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Clara Estella Romberger Harner
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1864
Death: Mar. 13, 1950
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA

Clara Estella Romberger was a daughter of Gilbert Romberger and Mary Sophia Kiehl Romberger. She was christened February 15, 1874 at Union Salem Church, Berrysburg, Pennsylvania. On this same day, a number of her parents' children were baptized there; having buried at least 5 children by that year in the church cemetery, they were probably not new members of the church. Perhaps having lost so many kids the parents tended to wait, or perhaps the family just got the later kids "done".

In March of 2012, I obtained a rare copy of a 1916 booklet, "The History of Berrysburg Seminary" which confirmed that Clara was a student there - a testament to her parents' progressive natures in ensuring their daughters were well educated in a time that the education of females often was considered not essential.

Clara became the wife of Edward Harner, son of Frederick D. Harner and Rebecca Hoffman, according to the records of Evelyn Shadle Hartman.

Genealogical researcher Roger Cramer says "The marriage record for Edward and Clara appears in the publication "The Parish Record of the Lykens Valley Parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania" compiled by Rev. O. E. Pfleuger, Elizabethville, PA. It includes congregations in St. John's, Simeon Church in Gratz, Salem Church in Elizabethville, Zion Church in Rife and St. Jacob's in Jackson Twp." Clara married Edward E. Harner, September 8, 1894, and was widowed when he died November 14, 1906. Clara and Edward had no children.

After his death, she and her widowed sister Rebecca Winters were often mentioned in the Harrisburg papers as having spent visits and holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Harvey D. Romberger - and while his surname is the same as their maiden name, they were not immediate relatives but apparently good friends. She and her sister Lillie also visited Grant Hartman whose wife may have been related to Clara's husband's Lubold clan. She was friends with Laura, Mrs. John Thurston of Hickory Corners. One newspaper account mentions that she entertained some of her nieces from Harrisburg. She was a widow who had many years to live solo, and it's good to see she did not merely sit home.

Clara later had her mother and widowed sister Rebecca "Beckie" and mother in her home in Elizabethville, Pennsylvania. When her mother Mary died in 1920 (in Clara's home), Clara served as executrix of the estate. She worked doing sewing at home. Clara was favorably remembered by her niece Marjorie in particular.

Family links: 
  Gilbert Romberger (1829 - 1894)
  Mary Sophia Kiehl Romberger (1834 - 1920)
  Edward E Harner (1867 - 1906)
  Infant Unknown Romberger*
  Elmira M Romberger (1853 - 1879)*
  Mary A Romberger Schaeffer Shade (1854 - 1941)*
  George D Romberger (1856 - 1916)*
  Jerome Romberger (1858 - 1858)*
  Daniel Henry Romberger (1858 - 1935)*
  Sarah Romberger (1859 - 1865)*
  Emmaline Romberger (1859 - 1863)*
  Rebecca Kiehl Romberger Winters (1861 - 1930)*
  Elizabeth Romberger (1862 - 1863)*
  Clara Estella Romberger Harner (1864 - 1950)
  Lillie Evanna Romberger Romberger (1865 - 1955)*
  Samuel Romberger (1867 - 1867)*
  Annie Gertrude Romberger Whittle (1869 - 1894)*
  Jennie Esther Romberger (1873 - 1879)*
  Ralph Emerson Romberger (1876 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Maple Grove Cemetery
Dauphin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Aug 28, 2008
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Clara Estella <i>Romberger</i> Harner
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Clara Estella <i>Romberger</i> Harner
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