Mary Margaret (Hartle) Neimiller, 98, fell asleep in the Lord November 13, 2019. Born August 15, 1921, in Meyersdale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence J. and Pearl A. (Mimna) Hartle. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents and her husband of 40 years, Norman W. “Mick” Neimiller. She is also preceded in death by her dear friends of the Greatest Generation: Esther (Keim) Clapper; Mary (Darrah) Hartle; Sarah Jane “Pat” (Houston Lilja) Hoffman; Helen (Imler) Hook; Frances “Frannie” (Bracken) Hostetler; Helen (Berkley) Metrinko; and Alice (Hostetler) Saylor. She is survived by sons: Jon N. and wife, Margaret “Peg” (Billy) of Meyersdale, Pa.; Richard A. of Ranson, W.Va.; and David J. of Meyersdale. She is also survived by a number of beloved nephews, nieces, and cousins. Following graduation from Meyersdale High School, Mary attended Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Cumberland, Md., where she earned her “nurse’s cap” and started her long career that began with private and hospital duty. She was one of the first members of the Meyersdale Registered Nurses Association under the guidance of Mrs. Hazel Glass. Early on, she served as school nurse for the Salisbury and Meyersdale school districts, but it was her position as school nurse for the Rockwood school district that lasted more than 30 years. During that time, she was also a dedicated volunteer for many local organizations. Following her retirement in 1984, she devoted much of her time caring for her aging parents and volunteering for the Pennsylvania Maple Festival and the Meyersdale Area Historical Society, where she served as founder, director, and president. She also served with the Somerset County Rails to Trails Association and was one of several citizens instrumental in the restoration of the Western Maryland Railway Station. In addition, she was a multiyear participant in the Nurse’s Health Study of the Harvard Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 1993, she received the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce Grant B. Miller Award, and in 2006, she was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Meyersdale Lions Club. A member of Amity United Church of Christ, she loved travel, local history, a good restaurant, a good laugh, a day on the beach, and a new pair of shoes. The Neimiller family expresses its prayerful gratitude to Rev. Connie Garlick and the congregation of Amity U.C.C. and to the staff of Meadow View Nursing Center and Interim HealthCare. Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Price Funeral Home, Meyersdale. Private interment services will be held Monday in Meyersdale Area Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a local charity or nonprofit organization. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family c/o 156 Thumper Drive, Ranson, WV 25438.
“O God of sprits and of all flesh, you trampled death and broke the power of the devil and granted life to Your world. Now grant rest, O Lord, to the soul of your departed servant, +Mary Margaret, in a place of light, joy, and peace where there is no pain, sorrow, nor mourning.”