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Joyce Adora (Shunk) Briner

March 9, 1928 — August 8, 2020

Mechanicsburg

Joyce Adora (Shunk) Briner

The Glue That Held Her Family Together -

Joyce Adora (Shunk) Briner, age 92, of Mechanicsburg, was embraced by her Lord and Savior as she entered into Heaven on Saturday, August 8, 2020.  Joyce was born on Friday, March 9, 1928, in Camp Hill to the late George Rawn Shunk and Reba Violet (Stahl) Shunk.  Joyce was the widow of Miles “Babe” Gifford Briner, whom she married on April 20, 1947, and who died on August 9, 1997.  In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce is preceded in death by her daughter, Marilyn Kay (Briner) Schreffler; her two granddaughters: Kelly Marie (Briner) Umstead and Lisa E. Briner; her two brothers; and her sister.

Joyce’s survivors include her four children: Gifford “Giff” Briner and wife Kathy of Mechanicsburg, Jane Price and husband George of Carlisle, John Briner and wife Sally of Mechanicsburg, Robert “Bob” Briner of Carlisle; her son-in-law, Darryl Schreffler of Mechanicsburg; her 11 grandchildren; her 19 great-grandchildren; her three brothers and six sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

The second Saturday in August was the date of the Blain picnic, which was a huge family reunion for the Briner family for decades.  In 1997, Joyce’s husband died on that second Saturday in August; and 23 years later, Joyce reunited with her husband in heaven on the second Saturday in August.  For over 25 years, Joyce performed an unbelievable amount of daily work.  While raising five young children, keeping a comfortable home, and cooking scrumptious meals; Joyce ran the family’s eight-unit motel, grocery store, and gas station.  As a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in New Kingstown for over 60 years, Joyce served on the administrative board for 47 years, and gave her time to various groups and positions of service in the church.  One of her favorite activities was stamping and crafting greeting cards for any occasion, and many received Joyce’s special creations.  Joyce was an amazing cook and baker.  She made the best potato salad in the state, and it was extra delicious when paired with a ham sandwich.  Her children remember the family gathering at home every Christmas Eve after candlelight church services, eating Joyce’s homemade black walnut cake, and exchanging gifts.  Everyone received a gift . . . everyone.  Joyce was the glue that held her family together, and her family cherishes their memories of Joyce.

All are welcome to join Joyce’s family at her viewing in person on Friday, August 14, 2020, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and for a virtual gathering of family and friends via video chat or telephone beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. until time of virtual viewing at 7:30 p.m.; all at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Family and friends are invited to Joyce’s funeral service on Saturday, August 15, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4 West Main Street, New Kingstown, PA 17072; with Reverend Eric L. Funk officiating.  While space will be limited at the church, all are welcome to attend Joyce’s service via video chat or telephone at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will immediately follow the service in Blain Cemetery.  Honored to be pall bearers are Daniel Briner, Doug Briner, Gifford Briner, John Briner, Michael Briner, and Robert Briner.

Contributions in celebration of Joyce’s life can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 4 West Main Street, P.O. Box 26, New Kingstown, PA 17072.

Joyce’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Joyce’s full obituary, view her memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.

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Family and friends are welcome to join Joyce's family via video chat or telephone on Friday, August 14, 2020, beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Church Service

Family and friends are welcome to join Joyce's family via video chat or telephone on Saturday, August 15, 2020, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We use Zoom for internet video chat and telephone conference calling.  There is no charge for you to participate.  Simply click on the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

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37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Virtual Gathering of Family & Friends

Friday, August 14, 2020

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Friday, August 14, 2020

7:30 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

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Trinity United Methodist Church

4 West Main Street, New Kingstown, PA 17072

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