Thelma P. Witmeyer 87, medical office assistant, church choir member

By on February 13, 2013

Thelma P. Witmeyer, 87, formerly of Manheim, died peacefully Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Luther Acres in Lititz.

Born in Manheim, she was the daughter of the late LeRoy J. and Helen M. Rauch Peiffer. Thelma was the loving wife of the late Eugene B. "Gene" Witmeyer, who died in April of 2009.

Thelma worked as a medical office assistant for Dr. William Huss of Lancaster, and Dr. John Kreider of East Petersburg. Following retirement, she helped as an assistant at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church nursery school program in Manheim.

Thelma was a life-long and faithful member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir for over 70 years, was a member of the bell choir, director of the Cherub Choir, and Sunday school teacher. She was a graduate of Manheim High School’s class of 1944. Thelma continued her education at Lancaster General Hospital, where she graduated with a degree in the laboratory technician program. She was a member of the Manheim Lioness Club and the Manheim Historical Society. Her interests included knitting, cross-stitch, music and spending time in Cape May, N.J.

Surviving are three daughters: Connie M., wife of Tim Sheaffer, of Lititz; Cheryl A. Witmeyer, best friend of Kenny Shank, of Manheim; Carole S., wife of Casey Koerner, of Galivants Ferry, S.C.; a grandson: Jason M. Sheaffer; a granddaughter: Jennifer K. Eck; four great-grandchildren: Juliana Sheaffer, Savannah Sheaffer, Benjamin Sheaffer, Adriana Sheaffer; and a brother: Melvin, husband of Alice Peiffer, of Lititz. Preceding her in death are two brothers: Jim and "Bud" Peiffer, and a sister: Bernice Peiffer.

Her funeral will be held at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Feb. 14. Interment will be in Longenecker’s Brethren Cemetery, Lititz.

Those desiring may send contributions in Thelma’s memory to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 2 S. Hazel St., Manheim, PA 17545.

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