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Virginia Boyer

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 16, 2016 @ 4:07 pm In Obituaries | 9 Comments

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Virginia Ann Miller Boyer passed away early morning Wednesday, July 13th at Moravian Manor in Lititz, PA after a long illness.

Born in 1929, Virginia (“Ginny”) was the eldest daughter of Creston and Hope Shreve Miller.  Ginny spent her entire life in Lancaster and began playing piano at an early age.  While attending McCaskey High School (class of ’46) she studied piano with Kathryn Grube.  After graduating from McCaskey, she commuted to and attended Philadelphia Conservatory of Music where she studied under Vincent Persichetti, a renowned contemporary American composer and virtuoso pianist.

Ginny became an accomplished classical pianist and teacher.  She was an incredible sight reader, and was able to learn new music very quickly.  During her peak teaching years, she had over 30 students at all levels of expertise.  Several of her students went on to careers in music; one (Vince Dicola) became a very successful film scorer and composer (among his work is the music to “Rocky IV”), another (Roger Vine) toured Europe playing organ in major European cathedrals.

Ginny volunteered her time and sang at the Fulton Opera House in several Kiwanis musical productions.  Later in her life, she studied classical voice and became a soprano soloist at First United Methodist Church services in Lancaster and other local venues.  She also was an avid reader and bridge player, most notably with the infamous “BBSS” bridge club (Bare, Boyer, Snyder, and Sload).

Ginny was married for 61 years to Robert Boyer, a former Lancaster County commissioner who passed away in 2012. Ginny is survived by her sister Marilyn May Miller Bare (wife of F. Robert Bare); cousin Joanne Shreve Kuster; daughter Leigh Boyer; son Robert Boyer (husband of Carol Hansen); grandchildren Canaan Boyer and Dexter Pope, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

A memorial/celebration of life service will be held at Moravian Manor, Steinman Hall, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA 17543  on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

By request of the family, please dress casually.  Any donations in Ginny’s honor should be made to the Benevolent Care Fund, Moravian Manor (at the address listed above) or Masonic Village Hospice, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022


Condolences for the family of “Virginia Boyer”

Condolence from Deborah Benson Everett, Oak Bluffs, MA on July 17th, 2016 8:26 am

Ginny was my first piano teacher when I was in elementary school. We lived in the same neighborhood, so I believe I walked to her parents’ home for lessons. The end result after a number of years of Ginny’s encouragement at the Lancaster Conservatory, I acquired a lifelong love of music and passed that appreciation on to my children .

My most sincere sympathy to Ginny’s family and to her sister, Marilyn, who might remember me as Debbie Benson.

Condolence from Tim Benton on July 22nd, 2016 9:32 pm

I known Genny ever since I started FUMC way back in 1968.

Condolence from Missy Geier on July 18th, 2016 9:46 am

Keeping you all in my prayers. Remember taking piano lessons with your mother. She was a wonderful friend to my mother and our family. God Bless.

Condolence from Diane Scholl Deemer on July 18th, 2016 10:21 pm

Virginia Deen Barto & I sang in First Methodist’s choir for many years. She always smiled and laughed. We both extend our condolences.

Condolence from Scott Paden on July 19th, 2016 6:15 pm

I have many fond memories of our Shreve clan gatherings. It was always a pleasure to talk to cousin Ginny, she will be missed. My condolences to all the Boyer’s.

Condolence from Vince DiCola on July 20th, 2016 3:08 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother played an important role in my life and career and I was so touched to see my name mentioned in her obituary. She was by far the best piano instructor I ever studied with, and as so often happens when we look back over our lives, I wish I had stuck with “Mrs. Boyer” for much longer and been more committed to improving my reading skills. It was of great interest to me to read about your mom’s musical background and I found myself wishing I had heard and seen her perform in her own element.

Thank you once again for including my name in the obituary. I am truly honored and consider myself blessed to have had your dear mother as my piano teacher. I’ve thought of her often and fondly and will continue to do so, and my life and career are richer for having known and studied with her.

My deepest condolences and God bless.

Condolence from Suzette(Suzie) Johnson on July 22nd, 2016 11:11 am

Gary and I extend our sincere sympathies to the Boyer family. I sang with Ginny in Chancel choir at FUMC for many years. She was a lovely lady. Blessings of comfort and peace to all the family.

Condolence from Elinor Pennington Nicholas on July 22nd, 2016 2:02 pm

Ginny –

I have many fond memories of our younger years as friends when we lived on Lancaster Avenue as side-by-side neighbors, and we both studied piano with Kathryn R. Grube , played two piano music together at recitals, taught at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music, graduated from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, and were bridesmaids at each other’s weddings.

I remember a recital that Miss Grube presented when four of her students who were members of First Methodist performed at the church as a fund-raiser for rebuilding the church after the fire in the 1940’s. Joanne Shreve, Susan Moedinger, you and I all participated in that fundraiser.

We also sang in each of the choirs at First Methodist, beginning with the Junior Choir under the direction of Don Nixdorf. I remember that there was an all-church event at Maple Grove, and you and I were selected to lead the choirs in the procession into the auditorium.

Thank you for your friendship, Ginny! You will be missed!

Condolence from Rodger Vine on August 15th, 2016 8:07 pm

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my dear first piano teacher (of course, known to us as “Mrs. Boyer,” not Ginny). I am honored to have been mentioned in her obituary! I studied with her for over seven years, starting in elementary school and continuing until I graduated from high school . Even after that I took more lessons with her in the summers, when I was home in Lancaster from college in Boston. She was a fantastic teacher and was the one who instilled in me a life-long passion for music. I’m still practicing piano and organ for hours every day, even now at age 67. I will forever be grateful for her kind personality and her constant guidance and encouragement. May she rest in eternal peace….

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