Esther B. Gingrich, 88, homemaker, farmer’s wife, hosted Fresh Air kids, enjoyed hymn sings

By on January 11, 2017

Esther B. Gingrich, 88, formerly of Mount Joy and Manheim, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at the United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

Born in Lancaster County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Jennie Barnes Flory. She was the wife of the late William Henry Gingrich, who died in 2004; and her first husband, the late Harold O. Shearer, who died in 1971.

A homemaker, Esther also worked in her earlier years for Richard M. Heagy Meats, East Petersburg; and she was a farmer’s wife. She was a member of Risser’s Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown where she was involved with the sewing circle. Esther also attended Chiques Church of the Brethren. She volunteered at the Mount Joy Gift and Thrift, and she hosted Fresh Air children. Esther enjoyed hymn sings and listening to gospel music. Her passion in life was her family and helping others. She enjoyed planting and flower gardening, raising saffron, and putting puzzles together.

Surviving are seven children: Marlin Eugene, husband of Ruth Ann Shearer, of Elizabethtown; Mary Ellen, wife of Russell Adamire Jr., of Mifflintown; Esther Arleen, wife of Anthony Haldeman, of Manheim; Suzanne Louise, wife of Gerald Wolfe, of Lititz; Betty Jane Shearer, companion of Nan Frankl, of Reading; Sally Mae, wife of Brian McCauley, of Manheim; and Glenn Harold Shearer of Mount Joy; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three stepchildren: Anna Mary, wife of Samuel L. Glick, of Quarryville; Nancy Gingrich, wife of Robert M. Shenk, of Lancaster; Doris J., wife of Galen Hackman, of Akron; and numerous step-grandchildren; and step-great-grandchildren; one brother: John H. Flory of Middletown; and two sisters: E. Jane Smith of Mount Joy and Fannie Mummau of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by a grandson: Matthew H. Haldeman; two sisters: Anna Mae Forwood, Ruth Myers; and two brothers: Joseph C. and Benjamin Flory.

Services were held Jan. 7 at Rissers Mennonite Church, Elizabethtown. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Those desiring may send contributions in Esther’s memory to Rissers Mennonite Church, c/o: Sewing Circle, 8360 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

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

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