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Shank, Fannie Carpenter (1889-1966)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1966 Feb 24 p. 8

Birth date: 1889 Sep 8

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Fannie Carpenter Shank, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Horst) Carpenter, was born in Maugansville, Md. on Sept. 8, 1889. She was christened in Reiffs [sic Reiff] Mennonite Church in the spring of 1909.

After her marriage to Christian J. Shank on Jan. 30, 1908, they started housekeeping with his mother along the Maugansville Road, and lived there one year. They moved to Maugansville for two years and then moved to Cearfoss, Md. for four years. They then moved back to Maugansville one year, and then to Bridgeport, Md. where they started farming John Hostetter's farm. They lived there four years and then purchased a farm from Jacob Overholzer. The farm was along the Leitersburg and Greencastle Road, and they lived there 26 years. They then bought a property in Maugansville.

On Nov. 26, 1965 she was planning to go along with some ladies to sewing circle. When the ladies came to pick her up they found her in the bathroom, seeming to have suffered a stroke. She then was taken to the hospital where she died on Nov. 29, 1965. She reached the age of 76 years, two months and 22 days.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2, 1965 at Reiffs [sic Reiff] Mennonite Church, Hagerstown, Md., with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Then services were conducted by Bishop Amos Martin of Shippensburg, Pa., Rev. Omar Martin of Chambersburg, Pa. and Rev. Amos Horst of Clearspring, Md.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children, Leonard E. of Chambersburg, Pa., Mae, Mrs. Raymond Lesher of Zullinger, Pa., Arthur L. [sic Lesher of Zullinger, Pa., Arthur L.] of Berwyn Heights, College Park, Md., Carrie, Mrs. Arthur Grove of Greencastle, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Joseph Martin, Mt. Wolfe, Pa.; and a half-brother, Henry Carpenter of State Line, Pa. She was preceded in death by one son and three daughters.

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