Emma R. Peifer 86, Raybestos employee, raised chickens

By on September 26, 2012

Emma Ruth Peifer, 86, died at Brethren Village Retirement Community on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

Born in Lancaster and raised in Manheim, she was the daughter of the late Ezra W. and Martha Henny Eichelberger. A homemaker and farmer’s wife, she was married to the late Mervin E. Peifer for 53 years before his death in 2001.

Emma Ruth left Manheim High School during World War II to work at the former Raybestos Asbestos plant in Manheim. She enjoyed raising capon chickens with her family on their Manheim Township farm when her children were in 4-H. Emma Ruth also volunteered at the Manheim Farm Show French fry stand for 25 years. She attended Hempfield Church of the Brethren and was a member of Farm Women #5. For many years, she never missed a Barnstormers game on the radio. Emma Ruth enjoyed a special relationship with her nurses at Brethren Village.

Surviving are three children: Linda M., wife of Allen Esbenshade, of Mount Joy; Susan A., wife of Douglas Glouner, of Lititz; and Michael E. Peifer, husband of Deneise, of Flowery Branch, Ga.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister: Lorraine Riehl, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A memorial service was held Sept. 26 in the Chapel of Brethren Village, Lancaster, with Pastor Mark J. Tedford officiating. Private interment took place in Hempfield Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Brethren Village Retirement Community, Attn: Development Department, P.O. Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606.

To send the family online condolences, visit snyderfuneralhome.com.