Esther R. Bernheisel, 74 of Millsboro, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. She was born Dec. 19, 1938, in Ephrata, Pa., daughter of the late Mervin Sipe and Margaret Blain Sipe. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Frank A. Bernheisel; a brother Marvin A. Sipe Jr.; two sisters, Anna Mae Becker and Pearl Helman; and one grandson Tyler Ray Garloff in 1999.
Mrs. Bernheisel was retired from a lifelong career as a sewing machine operator, first for Mills & Mills and later for Everright Knitting Mills of Lebanon, Pa. She was a member of the Rural Security Fire Company and Manechore Club both in Lebanon, and American Legion Post 28 Ladies Auxiliary where she was very active.
Mrs. Bernheisel thoroughly enjoyed retirement as she was able to spend time helping others in many ways, like crocheting lap blankets for the veterans. Her enjoyment of baking, cooking and dancing the jitterbug were her favorite pastimes. However, the love and enjoyment as a mother and grandmother to her family was at the top of her list.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Garloff and her husband Rick of Harbeson; her two grandchildren, Ashley Nicole Garloff and Alexis Taylor Garloff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Kochenderfer Cemetery, 1100 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 10, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy., Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.