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1934 Shirley 2020

Shirley L. (Wiest) Schrope

February 4, 1934 — December 2, 2020


Shirley L. (Wiest) Schrope, 86, Dauphin, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at her home.

Born February 4, 1934 in Spring Glen, Schuylkill County, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Annie (Schmeltz) Wiest and was a 1951 graduate of Hubley Township High School. She retired from the Comptroller’s office at PHEAA.

Shirley grew up on the family farm in Schuylkill County, often taking the horse drawn wagon into town to sell produce from the farm.

When she was a teenager, she met and instantly fell in love with Paul S. Schrope, Jr., and waited faithfully for him to come back from the war. They were married on May 9, 1954 and enjoyed nearly 61 years of marriage before his passing in 2015.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings: Elwood Wiest, John Wiest, Herman Wiest, Arlene Jackson, and Eugene Wiest.

In high school, she played the cornet and was quite the athlete. She was an accomplished figure skater and bowler (with Joe the Motorists Friend team), gardener and an avid fisherman. Shirley became a Girl Scout Leader at Rockville United Methodist Church and enjoyed going to dinners at the American Legion with her husband. She liked putting puzzles together, was a good cook and seamstress, and loved watching the movie musicals from the 1940s and 1950s.

Always loving, forgiving, and self-sacrificing, she put others first and had the ability to see the best in all.

Surviving are her children: Gary P. Schrope (and Susan), Warren, PA, Gail D. Kessler, Oley, PA, Luann G. Schrope Woodcock (and David), Dauphin and Susan Schrope Kramer, Peoria, AZ; her sister: Connie Bagley, Oregon; 6 grandchildren: Melisse Schrope Rodriguez, Matthew Kessler, Robert Kessler, Brigitte Shelton, Steven Garman, and Gunnar Kramer; 7 great grandchildren: Tyler Evans, Megan Evans, Matilyn Kessler, Miles Kessler, Jeramie Rodriguez, Andrew Rodriguez, and Marley Kessler; and many other nieces, nephews and family members.

Burial with her beloved husband at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

Kimmel Funeral Home, Harrisburg, is handling arrangements.

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