Esther I. Weidler, 90, worked at Wilbur Chocolate, competitive dancer, joker, enjoyed singing hymns

By on March 1, 2017

Esther I. Weidler, 90, a former longtime Lititz resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Fairmount Homes Retirement Community, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Roy E. Weidler, who passed away Sept. 2, 2015. Born in Lititz, she was the daughter of the late Jacob U. and Edna M. (Young) Ditzler.

Prior to becoming a grandmother, Esther worked for several years at both the Hubley Toy Co. and Wilbur Chocolate. As a woman of God, she loved Jesus and enjoyed singing hymns. One of her favorites was “The Old Rugged Cross.” She was a member of Dove Westgate Church.

Esther adored her husband and the 70 years they spend together. In their younger years they danced in competitions and sang in a church choir. In their later years, they were still known to take up the dance floor to do The Twist.

Esther loved her family and cherished spending time with them. She enjoyed taking her family hiking, to parks, swimming, petting zoos, out for ice cream, and summer vacations to White Crystal Beach and Ocean City Md. She also enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, painting ceramics, reading the Bible, making kids smile, and most recently coloring.

Esther was known to be a jokester, making others laugh with her great sense of humor. Being a very special lady, with open arms and a big heart, she touched the lives of many and is loved dearly.

Surviving Esther are her four children: Roy L. Weidler, husband of Linda, of Potter County; Nevin E. Weidler, husband of Lori; Brenda K. Mateyak, wife of Stephen; and Tina M. Weidler; all of Ephrata; five grandchildren: Shay Salat, Toby Sellers, Tanya Perry, Denise Calhoun, and Daryl Calhoun; six great-grandchildren: Alyssa, Javin, and Faith Perry; Madison Calhoun; and Tara and Kayla Long. She is also survived by her brother: Irvin Ditzler of East Petersburg.

She was preceded in death by 10 siblings.

Services were held Feb. 18 at Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, with Pastor Scott Greiner officiating. Interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 4219 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

To send an online condolence, visit Spacht-Snyder Funeral Home, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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