ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend, Lisa Ann Ermler.  She was 63 years old, born on December 2, 1956 and passed away on November 1, 2020 after an 18 month battle with cancer. We will love and remember her forever.

Ryan and Kristyn encourage you to share your memories of our mom by leaving a tribute message below, adding pictures, videos or audio clips and posting stories of her impact on your life.  She was an amazing mother and touched so many lives with her generous and kind heart.  Please share those memories here.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lisa's name may be made to the Muhlenberg Elementary Center Library.  Checks can be made out to “Muhlenberg School District,” and include “Mrs. Ermler - Library Fund” on the note line.  Please send all donations to: 

Muhlenberg School District
Attn: Mrs. Ermler - Library Fund
801 Bellevue Ave.
Reading, PA 19605
Posted by Paul Montgomery on December 3, 2020
Happy birthday Lisa. You are loved and missed. The holidays were your special time to shine as one of the biggest hearts. Thank you for bringing this family together through your loving and selfless nature and thank you for letting me in from the day I met you.
Posted by Nancy Correll on December 2, 2020
Happy Birthday Lisa .
Sending Many Hugs
To Heaven. Celebrate today
With No Pain and I can only
Imagine your” Big Smile.”
Love and
Miss you , Nancy
Posted by Ryan Fayewicz on December 2, 2020
Happy Birthday Mom, I love you
Posted by Rebecca Hartman on November 12, 2020
I’m so saddened about the loss of Lisa, someone so very special who had so much love to give.
...so much, in fact, that I’ve always felt like a part of Lisa’s family, even though we aren’t related.
...so much that she’d give me the best hug every single time we were together.
...so much that she whipped up a batch of mashed potatoes for me at 3:00AM one morning because she wanted to make sure her house guests were always well cared for. (She offered...and who could turn down mashed potatoes?!)

As a close friend of Ryan and Shelley, I’ve known Lisa for so many years. She always opened her home to us. So many memories were made there—picnics, game nights, pool parties, and sleepovers that sometimes included setting up large tents in her basement. So many good times. So many smiles. And so much laughter. And Lisa loved every second of it because she was happiest when those she loved were happy. 

To know Lisa was to love her. Her radiating love, her hugs, her smile, her positivity, and that ever-present twinkle in her eye are unforgettable, just like her. She is irreplaceable and is so missed.

I love you, Lisa! Heaven sure is lucky to gain an angel like you!
Posted by Dan Hartman on November 12, 2020
You can always tell the type of person someone is by how they treat someone that they don’t know very well. That was definitely the case with Lisa. She was such a kind, caring, and, most of all, loving person that she would immediately treat anyone that she had just met as though they were a part of her family.
That is precisely how she always made me feel whenever I was around her.

From the very first time that I met her, she made me feel welcome. I can still remember feeling a bit out of place the first time I was over to her home with Ryan and a bunch of camp friends. After all, I only knew a handful of people out of everyone there. I was new to camp, and they had all worked together for years. That feeling quickly disappeared, however, when Lisa met me. She immediately made me feel at home with her warm and welcoming personality. I’ll never forget her late-night meals either. No matter what time we were up till you could always count on Lisa for some delicious treats!

