Grace Marie Hartranft, 92, social director at Parkside Manor, taught Bible study at home

By on August 30, 2017

Grace Marie Hartranft, 92, of Stevens, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Exeter Greens Care and Rehabilitation Center in Reading.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Norman and Elizabeth (Hibshman) Eshleman, and was the wife of the late Stephen M. Hartranft.

Grace had attended Reamstown Church of God. She enjoyed teaching Bible study in her home. Grace worked for the Denver Hat Factory, Akron Shoe Factory, and she was also the social director of Parkside Manor.

Grace is survived by two daughters: Bonnie J. Musser of Stevens; Cathy, wife of Richard Steffy, of Denver; five sons: Stephen Hartranft Jr., husband of Candy (Goshert), of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Paul Hartranft, husband of Christine (Musser), of Ephrata; John Hartranft, husband of Janet (Fox) of Nokomis, Fla.; Philip Hartranft of Stevens; and Joel Hartranft, husband of Doris (Gehman) of Ephrata; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Mary Jane Good of Landis Homes.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers: Melvin, Kenneth, and Arthur Eshleman; and sisters, Miriam Weaver and Pauline Zilkie.

Services were held Aug. 30 at the Reamstown Church of God, Stevens, with Pastor Joel Hainley officiating. Interment was in the Middle Creek Brethren Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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