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Marie (Cisi) Huber Eshelman

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On September 16, 2021 @ 10:51 am In Obituaries | 22 Comments

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Marie (Cisi) Huber Eshelman

Marie H. Eshelman, 94, died peacefully on Saturday, September 11, 2021 surrounded by her family while under the care of Hospice of Lancaster County. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Violet K. and William E. Huber. Marie was married for fifty-nine years to the late John W. Eshelman, who passed away on June 21, 2009. She was the sister of her late beloved brother William C. Huber, who was married to the late Ann E. Huber Gordon.
Cisi graduated from J. P. McCaskey class of 1945 and was a cheerleader for the Red Tornado. She continued her education graduating from The Berte Fashion Studio in Philadelphia, honing skills that were invaluable throughout her life.  
Cisi and John were the 4th family to move to Old Town Lancaster and enjoyed years of happiness with lifetime friends and the diversity of downtown. She had a passion for family, friends, the arts, gardening, tennis, and volunteering pursuits. She was an active member of the Junior League of Lancaster, the Lancaster Country Club, the Rockford Foundation, and was a docent for the James Buchanan foundation for the preservation of Wheatland. An avid supporter of the Demuth Foundation including the Annual Demuth Garden Tour and plant sale held at the Conestoga House, her focus was in giving back to the community that gave her so much.
Later, Cisi and John moved to Valleybrook Estates. Where she participated in the “Aqua Belles and Guys” water aerobics group moving to her favorite song “Summer Winds” by her favorite crooner, Frank Sinatra. Cisi cherished socializing with friends and family and after such gatherings she would say with a wave and smile, “I’ll see you tomorrow.” Cisi was known by many and loved by all. 
Cisi is survived by her four daughters and one son: Susan H. Eshelman, wife of Michael S. Clark of Lancaster, Anne M. Eshelman, companion of the late Lin Hanks of Lancaster, a son, John W. Eshelman, husband of Deborah of Lancaster, Ruth H. Eshelman of Louisville, KY and Jane L. Baker, wife of James, of Advance, NC, Grandchildren: Cara E. Shaul, wife of  Matthew of Louisville, KY,  Will P. Thomas of Louisville, KY, Kyle P. Baker, companion of Shelby A. Taylor of Brooklyn, NY and Drew F. Baker of Charlotte, NC. Her adoring Cousin, Joan, wife of the late John “Jack” Mahan of Bel Air, MD and many nieces and nephews also survive her. 
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Lancaster for providing compassionate care during these last several months. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County or the Demuth Foundation.


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Condolence from Thomas Cook! on September 19th, 2021 8:12 am

Cisi was a truly remarkable woman – who exemplified ‘joie de vivre’! She was always a joy to her many friends and admirers. I extend my deepest sympathy to her wonderful children.
She will be greatly missed – but her radiance will remain with all of us.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:53 pm

Your description of mom says it all and we will miss her dearly. I know she loved working with you and being your friend.

Condolence from Jenny Ament Hoffman on September 19th, 2021 9:46 am

As a child I remember spending many a Saturday at the Eshelmans playing with my friend Ruth. The house was always bustling with activity but “Mrs Eshelman” always greeted me with a happy disposition and a beautiful smile. That was many years ago but my memories of her wonderful kindness are very vivid to me. I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to Ruth and the entire Eshelman family.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:55 pm

Oh Jenny, your name comes up in conversations more than you know. Thank you so much for your lovely message.

Condolence from Elizabeth Giroud Sonneborn on September 19th, 2021 3:13 pm

Mrs. Eshelman and her family lived across the street while I was growing up. I would babysit for her children for several years.
She was a “Lady” in every sense of the word. When I saw her in my sixties + she always came to say hello with that infectious smile on her face.
My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:58 pm

Thank you Liz, we all loved your family and your mother even taught me how to knit. Mom was quite a “lady” indeed.

Condolence from Barrett Brandt on September 19th, 2021 5:37 pm

I didnt know your Mom that well, but when I saw her she was nice and always smiling! She was a cool lady and she had cool kids. My deepest condolences to every one of you.
Love Barrett Brandt

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:59 pm

Thank you for your kind words, so appreciated.

