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Howard T. Hemmerly
Howard T. Hemmerly, 92, passed away in the home of his daughter, Marjorie L. Carl of Essex, Md. on December 26, 2007. He was the beloved husband of 67 years to Hannah L. (Johnson) Hemmerly. Born in Bethlehem on November 22, 1915, he was a son of the late Levi and Ida (Trythall) Hemmerly. He graduated from Liberty High School, Moravian College, Lehigh University, where he received his masters degree in mathematics and the University of Colorado, where he received his masters degree in physical science. He was employed in the Chatham (N.J.) Public School System, where he taught high school mathematics for 38 years. Upon his retirement in 1978, Howard and Hannah moved from their home in Basking Ridge, N.J. to Lititz, Pa., eventually settling in Essex, Md. in the spring of 2006. From 1976 to 1996, they enjoyed two months each summer at their second home in Indian Lake, N.Y. In retirement, Howard and Hannah volunteered at St. Josephs Hospital and Lancaster County Meals on Wheels. In addition, Howard kept busy into his late 80s with traveling, woodworking, swimming, painting, gardening and piano playing. His passion for music led him to start The Moonlighters Band in Lititz. Howard and Hannah have been member of Chatham Methodist Church, Baksing Ridge Presbyterian Church and Lititz Moravian Congregation. Survivors: Wife; children, Marjorie Carl and her husband, Eric, of Esses, Mary Ellen Eckman and her husband, David, of Yardley and James H. Hemmerly of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Laurie D. Burger and Hannah R. Hemmerly; brother, Dr. William C. Hemmerly and his wife, Mary Lou, of Hellertown; three stepgrandsons, 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews; cousins. Services: In their final years, they attended Hope Lutheran Church, Essex, where a memorial service will be held January 5, 2008 at 2 p.m. A second memorial service will be held at a later date in January at Lititz Moravian Congregation, where he remained a member. At Howards request, a private cremation was held. Arrangements by the family owned Bruzdzinski Funeral Home P.A. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Howards name may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Lititz Moravian Congregation or a charity of ones choice.
Published in Morning Call on Dec. 28, 2007
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