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Irene Gehr

Irene R. Gehr (Hertzog)

Wednesday, February 5th, 1919 - Friday, January 31st, 2020
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Obituary

Irene R. Gehr, 100, of the United Zion Retirement Community, formerly of Ephrata, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was born in Ephrata Township to the late Simon M. and Annie (Rupp) Hertzog and was the wife of the late Paul D. Gehr who passed away in 2005.

She was a member of Ephrata Church of the Brethren, where she volunteered in the kitchen for many years and was a former deacon along with her late husband.

Irene was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing dominoes, bus day trips and oil painting, which she began at the age of 70.

Irene is survived by three children, Donald L., husband of Karen (Zong) Gehr of Lititz, Delores G. Neuber of Ephrata, Nancy G. Bouder of Akron; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her immediate family.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 6 to 8 PM at the Stradling Funeral Home, 201 Church Avenue, Ephrata. An additional viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 10 to 11 AM at the Mohler Church of the Brethren, 21 E. Mohler Church Road, Ephrata, followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Irene's memory may be made to United Zion Retirement Home-Benevolent Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA, 17543 or Ephrata Church of the Brethren-Deacon Fund, 201 Crescent Avenue, Ephrata, PA, 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Ephrata.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Stradling Funeral Home
    Address
    201 Church Avenue
    Ephrata, PA 17522
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Mohler Church of the Brethren
    Address
    21 E. Mohler Church Road
    Ephrata, PA
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Mohler Church of the Brethren
    Address
    21 E. Mohler Church Road
    Ephrata, PA
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  • Interment

    Location
    Mohler's Brethren Cemetery
    Address
    21 E. Mohler Church Road
    Ephrata Twp., PA
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Posted at 01:05pm
What a surprise to see your mother's obituary in today's Ephrata paper. We were neighbors on Sunset Avenue a couple decades ago but lost touch when she and your father moved away. She had such a sweet disposition and lovely sense of humor -- like the time she squirted my husband with the water hose when he made a crack about how she missed some dirt when she was washing their car! She often came over to watch me when I was decorating a big wedding cake, and I loved her company. What a marvelous thing that she was given 100 years of life! Blessings to all of you as you adjust to life without her sweet presence!

Rebecca Schmid French (she always called me Becky)
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