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Sarah H. Shaffer, 97, formerly of Middleburg, passed away at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove.
She was born March 31, 1919, in Franklin Township, Snyder County, a daughter of the late Harry Benjamin and Bessie Mae (Rau) Hummel. On March 25, 1948, she married Carson E. Shaffer who preceded her in death on March 15, 2007.

Sarah was a graduate of Middleburg High School and Bloomsburg State Teachers College.
She taught school for more than 25 years, first in a one room schoolhouse in Meiser, then Kreamer, Middleburg, and retired in 1979 from the Middleburg Elementary School.
She was a very active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Middleburg, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, on the church council, and was a member of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Women of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Middleburg. She was also a member of the Snyder County Historical Society, the Middleburg Area Retired Persons, the Pennsylvania Retired School Employees Association, and the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System, and the Snyder County School Retirees Association.
Sarah enjoyed knitting and will be remembered for knitting baby booties for her church and area families. Her life was characterized by her devotion to God, church and family.

She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley J. and Michael Salter, of Selinsgrove; one son and daughter-in-law, Stan R. and Pamela Shaffer, of Middleburg; four grandchildren, Christopher Kerstetter, Amy Sherman, Cam Shaffer, and Jenise Hoffman; eight great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Grace Hassinger, of Middleburg.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Hackenberg; and two brothers, Orville and Carl Hummel.

Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. William D. Jones officiating.
Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Middleburg.

Contributions to honor Sarah's memory may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 100 E. Main St., Middleburg, PA 17842.

Arrangements are by the Hummel Funeral 574 Hill St., Middleburg.
Published on March 7, 2017
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