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Mary L. Shafer, 85 – Avid Reader, Involved in Church Choir

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Mary L. Shafer, 85, of Tamaqua, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in Hometown.

She was the wife of the late Sheldon Shafer who died on August 30, 2017.

Born in Tamaqua on April 2, 1934, Mary was the daughter of the late George and Ella (nee Wetterau) Newton.

She graduated from Tamaqua High School in 1952 and was an avid reader.

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A very dedicated wife and homemaker, Mary also worked for Bell Telephone as a telephone operator and Newberry’s in Tamaqua as a clerk.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua where she was very active in the church choir and many other activities and organizations of the church.

Mary is survived by a brother, Charles A. Newton and his wife Joan of New Castle, DE; brother-in-law, Lee Shafer and his wife, Jacque of New Ringgold, and several nephews, nieces, and greats.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 North Greenwood Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252.

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Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.


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