Sherman L. Shaffer

Born: Tue., Mar. 8, 1921
Died: Thu., Nov. 19, 2015


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Location: Cedar Grove Brethren In Christ Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Location: Cedar Grove Brethren In Christ Church


Mon., Nov. 23, 2015
Location: Cedar Grove Cemetery

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     Sherman L. Shaffer, 94, of Mifflintown, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at Brookline Manor.

     Born March 8, 1921 in Windber, he is the son of the late Lloyd H. and Ruth M. (Berkey) Shaffer. His wife, Ruth L. (Wentz) Shaffer, whom he married June 14, 1943, died on Feb. 19, 2010.

     He is survived by one daughter, Jean Canney and husband, Alan, of Fairless Hills,  three grandchildren, Dean P. Shaffer, James A. Shaffer, and Erin E. Tomaselli, and three great-grandchildren, Maggie Tomaselli, Gabriel Shaffer, and Emely Shaffer.

     He was preceded in death by two sons, James L. Shaffer and Dean S. Shaffer, two sisters, Leona Tallent and Luella Winning, and four brothers, Ralph Shaffer, Robert Shaffer, Francis Lee Shaffer, and Raymond Shaffer.

     He was a veteran of the US Army who was drafted in 1944 and served under General George Patton's 3rd Army in Germany during WW II. He was in the field artillery and was part of a holding area for over 250 German prisoners and 40 refugees from Poland. After his discharge in 1946, he became a coal miner and then worked for US Steel for 32 years, retiring from Fairless Works in Morrisville in 1983.

     He was a member and former trustee of Cedar Grove Brethren In Christ Church.

     Sherman enjoyed raising rabbits and gardening and was very involved in nursing home and jail ministry. He played guitar and harmonica with The Circuit Riders.

     His funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at  Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church, Mifflintown, with Rev. Ken Hepner officiating. Interment will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

     There will be a viewing from 10 a.m. until the time of the services Monday at the church.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Cedar Grove BIC Church, 287 Deerville Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059.

     Guss Funeral Home, Inc. has care of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Charitable donations may be made in Sherman's memory to the following organization:

Cedar Grove Brethren In Christ Church
287 Deerville Road, Mifflintown, PA 17059

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Karen Hack
   Posted Sun November 22, 2015
Sherman was the sweetest man. He made the most of his time at Brookline Manor Nursing home by singing to other residents and staff, attending activities and just smiling at everyone. Even days he didn't feel well he never lost his smile. He talked fondly of his past and family and it was such a pleasure sitting down and just talking to him. He will be fondly missed