Pauline Ibach, restaurant co-owner, ECH volunteer

By on October 5, 2011

Pauline E. Ibach, 93, of Lancaster, went to be with her Lord Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at Manor Care in Lancaster after a long illness with congestive heart failure.

She was born in Angelica near Reading on June 16, 1918 to Owen O. and Susan E. (Kohl) Bixler. She was the last surviving child of seven brothers and seven sisters.

In her late teens and early 20s she was employed as a "full-fashion topper" at The Nolde & Horst Company hosiery mill located in Reading. Then in her late 20s she became a full-time homemaker while raising her children. From 1961 to 1971 she was co-owner of the former Ibach’s Restaurant located in Shillington with her late husband Ammon "Pete" W. Ibach, which was a renowned establishment for steaks and seafood that had a multi-state clientele. Because of her life-long joy of cooking, Pauline and Pete prepared homemade soups and seafood items on the menu and they were particularly known for their crab cakes. She then worked part time for over 20 years as an in-home caregiver to convalescent adults while living in Shillington and as a volunteer at Ephrata Community Hospital (ECH) while living in Ephrata before retiring. She was a member of the Berks County Restaurant Association, the Golden Years Club at the Ephrata Recreation Center and Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denver. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, dancing and being with friends and family.

Pauline is survived by her daughter: Geraldine Rhine, of Tulsa, Okla.; grandson: Eric Rhine; two great-grandchildren; and her son: John P., husband of Lisa A. (Douglas) Horst, of Lancaster; two grandsons: John F., husband of Alison (Chippie) Horst; great-granddaughter: Lorelie E.; and great-grandson: Ahren J., of Harleysville; Jeremy M. Horst, in the Navy stationed in Seattle, Wash.; and a granddaughter: Brianna K. Horst, in the Navy stationed in Naples, Italy.

Services were held at Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Shillington, on Sept. 30 with Pastor Paul Smeltz officiating. Pauline was interred at the Allegheny Union Cemetery with her late husband.

Contributions can be made to Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 South Muddy Creek Road, Denver, PA 17517 or by calling 336-2770.

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