Verna R. Shafer, 87, of Carlisle, passed
away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at her home. She was born on Thursday, April 23, 1925, in Carlisle, a daughter of the late
Lee M. and Edith (Wagner) Railing. She was the widow of Lloyd S. Shafer, who died Feb. 24, 2007.
Verna was a 1943 graduate of Carlisle High School and retired from the former
C. H. Masland & Sons, Carlisle, after 38 years of service. Verna was an executive secretary. She was a member and former
deacon of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, member of the Carlisle Garden Club, Cumberland County Historical Society and
AARP. Verna enjoyed and taught craft making. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling and had visited all 50 states.
She is survived by one brother, Glenn Railing and one sister, Joyce Warner, both
of Carlisle, two nephews; Michael Railing of Carlisle and David Warner of Hummelstown, five nieces; Sandra Weibley of Boiling
Springs, Dianne Czupil and Amy Wagner, both of Mechanicsburg, Linda Stamey of Boiling Springs and Brenda Bradley of Mt. Holly
Springs and many great-nieces and nephews. Verna was also widowed from her first husband, Jack Bateman and was preceded
in death by one brother, Karl Railing.
memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Dr.,
Carlisle, with Rev. Jeff W. Gibelius and Rev. Jennifer McKenna officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshment will immediately
follow the service at the church. Burial will be private in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Newville. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home,
Carlisle, is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or The Salvation
Army, 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, PA 17013.
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Verna was among the most generous and gracious human beings I have ever known. Her passing is an enormous
loss for Cumberland Crossings.
We shall never forget her warm smile!
Ira and Alice Wheatley
Verna was a lovely person. We met in 1968
when I married Lloyd's nephew. Verna couldn't have been warmer or more welcoming! We always enjoyed visiting with
her at Shafer family reunions, a couple of Christmas visits at the beach, but esp. the trip to Hershey Park the summer after
our 4 boys had lost their grandmother. Last Christmas she wrote that she had recovered from a stroke and was still able to
do some crafts. This year, like every year, I'll decorate our home for Christmas and remember her when I uncover the many
handmade decorations she made for us through the years. We are so privileged to have known her.
Sheila and Chris
von Kerczek and sons
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