Antje Shirey

Antje Shirey, 72, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Hospice & Community Care’s Bob Fryer & Family Inpatient Center in Mt Joy, after a lengthy illness.

Born on April 20, 1942 in Kassel, Germany she was the daughter of 2nd Lieutenant Roland Piesk (deceased) and Annemarie Goericke (deceased).  She was a graduate of Heinrich-Schultz-Schule.

She came to the United States in 1959.

Antje was employed as a part-time truck driver, most recently for Lancaster Brewing Company.  A job she absolutely loved.

Antje was the first female school bus driver in Lancaster County and many older Conestoga Valley and Penn Manor graduates may remember her as their bus driver.

Her hobbies included gardening, knitting hundreds of potholders which she gave away to strangers as gifts, and scratching off lottery tickets.  She loved all animals.

She is survived by two daughters Denise Shirey, St Augustine, Florida and Elaine Shirey, companion of Jeff Dean, Lancaster, Dan Ressler and her younger brother Hannjorg Goericke and his wife, Ingrid, of Marburg, Germany.

The family would like to thank everyone from Lancaster Brewing Company for all they’ve done for Antje. Your friendship was so precious to her. The family also thanks Dr Suzanne Scott and everyone at Oyster Point Family Health Center, the Palliative Care Department at LGH, and the 6th floor nursing staff at Conestoga View.  Special thanks to everyone at Hospice & Community Care who enabled Antje to leave this world in comfort and with a special sense of peace and love.

At Antje’s request, there will be no memorial services.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that contributions in Antje’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care (The Flower Endowment Fund) P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or


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  • So sorry…I just saw this. Especially sad since we had reconnected after so many years. I remember her fondly in Lancaster. RIP.

  • I am a member of Danny’s extended family. We just lost my Dad, one of Danny’s classmates.(Jay Ream).
    My condolences, and may you find the strength to accept her passing.

    I went to Brownstown elementary, and I remember her driving bus. She was a beautiful woman, and most recently shared her potholders with my sister and I.

  • Shocked and saddened by your Mom’s passing. She was one of a kind and I’ll always remember her. She was tough on the outside but kind and soft in her heart. Too soon gone.

  • Antje was my Cousin and I have some special memories from our childhood and teenage years. I also do remember the time of her taking the big step of going to America. I myself moved to Great Britain in my early twenties, so we had in common that we had both left our home country.
    We didn’t have contact for quite a few years, when she telephoned me and we had a lovely chat and connected well after many years. What she said and did came from the heart, and I was very moved by our exchange.
    I am very sorry she passed away quite suddenly. I am sending my love to her and to her loved ones.

    • Gisela, what a wonderful, lovely surprise to see your post and tell us about our mom when she was young. Thank you, thank you for this.

  • A wonderful neighbor with a huge heart, infectous sense of humor, and a kind, cheerful soul has left us. She will be missed so much, especially her wonderful stories and happy greetings. Our deepest sympathy for your loss….if you need anything, you know where to find us.

  • My deepest, heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of Antje’s family and friends. I was honored to be her friend. She was a blessing and inspiration to me. It will be difficult not to hear her say “have a good day, girl” as I walked out to work, or to call and ask me to ride along for a road trip some where. She has blessed so many people on her path through this world and I know that she will be sorely missed. I will miss her sarcasm and her quick wit. I will miss her encouragement and her beautiful spirit. Her soul is free of earthly limitations and she will continue to be a blessing to me as she travels on.

  • Please know you are being thought of and prayed for in this very difficult time. Antje was a special person. I know how very much Uncle Dan loved her. I was the lucky recipient of her beautiful pot-holders and will think of her whenever I use them. Praying God’s peace for you.

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