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Elaine Ann

July 26, 1957 – January 31, 2019

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Obituary for Elaine Ann Kreisher

Elaine, or as she preferred, “Laney” Kreisher passed away at age 61. Cancer ended her life journey in Longmont, Colorado, where she resided for the past 7 months. She lived a full life. Her story is one of loving kindness, stability and fierce protection of family.

So blessed by her life is her immediate family: her husband of 39 years, Kirk Kreisher of Longmont, CO, her son John Kreisher, 29 of Asheville, NC, and her daughter Kate Kreisher, 27 of Boulder, CO.

She leaves behind her 4 siblings, all living near Pittsburgh, PA. Her brother Alan Bathe, married to Phyllis, her sister Nancy Mossman, married to Dave, her sister Marilyn “Mimi” Standley, married to Bill, and her youngest sister Carol Bathe. Their parents, Bob & Geri Bathe, of Pittsburgh have since passed away.

Early Years: Born and raised in Pittsburgh. At a young age, Laney developed what became a life-long love of crafting and sewing. She proudly played the flute in the Baldwin High School Highlanders marching band and spent long summer hours at the community swimming pool.

1970’s: She graduated from Penn State University, with a bachelor’s degree. She married Kirk and together they moved to Billings, Montana. There, she fell in love with the dry, sunny climate and the vibrant lifestyle of the mountain states.

1980’s: Living in Montana and Colorado, Laney & Kirk enjoyed camping, cross country skiing and cold beer with friends. She worked in product distribution for Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and for several oil trading companies. On many mornings before work she could be found swimming laps.

1990’s: John and Kate were born in the “Big Sky Country” of Montana. Soon after becoming a mother, she and her family returned to Pennsylvania. They took up residence in rural Penns Valley, near the town of Spring Mills. Parenting was always her primary focus. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were close by. Reading to the kids and spending time outside together were the priorities. Laney worked on paid sewing commissions, but mostly loved helping her friends and family with their sewing needs.

2000’s: Laney supported her family’s missions in every way. In addition to volunteering at school, there were many music lessons, sports, and family vacations. John & Kate both graduated from Penn State University, where Kirk maintained a career, as Laney helped from behind the scenes. She was so consistent in encouraging them to follow their dreams and their hearts.

2010’s: She enjoyed volunteering at Grace Lutheran Church of State College. As the kids went off to college and beyond, the focus moved toward conscious happiness. With Oprah’s influence, she found the writings of several spiritual teachers and opened herself to mindfulness. She loved listening to other people’s stories and seeing them smile.

2018: The yearning to return to the Rocky Mountains took over. The empty nesters downsized and bought a home in sunny Longmont, Colorado. She never let the diagnosis of her illness control her. She loved to drive, and despite her increasing discomfort, always took the longest shifts behind the steering wheel as they journeyed west. She loved decorating their new home, walking out the front door to lovely mountain views, and playing word jumble for long hours. Her house plants deeply miss her.

Laney was not usually one for large crowds; however, she did love attending the Penn State University’s Dance Marathon (THON). THON’s goal is to conquer childhood cancer. Laney would be honored to have donations made to THON at

The Kreishers extend their sincere thanks to all who respected their privacy throughout Laney’s illness. She did not want a visitation or funeral. The family plans a scattering of her cremains later this year in Colorado. No flowers or gifts to the Kreisher family please. Prayers and kind words are welcomed.
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