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Esther M. (Rice) Shirk

September 26, 1942 ~ April 5, 2019 (age 76)

Esther M. (Rice) Shirk, 76, of Maytown, went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 5, 2019, at home with her family by her side.  She was the wife of George R. “Dick” Shirk of 60 years.  Born September 26, 1942 in Mount Joy, she was the daughter of the late Hubert M. and Lottie May (Diffenderfer) Rice.

Esther was a Christian and a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Maytown. She worked at the former Gerberich-Payne Shoe Company and later, retired from Amp, Inc. Mount Joy due to health issues.   Esther enjoyed going for jeep rides with her husband, taking day trips, trips to the shore, shopping and playing cards with her family.  She especially enjoyed her 8 grandchildren and all their activities and accomplishments.  Jessica, Derek, Ryan, Kaycee, Connor, Tanner, Canyon and Easton.

She will be deeply missed by her children, JoNan Shirk and Barbara Ness (Shawn) both of Maytown, Jamey Shirk (Buffy) of Mount Joy and Jenniffer Smith (Erik) of Wrightsville.

She was preceded in death by her son Scott Richard Shirk, her 3 brothers, Hubert, Donald and Paul Rice and her sister Doris (Rice) Justice.

A memorial service honoring Esther’s life will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church 11 North Queen Street, Maytown, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6 PM. Family and friends will be received at the church following the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 96, Maytown, PA 17550. To send an online condolence, please visit www.sheetzfuneralhome.com

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