Charlotte M. Bires, 85, worked at Rettew’s Store, her life revolved around caring for others

By on April 6, 2016

Charlotte M. Bires, 85, of Manheim, passed away peacefully at home Monday, March 28, 2016.

Born in Manheim, she was the daughter of the late Francis Wesley and Olive Smith Hoffer. She was married 56 years to Richard R. “Dick” Bires who died in May 2006.

She worked as a sales clerk, retiring from the former Rettew’s Department Store, Manheim. Charlotte was a generous and devoted care giver; her life revolved around caring for others. She enjoyed attending all of her grandchildren’s sporting events at both Manheim Central and Manheim Township schools. A member of Salem United Methodist Church, Manheim, she was active in the United Methodist Women’s Group. She also enjoyed walking and was a New York Yankees fan.

Surviving are two sons: Terry L., husband of Jonita Dutt Bires of Manheim; and Larry D. Bires, fiancé of Kim Wissler of Lancaster; four grandchildren: Corey, husband of Anna Bires; Casey, husband of Bobbi Bires; Emily, wife of Garrett Betancourt; and Keith, husband of Samantha Bires; two great-grandchildren: Savannah and Mason Bires; a sister: Joyce Hoffer, wife of John Schatz, of Manheim; a brother: F. Kenneth, husband of Cindy Hoffer, of East Earl; and one niece and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Doris Hoffer.

Services were held April 2 at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. Interment was in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Penn Township.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Charlotte’s memory to Salem United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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