Remembering Sanford A. Alderfer September 25, 1923 - October 24, 2022

Remembering Sanford A. Alderfer September 25, 1923 - October 24, 2022


Sanford A. Alderfer, 99, of Harleysville, PA, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2022.  He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 64 years, Evelyn B. Landis, in 2009. 

Born in Mainland, PA on September 25, 1923, Sanford was one of 8 children raised on the farm by the late Rein A. and Susan A. Alderfer.

Sanford loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest.  His hobbies included golf, bowling, watching the Phillies, playing games, talking to people everywhere he went, spending time at his beloved cabin in Sullivan County, and being with family.  In addition, Sanford was active in his church and community and served on various boards throughout his life. Despite having to drop out of school after 8th grade to work on the family farm, Sanford lived out his lifelong dream of becoming an Auctioneer when he started Sanford A. Alderfer Companies in 1960 where he was actively involved for the remainder of his career.

Sanford is survived by his four children & their spouses, Diane Kropf (Gene), Linda Martin (Vernon), Sandy Alderfer (Gail), and Dwight Alderfer (Bev) plus 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his friend & beloved companion of 11 years, Marge Hendricks, who brought so much joy to Sanford and the entire Alderfer family.

In addition to his parents and wife Evelyn, Sanford was preceded in death by his five brothers, Jacob, Ralph, Allen, Abram & Harold Alderfer and his two sisters, Caroline Alderfer & Naomi Moyer. 

A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groff's Mill Road, Harleysville, Pennsylvania 19438 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, followed by a memorial service at 3:30  pm.

Private burial will take place at Salford Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp, 5389 Rt. 447, Canadensis, PA. 18325, and put in the memo portion "Memory of Sanford Alderfer", or the Hospice Memorial Fund c/o Grand View Hospital, 700 Lawn Ave, Sellersville, PA 18960, or Peter Becker Community. Checks can be made out to “Peter Becker Community,” and please write “CNA Scholarship Fund” in the memo portion and mailed to 800 Maple Avenue, Harleysville, PA  19438.

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