Esther B. Harner

NEW OXFORD Esther B. Harner, 84, formerly of Littlestown, died early Saturday morning, January 18, 2014, at the Brethren Home. She was the wife of Lloyd "Biggie" Harner, Sr. for 65 years. Born January 24, 1929, in Gettysburg, she was the daughter of the late Mervin S. and Ethel (Eyler) Hankey. Esther was a 1947 graduate of Littlestown High School and a 1948 graduate of York School of Beauty. She was a cosmetologist and owner of Esther Harner's Beauty Salon in Littlestown for 42 years. In addition to her husband, Esther is survived by a daughter, Rebecca I. Shermeyer and husband, Anthony of Spring Grove; two sons, L. Richard Harner, Jr. and wife, Nancy, and Kevin M. Harner and wife, Karen, both of Littlestown; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; a brother, Glen Hankey of Joppa, Md.; and three sisters, Viola "Susie" Breighner of Littlestown, Irene Tracey of Glen Burnie, Md., and Judy Arentz of Billings, Mont. She was predeceased by a brother, John Hankey, and a sister, Betty Hull. Esther was a member of Bart's Centenary United Methodist Church, Littlestown. She attended every high school reunion and served on the class committees. She was a life member of the Alpha Fire Company Auxiliary in Littlestown and a life member of the Littlestown VFW Auxiliary. A funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Little's Funeral Home with Pastor Emilia Burdick officiating. Viewing is Monday 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown. Contributions in Esther's name may be made to her church at 56 E. King St., Littlestown, PA 17340; or VNA Hospice, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover, PA 17331. Online condolences may be shared on

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Published in Evening Sun on Jan. 19, 2014