Fond memories of crash victims

January 10, 2002

Fond memories of crash victims


BUCK VALLEY, Pa. - Sundays for Naomi and Lee Bohrer usually meant going to church in the morning followed by a leisurely drive to lunch.

Last Sunday was no exception for the Bohrers, of Buck Valley, Pa., who were headed to a Breezewood, Pa., restaurant with Naomi's sister, Dorothy Shank, when their car traveled off the road and down an embankment, killing all three.

Sheila Mothershead, 47, of Hagerstown, one of the Bohrers' three children, said her family took comfort in the fact their parents would never know what it would be like to live without one another.

"They were very close, and even though it is very hard for us left behind, we feel their going together was a blessing from God," Mothershead said. "I know they wouldn't be happy alone."


She remembered her parents as modest people who worked well together, always enjoying each other's company.

Naomi, 67, and Lee, 76, married Nov. 8, 1952.

"They were married 49 years and very much looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary together," Mothershead said.

The Bohrers had lived in Buck Valley, which is in the southwest corner of Fulton County, Pa., since they were married, and each year looked forward to planting a garden of corn, potatoes, lettuce, pumpkins and other produce together.

The pumpkins went straight into Naomi's pumpkin pies.

"She always made great homemade pumpkin pies for us," Mothershead said .

Naomi stayed home with the Bohrers' three daughters, including Mothershead, Gloria Clingerman and Wilma Watson, both of Warfordsburg, Pa., while Lee worked as an independent truck driver, retiring in 1990.

Since his retirement, the couple worked together on projects inside and outside of the house. Lee was able to fix everything imaginable.

"If he didn't have a part, he would make it," Mothershead said.

They looked forward to Sundays.

"They enjoyed dinner and a Sunday drive," Mothershead said. "To them, driving to Breezewood for dinner wasn't a big deal. They did it a lot and frequently took my aunt with them."

Dorothy Shank, 78, also lived in Buck Valley, with her son Darin Shank and his wife, Rose.

Darin Shank said his mother worked hard throughout her life, for many years working in area restaurants and later for London Fog, in Hancock. She retired from London Fog in 1986.

She looked forward to socializing with her friends and family.

"She was always going different places with people," he said.

In particular, she looked forward to the birthday celebrations of her brothers and sisters. Birthdays for Dorothy, Naomi and their five surviving siblings were usually marked with breakfast out, Darin Shank said.

The Bohrers and Shank were traveling north on Pa. 2024 in Gapsville, Pa., at 2 p.m. when Lee lost control on a curve, crossed the southbound lane and traveled down a dirt embankment, Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford County said.

The vehicle crossed a cement bridge abutment and struck another dirt embankment. All three were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Shank was preceded in death by her husband, John Shank.

She is survived by six children, including Mae Smith, Vaughn Shank, Frank Remsburg and Darin Shank, all of Warfordsburg, George Shank of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Wayne Ward of Hedgesville, W.Va., 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Bohrers are survived by three daughters and nine grandchildren.

Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Douglas Street in Hancock.

Bishop Gerald Hendershot will officiate. Burial will be in Buck Valley Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends and family from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Donations in memory of Lee and Naomi Bohrer and Dorothy L. Shank can be made to Buck Valley Memorial Cemetery, c/o Lee Lashley, 712 Gienger Road, Warfordsburg, PA 17267.

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