Jean Elizabeth Shank, 87, of Carlisle,
passed away peacefully at Thornwald Home on Sunday, February 17, 2013 with her loving family by her side. She was born on
May 1, 1925, one of three children of the late Paul and Laura (Cornman) Monismith in Carlisle,
On June 10, 1943, Jean married Evers Shank at
the First Evangelical Church. The ceremony was conducted by Rev. Miller. Following a brief honeymoon Jean and Evers traveled
by train to California where Evers was stationed in World War II. Jean returned to Carlisle for a short but painful period
when Evers served in the war effort, and, following the war, Evers also returned to Carlisle, where they spent sixty- two
years of marriage before Evers passed away in 2005. During their many years of marriage Jean and Evers were animal lovers,
and Jean was seldom without a pet cat. Recently, Missy was her most loved cat friend. A highlight of Jean and Evers's
relationship was the ability to dance together, and Jean was an exceptional jitterbugger as she and Evers enjoyed the big
band sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. She graduated from Carlisle High School in 1943, where she was involved in student
government, choir and basketball. Jean worked at Bixler Hardware store from 1943-1945, and at Penney's Department store
from 1946-1952. Finally, she worked at Cumberland Valley Savings and Loan from 1962-1982.
Over the years Jean was involved in many activities. She was a Carlisle Hospital
volunteer for 20 years and served as treasurer of the hospital auxiliary. She was a Dolphin visitor at the former Cumberland
County Nursing Home and Hospice volunteer. As a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church, Carlisle, she was active
in the United Methodist Women and served as treasurer of her Sunday School Class. She was a volunteer for the Leukemia Society,
Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and Samaritan Fellowship. For her children she served as Cub Scout volunteer, Girl Scout leader,
and Stevens School room mother. In 1988, Jean was named The Sentinel Volunteer of the Year.
Jean is survived by daughter, Beth A. Shank and her partner, Terry Wise, of Frankford,
DE, a son Allen Shank and wife, Ellen (Dete) of Carlisle, granddaughter, Jenna Shank of Portland, ME, brother-in-law, William
E. Shank of Carlisle, sister-in-law, Doris Monismith of Carlisle and brother-in-law, William Riggs and wife, Wendy of Mechanicsburg.
Jean was predeceased by her brother, Paul Monismith and her sister, Doris Getz.
Funeral services will take place at Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover
St., Carlisle on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by a service at 10:00 a.m. Rev.
Jennifer McKenna, a dear family friend will officiate. Burial will be in the Westminster Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. The family
wishes to acknowledge the tender and compassionate care given to Jean during her recent years at Country Meadows in Mechanicsburg
and Thornwald Home in Carlisle. We could not have asked for more professional or deeply committed nurses, aides, and administrators
than we experienced at these two wonderful care facilities. Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace United Methodist Church,
Carlisle or The Carlisle Theater.
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Dear Beth, Terry, Allen, and Ellen,
May all your wonderful memories of Jean sustain
you now and thru the years and give you comfort knowing she is at peace. Beth, I've lost track of your new mailing address
and ph #. You can reach me at 252-659-2933 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let's get back in touch.
With our sympathy, Kath & Tom Heckler
Schorppie (Kathy Heckler)
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. I knew your mother and father as very
nice and wonderful people.
Nancy Brymesser Hickey
Allen, Ellen, Beth, and Terry
I would like to give my condolences in the passing of your mother. She was a lovely lady,
so kind and thoughtful. Im glad I had the opportunity to know her while growing up on Penn Street. She was a wonderful mother
who raised two terrific children. May she be at peace with God.
Thinking of all of you and asking for God's strength and comfort for you.
a Mass for her.
Mary Stringfellow and Marty Peterson
in my heart. What a wonderful resident Jean was. Always a big smile. I am so glad I got to know the
whole family. She is now at peace and with her beloved husband. God Bless all of you.
(Mary Lou Ercole)
Allen, Ellen, Beth, and Terry
I have wonderful memories having known the 'Shanks' while living on Penn Street.
Your mother was a wonderful person with a big heart! My sincere heartfelt thoughts of all of you for your loss.
know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Our deepest condolances and prayers to Allen, Ellen, Beth and the entire
Shank family. Your mother lived a wonderful, productive life and raised loving children who will continue her legacy!
Pam & Marv Gordon
Beth,Terry,Allen and Ellen, My heartfelt sympathy to your family.
May God support you and give you peace and comfort.
Wanda Cline Gehr
loved Jean and Evers! they were my friends at Grace UM church.
I miss them both. I want to thank the Family,
for this wonderful Obituary for Jean Elizabeth Shank.
Shelva Spitz Walker
She sounds like quite a lady! I wish I had known her!
Thanksgiving and Jean's cranberry
one example how she cared for her family and others, and will be fondly remembered.
Elizabeth and George Dete
Dear Allen, Ellen, Jenna, Beth and Terry,
and prayers are with you today. Losing a second parent is painful, but as our hearts grieve we cling to the wonderful memories.
The obituary was very thoughtful and honoring to your mother. I think often of the happy holiday and birthday gatherings.
So many have passed on, but we are blessed to have shared those celebrations of love and family. You are in my thoughts.
I would love to have a cousin reunion.
Love and Prayers,
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