2012-08-30 / Obituaries

Thelma F. Shearer New Grenada, 85

Thelma Fay Zimmerman Shearer, 85, New Grenada, Pa., in the company of her Lord Jesus Christ, her husband and family, died peacefully at home Tuesday, August 21, 2012, of natural causes.

She was born April 21, 1927, in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, Pa., the second of seven children of the late Warren E. and Luella (Werner) Zimmerman.

She was a 1949 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., majoring in music education. She taught music in elementary and high schools in Fulton, Franklin and Cumberland counties, Pa., from 1950, and in Frederick County, Md., from 1961 until her retirement in 1972, after which she substitute taught in Berkeley County, W.Va., until 1982. During those years she also gave private piano lessons to countless young people, who still remember her caring patient teaching.

She was married December 24, 1946, to World War II Navy veteran and retired pastor Rev. Monroe J. Shearer Jr., of North Codorus Township, Pa. She served with him as clergy spouse for more than 36 years to E.U.B./United Methodist congregations in Ohio, Red Lion, Spring Run, Enola and Fulton County, Pa., Myersville, Middletown, and Wolfsville, Md., and Berkeley Springs, W.Va. During their retirement, she became a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Breezewood, Pa.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Monroe J. Shearer III, Tucson, Ariz., and George E. Shearer, Wolfsville, Md., and five daughters: Edith M. Shearer Stull, Denver, Pa.; Joyce E. Shearer Clark Archer, Denise J. Shearer Miller Srnecz and Julie A. Shearer Stotler, Frederick, Md., and Kay E. Shearer Wertz, Warfordsburg, as well as 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by two brothers: James Zimmerman, Fredericksburg, Pa., and Frederick Zimmerman, Annville, Pa., and two sisters: Mary Jane Zimmerman Sattzahn, Denver, Pa., and Patricia Zimmerman, Slippery Rock, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Robert Zimmerman, Waynesboro, and Edward Zimmerman, New York City, N.Y., preceded her in death.

All are welcome to attend a service of praise and resurrection in her memory to be held on Saturday, September 15, at 11 a.m., at Mt Zion United Methodist Church, Myersville, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Breezewood, and Mt Zion United Methodist Church, Myersville, Md.

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