Condolence from Art and Carol Kunkel on September 19th, 2021 8:30 pm

Art and I wish to offer our sympathies to all the cousins. It has been many years since we have seen Aunt Cisi but we have many fond memories of her, Uncle John and all the family. Our love and prayers to all the family.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:50 pm

So many wonderful memories with the Eshelman/Kunkel family. We all think of you often and appreciate your reaching out.

Condolence from Jenny Droz Switch on September 20th, 2021 10:29 am

Susan, Anne, Johnny, Ruth and Jane,

My sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother. She always had a big smile and a big, friendly welcome anytime I saw her. She was such a great friend of my Mom and Dad’s. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the whole family during this time.

All my love,

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 4:52 pm

Thank you Jenny, our families have shared a lot of wonderful memories together, thank you for your kind words.

Condolence from Kara Rose on September 20th, 2021 12:52 pm

Such an honor and blessing to know and be loved by Cisi. I first met her when I bought my home next to her in 2015. We became fast friends and she was such a role model to me instantly and I truly learned such important lessons from her in the short tenure we were friends.

Her charisma and personality were contagious and the smile, blue eyes are etched in my memory forever.
I will truly miss this remarkable woman and am so pleased that she and my mother can be friends in heaven. Not a day goes by that I do not wish for my mothers happiness and know now her new friend will bring just that. Cisi made friends wherever she would be with whomever and such a friend indeed.

My sincere sympathy to you all and may comfort and peace be with you all in this greatest time of sorrow and loss.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 5:01 pm

Kara, you moving in next to mom was a gift from God. I can say we all feel the same way about you, as you have expressed here about mom.

Condolence from Ann & Richard Herb on September 20th, 2021 1:15 pm

Cisi was a neighbor at Valleybrook, a Universal Gym pal and a great lady! What a life she had and what a loss we have. We were honored to attend her wonderful 90th birthday party, which was a great celebration of her marvelous life. Sincere condolences to her family.

Condolence from Jane Baker on September 20th, 2021 5:05 pm

Thank you for sharing a few memories with Mom, she really loved her time and friendships at Valleybrook and Universal.

Condolence from Lori Hemphill on September 20th, 2021 5:21 pm

What a lovely and beautiful woman loved by so many and will be missed by all. The amazing and admired matriarch of the family. What a gem… my sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the Eshelman and connected families …
A privilege to have met her..,
Lori Hemphill

Condolence from Bob and Nancy Frankhouser on September 21st, 2021 3:22 pm

We are so sad to learn of Cisi’s passing. She was and will remain the nicest, prettiest, kindest woman most of us will ever know. Her memory finds a special place in our hearts, and always brings smiles.

Condolence from Janet Harriger on September 22nd, 2021 4:33 pm

To the whole Eshelman clan, may I extend my heart felt condolences over the passing of Cisi. She was a beautiful person with a terrific sense of humor. I’m sure she will be greatly missed by those who knew her.
I have many fun and fond memories involving all of you.

Janet Harriger

Condolence from Sue Tobie on September 23rd, 2021 12:37 pm

Cisi’s ready, warm smile will always be my first memory of meeting her , back in the ‘50’s, followed by a parade of small legs, we’ll tanned from summer poolside activities. She was glamorous then & continued in beauty throughout her life. I hope each of you has many joyful memories that spring to mind amid those sad feelings of loss
s. Hers was a well lived life

Condolence from Fran Allwein on September 23rd, 2021 2:36 pm

Please know that Cisi will be greatly missed. She was always a delightful lady to spend time with. Whether it was walking the track or participating in one of our Silver Sneakers classes at Universal Gym, she added a special spark to it. Cisi was so positive and fun to be around. I have truly missed her.
I will never forget her 90 birthday party. She was the altimate hostess with the all her guests. I am so glad I got to know her and spend time with her.
Blessings of peace be with all her family members and dear friends.

Condolence from Martha Wedge-Blake on October 3rd, 2021 11:30 am

I was sorry to read of the passing of your mother. I think our parents’ generation was a great one , vibrant. May loving memories provide you comfort during this time. Fondly, Marty Wedge-Blake.

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