John R. Fenstermaker

John R. “Jack” Fenstermaker, 90, of Nippenose Valley, passed away Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at Susque View Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born April 19, 1927, in Jersey Shore, he was a son to the late Verus Fenstermaker and the former Carrie Cowher. Also preceding him death are his wife of 39 years, Erma J. (Wolfe) Fenstermaker on Jan. 1, 1986; brothers, William and Jesse Fenstermaker; and three sisters, Elizabeth Downin, Helen Boyer and Edith Farley.

Surviving are his children, Jane (P. Brian) Breneman, Susan (John) Lehman, David (Donna) Fenstermaker, and Robert (Debby) Fenstermaker; grandchildren, Jennifer Wentzel, Steven Lehman, Cassandra Fenstermaker (Lavelle), Sara Fenstermaker, Sam Fenstermaker, Brandy Hills, Christine Merrill and Brian Micheal; 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Harriet Sweitzer.

John was a member of Oriole United Methodist Church. He started his own trucking business at the age of 19. John later added a lime spreader to his business and worked for many local farmers. He worked at the Pine Creek Quarry and then Hanson Quarry until he was 84 years old. He was a lifelong farmer and liked nothing better than being in his truck or on his tractor.

As a member of the greatest generation, he possessed a strong work ethic and was greatly respected and loved by his family, friends and customers. John was a kind man who had a special connection with animals. He had many memorable dogs in his lifetime. In later years, he became a big fan of puzzles and would spend many hours at his dining room table putting together animal and farm scenes. He will be greatly missed by many, but especially those who called him Dad, Pappy and Pappy Jack.

A funeral service honoring the life of John will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening, August 11, 2017, at Welker Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Jersey Shore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oriole United Methodist Church, 32 Main Road, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.

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