Anne Richards

Anne Richards (Sohland)

April 19, 1939 - December 9, 2020
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Anne Elizabeth Richards, nee Sohland, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, died on December 7, 2020. She was 81 years old.

The only child of Leroy and Kathryn Sohland, she was born on April 19, 1939, in Springfield, Pa.

After graduating from Lower Merion High School, she attended Shippensburg University and received her degree in secondary education, specializing in English and speech, in 1960. During her senior year in high school, she met Elton P. Richards, a seminarian assigned to her family church, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Ardmore, Pa. The two married in 1962 and settled in Levittown, Pa., where Mrs. Richards began her teaching career.

With their two sons, they moved in 1968 to Reading, Pa., where Pastor Richards led the congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church for 20 years. The first pastor’s wife in that church’s history to work outside the home, Mrs. Richards taught English at Southern and Governor Mifflin Junior High Schools. After receiving her master’s degree from Kutztown University, she became a guidance counselor at Governor Mifflin and continued in that capacity at Lincoln High School and Central Academy when the couple moved to Des Moines, Ia., in 1989—all while actively engaged in parish life wherever she went, from singing in the choir and ringing in the bell choir to teaching Sunday school and participating in Stephen Ministry, a program of lay leadership, support, and caregiving within the church community. The couple resided briefly in State College, Pa., and then returned to Berks County in retirement.

Mrs. Richards, a bridge player and lover of puzzles and needlework, especially enjoyed summers at Paradise Falls in the Pocono Mountains, surrounded by family and friends. In addition to her loving husband of nearly 60 years, she is survived by sons Elton Russell “Russ” Richards of Wyomissing, Pa., and David Richards (Shannon Barr) of New York, NY; two adoring granddaughters, and numerous nephews and nieces.

In recognition of her career as a teacher and counselor, a designated fund for the education, training, and support of caregivers involved in dementia care will be established in her honor. Contributions may be sent to The Highlands at Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing, Pa., 19610. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home is honored to assist the Richards family in arrangements, and condolences may be expressed at
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    Charles Evans Cemetery
    1119 Centre Avenue
    READING, PA 19601
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Anne (Klepfer) Frick

Posted at 12:01pm
To The Richards Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your loving wife, mother and grandmother. I live in Houston, TX and chose today of all days to attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading virtually, as it brought back warm memories of my childhood, seeing my Grandfather preach with Pastor Elton Richards. I was saddened to hear the news of Anne's passing during the prayers today. Although I did not see your family often, I felt very connected to your family listening to my parents' (Ginger and Bob) stories of your friendship at St. Paul's and Trinity Lutheran, seeing your family from time to time, and reading your beautiful Christmas cards each year. My heart goes out to your family at this time as my recollection of Mrs. Richards was always of a warm, smiling, friendly and faithful servant of God. I am sure that she will be greatly missed by so many. Please know that we are praying for each of you for comfort and peace. Sending hugs and love, Anne (Klepfer) Frick and Family

Pete Gardner

Posted at 05:57am
So sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Richards family. I was an elementary school friend of Russ's in Reading before moving to the Mifflin school district. Although I didn't have Anne as a teacher or counselor, she knew our family and helped my family out by dropping me off at my family's retail store on her way home so I could work a few hours after school. Such a wonderful and caring lady.

Nancy Souders-Negri

Posted at 09:14pm
Each life is a song.
Each will have it’s own special sound,
No two can be the same.
So when someone we love departs,
In memory we find their song plays on
Within the hearts of those they
Leave Behind.
Wishing you nothing but sweet songs.

Renee (Carl) Long

Posted at 07:27pm
So sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. I will always cherish the fun we had together in Trinity’s production of Scrooge. It was the best! Holding your family in my heart and keeping you all in my prayers.

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