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Joseph A. Shrader

Joseph A. Shrader

May 11th, 1928 - May 5th, 2024
  • Birth Date: May 11th, 1928
  • Death Date: May 5th, 2024
  • Funeral Date: May 10th, 2024
  • Location: The Sacred Heart Basilica
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Biography: Joseph A. Shrader, 95,of Littlestown, passed away early Sunday morning, May 5, 2024  in the same home that he was born, with his loving family by his bedside.  He was the widower of Margaret M. (Lawrence) Shrader who died April 4, 2001.   Joe was born May 11, 1928 to the late Albert J. & Irene E. (Boose) Shrader.  He attended St. Aloysius Parochial School in Littlestown and one year at Littlestown High School  before transferring to Delone Catholic High School graduating with the class of 1946.  Joe was a veteran of the Korean Conflict stationed in Japan for part of his time with the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant.  

Joe was employed for over 36 years as Maintenance Superintendent at Sylvania Shoe, McSherrystown.  He maintained and built as many as eight shoe factories guiding a crew of workers with everyday maintenance at the factories.  He then worked independently with many local shoe factories for a number of years before retiring. Afterward, he helped others whenever he was needed with family, friends and at church always with kindness and a smile.

Surviving are his son, Lawrence J. Shrader & Wendy of York Springs; his daughters, Brenda Moore & Timothy of Leonardtown, MD and Darlene Gallagher & Gregory of Littlestown; his grandchildren:  Rebecca, Kristen and Brian Moore and Sarah Scozzaro; his brother, Francis Schrader of Boiling Springs; his sister,  Mary Bowman of Littlestown and his numerous nieces and nephews.  Joe was predeceased by his grandson, Benjamin Moore, his sister, Helen Stair and his brother, Mark Shrader.  Joe was a member of The Sacred Heart Basilica of Jesus of Edge Grove; a life member of the American Legion and Hanover VFW,  and a 13 year member of the Sons of Union Veterans of Gettysburg.  Joe was a former member of Alpha Fire Company  and Fish and Game, both of Littlestown. Also, a former member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Littlestown, Joe was active for many years as custodian, member of the Holy Name Society, and Bingo committee.  He was active with his children and grandchildren's activities - scouts, square dancing, attending their concerts, traveling with family or to visit family members.

Mass of Christian Burial is at The Sacred Heart Basilica on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11 A.M. with Father Dwight Schlaine Celebrant.  Viewing is 6 -8 PM on Thursday, May 9, at Little's Funeral Home, Littlestown. Interment is in Conewago Chapel Cemetery with full military honors conducted.  Memorials in Joseph's name may be sent to The Sacred Heart Basilica, 30 Basilica Dr, Hanover, PA  17331.  The family would like to thank SpiriTrust Lutheran, the Village at Gettysburg,  for their help and kindness.  Also, Sam Rockson for his companionship and expert care of "Papa" these past nine months at home.  Online condolences may be shared on

Richard A. McGeary
May 12th, 2024 2:29 am
Yesterday's beautiful funeral mass was a fitting tribute to Joe, who so very much exemplified love of God, family, and country. I met Joe in his later years as a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and it has been a true honor to call him my brother. May he rest in eternal peace and joy after a life very well lived. Farewell my brother.
Pat Renaut
May 8th, 2024 4:55 pm
I have many fond memories of times at the Shrader home from the 1970s on ... and remembering Joe's smiling face and always a willingness to help in so many ways. Rest in peace, Joe, and my condolences to Larry, Brenda, Darlene, and all the family.
Lisa Mummert
May 8th, 2024 1:44 am
Deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. May God give you each the strength needed to get through this sad time in your lives.
Brent Mummert
May 7th, 2024 10:22 am
My deepest condolences to the entire family.

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