Kathleen Mallinson

Kathleen Mallinson, 60, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 18. She was the loving wife of Roy Mallinson, who preceded her in death in 1998. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Dennis and Virginia Shelley and sister to David and Denise. She loved her family and friends who brought her such joy. The emotional rock in her family, she gave freely of herself out of her abundant love. Quality time with loved ones defined her most joyous times.

Kathy was a senior administrative assistant at Armstrong World Industries, where she worked for over 40 years. She also served as the bookkeeper at J. Peters Construction. A wiz at computers, she loved to share her knowledge with those who wanted to learn and others who simply needed her help.

Serving and attending services at LCBC Manheim were at the core of her spiritual growth. Kathy had a challenging life. Loss, pain, and difficulty were present throughout, and she clung to the Lord in times of difficulty. She was an inspiration to those who knew her, demonstrating resilience and determination to persevere in times of difficulty.  With a kind and gentle spirit, she chose love.

Surviving are her son Daniel Mallinson, stepson Timothy Mallinson, grandson Peter, and brother David. In addition to her parents and husband, her sister Denise preceded Kathleen in death.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral service at the Church of God of Landisville on Friday February 24 at 2pm. Internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her honor to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

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  • To the family of Ms Kathleen Mallinson, first please accept our deepest condolences. While visiting my husbands Mother on the night before her birthday at the Millersville Mennonite cemetery we wanted to let the family know on that faithful evening we stood with Kathleen so she was not alone until the authorities arrived. If anyone from the family would like to contact us ,please do. (717) 295-2646 Patrick & Cindy Brown.

  • Words cannot express my deep sorrow at Kathy’s passing. While attending the celebration of life of Kathy’s yesterday everyone could see what an impact she had on many people’s lives through the years. I knew Kathy since 10th grade and we hung around together through our high school years. We went our separate ways through marriage and life circumstances, exchanging Christmas cards and a phone call hear and there but whenever we did connect it was like picking up where we left off. May you keep those many great memories of times together to help you through the tough times in the days ahead. She thought so highly of you all. She never failed to talk of you and your wife, Dan, and of course Peter. Tim, she always talked about your great relationship and how she enjoyed your conversations. She enjoyed spending time with all of you. She will be missed.

  • Kathy was one of a few Special People I have met during my life. I met Kathy in 1999 when I transferred from the Armstrong Lancaster Floor Plant to Floor Products Logistics at the Columbia Avenue Campus. Entering the Logistical World after 31 Years at the Plant Level was not
    an easy experience. This is when I first experienced Kathy’s expertise in the tools of corporate America became apparent and her willingness to teach a novice to navigate the many systems, reports and protocols in this
    very new impersonal world I had entered. Despite a heavy burden of her position, she would check on me regularly, amd helped guide me through my early days at the Campus. Over the next few years I was confronted with many challenges that alone I would not have been able to endure, Kathy would guide me through many of these or point out another person who could aide me in learning how to improve. Kathy had a knack of knowing the right time to check in with me over the years, not only providing procedural help but also providing encouragement and confidence to achieve excellence. I went on to continue to grow in many roles within Logistics, Marketing and Samples Manufacturing thanks to Kath’s Guidance, Encouragement and Friendship. Kathy was genuine and made everyone feel that they mattered I would not have made it the next 13 years to retirement without Kathy’s influence on my career.

  • You will be so missed, Kathy. I thank you for all you’ve done for me and how much you helped me at work. You had a delicate voice and a sincere laugh. Rest In Peace. ?

  • Lisa and I were also sadden to hear of Kathy’s home-going. She had such a pleasant personality. We only knew her as a tax client and investor, but we are sure what Gerry has written is true and she will leave a void.
    Our sympathies go out to her family. So sad, but thank God, because of Jesus, she is in a much better place.

  • Kathy was an inspiration, a wonderful friend, and a great co-worker and mentor. She will be missed so much and I feel privileged to have known her, learned from her, and shared with her. My deepest sympathies.

  • I was truly sadden to learn of Kathy’s death. About a year before I retired from Armstrong, I was working on a complicated project that needed an expert in Excel. I was introduced to Kathy. When I read in her obituary, “She gave freely of herself out of the abundance of her love,” I thought that really describes the Kathy I knew. When I would encounter a snag with a formula or macro. I would call or email her and she was there to help me. Always with a smile and very gracious and kind. It didn’t matter if I did something stupid, like forget a comma in the macro, she never made you feel that way. The end result off the project was such a success I nominated Kathy for a quick hit award. Although, our paths only crossed briefly she left a huge impact on life. I can’t imagine the hole, she has left in your heart. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  • I had a project I was working on GBS that needed an expert in Excel. I was directed to Kathy who worked in another department. Kathy worked with me on the project for the better part of a year. Whenever I would hit a snag Kathy immediately came to my rescue and helped me to figure out what I did wrong. She was always greacious and kind and never made me feel like I did something stupid. I was truly sadden when I learned of her death and cannot imagine the hole left in your hearts without her. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you. Kathy will truly be missed.

  • Kathy and I crossed paths at Armstrong. Even with the little interaction we had, I always enjoyed a conversation with her. She was so helpful and always left me with a smile. So sad to hear of her passing. Sending my deepest sympathy to you, her family. Wishing you peace and strength in your memories.

