Shirley E. Houseal, 66, of Mount Joy, left her earthly life to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Lancaster General Hospital after her lengthy illness of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Paul E. and Jean (Stauffer) Hollinger. Shirley was the wife of Dennis D. Houseal with whom she celebrated 40 years of marriage this past July 30th.
Shirley retired in 2011 from Lower Dauphin School District as a Latin Teacher after 38 years of faithful service, teaching grades 7 through 12. Her enthusiasm for Latin and teaching was a result of the respect she had for the high school teachers who had inspired her. She made Latin fun through multiple activities such as Olympic Day and Latin Classic Festivals. She was a high school tennis coach, as well as a director of musicals at Lower Dauphin, and she was honored as a Lower Dauphin Teacher of the Year.
Shirley was an avid tennis and pickleball player, snow skier, walker, (up to ten miles per day) and she loved to travel with her husband, and also her close friend Pam.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Dennis, are two sisters, Marilyn Keener, wife of Charles of Rheems and Joanne Bevan, wife of John of Landisville; a brother, Philip Hollinger, husband of Donna (Kreider) of Elizabethtown; seven nieces: four nephews and sixteen grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Hollinger.
A funeral service honoring Shirley’s life will be held at Community Bible Church, 331 Anderson Ferry Road, Marietta on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3 PM. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc. 16 East Main Street, Mount Joy from 2 PM to 4 PM. and again on Sunday before the service from 2 PM to 3 PM at the church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CBC Memorial Scholarship Fund, memo Shirley Houseal, 331 Anderson Ferry Road, Marietta, PA 17547.