Shirley Lorraine (Dorsett) Ramer

COAL TOWNSHIP — Shirley Lorraine (Dorsett) Ramer, 74, of 1500 W. Chestnut St., passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.

Born in Shamokin, June 11, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Bertha Alleman Dorsett and James Dorsett.

Shirley was married Aug. 29, 1954, to Leon Ramer Sr., who preceded her in death April 2, 1997.

She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. The candy jars in her home were always full and she never let visitors leave empty-handed, usually sending them home with treats she had stashed away in her kitchen. She was a talented cook and the best baby sitter her grandchildren ever had. On lazy summer days, she'd watch over them while they played kickball and energetically ran around in the neighborhood.

Shirley could often be seen shooting the breeze on the porch of her home with her neighbors and family. She seemingly knew everyone in the neighborhood just by their vehicles. Whenever a car would pass, she would say, "Oh, there goes so-and-so," and the drivers would wave and honk their horns.

Soap operas and professional wrestling were her guilty pleasures. She was feisty and funny and she always spoke her mind.

Shirley is survived by six children, Brenda Walburn, and her husband, Mark, of Coal Township, Mary Douglas, of Wynnewood, Sandy Wentzel, and her husband, Burd, of Ashland, Leon Ramer Jr., and his wife, Carol, of Pitman, Joe Ramer, of Wilburton, and Lynn Nolter, and her husband, Bobby, of Coal Township; 13 grandchildren: four great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Dorsett, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, David and Lester; seven sisters, Anna, Jean, Kathleen, Dorothy, Grace, Gertrude and Betty, and three children, twin daughters and a son.

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RAMER — Shirley Lorraine (Dorsett) Ramer, 74, of 1500 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Farrow Funeral Home, 240 W. Chestnut St., Shamokin, with Major Ruth Pryce officiating. Burial will be in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Hunters Station. A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Published in The News Item from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013