Grace Elizabeth Habalar, 91, Shirlee Manufacturing retiree, gifted quilter, ‘Grammy Cookie’

By on November 24, 2015

Grace Elizabeth Habalar, (Grammy Cookie), 91, formerly of Terre Hill, passed away quietly Nov. 21, 2015 at Fairmount Homes, where she resided for the past year.

Born March 22, 1924 in Blue Ball, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Cora Rutter Ziemer. Her husband, the late Robert W. Habalar, passed away in 1965.

Grace worked at the former Shirlee manufacturing in Terre Hill for many years, retiring in 1984. An accomplished quilter, Grace and her sister, Mamie, produced quilts for all family members and sold others at local outlets. She also enjoyed making rugs, gardening, and feeding the birds in her back yard. Grace was a great cook and baker, fondly and lovingly known as “Grammy Cookie” for the thousands of cookies baked at Christmas.

Surviving are sons: Robert W. Jr. and wife Shirley; Barry L. and wife Jo; all of New Holland; three loving grandchildren: Carey Nicole and husband Peter Ruel, Lancaster; Jason Adam and wife Angela (Phillips), Portland, Ore.; and Michael Henry and wife Tushanna (Brennan) of South Williamsport. Grace cherished her great grandchildren: Port Adam, Lee Crotalus, Niko Glenn and Jackson Levi.

Also surviving are sisters: Clara (Mamie) Maxwell, Mount Joy; Mildred Boley, Narvon; brother: Norman Jr. and wife Janet, of East Earl; and sister-in-law: Grace Ziemer, Ephrata; five nieces and six nephews.

She was preceded in death by brother: Lester; niece: Patricia Elmer; and brothers-in-law: George Maxwell and Morris Boley.

A funeral service will be held at Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Main St., Terre Hill, on Friday, Nov. 27, at noon, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Terre Hill Cemetery.

A sincere thank you to the staff at Fairmount Homes and Conestoga Family Practice for the exceptional care Grace received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522; or the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Online condolences may be posted at groffeckenroth.com. Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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