I cannot begin to comprehend how much this loss has affected you all. Lisa was an extraordinary person. I do know, however, that she loved all of you with her whole being. That was always the way Lisa lived her life. No matter who she was with or where she was, Lisa continuously worked hard to spread love. If everyone were a bit more like her, the world would be a much better place. I know that, for me, my life is infinitely better for knowing her.
Posted by Cindy Stump on November 7, 2020
I am very saddened to learn of Lisa's passing. we grew up in the same neighborhood so I have many fond memories from our friendship. I especially remember her vivacious smile and the chuckle that came with it. I found it very uplifting to be in her company. The family is in my thoughts and prayers. Stay close to those who matter for the grieving, be strong for the healing and allow time for the rebuilding. blessings, Cindy Stump
Posted by Linda Gaylor Sayer on November 6, 2020
Heaven has another angel. Lisa will be missed. She always found a positive in the negatives. She fought the battle as best as she could. Our families had so many great memories over the years- vacations, church camp, Rip & Gerry’s, holidays, playing cards, along with all the great times we were together since your birth (I am 3 days older than you & Linda). Enjoy your time with everyone in heaven as they are welcoming you with open arms. You were taken away too young but we will meet again someday.
Posted by Joyce Davies on November 6, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of Lisa's passing. She put up one heck of a fight the past 18 months, and always tried to stay positive even though she was in so much pain. Lisa was a part of our Muhlenberg family for many, many years. She always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, helping staff and students with anything they needed. I will miss our conversations & get togethers. My thoughts & prayers are with her family at this difficult time. Lisa, know that I will be thinking of you whenever my chimes ring. Thank you for being a good friend all these years.
Posted by Terry Campbell on November 6, 2020
I worked with Lisa at MEC and enjoyed her spirit, humor, and watching her love of the children shine through. I am very saddened by her passing and what she had to endure. God bless Lisa, her family, and friends. It was a pleasure to have known her.
Posted by Theresa Diaz on November 6, 2020
It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Lisa for many years in the elementary library, first in the old primary school which then became the Muhlenberg Elementary Center. Lisa always had a smile and kind word for the students and co-workers. She loved to help kids find the just right book, and made the library a welcoming place for all. From birthday celebrations for the Cat in the Hat, to visiting author parades and programs, to poetry parties and book fairs, Lisa was always working to make events special and memorable. Lisa, Diane Vogt and I also became great friends, supporting each other through all of life's ups and downs. When I think of her I will remember her smile, generous spirit, and unconditional love for her family. Peace and love to Ryan, Kristyn, Nancy, Linda, Patty, Donna and all who loved Lisa as I did.
Posted by Ashleigh Plank on November 5, 2020
Lisa, I wish I could say I knew you in better times, but we met thru your 18 month journey with your sister! You had a wonderful fighting spirit and you never gave up! I hope you're enjoying the sun and sand up there in heaven! Your a shining star in the sky! You are free from pain and suffering. Keep shining down on your family here on earth!
Posted by Jolyn Casper on November 5, 2020
The world has lost a beautiful soul. Lisa always had a smile on her face and what a beautiful smile it was. One of my fondest memories with Lisa is recent. When friends and co-workers from Muhlenberg School District celebrated Lisa's retirement at the end of May with a drive-by parade, Lisa came to my car and told me how sorry she was about my mom's passing at the end of January and how much she had liked my mom. Lisa had gotten to know my mom because my mom had volunteered for some time in the MEC library when Lisa worked there. And that was Lisa. She was facing her own battle but was showing concern for me. Rest in peace, Lisa. You will be truly missed.
Posted by Estelle Harron on November 5, 2020
Lisa was such a joy to work with at MEC. I will always remember her as such a kind, caring and absolutely funny person. She always had a smile for us as we entered the library; an encouraging word for children who needed to hear one; and a gentle heart and soul when a friend needed to talk or share. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, and how I wish we could have had more time and made it a point to come together more often. Wishing you joy, rest and peace after your long battle Lisa
Posted by Lori Potteiger on November 4, 2020
I worked with Lisa at Muhlenberg for several years. Lisa had a heart of gold, always willing to help others. I remember one time I went to Giant and did self checkout. I left my wallet in my van. Right next to me checking out was Lisa. She overheard me asking the person in charge of the self checkout area to keep an eye on my register so I could go out to my van to get my wallet and before I knew it, she slid her card in the card machine to pay for my groceries. I told her I would repay her asap, I paid her the next day via interoffice mail at work......her response.....I know where to get you.....lol.....no rush. Lisa didnt think twice to help me out. Sending many prayers to Lisa's family. May God bless you and give you comfort during your time of loss. #cancer sucks
Posted by Patti (Mc Mackin) Vollmer... on November 4, 2020
My family sends prayers and condolences to the whole family. Lisa always had such a great smile and had such a great personality. Ryan and Kristyn I came to know you when you were just little things , because I babysat you when you lived in Reading on I think 11th or 12th street. I know this is a difficult time for you both but just try to remember the way her hugs felt, because just having lost my Mom at the beginning of this year sometimes it helps.
Posted by Donna Wunder on November 4, 2020
Lisa you will be missed by many , I will never forget the fun you , me and Kenny Smith had helping at Temple Fire Co Fair for many years and the laughs we shared at Temple fire co social quarters along with FOP and Central Fire co . You and your heart of gold made the day of many many people , your kind soul that you shared will be missed !! RIP my adopted sister and friend till we meet again. Sending prayers , hugs and kisses to all 
Posted by Linda Haines on November 4, 2020
Rest in Heaven my sweet Angel, my womb mate. I felt your heart beating before I heard Mom’s. We did life together and what an awesome ride it was. I wasn’t done with the ride and cannot imagine my life without you in it. God had different plans for you. You fought such a courageous battle with such grace, dignity and positive attitude. You told me so many times the past 18 months “Linny I’m having a bad day but tomorrow is another day. Well Dee da boom your body overtook that will and determination you constantly had to keep battling and there are no more tomorrows for you here on this earth. Your body is whole now and you are no longer suffering. I know Jeff, Mom and Daniel and so many of our loved ones are rejoicing in your homecoming. Fly high Lisa....You are the Wind beneath my wings. Until we meet again, Nancy and I will always have a seat saved for you. I love and miss you so much 
Posted by Nancy Correll on November 3, 2020
Lisa you are my Angel and Hero ,your Journey with your Cancer , you fought the Fight for 18 months and never never gave up. I’m so Blessed that I could be by your side through this journey to Cheer you on , even on all your Bad days. But on those Good days , you would say let’s go shopping , you liked to shop and then stop for lunch even tho you were tired you kept such a positive attitude!!! Your favorite saying through your journey of cancer was. “ “Tomorrow Will Be A Better Day”
I Love and Miss you ❤️

