Shirley R. Eitnier Kochel, 87, Ephrata grad, waitress, worked at Bollman Hat, Shopping News

By on August 22, 2018

Shirley R. Eitnier Kochel, 87, of Ephrata passed away at The Gardens at Stevens on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

She was born in Lititz to the late Valentine Eitnier and the late Barbara Williams Eitnier. She was also predeceased by a brother: Richard Eitnier.

Shirley graduated from Ephrata High School Class of 1949, where she was a cheerleader. Her earlier years were spent waitressing at several local restaurants. She later worked for Bollman Hat Company from which she retired. After retiring, Shirley worked part time at the Shopping News in the mailroom until 2017 when her health started to decline.

She is survived by three children: David Kochel, companion of Terri Young, Ephrata; Diane Whitekettle, companion of Colby Acla, Ephrata.; Donald Kochel, companion of Krista, Denver; six grandchildren: Joshua Kochel, husband of Crystal Hoang Kochel; Allison Kochel; Scott Whitekettle; Kristy Whitekettle; Stacy Reed, wife of Tim Reed; and Stephanie Kochel. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Morrison Kochel, Bowie Kochel, Jocelynn Vigo, Maximus Vigo, Jonathan Syp, and Liam Reed. She also loved her fur babies: Rosebud and Buttercup.

Services were held Aug. 17 at Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, officiated by Chaplain Don Kinnier. Interment followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

The family would like to thank The Gardens at Stevens, Caring Hospice, and Hospice and Community Care for the care they gave to Shirley.

To leave condolences, visit gravenorhomeforfunerals.com. Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, had charge of the arrangements.

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