Erel Sahm, 92, area volunteer, dies Erel Sahm

By on July 20, 2011

Erel (Keller) Sahm, 92, a lifelong resident of Ephrata, went home to her Lord Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Conestoga View Nursing Home.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Harry and Rachel (Myers) Keller. She was the wife of the late Theodore R. Sahm, who passed away in 1972.

During her working years, Erel worked for L.M. Shaeffer Eggs for 14 years, and continued working with Pennfield Farms another 15 years in the ordering and billing department.

Erel was an active, life member of the Bethany United Church of Christ and Homes Auxiliary. She taught Sunday school and was on the consistory for more than 14 years, spending two of those years as a lead elder. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 406, and an active member of the Women’s Club of Ephrata, serving as treasurer for 12 years.

Erel was also a charter member of the Eicher Arts Center, serving as treasurer from 1984 to 2000. She was an active member of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, chairman of ways and means and programs in recent years, with an interest in preserving the history of Ephrata. She volunteered for the Cloister Associates and Ephrata Public Library. She enjoyed traveling and was an avid bridge player.

She is survived by two daughters: Gail S., wife of J. Nevin Huber, of Lancaster; and Judith S., wife of Dr. Eugene R. Shippen, of Wyomissing; four grandchildren: Christy S., wife of Timothy Ferko; Brent T. Huber; Lois S., wife of Brian Lubitz; and Todd D., husband of Hannah (Valine) Huber; six great-grandchildren; a sister: Arvilla Enck of Lancaster; and brother: Edwin, husband of Carol (Smith) Keller, of Denver, Colo.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by sister: Adelaide Heppel.

Funeral services were held July 20 at Bethany United Church of Christ with the Rev. Robert Bistline officiating. Interment was private at the convenience of the family at Mohler’s Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Erel’s memory may be made to Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522; or Breakthrough Prayer Ministry, P.O. Box 121, Lincoln, VA 20160.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be sent to the family at stradlingfuneralhome.com. More SAHM, page A6

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