Mrs. Ann Ripley (Esgar) Maehrer, of Albrightsville, formerly of Lake Harmony, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, in the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, where she worked for 37 years as a registered nurse.
During her tenure there, she worked in medical/surgical, pediatrics and, later in her career, was instrumental in the establishment of the chemotherapy oncology department. She retired in 1997 after a lengthy and rewarding career.
- She was the wife of George William Maehrer Jr. They were married in 1956.
Born in Wilkes Barre in 1935, she moved with her family to a farm in Powell's Valley, near Halifax, Pa., when she was still a young girl. There, she attended school at the one-room Carsonville School, and later graduated from Elizabethville High School.Following high school, she attended and graduated from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing.
Ann gave freely of her time to help her community and was active in both the Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary and Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance. Today, the ambulance is incorporated as a separate organization, known as Lake Harmony Rescue Squad and Ambulance Corps. The ladies auxiliary disbanded for a time during the 1970s, but Ann was at the forefront of seeing it reorganized in the 1980s and served as president of the organization for many years.
She was a member of Pocono Forest Fire Crew and assisted with numerous wildfire prevention activities sponsored by the crew, Weiser Forest Fire Wardens Association, and Pa. DCNR Bureau of Forestry.
She also worked the phone banks many times for the American Cancer Society Telethon, held annually on Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13.
As active as she was, she still found time to be a loving and devoted wife and mother.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons Gary, George III and Kevin, and a sister, Ellen Duncan.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Esgar; her mother; Helen Smith; and a brother, Wellington John Smith. Service:
Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Stage Rd., Albrightsville, with the Rev. Doug Holtz officiating. Interment, church cemetery. Call 9-11 a.m. Tuesday. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe, Pa. 18229.