|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1911|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2012, USA|
H/o Hilda (Rothermel) Schreffler (September 03, 1912 - April 1979)
This obituary is from the Thursday, January 5, 2012 edition of the Press Enterprise.
Harlan L. 'Pap' Schreffler
Relatives in Bloomsburg survive centenarian
For 100 years, six months, and four days, Harlan L. "Pap" Schreffler's cherished presence touched the lives of his family and friends. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, the good Lord saw it was time for the pain and suffering to end, and Pap Schreffler ascended to the heavens and left this earthly realm.
Born in Leck Kill on June 25, 1911, he was the son of the late Charles and Neila (Paul) Schreffler. His mother passed away from influenza prior to Christmas 1918. Pap always said this was a very difficult loss in his life. Several years later, he resided with his aunt, Ellen Hornberger. He attended the former Pine Park School in Leck Kill.
On New Year's Day 1934, he married the late Hilda (Rothermel) Schreffler. Following the death of his wife in 1979, he continued to live independently on his Rebuck farm until the winter of 2008.
He was of Lutheran faith, and was a member of Himmel's Church, Rebuck.
In addition to his parents, wife and aunt Ellie, he was predeceased by two sisters and their spouses: Mildred and Lyle Schreffler and Lula and Lee Reiner; one half-brother, Ray Schreffler; a beloved maternal aunt, Laura Long, and a son-in-law, Carl Crossley.
Although farming was his favorite vocation, he held many other jobs throughout his younger years. He helped wire the first electrical utility lines that came through the lower Northumberland County area. He also worked for the state highway system, hand-digging ditches and laying the stone, which became the groundwork for the first macadam roads in the Red Cross area.
He and his wife Hilda operated a 94-acre dairy farm in Rebuck. In addition to raising chickens and hogs, they grew vegetables and flowers in their truck patch, selling a variety of produce and eggs to customers on his market route. Market days were some of his favorite times, as it gave him time to "schwetz" with his customers.
As a young man, he enjoyed hunting and trapping. He was an avid reader until his eyesight failed him, and he always enjoyed visits from his friends and family.
He is survived by two daughters: Shirley Crossley, wife of the late Carl Crossley, Bloomsburg, and Leah Unger, wife of Rodney Unger, Leck Kill; the following grandchildren and their spouses: Elwood Crossley and his wife Lori, Grand Junction, Colo.; Darby (Unger), wife of Thomas McDonnell, Bloomsburg; Eugene Crossley, Bloomsburg; Elaine (Crossley), wife of Merrill Dickinson, Albany, Ga.; and Charles Unger and his wife Diane of Overlook. Also surviving him are several great-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson: Brock and Jill Crossley, of Casper, Wyo.; Lindsey and Matthew Dickinson, of Albany, Ga.; Adam and Amanda Unger of Overlook; step-great-grandchildren: Danny Walsh; Kassie Smith, Grand Junction, Colo.; Melissa Smith, Casper, Wyo.; and great-great-grandson, Calyn Crossley, Casper, Wyo.
A service to celebrate Pap's life will be held from the Stephen R. Rothermel Funeral Home, 1133 Ridge Road, Klingerstown, on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Daniel Durkee, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Wesleyan Church, Gratz, will officiate. Viewing hours will be held prior to the time of the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Himmel's Cemetery, Rebuck.
The family will provide the flowers and suggests memorial contributions be made to the Upper Dauphin Human Services Center, P.O. Box 157, Elizabethville, PA 17023.
"Wir vermissen dich Pap. Gott Wiege dich sanft in seinen Armen."
Hilda M Schreffler (1912 - 1979)
Himmel Church Cemetery
Created by: Rich Stackhouse
Record added: Jan 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82991735