Rhea Eshelman, school library aide, homemaker

By on June 13, 2012

Rhea A. Eshelman, 90, of Ephrata, formerly of New Holland, died Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Ephrata Manor after a lengthy illness.

Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Susan J. (Mast) Keffer. Her husband, Arthur G. Eshelman, died Oct. 8, 2009.

Rhea was a homemaker most of her life but later retired from the Eastern Lancaster County Alternative School as a library aide.

She was a member of St. John’s Center United Church of Christ where she had been active in the woman’s guild and library. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and feeding the birds.

Surviving are two daughters: Kathy, married to Harvey Fawber of Lancaster, and Ilene, married to Terry Sangrey of Paradise; a son, Jed Eshelman of Ephrata; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister: Betty, wife of Lloyd Dotterer, of Reading.

Preceding her in death are two brothers: Karl and Leon Keffer; and a sister: Catherine Kachel.

The family wishes to extend their great appreciation to the staff at Ephrata Manor and AseraCare Hospice for the loving care of their mother.

Funeral services were held on June 12 at St. John’s Center United Church of Christ (UCC), East Earl, with the Rev. Bradley Haws officiating. Interment took place in the Center Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s Center UCC, 432 Reading Road, East Earl, PA 17519 or to Ephrata Manor Activity Fund, 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send the family online condolences, visit beckfuneral.com. Arrangements were made by Beck Funeral Home, New Holland.

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