Pearl Hirschey (Lehman) Farney

Born: Tue., Jul. 12, 1921
Died: Sat., Dec. 26, 2020

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LOWVILLE, NY ~ Pearl Hirschey Farney, 99, formerly of Lowville and Croghan, passed peacefully on December 26, 2020 at Sunset Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville, where she had resided since March.

Born July 12, 1921 in the Town of New Bremen, NY, the youngest of six children, to Joseph and  Mollie (Zehr) Lehman. Pearl resided on her family’s Brewery Hill Road farm until the age of 3 when her family moved to the Village of Croghan where her father became employed at the Lehman and Zehr Lumber Company. She attended a one room Brewery Hill schoolhouse from 6 until 9, before transferring to a schoolhouse in Croghan from 9 to 14, and then attended Lowville Academy from where she eventually earned her diploma.

Pearl was united in marriage to Ralph Hirschey, a decorated WWII veteran, on June 1, 1946 at the Lowville Baptist Parsonage in Lowville. A year later, she and her husband moved to Harrisville where they purchased a home and a Ford Dealership, where she performed bookkeeping and clerical duties while Ralph sold cars and managed the dealership, which they both owned and operated until their retirement in 1983. During their many years in Harrisville, they also established and operated Hirschey’s Diner in the village.

While in Harrisville, Pearl was a member of the ladies Fort Nightly Club, worked as an election poll volunteer, and enjoyed many years of participating in golf and bowling leagues. She especially enjoyed genealogy and had her Farney, Virkler, Zehr books always close by for reference. Other favorite pastimes included knitting, playing cards (especially Euchre), boating, traveling, and spending winters in Sarasota, Florida.

Following their retirement, they built a home on Williams Street in Croghan where they resided until Ralph’s passing in 1995.

On September 4, 1999, she married longtime friend, Perry Farney, and they continued their walk of life together finding pleasure in traveling, watching NY Yankee baseball, boating and spending winters in Florida until Perry’s passing in 2011. She had resided at Brookside Retirement Community in Lowville for the last 23 years.

In her early years, Pearl joined the Croghan Amish Mennonite Church where her father served as a minister. She later became a member of the newly established First Mennonite Church of New Bremen in 1941, where throughout her life she was involved with various church activities such as Homebuilders, Sewing Circle and Senior Fellowship, etc. Until her death, she remained one of the last two charter members of the New Bremen Congregation.

Surviving are three children, Trinda Hirschey Bishop (Tom), of Greenwood Village, CO, Jeffrey R. Hirschey (Brenda), of Croghan, and Suzanne Hirschey Jenack (Bill), of Fairport, NY; seven grandchildren, Zachary Bishop and Griffen Bishop O’Shaughnessy, both of Denver, CO, Troy Hirschey and Leah Hirschey Schneider, both of Croghan, McKenzie Jenack Cook, of Lubbock, TX, Kasey Jenack Wheeler, of Parker, CO, and Kelly Jenack Leasure, of Canadaigua, NY, and twenty great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Marion Zehr Grau and Mildred McHale Zehr, and three brothers, Elmer, Earl and Jonathan Lehman.

Memorial gifts in Pearl’s memory may be made to First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, 8383 NYS Rt. 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Rd., Lowville, NY 13367, or, to Adirondack Heritage Association, c/o Donald Roggie, 4491 Boshart Rd., Lowville, NY 13367.

A Memorial Service for Pearl will be held in late May, 2021, at the First Mennonite Church in New Bremen on a date and time to be announced. Interment will be in the church’s cemetery.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.

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Deb Bassette-Pate lol
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
What a great lady, so very sorry for your loss. Great memories from the bowling alley.

Laure Lyndaker/ Canopy
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Jeff and Brenda and all families,

I’m so sorry for your loss. Aunt Pearl was such a wonderful, accepting, non judgmental person to all!! ( in my perspective).

My latest memories of her would be when I would come home to NY to visit/stay with my mom at Brookside. She may not remember me at first, but while talking with her and memories, she figured out/remembered I who was.

So sorry for you loss. Thoughts, prayers and peace to all.

Elton and lynda wood
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
So sorry to hear this. Pearl was a great lady. We knew her when she lived in Harrisville. Prayers lynda and Elton wood

Millie Mayer
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I always loved visiting your mom and Ralph when they were in Harrisville. She was always a sweet, loving, and beautiful person inside and out. I will always remember her with respect.

   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
I don't have any of your addresses so this is the only way I can send any messages to you all..I am so sorry for your loss..Pearl was a special lady. I was at the NY State Fair several years ago and was going through an exhibit and looked up right into her smiling eyes..It was so awesome to see her and chat with her..She was loved by so many and she will be so missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...Sue Parow Wiltse

Debbie Widrick
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Sorry for loss --- you are in our prayers---Aaron and Debbie Widrick and Bruce Schneider

Karen & Mike VerSchneider
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Pearl was near and dear to my heart as we spent
so much time together(along with all of you) at our home on the Swiss Rd. The last time I
spoke with her she said how much she loved being at our home and Mom & Dad. I have
missed seeing her the last while and loved your dad also. We had some wonder times at
your home in Harrisville and at camp. They and all of you will always hold a special place
in my heart. I have pictures of you all and memories that will last forever. Our thoughts,
prayers and love are with you .

Robert and Lillian Steria
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
family sorry for your loss. We will always remember the time they invited us to the home in Florida for a vacation. She is at peace in heaven.

Joe Irish
   Posted Wed December 30, 2020
What a delightful person and a wonderful neighbor. I will remember her warm smile, kindness, generosity, and compassion. The Hershey family made the Village of Harrisville a much better place. Pearl was an important part of that.

Kay Woodruff
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
What wonderful memories I have of your Mom and Dad and all the good times we shared together. Hugs and prayers to all your families.

Charlene Hostetler
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
Whenever I met your mother, Pearl, she had the sweetest smile and was kind beyond words. What our world needs is a lot of people like your mom.

IMAGINE stepping onto a shore and finding it heaven.
IMAGINE taking hold a hand and finding it God’s hand.
IMAGINE breathing new air and finding it celestial air
IMAGINE feeling invigorated and finding it immortality.
iMAGINE passing from storm and tempest to an unknown calm.
iMAGINE waking and finding it home.

Love, Char

Dave and Yvonne Bishop
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021

Although our visits with Pearl were limited, we always enjoyed our conversations. We especially appreciated having your Mom and Dad host us in Harrisville for a night during our honeymoon trip to Maine in 1972.

Both of your parents have been a blessing to so many!



Mel and Norma Zehr
   Posted Sat January 02, 2021
What a loss to all of us. She is Mel's first cousin and has always been such a joy to be with. When we were first married we went to their home in Harrisville for a "guess who's coming to dinner" surprise meal. She put on a meal fit for a king and the day was delightful. You all have our deepest sympathy. Love, Mel and Norma Zehr

Carl and Elaine Martin
   Posted Tue January 05, 2021
We've been sad to know of Pearl's passing. Even though we did not know Pearl, we want to express our sympathy to Trinda and her extended family. To live to be 99, while a hope for us, is a tribute to Pearl.... a wonderful life lived to the fullest and she will be remembered in so many ways by all of the family (and us via Trinda). May wonderful memories live on forever!
Elaine and Carl Martin

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