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Helen M. Shaffer

October 18, 1925 March 18, 2024
Helen M. Shaffer
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Obituary for Helen M. Shaffer

Helen M. (Metzler) Shaffer, age 98 of Gettysburg, PA passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughters on Monday, March 18, 2024 at SpiriTrust Lutheran Nursing Center in Gettysburg. She was born on October 18, 1925 in Martinsburg, PA on the family dairy farm, the daughter of the late Clarence B. & Margaret L. (Honsaker) Metzler. Her husband, Richard E. “Dick” Shaffer, to whom she shared 74 years of a loving and God centered marriage died in 2021. Helen was a very active member of the Bethel Mennonite Church in Gettysburg, where she sang in the choir, was a Bible School and Sunday School Teacher and former Sunday School Superintendent. She was the co-founder of the ladies prayer breakfast, attended on several occasions by former first lady Mamie Eisenhower. Helen was a member of the Church Women United. She was a dedicated homemaker and for twenty-five years worked as a sales associate at several downtown Gettysburg retail stores. Helen was very proud of the Metzler Pleasant View Dairy Farm which is still in operation today, run by the 6th generation of the Metzler family. Helen is survived by four daughters, Cheryl Mickley (Gary) of Gettysburg, Elaine Haydt (Glen) of Weatherford, TX, Colleen Simpson (Dean) of Orrtanna, PA and Joan McManness (Ed) of Lancaster, PA, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She was also predeceased by her step-mother, Dorothy Metzler, a sister, Lois Unruh-Nye, two brothers, Paul H. and L. C. “Red” Metzler and a half-brother, Richard Metzler. A Celebration of Life for Helen & Dick will be held at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the Bethel Mennonite Church, 2335 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, PA with Pastors, Dale & Jennie Brown, officiating. A private viewing and interment will be held for the family with burial next to her beloved husband Dick in the Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg. The family suggests memorials to the Adams Rescue Mission or Bethel Mennonite Church. The Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg is assisting the family with the arrangements, online tributes and condolences can be made at A special thank you from the Shaffer family to the staff of SpiriTrust Lutheran for their kind and wonderful care for their mother.

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1:30 PM 3/27/2024 1:30:00 PM
Bethel Mennonite Church

2335 Biglerville Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Bethel Mennonite Church
2335 Biglerville Road Gettysburg 17325 PA
United States

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Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

799 Baltimore St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325

799 Baltimore St. Gettysburg 17325 PA
United States

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