M. Charlene Musser, real estate, firm owner James Risser, Chrysler dealership owner, vet M. Charlene Musser James H. RisserEphrata loses two business leaders

By on October 26, 2011

M. Charlene Musser, 80, of Seminole, Fla., formerly of Ephrata, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 at Barrington Terrace of Largo, Fla.

She was born in New Holland to the late Charles C. and Elizabeth (Williams) Kochel and was the wife of Robert E. Musser for 58 years.

Charlene graduated from Ephrata High School in 1949. Over the years she worked for the Borough of Ephrata, Fleet-Air Shoes and Fasnacht Brokers. She was also broker-owner of Century 21 Musser-Ochs Realtor. She campaigned for Harry Gring and Noah Wenger in their re-election bids and was involved with the Women’s Republican Summer Party of Lancaster County as co-chairman and chairman. She was Lancaster County jury commissioner from 1978 to 1982. In April of 1996 Charlene, in conjunction with Soroptimist International of St. Petersburg, Fla., was instrumental in establishing a Personal Hygiene Pantry for women infected with HIV/AIDS.

In addition to her husband, Charlene is survived by a son: Robert Jr., husband of Lori, and grand-daughter: Maia, all of Davie, Fla.; sisters: Betty, wife of Claude Sweigart, of Lititz; Carolyn, wife of John Gerhart, of Yuma, Ariz.; and Beverly, wife of Lester Marsh, of Sciota; and a brother: Glenn, husband of Barbara Kochel, of Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Leroy, Victor and Charles Kochel; and sister: Jane Sweigart.

Charlene was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ephrata and of the Anona United Methodist Church, Largo, Fla. A life celebration will be held at the Anona Chapel of Prayer, 13233 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, Fla., on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Charlene’s memory to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760 or at thehospicefoundation.org. James H. Risser, 80, of Ephrata, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Ephrata Community Hospital.

Born in Lancaster, a son of the late Peter M. and Susanna (Hershey) Risser, he was the husband of Nancy (Bishop) Risser for 54 years.

Jim was a graduate of Warwick High School and Lancaster Business School. He served with the Air Force in the Korean War. Retiring in 1988, he owned and operated the Benny Bishop Chrysler Dealership, Ephrata, for 30 years. Jim was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ; Ephrata Lodge #665 F&AM; Rajah Temple; 50-year member of Lancaster County Shrine Club and Ephrata Rotary Club and was an avid golfer and sports fanatic.

Also surviving is a daughter: Ann Elizabeth, wife of Brian Vaughan Beal, of Collegeville; grandchildren: Shawn Nolan, Erin Alexandra and Delaney Katherine Beal, all of whom he cherished; and sisters: Ruth Wimble, of West Chester; and Harriet, wife of Wayne Keene, of Millersville.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. from Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, with Rev. Stephen Ericson officiating. Private inurnment with military honors will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Rather than flowers, contributions may be made to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to be serving the Risser Family. For more information, visit goodfuneral.com. More MUSSER, page A5

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