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Irma Irene Sheirer1

b. 29 March 1918, d. 2 May 2007

Mother Nellie Rachel Buchanan1 b. March 1898, d. 27 June 1970
Father John Foster Sheirer1 b. 2 September 1897, d. 23 May 1959
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Family Fred W. Banner
Marriage* 31 May 1947  Winchester, Frederick Co., VA, Principal=Fred W. Banner1 
Children  1. Judy Ann Banner
  2. Nancy G. Banner

Married Name   Banner1 
Birth* 29 March 1918  PA2 
Census* 1920  Juniata Twp., Bedford Co., PA, 1920 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Juniata Township., ED 17, Series: T625, Roll: 1533, Page: 214A, January 26
Sheet 4A, Bard Road
(enumerated with grandfather, James Buchanan)
18, 82, 57, Sheirer, Irene, Grand Daughter, , , F, W, 2, S, , , , , , , Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , Pennsylvania, , , None, , ,
Census 1930  Juniata Twp., Bedford Co., PA, 1930 Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Bedford County, Juniata Township, ED 5-17, Series T626, Vol: 1998, Page: 208B, April 17
Sheet 4B
(enumerated with grandfather, James Buchanan(
100, 96, 96, Sheirer, Irene, Grand-Daughter, , , , Yes, F, W, 12, S, , Yes, Yes, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, , 58, , , , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,
Marriage* 31 May 1947  Winchester, Frederick Co., VA, Principal=Fred W. Banner1 
SSN* 2 May 2007  Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA, Irma BANNER
Birth Date: 29 Mar 1918
Death Date: 2 May 2007
Social Security Number: 196-14-9404
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Pennsylvania
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 17201
Localities: Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania2 
Death* 2 May 2007  Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA2,1 
News/Obit* 3 May 2007  I. Irene Sheirer Banner

I. Irene Sheirer Banner, of 1870 Johnson Road, Chambersburg, died in Manor Care on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 following complications of the flu. She had been ill since March 10.

She was born in Bard Hollow, Juanita Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late Nellie Rachel (Buchanan) and John Foster Sheirer (son of Adam F. And Jane Skelly Franklin) who grew up together on neighboring farms. Following her parents' divorce when she was a young child, both she and her younger brother, James W. Sheirer, were raised by their maternal grandparents, James and Nettie (Clites) Buchanan, while their mother worked in Bedford to support them.

She worked at the Celanese Plant in Cumberland, Maryland, for 7 years prior to moving to Chambersburg in 1949. Although she lived in Chambersburg since that time, her interests and heart remained close to Bard Hollow. In 2006, she wrote a compilation of stories of growing up in Bard Hollow for family and friends which are treasured.

She married Fred W. Banner of Dutch Comer, Bedford, on May 31, 1947 in Winchester, Virginia, with her brother and sister-in-law, James W. And Bettie Sheirer, as attendants.

Until the time of her illness, she was able to enjoy the simple pleasures such as daily family visits, country rides, calls and letters from family and friends and reading the current news from the Bedford Gazette newspaper. Among the things she enjoyed most was spending time at the family's summer trailer in Bard Hollow and reconnecting with the land where she was born and raised.

Her friends were very important to her and she maintained close relationships with childhood school friends from the Mowry School in Bard Hollow, which was a one-room school where her uncle, Emmens E. Buchanan, once taught.

Along with her husband, Fred W. Banner, of Chambersburg, she is also survived by two daughters, Judy Ann Banner-Rensch, of Chambersburg, and Nancy G. Redding, (wife of Timothy J. Redding), of Chambersburg. She was also an active grandparent of grandson, Timothy N. Rensch (husband of Cindy), of Carlisle and granddaughter, Courtney A. "Cookie" Redding, of Shippensburg. A 5 month old great-granddaughter, Emily J. Rensch, of Carlisle, also survives.

Irene is also survived by her loving brother, James W. Sheirer and his wife, Bettie, of Greenville, Pa. She was also proud to become friends and love her half-brothers and half-sisters who are: Donald and wife, Shirley Sheirer of R.D., New Paris; Stanford and wife, Joan Sheirer, of Bedford; 0. Jane and husband, James Calhoun, of Everett; Geraldine and husband Bob Moore of R.D., New Paris, and Sue, half-sister-in-law, wife of the late William Sheirer of Manns Choice. She is also survived by nephews and nieces. A half-brother, Ernest Sheirer, predeceased her.

She was valued, appreciated and loved by her family and friends and will be missed immeasurably. She attended Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church in Bedford County for years and also attended Mt. Union United Methodist Church, Fayetteville.

Funeral services will be held privately at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Bedford County near her family home place at the convenience of her immediate family.

She requested no flowers at her burial and any memorial contributions be sent to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Association, c/o Donna Smith, 411 Smith Hollow Rd, Buffalo Mills, PA 15534, for the general maintenance of the historic church.

Arrangements entrusted to the Louis Geisel Funeral Home, Bedford.

Online condolences may be expressed at

(Appeared in the Public Opinion (Chambersburg, PA), May 3, 2007)5 

Last Edited 30 Jan 2009

  1. [S641] Bev Sheirer's Per. Res., Bev Sheirer.
  2. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  3. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.
  4. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S323] News Bank.

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