances Krick. Louise has seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Earl Edward May, her daughters, Sharlene A. May and Cynthia Diane May; and his brother Charles L. Nale.
No memorial service is planned at this time due to COVID.
The burial site is Center County Memorial Park, College Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: The Oaks, Pastoral Care Department, 200 Rachel Drive, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823; or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 160 N. Main St., Pleasant Gap, PA 16823.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service Inc. in Bellefonte.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com.