Fianna Emmaline (Garman) Sheaffer
Fianna Emmaline (Garman) Sheaffer passed away at November 12, 2016, at The Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove, where she has resided since January 2015.
Fianna was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Richfield to Jerome ‘Dudley’ and Nettie Long (Gelnett) Garman. On March 1, 1941, she married Edgar W. Sheaffer who preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 1991.
Fianna attended the Juniata County schools and graduated from the Freeburg Academy in Freeburg. She was an excellent vocalist and was offered a scholarship in music to attend Susquehanna University and sang in the Susquehanna Choral Society. In her early years she was very active in her church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and starting the first ‘Junior Church’ for the Sunday school children at the United Methodist Church in Richfield.
Fianna was very accomplished for a woman of her generation. She was the first female elected Justice of the Peace in Juniata County, serving for eight years, and the first female chairman of the Democratic Committee of Juniata County. She spent most of her adult life working in state government in Harrisburg. She was very active in organizations where she tended to take on leadership roles. She was president of the Harrisburg chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and also president of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Harrisburg.
Fianna is survived by her four children, Ronald Sheaffer of Sun City West, Ariz.; Carolyn Graves of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Bonnie Hummel and her husband, Terry, of Port Ann; and Dr. Richard Sheaffer and his wife, Romona, of Selinsgrove; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She also is survived by one sister, Annabelle Bolig and her husband, Robert, of Enola.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers and three sisters; Lenus Garman, Robert ‘Casper’ Garman, Delbert Garman, Sarah Amey, Letha Tyree and Deloris Garman.
Fianna will always be remembered for her outgoing personality with the Garman gift-for-gab, and for always wearing high heeled shoes even to do housework.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, from the Richfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Kenneth Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Richfield Union Cemetery.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, from 4 – 8 p.m. with family present to receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
For those that wish, memorial gifts may be made to the Richfield United Methodist Church, 82 Church St., Richfield, PA 17082 or to a charity of your choice.
For online condolences and tributes please visit www.brownfuneralhomes inc.com.