Anna Mae Ressler, area Republican leader, dies

By on February 8, 2012

Anna M. ResslerAnna M. Ressler

Anna Mae Ressler, 79, of Ephrata, joyously met her savior Wednesday, February 1, 2012.

Daughter of the late Grube and Anna Zimmerman Ressler, Anna was born in West Earl Township. The family later moved to Manheim Township, where she attended Manheim Township schools.

After earning a certificate in interior decorating from Penn State, Wyomissing Campus, she was self-employed since 1958 as a dress and drapery maker. Active in the Evangelical Congregational Church since 1961, she served as Sunday school teacher, steward, vice president of the official board, lay delegate for 15 years, youth leader, choir member, soloist, worship leader and librarian. Anna was also an avid student of the Bible. As a 17-year lay witness missioner, she traveled to nine Eastern states in addition to Germany, Scotland and New Zealand. Anna was a poet and songwriter. She sang alto in the gospel trio known as Loving-kindness and later as Day-star. Four of her songs were recorded on the Loving-kindness album, "Accepted." Day-star won first prize in the gospel trio division of an international talent contest by the Music City Song Festival in Nashville, Tenn. A longtime member of the Ephrata Republican Committee, she served as vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. She was also a member of the Ephrata Women’s Club and Lancaster County Action.

Anna frequently wrote letters to the editor. A final letter will be read at her funeral.

Surviving are brothers: Harold, husband of Helen Sensenig, of Ephrata; Melvin, husband of Lettie Hostetter, of Lititz; Elvin, husband of Jeanne Pawling, of Ephrata; plus many nephews and nieces.

Anna was preceded in death by her brothers: John, husband of Kathryn Remick; Martin, husband of Alma Martin; Paul, who died in infancy; Elmer, husband of the late Anna Mary Lehman; and Clarence, husband of Pat Hess.

Life celebration services were held at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, Akron, on Feb. 5. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Services are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home for Funerals Inc., Ephrata. To offer condolences, visit More RESSLER, page A15

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