Shirley Pipher

Shirley Pipher

Wednesday, November 23rd, 1938 Friday, June 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Shirley A Pipher (Repsher)

Shirley Ann “Nanny” Pipher, passed away June 5, 2020, in the home of her daughter after a 16 month stay at Chapel Pointe Gardenview, Carlisle, surrounded by her children.

Born November 23, 1938, in Stroudsburg, PA to William F. and Violet (Yaggie) Repsher. She married Leo R. Pipher on May 14, 1955, and together they had 4 children, Judith (James) Kintz, East Stroudsburg, Robin (Timothy) Redmond, Chambersburg, Brother Samuel Pipher, Community of Jesus, Cape Cod, Joel (Louann) Pipher, Harrisburg.

She was a very outgoing, fun-loving person, fantastic homemaker and her husband’s secretary for their business, Leo R. Pipher, Builder until the time of his death, March 29, 2001. Her hobbies were camping with her family, reading, baking, gardening and needlework. She was a member of the Embroiderers Guild of American, Mt Pocono and the Quilters Guild.

Shirley dedicated her life to Jesus when she was 12 years old at church camp. Her love for Jesus and the Bible were ever constant in her life. In her early 20’s with small children, ladies of her church came to her home and had Bible Study with her each week. That started a lifelong devotion to womens Bible Study and her passion to minister to any one in need. She was a member of the Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church for 45 years before moving to Carlisle, PA. She then became a member of The Meeting House BIC, Carlisle. She was active in their Stephen Ministry and assisted with the WOW Bible Studies until her illness in April 2016. She also attended her daughter and son-in-laws churches, Big Spring Heights COG, Newville and UP Church of God, Upper Strasburg, PA. During those years she was also an Oblate with the Community of Jesus, Orleans, MA.

Her life will forever be cherished in the lives of her children, 9 grandchildren,16 great grandchildren, her siblings, Asher Repsher, Leighton, Pauline Seese, Tennessee, Paul (Donna) Repsher, Leighton, sister-in-law, Shirley E. Pipher, East Stroudburg, many nieces and nephews that she adored. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Dolores (Richard) Depue and her brother, William Earl Repsher.

A Memorial Service will be at the UP Church of God, Upper Strasburg, PA with Rev. Kip Penrod presiding. Interment alongside her husband, Leo, will be held at the Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Rev. Timothy Redmond presiding. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, both services will be delayed.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be offered on her Book of Memories page at In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in her memory to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, Pa 17110.

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Judy Sirrine

To Judy and Robin,
May Our Lord Jesus comfort you and your families during this difficult time. May you find comfort in His Loving arms. And may the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forever. Amen
In Jesus Love, Judy Sirrine and family.
Comment | Posted at 12:38am via Condolence

Ramona Mateya

I met Shirley at our church’s women’s Bible study. She became a friend and confidant. I always enjoyed our conversations. She loved Jesus and her family. I loved her feisty personality. I am sad to learn of her passing and that I hadn’t seen her for several years. Prayers and sympathy to her family.
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Bonnie Leedy

Aunt Shirley helped raise me when Mommie died from injuries suffered in a car accident. But then, she raised most of the Bushkill kids. Robin and I looked a lot alike in a younger years and we dressed alike some for a bit. I loved Aunt Shirley's cookies and stories. She helped me out when I was undecided about my path remaining at Middle Smithfield. She wasn't happy with my decision, but she didn't judge me, and that was the kind of woman she was. I'll forever thank her for the advice, the kind words and the cookies. Bonnie Lee Leedy (Paul)
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