Pearl Doremus, 94, Ephrata,long-time nurse, area teacher

By on September 22, 2011

Pearl Esther (Hirneisen) Doremus, aged 94 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 at the Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was married for 67 years to the late H. Clifford Doremus, who died in 2006. Pearl was born in Ephrata to the late Ralph A. and Ida M. (Longenecker) Hirneisen.

Pearl was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata, where she was formerly a member of the choir. She was a 1935 graduate of Ephrata High School, a 1938 graduate of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing as an RN and a 1970 graduate of Millersville State College, with a BS in education. She also earned additional credits at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital, Washington, D.C., and the University of Pennsylvania.

During WW II, Pearl taught Red Cross home nursing classes. She was a private duty and hospital nurse for over 30 years, a school nurse with the Governor Mifflin School District, third grade teacher in the Cocalico School District and retired from the Ephrata School District after teaching elementary special education and fifth grade.

Mrs. Doremus was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, a lifetime member of the Ephrata Rec Center and a lifetime member of the Reading Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.

Pearl enjoyed reading inspirational, religious, mystery and current event books, and in her later years, valued listening to the talking books from the Blind Association.

Mrs. Doremus is survived by a daughter: Martha J., wife of Donald Nissley Jr., of Akron; two sons: Leslie C., husband of Lucille (Myers) Doremus, of Pennsylvania Furnace; and Daniel B., husband of Cathy (Yocum) Doremus, of Lititz; three grandsons; five great-granddaughters; a step-granddaughter; a step-grandson; a sister: Joan M. Adams-Ransom; and a number of nieces and a nephew.

Pearl was preceded in death by a sister: Arlene Beck Wingenroth; and a brother: Donald A. Hirneisen.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 17 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, with the Rev. Henry E. Herbener officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Memorial donations may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund at Holy Trinity at the above address.

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