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Funeral plans, memorial fund for Amanda Strous

Written by Teresa Boeckel/The York Daily Record | Jun 23, 2016 8:28 AM

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A scholarship has been started in Strous' memory

(Dallastown) -- A funeral is being planned for Saturday for Amanda Strous, the all-star field hockey player and bride-to-be who was murdered last weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

A celebration of Amanda's life will be held at 11 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, said John Katora, funeral director with Life Tributes By Olewiler & Heffner Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Inc.

Before the service, a public visitation will be held from 9  to 11 a.m.

Aldersgate was Strous' home church where she grew up in the faith, said the Rev. Roger Mentzer of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Dallastown.

An Amanda Strous Memorial Scholarship has been started. It will be under the care of the Dallastown Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Those who wish to make memorial contributions for the scholarship can send them to 700 New School Lane, Dallastown, Pa. 17313.

Friends of the family generated the idea for the scholarship, said Cathy Mentzer, who is on the board of the committee. She also is the wife of the pastor.

"There's so many people who want to do something," she said.

Strous, 27, was found in her apartment when firefighters responded to a fire callthere on June 18. Police have said the fire was intentionally set. Mathew Benner, who lived in the same apartment complex, was arrested in Nevada, and the sheriff's office said he confessed to the killing.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Monday night on the streets in front of her parents' home in York Township to remember the young woman, who they said was beautiful, intelligent and passionate. Friends continue to share their memories of her.

Katie Drudy of York Township said she aspired to be like Strous as a field hockey player in the Dallastown Area School District.  Strous, who graduated from Dallastown high school in 2007, was older and helped to coach her, Drudy said.

She kept in contact with Strous while in college and would see her at spring tournaments.

"She was awesome," Drudy said.

Her family is one to speak volumes of, Drudy said.

"You wonder why a family like that has to go through something like this," she said.

Amanda Strous and her fiance, Cory McCleaf, were planning to marry on July 30.

Her father, Eric Strous, told People magazine that Amanda was writing thank-you notes for her bridal shower on the day she was murdered. The couple had met in college and got engaged last summer.

In the future, she hoped to run her own private practice and have three children, Eric Strous said in the report. She wanted to live into her nineties.

This story is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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