As a Child to now We shared so many good &fun days but also many sad Days , we laughed together and we cried together. We held onto each other and protected each other . But most of all we were always there for each other . And God sure did Bless me with Twin Sisters. Mom & Dad thought we should have been triplets for we had so much Love for each other as we grew up and protected one another !!! I always looked up to you Lisa ❤️ As my Big Sister !!
We Loved Hugs , mom taught us how to hug from a child. Hugs are Healthy ❤️.
 We raised our children together and what fun we all had. Don’t think a day went by that we weren’t together .  We even joined a Bowling league and our kids went with us. 
  I have so much more to say about how Special you were to me and my family. 
As of now my eyes are tired. 
Lisa -  I Love You To
The Beach and Back ❤️
 
Posted by Robin Leisey on November 3, 2020
Lisa had such a positive personality that was a wonderful influence on my cousin, Jeff. I really believe that they had a very special relationship. In my heart I feel that Lisa and Jeff are now reunited, and at peace and love for eternity.❤️

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Posted by Paul Montgomery on December 3, 2020
Happy birthday Lisa. You are loved and missed. The holidays were your special time to shine as one of the biggest hearts. Thank you for bringing this family together through your loving and selfless nature and thank you for letting me in from the day I met you.
Posted by Nancy Correll on December 2, 2020
Happy Birthday Lisa .
Sending Many Hugs
To Heaven. Celebrate today
With No Pain and I can only
Imagine your” Big Smile.”
Love and
Miss you , Nancy
Posted by Ryan Fayewicz on December 2, 2020
Happy Birthday Mom, I love you
her Life

The life of Lisa Ermler (Mom, Nana, Dee da boom)

Lisa Ann (Stief) Ermler, of Muhlenberg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2020 in the comfort of her residence surrounded by family.  She was the loving wife of the late Jeffrey W. Ermler with whom she shared 21 years of marriage at his time of passing on January 1, 2019.

Born in Reading, PA, on December 2, 1956, Lisa was the oldest daughter to Eugene (Yonk) and the late Ruth (Foreman) