Shirley L. Smith, 83, Manheim Foundry secretary, Manheim Historical Society member, sports fan

By on March 22, 2017

Shirley L. Smith, 83, of Manheim, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Born in Elizabethtown, she was the daughter of the late Herman G. Kreiner and Maria Hollinger Kreiner. She was the wife of the late Joseph Smith Jr., who died in 2000.

Retired in 1999, Shirley worked as a secretary at the Manheim Foundry Inc., for 15 years. In her earlier years, she worked at Buckeye Gas in the Manheim office, Manheim Central Junior High School as a para-professional, and part-time as a census taker for the Manheim Central School District.

Shirley was an active and faithful member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Manheim, where she served as a trustee, church treasurer, and Sunday School secretary/treasurer for many years. She was also a member of the Manheim Historical Society and was a Girl Scout assistant leader in the Manheim area. Shirley enjoyed watching a variety of sports, completing word searches, and keeping up with current events. She loved spending time with her family and was proud of all her grandchildren’s accomplishments.

Surviving are three daughters: Diane L., wife of Paul H. Bruckhart Jr., of Manheim; Stephanie A., wife of Francis J. DiCola, of Mount Joy; Vicki L. Smith, companion of Mark Tyler of Manheim; two grandchildren: Timothy Bruckhart and Emily DiCola; a step-grandson: Adam Bruckhart; two great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a brother: Dale H. Kreiner; and two sisters: Faye H. Kreiner and Allegra H. Leininger.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral service at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, on Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. There will be a public viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Penn Township.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may send contributions in Shirley’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603; or Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, assisted Shirley’s family with the arrangements.

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