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Ann L. (Steiner) Layser

Born: Mon., Sep. 4, 1933
Died: Wed., May 30, 2018

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Jun. 23, 2018
Location: Londonderry Village Chapel


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 23, 2018
Location: Londonderry Village Chapel

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Ann L. Layser, 84, formerly of Hershey and Richland, died at her residence at Londonderry Village in Palmyra May 30, 2018.

Born September 4, 1933 in Richland, she was the daughter of Jacob E. and Lena N. (Eisenbeiss) Steiner.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Neal F. Layser.

Ann is survived by a sister Sylvia L. (Kruckner) and husband Herman of Medford Lakes, New Jersey; sons, Steven M. Layser and wife Jan of Cornwall, and Todd E. Layser and wife Clara of Hershey; daughter, Angela L. Deaven and husband Keith of Arlington, Virginia; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her entire life, Mrs. Layser was not only an active pianist and church organist, but also a well-known and loved teacher of both piano and organ.  She began taking piano lessons very early in her life (age 3 or 4), and later studied piano and organ with Merle Freeland at Lebanon Valley College.  She began giving piano lessons to younger children when she was a teenager, and was still teaching piano to both children and adults right up to her untimely death.

In the 1950’s she served as church organist for several churches in Eastern Lebanon County.  After moving to Hershey in 1961, she acted as a substitute organist for numerous churches in the eastern Dauphin County/western Lebanon County area.

Along with her late husband, Neal, she assisted with the operation of The Layser Family Bookstore and Gift Shop in Briarcrest Square, Hershey, from 1978-1998.

Late in her life she could often be seen playing piano or organ for many community functions held at Londonderry Village.  She loved being the accompanist for the “Harmonettes”, a women’s glee club at Londonderry Village.

Ann also enjoyed hosting large, lavish family gatherings at the holidays, and card parties with her friends at Londonderry Village.  She was always ready to attend any party for The Kentucky Derby, and looked forward to sipping the traditional mint julep.  She was active in The Red Hat Society.

Interment will be at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon, PA.  A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Londonderry Village, Palmyra, PA, on 23Jun2018 at 2:00 P.M. (visitation and reception following the service).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Londonderry Village.

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