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Auman's Inc. Funeral Home

390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA

OBITUARY

Shirley Mae Garber

April 13, 1930July 16, 2019
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Shirley Mae Garber 89, of Oley, resided with her daughter Patricia and family, prior to residing at Berks Heim since June 6, 2018, passed away Tuesday July 16, 2019. Her husband Howard (Hap) William Garber passed away September 12, 1996 and her companion Robert Charles Snyder passed away April 2, 2013. She was born in Robesonia on April 13, 1930 a daughter of the late Alfred Blaine and Kathryn (Koller) Heitzenrater. Shirley was a 1949 Muhlenberg High School graduate had a brief career at David Crystal as a line worker. Shirley's favorite color was green because it is the color of money. She was the life of the party and often said she wasn't the card, she was the whole deck. Needless to say, Shirley had a wild soul. Surviving are her children; Ronald and his wife Donna Garber of Green Hills, Rodney Garber of CA., William Garber and his significant other Suzie DiBuono of Temple, Patricia and her husband David Haltom of Oley, Raymond and his wife Sylvia Garber of Yuma, AZ., Gloria and her husband Steven Anyan of Lilburn, GA., 11 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren. Also surviving are her 2 sisters, Barbara Turnsyski of Exeter Township and Mary Goerman of New Hampshire. Shirley was predeceased by her 2 children; Ralph W Garber in 1957 and Jacqueline Garber in 1962 her brother, Robert Heitzenrater in 1984, and her 2 sisters; Betty Heitzenrater in 2011 and Dolores Smith in 1975. Services will be Friday July 26, 2019 at 1pm in Auman's Inc Funeral Home, 390 W Neversink Rd., Reiffton. Burial to follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Viewings will be Thursday 6-8pm and Friday 12-1pm in the funeral home. www.aumansinc.com

  • FAMILY

  • Howard William Garber, Husband (deceased)
  • Kathryn Heitzenrater, Mother (deceased)
  • Alfred Blaine Heitzenrater, Father (deceased)
  • Ralph W Garber, Son (deceased)
  • Jacqueline Garber, Daughter (deceased)
  • Ronald Garber, Son
  • Rodney Garber, Son
  • William Garber, Son
  • Patricia Haltom, Daughter
  • Raymond Garber, Son
  • Gloria Anyan, Daughter
  • Donna Garber, Daughter-in-law
  • David Haltom, Son-in-law
  • Sylvia Garber, Daughter-in-law
  • Steven Anyan, Son-in-law
  • Barbara Turnsyski, Sister
  • Mary Goerman, Sister
  • Robert Heitzenrater, Brother (deceased)
  • Betty Heitzenrater, Sister (deceased)
  • Dolores Smith, Sister (deceased)
  • 11 grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, and her companion Robert Charles Snyder who passed away April 2, 2013.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 26, 2019
  • Burial Friday, July 26, 2019

Memories

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Dawn Tresselt

July 26, 2019

God has gained another angel. It has been such a pleasure to have had you in my life . I’m so grateful to have gotten to know you . You were such an inspiration in my life and such a joy to have around . You always had us laughing , and smiling when I was down. It was always such a pleasure when you would stay at my home. You definitely were the life of my picnics and was touched by everyone around you. I will never forget all the good times we’ve shared and the late nights watching the golden girls and Everybody loves Raymond . I haven found the “Honey with the money “ but if I ever do , lol , I will let you know . You will be sadly missed , and your memories will always surround us . We love you ! RIP .
Dawn Tresselt and family

Rodney/Rockie Garber

July 20, 2019

Three monumental things happened on July 16. First was 50 years ago July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 was launched to put a man on the moon. Second was 25 years ago July 16 1994 The Lion King opened in movie theaters. Last on July 16 2019 Shirley Mae was called back to heaven. I Love You and will miss you.

Jacquelynn Gerner

July 20, 2019

Living with mom mom the past 14 years. I have learned so such from her. I don't know what I would without her playing school with me, or letting me play dress up with her old shoes. I have been so lucky to have such a great Mom Mom and an amazing role model. I hope to find my bunny with the mommy just like she always told me. I love you mom mom 💚💚

melanie Enslin

July 20, 2019

She was so happy all the time. Helped me and Patty alot with different stuff. She is gonna be missed! Love you. Mom mom

KATHLEEN eCKERT

July 18, 2019

My prayers are with everyone. May God provide comfort and peace. Aunt Shirley was always a source of strength for everyone. She enjoyed life and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She loved her family deeply I remember spending weekends at her house and always had fun and enjoyed being around her. She was a compassionate soul, and always watched over my cousins and me so we stayed out of trouble when I was there. She will be sadly missed by friends and family, but God gained another angel.

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