Sheaffers married 50 years

By on August 29, 2018


Bill and Lynne Sheaffer, of Ephrata, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10.

As fate would have it, they met at a dance at the old Ephrata Rec Center on Cloister Avenue in July of 1964. They were married by the Rev. Gerard Kuhn on a sultry August day in 1968 at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata, where they continue to be members.

The former Lynn Frances Hacker, daughter of the late Harold. R. and Marian A. Groff Hacker of Ephrata, was a 1965 graduate of Ephrata High School, where, among varied extracurricular activities, she served as captain of the high school band’s flag unit. Upon graduation, she attended Emile’s Hairdressing Academy in Lancaster, subsequently attaining her beautician’s and teacher’s license. She managed a local beauty shop, and was also self-employed in her own shops in Ephrata. Later, she was employed at, and subsequently retired from, the beauty shop facility at Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lancaster after 30 years &tstr; serving almost 20 years as its manager. All told, she was employed as a beautician for 50 years.

Bill, son of the late William A. and Dorothy H. Mentzer Sheaffer of New Holland, was a 1962 graduate of Garden Spot High School, and a 1966 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon completion of the four-year ROTC program at Penn State, and served from 1966 to 1970. Bill later was employed as a Pennsylvania Revenue Department administrator in Lancaster, and retired following 35 years with the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier in New Holland and Ephrata.

Bill and Lynne raised two sons &tstr; Matt (1975) and Chris (1978), both of whom they are extremely proud, and with whom they were active participants in their PTO and athletic activities at OMPH School and Lancaster Catholic High School. Innumerable fun-filled vacations were spent in Canada, the Jersey shore (Long Beach Island and Stone Harbor), Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean City, Md.

But the place with which they fell in love was the Outer Banks of North Carolina; South Nags Head was their favorite destination, where they spent many a summer “weak-long.” They enjoyed the beach, the dunes, and everything that OBX had to offer (including two hurricane evacuations), with their friends, children, and eventually their six grandchildren: Jaden, Landon, Alex, Michael, Brieana, and Brennen.

Grandchildren, cruising (Caribbean, Mexico, and Hawaii in the past), and OBX have been, and will continue to be, on their agenda.

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