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Dorothy J. Sheaffer

Dorothy J. Sheaffer (Baringer)

Monday, April 11th, 1927 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Dorothy Jean Sheaffer, 92, of Ephrata, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at Wellspan York Hospital.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Arlington D. and Bertha M. (Witmer) Baringer and was the wife of the late Ray Willier Sheaffer for 71 years before he passed away April 7, 2019.

Dorothy graduated from West Chester State Teachers College with a degree in Music, student teaching in Malvern. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star Cloister Chapter #406 O.E.S. and the Ephrata Women's Club. She was proud to complete her NAUI certification in Palm Beach, FL in 1977, along with her husband and daughter. Dorothy was an excellent cook, always trying new recipes and making exotic dishes. She played piano and clarinet and even sang in her husband’s band which he created with 7 to 10 other member’s after coming home from WWII. She had the voice of an angel. She also loved to read. She and Ray enjoyed traveling throughout the world and in the US and Canada in their 1977 Airstream (Argosy) Trailer.

Determined to start her family at a young age, she completed her bachelor’s degree in 2 years, getting married soon after on January 30, 1948, and having four children in five years. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Dorothy is survived by three children, Sylvia J. Sheaffer of Lancaster, Ray Wilbur, husband of Mary (Quinn) Sheaffer of Naples, FL, Stephen C. Sheaffer of North Palm Beach, FL; a grandson, Ray Daniel Sheaffer and a sister-in-law, Carol Ann Mather of Mount Gretna. She will be dearly missed by all of her family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Daniel B. Sheaffer; a sister, Betty Mae Brunner and brother-in-law, Earl W. Brunner, Jr..

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will be private at Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dorothy's memory may be made to American Stroke Assn., 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Ephrata.
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    private at the convenience of the family
    Address not given
  • Interment

    Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery
    Address not given
    Ephrata, PA 17522
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Donations are being accepted for: American Stroke Association.


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Ann Bybel

Posted at 07:12pm
Condolences to the Sheaffer family. We enjoyed swimming in the giant pool (Lake Sheaffer) and visiting her beloved cats. The Bybels

Sylvia Sheaffer Posted at 07:50pm

Thank you so much.


Posted at 07:19am
We loved your mother, we lived on Highland Ave. Our boys delieved newspapers. Also always see her when she would go to Joanie Gerharts for her hair appointments, we took John's mother and we would all be talking. Often thought our her last couple years.
John and Teresa Groff

Sylvia Sheaffer Posted at 07:52pm

Thank you John and Theresa. I miss her so much. My heart and soul are in horrific pain.

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