Clara Irene Bixler1

F, (15 May 1881 - 30 June 1975)
     Clara Irene Bixler was born on 15 May 1881 at Carroll, Greene Township, Clinton County, Pennsylvania.2,1,3,4 She was the daughter of Henry Bixler and Clara Critz.4 Clara Irene Bixler married, at age 18, Harry Ellsworth Sholder, age 20, son of Charles Emanuel Sholder and Mary Anna Kinley, on Thursday, 29 June 1899 at Elmira, Chemung County, New York.2,4 Clara Irene Bixler died on 30 June 1975 at Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, at age 94 years, 1 month and 15 days.1,3,4 She was buried on 2 July 1975 in the Buchanan Baptist Church Cemetery, located in Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The funeral service was officiated by Reverend Charles F. Himes.3,4
     Clara Irene Bixler and Harry Ellsworth Sholder appeared on the census of 19 June 1900 at Armstrong Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Clara Irene Bixler appears in family photograph of Harry, Clara, Verna and Floyd Sholder circa 1915. She appeared on the census of 3 May 1940 at Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Her obituary was published on 30 June 1975 in the local paper, printed in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Her obituary stated:

     Mrs. Clara I. Sholder, 94, of Williamsport RD 2, died at 6:30 a.m. today, Monday, June 30, 1975, at Lysock View, where she had been admitted last week. She was the widow of Harry Sholder.

She was born in Carroll, Clinton County, on May 15, 1881, a daughter of Henry and Clara Critz Bixler.

Mrs. Sholder was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, Floyd, of Williamsport RD 2; a daughter Mrs. Verna Bennett, also of Williamsport RD 2, 14 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Knight's, 1914 Memorial Avenue, with the Rev. Charles F. Himes, a retired United Methodist minister officiating. Bural will be in Buchanan Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.4
According to the Social Security Administrations Death Index Clara's last known residence was Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.1

Children of Clara Irene Bixler and Harry Ellsworth Sholder

Last Edited=27 Jan 2013


  1. [S151] Social Security Death Index, RootsWeb online, at (Baltimore, Maryland: U.S. Social Security Administration, January 2004 update). The SSDI component of RootsWeb online is drawn from the Social Security Death Benefits Index of the U.S. Social Security Administration. CLARA SHOLDER, birth listed as 15 May 1880, died listed as Jun 1975, issued in the State of Pennsylvania. Last residence Williamsport, Lycoming, PA, last benefit (none specified). Accessed 27 Feb 2004.
  2. [S39] Family records from Harry Ellsworth Sholder Family Bible, Harry Ellsworth Sholder (1878-1937) Family Bible original owned in 1992 by Helen Elizabeth (Shaffer) Sholder, (Williamsport, Pennsylvania). This family Bible belonged to Harry Ellsworth Sholder of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and passed to his son Floyd Bixler Sholder. The information from the Bible was recorded on 6 September 1992 in the presence of Floyd's widow Helen Elizabeth Shaffer.
  3. [S199] Clara I. Sholder tombstone, Buchanan Baptist Church Cemetery, 3240 Grimesville Road, Williamsport, Pennsylvania; photographed by Kevin Sholder, in March 2002. A slant face tombstone that is made of granite and in excellent shape. It states Clara I. Sholder; May 15, 1881; Jun 30, 1975.
  4. [S200] Clara I. Sholder obituary, undated clipping from an unidentified newspaper presumably from a local paper in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 30 June 1975. The original article was from a scrapbook of personal memorabilia compiled by Johanna (Weiss) Edler (1915-1999) through out her life. Viewed in the home of her daughter Donna (Edler) Sayah on 1 June 1999, by Kevin Sholder. Donna Lee Edler, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, USA.