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Blanche L. Diefenderfer (Gray)

Blanche Lettitia Diefenderfer, 98, of Bensalem, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 13, 2021. She was the loving wife of the late Leroy A. Diefenderfer, Sr., who passed away in 1997.

Born May 7, 1923 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of the late Archibald R. and Maude B. (Kane) Gray and youngest of eight children.

Married to Leroy for 54 years, they enjoyed many trips across the country, to England and especially spending time at the seashore with the family. When Leroy entered the service, Blanche followed him across the country, finding jobs in each new city. They raised their three boys in Trevose and in retirement enjoyed a home in Waretown, NJ.

Blanche was an active member of The Order of the Amaranth, the Red Hat Society and supported and volunteered with many local charities. A devout Christian woman, she regularly attended church and especially enjoyed singing church hymns. Blanche loved music and whether it was big band or Barry Manilow, she could always be heard singing and loved playing her organ.

She enjoyed playing the slots at Harrah’s in Atlantic City and earlier in life she could be found playing pinochle late into the night with her sisters, brothers and friends. Blanche could give her grandchildren a run for their money when it came to the Atari and Nintendo, too. An avid gardener, she loved tending to her daisies and roses and many boats, cars and even a dog were named Daisy D.

Blanche spent the past 17 years as a resident of Juniper Village at Bucks County and was absolutely adored by the staff, especially those in Personal Care.

Nothing made her happier than being surrounded by her family. Blanche loved cooking New Year’s Day and having the whole family over to enjoy pork and sauerkraut. She dedicated her summers to her grandchildren and was the absolute heart and soul of the family.

She will be sorely missed by two sons, the twins James G. Diefenderfer (Donna M.) of Holland and Robert G. Diefenderfer of CA, a daughter-in-law, Donna J., and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Leroy A. Diefenderfer, Jr, a grandson, Thomas Diefenderfer and her seven brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 10:00 am on Monday, November 22, 2021 at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road, at Holland Road in Richboro, PA. Interment will follow at Forest Hills cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Blanche’s name may be made to Meals on Wheels at PO Box 791568 in Baltimore, MD 21279-1568 or www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org; or Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, PO Box 297 in Philadelphia, PA 19105-0297 or sundaybreakfast.org.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Richboro
    800 Newtown-Richboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Service

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021
    10:00 AM

    Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, Richboro
    800 Newtown-Richboro Road
    Richboro, PA 18954

  • Cemetery

    Monday, November 22nd, 2021

    Forest Hills Cemetery
    25 Byberry Road
    Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

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