Henry Miller Libhart 86, Moravian Manor resident, artist

By on December 12, 2012

Henry Miller Libhart, 86, of Moravian Manor, Lititz, formerly a resident of Marietta for most of his life, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at his residence.

Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Lewis R. and Mary Reisinger Libhart. He was married for 53 years to the late Genevieve M. Douglas Libhart who died in 2004.

Henry was a graduate of the former Marietta High School, Franklin and Marshall College with a bachelors degree in English and Penn State University with masters in English. He was a high school English teacher at Solanco and Elizabethtown School Districts and Lancaster Country Day School. Henry went on to be a professor at Millersville State University and Elizabethtown College where he was the Art Department Chairman.

Henry was a regionally well-known artist, noted primarily for his still life paintings (Trompe L’Oeil) in oil and watercolor. His favored media were oil, watercolor, pencil and dry point etching. He was also known as a lecturer on arts and antiques. Henry had exhibits at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster Public Library, Elizabethtown College, Lebanon Valley College, Demuth Gallery and Lancaster Museum of Art. He was a member of Marietta Restoration Associates. He was noted for his wit and humor amongst his friends. Henry was an avid gardener most of his life, specializing in the propagation of English boxwood. He and his wife maintained a beautiful English-style garden at their home just outside of Marietta. Henry shared a love for antiques with his wife and they had an extensive collection of early American and English furniture.

Henry is survived by two brothers: Lewis R. Libhart, Lexington, S.C., Byron Libhart, Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Gerald A. Libhart.

Private graveside services were held at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, Columbia. Please omit flowers. Memorials may be sent to Humane League of Lancaster Co., 2195 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster, PA 17602 in Henry’s memory.

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Smedley Funeral Home, Marietta, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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