L. Eileen Watkins

L. Eileen Watkins (Deibler), 83, of Landisville, passed peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Hospice of Lancaster County.   She was born in Trevorton, PA, was the daughter of the late George F and Thama (Umholtz) Deibler, and wife of the late Paul T. Watkins.
She was a 1950 graduate of Sunbury High School.  She retired from Lancaster General Hospital and Weis Markets.  She was Mawmaw to her grandchildren and was a beloved grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, and a friend to all she met.  She loved word search books, puzzles, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates (that’s mom), Elvis, and knitting, but most of all, her family, who were the center of her life.  She had a smile for everyone.
She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ but recently attended Westgate Baptist Church.
Mom is survived by 6 children,  Deborah (Bob) Houck, George H. Hockenbrocht, Jr., Linda (Stephen) Leayman, Jerre (Judith) D. Hockenbrocht, Gary (Karen) L. Hockenbrocht, and Curtis R. Hockenbrocht.  Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her brothers, Blair, Lee, and Dean Deibler, and sister Mildred Macialek. She is survived by her sister Dorothy Travitz, Millersburg PA and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to her friends at Landisville Apartments who took mom under their wings.  Our deepest thanks to Hospice of Lancaster County for their loving and compassionate care of mom.
A Memorial Service will be held at Grace United Church, 1947 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Saturday, January 2, 2016 with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Service starting at 2:00 p.m. The burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Grace United Church of Christ, or Hospice of Lancaster County.


Condolence Messages

  1. Deborah McCartney

    To the entire family of Eileen, please know that she was an angel and a friend, even though I only met her 9 months ago. She was the first person to welcome me and I just knew from the start, we would connect. And we did. I loved hearing about her life and, of course, when I told her I worked at Weis for a year and a half, you can only imagine what subject we talked and talked and talked about. She loved her family very much and I know how she will be missed. This is the 15th Anniversary of my Mom’s passing. Peace be with you✴

  2. Deneen and Pete Ostasewski

    To Linda and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Although we did not get to meet your mom Linda, we’ve seen the love and care you’ve shown for her every day and know she was a special person (and because she gave us you, our dear friend!) May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you peace. You’ve definitely got a new angel to watch over you and your family! Love you all.

  3. What a nice picture of your Mom, glad to see her sports teams listed. My sympathy to Jerre and Judy

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