  • Dan and family,
    I just discovered the obituary of your mother. Kathy and I worked together at Armstrong for years, and we always talked about scouting, and the progress of both you, and my sons in scouts. I am totally shocked and saddened. I feel badly that I won’t be able to attend her services on Friday, as I will be at the Lebanon VA hospital for a couple appointments, and I’m sure I won’t be able to get back home in time. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family during this time of loss. Bob Kilp

  • I had the pleasure of working with Kathy over the last two years. She was always so helpful and certainly helped me out tremendously many times. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family.

  • Dan, we were truly sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time. May God provide you with comfort and strength in the days ahead.

  • Dan and family,
    Please accept our condolences on the unexpected loss of your mom. When Barry and I would run into her at Stauffer’s, her eyes would light up as she talked about you, your marriage, and of course, the grandson. She will be missed by many.

  • I met Kathy on day one of her employment at Armstrong. I taught her the first position she held there. Or friendship continued. I will miss her very much. She always had a smile and sense of humor. Sending condolences to her family. Many prayers also, for all those who Kathy touched in her life and with whom she blessed while doing so. She will be missed.

  • I met Kathy one time but she made a lasting impression on me. She was bright, witty, and extremely helpful. We met when she offered to help my employer, Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning, with a computer issue and we immediately “clicked.” I wish her family peace and I pray she is now reunited with the husband I know she missed terribly.

  • We are so saddened and shocked when we heard of Kathy’s passing. Kathy was such a great prayer warrior for me when I was going through my breast cancer journey 7 years ago. She and I shared our love for Christ and the peace and comfort of knowing He was our Savior and held us in the palm of His Hands! She also adored my husband, Stan, the Building Tech in 402 Building where the three of us worked together. She also helped me and the team I managed with training with software and computer needs! She was a wiz for sure! She bought me a beautiful gift with scripture that I read everyday! I’m so honored to have a piece of her with me everyday for the rest of my life!

    Rest In Peace and Comfort Dear Friend in God’s Loving Arms Alongside your Husband you missed so dearly!


    Wendy and Stan Roeser

  • Dan, my wife and I are so saddened of the unexpected passing of your mother. She was such a good friend to talk to about the Lord and as she shared her faith. She loved to talk about you and your family. She always lite up with that big smile of hers when she talked about her grandson! She truly gave of her self at work and outside of work. She even reached out to my sister (who she did not even know) when she lost her husband about 1.5 years ago. She will be missed and our prayers will be with you and her love ones that are left behind, and during this difficult time, and times ahead.

  • Dear Dan:

    We just wanted to offer our condolences on the sudden death of your mother. We read her obituary. She seemed like such a wonderful, kind woman. Sending you our love and peace to you at this time-
    Sincerely- The Camp Chimaqua staff- Sonya Hershey-Velasco and Diane Kulas

  • How do you say goodbye to Kathy? What words would bring comfort to her dear family? How do we live with what seems to be a cavern left in our world?
    Kathy was a gentle, quiet soul. But I could never figure out how such a quiet person could know so many people. Her eyes twinkled when she smiled and I will miss her melodious voice. Her friendship was a rare combination of comfort, good sense, and a vault to keep your hopes and fears safe. She exemplified love and loyalty that nearly two decades had not faded for her husband Roy. Despite our friendship, rich conversations and laughter, there was always an undercurrent of sadness Kathy carried in her heart because Roy was her best friend and we all knew it.
    I hope Daniel, David, Tim, Becca and Peter and her countless friends will be comforted in the fact that because of Kathy, many of us are better people. As a follower of Jesus, He promised her eternal life.
    I am comforted that when I leave this world, we resume our walks. And as usual, she’ll produce some chocolate from her pocket to share.

  • Our love, condolences and prayers go out to you Daniel, Dave and your families during this difficult time. May God give you His Peace as only He can give. Draw your strength when there seems to be little strength, from Him, just as Kathy did. She will always live in your heart – remember the good memories with her. We love you and will be praying. Hugs.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Kathy was always willing to help anyone that needed any sort of help. She is missed dearly already. I am very sure she will continue to help those in need from up above. She will forever remain a light in your hearts. Those memories will help guide you through these first few days, weeks, and months ahead. Thoughts and prayers for your family and friends during this difficult time, Bonnie

  • Dan, I am so very sorry and saddened at the passing of your mother. You were both so dedicated and compassionate in your willingness to volunteer at Hospice & Community Care. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Kathy,
    May you be surrounded with the grace of God and with your loved ones. I know you will be your son and grandson’s guiding light from above. You were always my “go to” when I needed help with various software issues. Your kind and warm heart with stay with me always. We will miss you at our monthly dinners and will celebrate your life at our next dinner. Until we meet again may peace be in your heart.

    My prayers to your family, Patsy

  • I only knew Kathy for a few years. We met when I moved into her building at work. We enjoyed sharing pictures of our grandsons. Kathy always took the time to share in my joy and I am happy to have shared in hers. Kathy was a kind and loving person and I am so fortunate to have known her.
    I am very sorry for your loss, Suzanne

  • Kathy was a good and faithful friend, I will miss her dearly.

    My condolences to her family, I can only imagine the pain of your loss.

    God Bless.

  • Kathy , you were always there when I needed guidance, my “instigator’ at work 😉 , we shared many laughs, tears , smiles, meals . Over the past 15 years of our friendship , you were always one of the older sisters I never had . I know you are home and at peace. Shine your light over Peter as he grows . I will miss you my dear friend. A special place will reside in my heart for you filled with all of our fun times together .
    Daniel and Tim , I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a special person and loved by many . May you look to God for support and guidance through your grief . With love and peace , Christy

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