Lester J. Welk, age 92, of Willow Street, PA, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 20, 2019. He was the husband of the late Alta M. Lewis Welk who passed away on January 2, 1994. He was born in Bart Township, son of the late George E. Sr. & Annie Brown Welk. He was a life member of the Georgetown United Methodist Church. He started working in 1950 for his father in construction, starting his own construction business in 1966 retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Gap Male Chorus for over 50 years and was on a bowling league since 1958. Surviving are 4 children: L. James husband of Patricia A. Summers Welk of Strasburg, Joan W. Shumate, wife of the late Rev. Paul Shumate of Elizabethtown, Cathy A. Welk of Willow Street, Sharon L. wife of Raymond Shissler of Strasburg, 3 grandchildren: Donna Shumate wife of Brian Bitler of Lampeter, Kierstin Shumate wife of Bryan Jenkins of Cramerton, NC, Samuel Welk of Rohrerstown, PA , 5 great grandchildren: Jesslyn, Julia, Joel, Jeremy Bitler, Zoe Jenkins, 2 siblings: George E. Jr. husband of Sue Ross Welk of Paradise, Annie K. wife of Charles L. Erb of Bart . He was preceded in death by 2 sisters: Janet Lewis & Mary Jane Irwin.
Funeral service will take place from the Georgetown United Methodist Church, 1070 Georgetown Road, Paradise, PA on Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m. with Pastor Linda Harnish officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. There will be a viewing at Shivery Funeral Home, 111 Elizabeth Street, Christiana on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. There will be no viewing on Thursday but there will be a time to greet the family following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Georgetown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 76, Bart, PA 17503 or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.