Kathryn V. Shelly, 90, ‘Mrs. Fire Chief,’ worked at RCA, Lititz COB member, enjoyed camping

By on January 17, 2018

Kathryn V. Shelly, 90, of Manheim, and formerly of Penryn, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Born in Penryn, she was the daughter of the late Cyrus G. and Katie Smith Dohner. Kathryn was the loving wife of Eugene F. “Gene” Shelly, and they observed their 73rd wedding anniversary in December of last year.

For over 35 years Kathryn worked for RCA, which later became General Electric, in Lancaster. She was an active and faithful member of the Lititz Church of the Brethren, and was a member of the Rose of Sharon Sunday school class. Throughout the years, Kathryn was a devoted member of the Penryn Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and volunteered countless hours cooking and serving meals at the fire hall. She was awarded the honorary title of “Mrs. Fire Chief” by the Penryn Fire Company. Kathryn and Gene were also members of the Rambling Roses Camping Club. Her interests included: reading, crocheting, and camping. Kathryn adored her family and had a life-long passion to be involved in and blessed by the life and activities of her children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband: Gene; are two sons: Barry, husband of Sandra Shelly of Manheim; Randal, husband of Romona Shelly of Lititz; a daughter: Kathy, wife Richard Keller of Landisburg; a son-in-law: Daniel Ambler of Manheim; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Preceding her in death is a daughter: Bonnie S. Ambler. Kathryn was the last of 11 children.

Services were held on Jan. 14 in Hoffer Auditorium at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. Interment will be private in Graybill’s Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kathryn’s memory to the Pleasant View Retirement Community Benevolent Care Endowment Fund, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545; or Penryn Fire Company, P. O. Box 163, Penryn, PA 17564.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, assisted Kathryn’s family with the arrangements.

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