Frances V. Sheffer, 90

MARCH 3, 1921-SEPT. 22, 2011

September 23, 2011
  • Sheffer

Frances Virginia (Barnes) Sheffer, 90, of Middletown, Md., passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, while vacationing in North Carolina.

Born March 3, 1921, in Boonsboro, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles Clayton and Irene Mae (Lantz) Barnes.

She was the wife of the late Frank D. Sheffer, who died in May 1988.

She is survived by three children, Robert F. Sheffer and wife, Brenda L., of Charles Town, W.Va., Richard L. Sheffer and wife, Linda J., of Middletown, and Lynn F. Palmer and husband, Donald R., of Myersville, Md.; three grandchildren, Scott A. Sheffer and wife, Shannon I., of Inwood, W.Va., Robert Daniel Sheffer of Charles Town, and Deborah L. Stup and husband, Jason M., of Chewsville, Md.; two great-granddaughters, Madison Nicole Sheffer of Charles Town, and Danica Lynn Stup of Chewsville; one sister, Marie Malott of High Point, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Barnes of Williamsport, Md., and Tina Sheffer of Frederick, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Frances was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Flynn and Gladys Sowers Hollinger; and one brother, Edwin Barnes.

Frances was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown, where she taught preschool and Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Zion Daughters Sunday school class, and served on the Christian Fellowship Committee as a greeter. She was a life member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, Senior Citizens of Middletown, AMVETS Post 9 and AARP Chapter 636. She also volunteered for many years at Frederick Memorial Hospital and was recognized for dedicated service.

Frances was raised on a farm in the Devil's Backbone area of Boonsboro, and later worked at Fairchild Industries during World War II as a Rosie the Riveter. She and her husband, Frank, worked the family farm west of Middletown for more than 40 years with her in-laws, Frank and Ruth Sheffer. She enjoyed and participated in many activities at her church. She enjoyed eating out with her friends and living life to the fullest. She was a good neighbor and friend to all who knew her.

Friends will be received Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, Middletown.

The funeral service will be Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, with internment immediately following in Zion Cemetery, Middletown. Her pastor, the Rev. Kathy Vitalis Hoffman, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702 or Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 107 W. Main St., Middletown, MD 21769.

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