Clare Joseph Flasher, 75, vet, CVS pharmacist, dies

By on February 27, 2013

Clare Joseph "Joe" Flasher, 75, formerly of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. He was the husband of Connie L. (Ritchey) Flasher and son of the late Clare C. and Kathryn (Wheeler) Flasher. His first wife, the late Cheryl L. Flasher, passed away in 1995.

Joe was born in East Pittsburgh. He received his degree as a pharmacist from Duquesne University and was also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

For 21 years, he worked as the pharmacist in the Downtown Ephrata CVS. Joe was formerly employed at the Peoples Drug Store in Lancaster and Kittanning Hospital Pharmacy in Kittanning. He was also active in the Lancaster County and National Pharmaceutical Associations.

A member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Ephrata, Joe served as a Eucharistic Minister, was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, and member of Father Daley Council 4191 Knights of Columbus.

In Ephrata, Joe was also a member of the AMVETS Post 136, Cloister Post 429 American Legion, and a tour guide at the Ephrata Cloister.

In addition to his wife Connie, Joe is survived by his children: Michelle M. Nied of Pittsburgh; Annette K., wife of Jason L. Stevens of Ephrata; Kelly A. Wilson of Oil City; and Joseph C. Flasher of Washington D.C.; step-children: Christopher T. Papademetrios of Allentown; and Heather, wife of Jay Hertzog of Etters; 13 grandchildren; and one sister: Patricia, wife of Admiral Donald Guter, USN Ret., of Houson, Texas.

Joe was preceded in death by a sister: Joan Cook.

Friends will be received at Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals, 100 W. Main St., Ephrata from 9 to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at OMPH Church, 320 Church Ave., Ephrata. Final commendation and farewell will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Joe’s memory to ORCA, 401 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

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