Joann Schlegel, worked at Doneckers, Dutchmaid, Ephrata Lioness member

By on October 30, 2013

Joann L. Schlegel, 79, formerly of Ephrata, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Denver Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Stevens, following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.

Born in Adamstown, a daughter of the late Pierce and Ada (Hoshour) Lesher, her husband Clifford N. Schlegel died Dec. 1, 2003. Joann was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ and worked for Dutchmaid, Inc. and Doneckers, Ephrata. She was a former member of the Ephrata Lioness Club, enjoyed cross stitch, playing pinochle and bingo.

Surviving is a daughter: Debra F. Schlegel, Royersford; sons: Robin L. (Michelle Olein) Schlegel, Lititz and Nevin L. (Carla Garman) Schlegel, Denver; "adopted daughters:" Maureen Gallagher, Royersford and Terri Doyle, Schwenksville; grandchildren: Brinton (Rachel) Schlegel, Felicia (Cord) Earhart, Jillane (Jon) Mable, Heidi Schlegel and Nathan Schlegel; a sister: Mary Ann Fritz, Denver and brothers: Charles (Betty) Lesher, Denver and Pierce (Ethel) Lesher, Adamstown. She was predeceased by brothers: Walter, Fred and Samuel Lesher and Chester Witman.

Funeral services were held Oct. 28 from Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, with her pastor, The Rev. William J. LaSalle, officiating. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery, Ephrata Township.

Rather than flowers, remember Joann with contributions to Bethany U.C.C., 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522; Hospice & Community Care, Box 1425, Lancaster, PA 17604 or the nursing home. For online condolences, visit

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