Hertha Shively Wehr, 97, of Mifflinburg entered into eternal rest on October 21, 2020. She lived most of her adult life on Strickler Road, outside of Mifflinburg, PA. She was a resident of Personal Care at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg, PA, for the past five years.
Hertha Shively was born on January 22, 1923, in Lewis Township, Union County, PA. She was the youngest of Clarence E. and Mary Sophia (Miller) Shively's eleven children. She graduated from Mifflinburg High School in 1940. On June 7, 1942, Rev. Robert Clark married Hertha and Karl K. Wehr at Hartleton Lutheran Church. Hertha and Karl shared life together for 61 years until his death in 2003.
After her marriage, Hertha became an active member of First Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg. She taught Sunday school, served on committees, and was a leader of the Lutheran Church Women. She was the first woman to serve on and become president of the Church Council. She was a trained Stephen Minister, helping those in need.
While farming and raising a family, Hertha was also an active member of the community. She volunteered at the Vicksburg Library and with Evangelical Community Hospital Hospice. She was a 4-H leader, and she served on the Union County Cooperative Extension board. She also held seats on the Union County Planning Commission and on the board of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
The Union County Historical Society awarded Hertha a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her board service and her authorship of the 2010 Heritage Book "Cows on the Landscape and a Milkman at Your Door" about the dairy industry in Union County. In the late 1940s, she authored the "Farmer Brown" column in The Mifflinburg Telegraph, and she wrote her monthly "Meanderings" column for the Millmont Times from 2002 to 2012.
Hertha took great satisfaction in hobbies, such as baking bread and cookies, collecting banks and napkin rings, and caning chairs and finishing furniture built by her husband, Karl. She was a lifelong learner, avid reader, and eager traveler. In 1985, she returned to school and earned a Certificate in Human Services from Susquehanna University. With her husband and other family members, she visited all 50 states and traveled throughout Europe and to Russia, Panama and Peru. When she saw recycling operations during a trip to Germany, she was inspired to promote conservation at home and founded H.U.B. Recycling in 1977.
Hertha's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. She is survived by four children: Diane Knack Conneman of Ithaca, NY; Samuel E. (Daisy Hanselman) of Orrtanna, PA; Mark M. (Deborah McDavitt) of Mifflinburg; and Wendy C. (Norbert Heimann) of Minneapolis, MN. She was predeceased by two sons, Eric S. in 1957 and Roger W. (Mary Munson) of Narrowsburg, NY, in 2006. She has nine grandchildren: Katherine Dittmer, Susan Knack Brown, Jason Wehr, Jennifer Hayes, Eric Wehr, Angela Wehr White, Rebecca Anderson, Amy Wehr Goodwin, and Jane Spickler. She also loved and cherished her 12 great-grandchildren: Avery, Charlotte, Meara, Shanan, Simon, Roger, Zoe, Zane, Miller, Iris, Colin and Derek.
Family and friends are invited to visit from 10 - 11 am on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at First Lutheran Evangelical Church, 404 Market Street, Mifflinburg, where a celebration of Hertha's life will be held at 11 with Pastor John Yost, officiating. Following the service will be a time of fellowship and light refreshment in the church fellowship hall.
Burial will be conducted privately at Hartleton Cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org) or Lutheran World Relief (donate.lwr.org).
Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut Street, Mifflinburg.