06 May 2016

Funeral Card Friday: Chester Wiker, Sr

Chester Wiker, Sr. is my great aunt Katie’s (Katie Ruczhak Wiker) late husband. His funeral card was among my late cousin’s papers so I thought I would share it today.
His funeral card is one of those that is folded like an actual card.

The front is an image of Christ and simply says “In Memoriam.” The back identifies the funeral home, which in his case was the Robert A Harris Funeral Home, in Coatesville. The inside left is the Twenty-Third Psalm.

On the right is his information:
In Memory of
Chester P. Wiker, Sr.

March 28, 1917
Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania

Passed Away
October 13, 1994
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Final Resting Place
Romansville United Methodist Cemetery

Services from
Olivet United Methodist Church
3rd Ave. & Chestnut Street
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 15, 1994 at 1 p.m.

The Reverend J. George Mamourian

Funeral conducted by
The Robert A Harris Funeral Home
Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Romansville is a beautiful little rural community in West Bradford Township in Chester County. The graveyard is the oldest Methodist cemetery in Chester County, according to Futhey & Cope’s The History of Chester County, Pennsylvania with Genealogical and Biographical Sketches. The graveyard dates back to 1811.

He was born in Nickel Mines, which is a hamlet (not even a village anymore) located in Bart Township, Lancaster County. It gets its name from the area mines which are abundant for nickel. The idea of today’s five cent piece – the nickel – was suggested by Joseph Wharton who bought the mine back in 1862 … but that is another story for another day!

Funeral Card Friday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016

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