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NEW OXFORD Glenn Frederick Leister, 82, entered into God's eternal care on Monday, February 17, 2014, at the Brethren Home following a heartfelt battle with cancer. Born January 19, 1932, in Midway, Pa., Glenn was the fourth and youngest son of Edgar and Helen (Rebert) Leister. He was a 1950 graduate of Eichelberger High School, a 1954 graduate of Gettysburg College, and a 1958 graduate of Temple University Medical School. Following his medical internship at York Hospital, he entered the Public Health Service and worked as an examining physician at a Public Health clinic in New York City and later as assistant surgeon at a Public Health hospital in Staten Island, N.Y. After completing his service, he returned to Hanover and established a family medical practice that spanned more than 45 years. Dr. Leister had a true passion for practicing medicine. He was a caring, thoughtful, and devoted doctor who was known by many as "Doc". He cherished the opportunity to be a physician in his home town where he could make a difference in the lives of generations of families. He was also a kind and generous family man who was loved by many. His passion for helping people continued into his retirement, when he dedicated his life to learning and teaching others about Christ. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where he most recently led a men's Bible study and Sunday school class. Glenn was a life-long gardener. He loved to exchange tips on the best way to raise any vegetable and the occasional fruit. This year's crop will be devoted to you, Dad, and we are sure it will be bountiful. Dr. Leister is survived by his children, Kathleen Orewiler (Orrin), Christine Abrams, Andrew Leister, Heidi Haafke (Ronald), Debra Geer, and Daniel Leister; and grandchildren, Kelsey Miller, David Abrams, Erin Haafke, Sierra Miller, Rachael Abrams, Nicholas Haafke, and Sean Miller. He is also survived by his previous wives, Nancy Leister and Jean Leister Weikert; brother, Elwood Leister (Shirley); sister-in-law, Ruth Leister; numerous nieces and nephews; and extended family. Glenn was predeceased by his parents; infant son, Douglas Bruce Leister; and brothers, Kenneth Leister and Rodger Leister. A memorial service to honor Dr. Leister's life will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, with his pastor, the Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Yeiser, officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Glenn's memory may be made to the Endowment Fund at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 30 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, PA 17331. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of the Hanover Hospital, the Brethren Home, and the Visiting Nurse Association for their outstanding and compassionate care. The Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Frederick St., Hanover, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at
Published in Evening Sun on Feb. 20, 2014
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