Myrtle (Rettew) Shreiner, Dairy Queen manager, Fraktur artist, dies at 93

By on March 6, 2013

Myrtle (Rettew) Shreiner, 93, formerly of Ephrata, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.

She was born Sept. 5, 1919, in Ephrata, a daughter of the late William and Katie (Beam) Rettew. On March 4, 1939 she was married to Lester S. Shreiner, who preceded her in death on June 5, 1974.

Myrtle was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata.

Myrtle was the face of the Ephrata Dairy Queen for 18 years as she and Lester managed the business.

She was an avid crafter pursuing knitting, crocheting and other needlecraft. She is best known as a local Fraktur artist and a juried member of PA Designers Guild of Craftsmen. Her Fraktur and Scheerenschnitte works were sold throughout the country and abroad.

She was also a member of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley.

Myrtle is survived by one sister: Josephine Rutt of Ephrata; two daughters: Joanna, wife of Frank Pierce, of Herndon; and Merle D., wife of Robert Bachmann, Rockledge, Fla.; one son: Leslie D., husband of Connie, of Joplin, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Wilson, Clarence and Eugene Rettew; one sister: Miriam Martin; and one granddaughter: Jeanne S., wife of Stephon Ginter.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Memory Gardens, East Cocalico Township.

The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.

Services are under the care of Paul L. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata.

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