Amanda Strous' funeral service scheduled for Saturday
A funeral service for Amanda Strous has been set for Saturday morning.
Strous, 27, a Dallastown Area High School graduate and Shippensburg University graduate, was killed during a fire in her North Carolina apartment Saturday.
Her funeral service is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, according to the Rev. Roger Mentzer, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Dallastown, where Strous' parents are members.
“That’s where she grew up in the faith,” Mentzer said of Aldersgate UMC.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., he said.
The plans for the service are still being worked out, Mentzer said.
The background: Strous was pulled from her burning apartment in the 12000 block of Toscana Way in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte-Mecklenburg about 5:40 p.m. Saturday and rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
Mathew Thomas Benner, 28, was arrested in Nevada on Monday morning in connection to her death, officials have said.
Strous was the daughter of Eric and Crystal Strous, of York Township. Her parents held a candlelight vigil Monday night in her honor, and hundreds of people attended.
Eric Strous told The York Dispatch that his daughter was an active young woman with "a laundry list" of accomplishments in her short life.
"Amanda was a very special person," he said. "She was an incredible athlete, but she also was a great academic individual."
She worked as a counselor at Central Piedmont Community College's Harper campus for about six months, according to college spokeswoman Kathy Scott Rummage, helping students plan their academic paths and helping them succeed.
Shippensburg grad: Strous graduated from Dallastown in 2007.
She graduated from Shippensburg in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in art, then graduated from the university in 2015 with a master's degree in mental-health counseling, according to a news release on the university's website.
Strous played field hockey in high school and at Shippensburg from 2007 to 2010. She was a forward who played in 79 games for the Raiders, scoring 24 goals and making 13 assists for 61 career points, the website states.
As a senior in 2010, a season in which Shippensburg competed in the NCAA Division II National Championship game, Strous served as a team captain and had a career year, totaling 11 goals and five assists, according to the website.
After spending her first year after graduation as an assistant coach at Hamilton College in New York, Strous returned to Shippensburg in the fall of 2012 to begin her three-year run as an assistant field hockey coach while studying for her master's degree. In 2013, she was the primary assistant on the Shippensburg squad that won its first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship, university officials said.
Strous and fiance Cory McCleaf were to marry July 30, according to her loved ones.
One of her friends has started the Amanda Strous Memorial Fund on GoFundMe.com, and money raised will be used for funeral expenses, family counseling and other necessities, according to the page.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the site had raised more than $31,000, donated by more than 500 people.
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