William A. Sheaffer 91, WWII veteran, teacher, editor

By on September 12, 2012

William A. "Bill" Sheaffer, 91, of New Holland, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 at Moravian Manor in Lititz.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy (Mentzer) Sheaffer. Born in Lebanon, he was the son of the late William R. and Anna (Pasko) Sheaffer.

After graduating from West Chester State Teachers College, Bill served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in the field artillery during World War II in the Philippines. Following his Army service, he taught English and social studies for two years in the Lebanon area before beginning a 35-year career with Sperry New Holland as publications editor. When he retired in 1984, he returned to teaching, working for nearly a decade as a substitute in the Garden Spot School District.

Throughout his long working life and in retirement, Bill loved words, language and good writing. He read widely and was a natural storyteller, always ready with an anecdote or bit of good humor. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: William K., wife of Lynne Sheaffer, of Ephrata; David F., husband of Helen Sheaffer, of Lititz; and Joanne Sheaffer, wife of Jeff Steinbrink, of Lancaster; two grandsons: Matthew and Christopher; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son: Stephen K. Sheaffer; and a brother: Richard Sheaffer.

A mass of Christian burial was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 150 Water St., New Holland, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. Interment took place in St. Stephen U.C.C. Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences and remembrances may be posted on groffeckenroth.com.

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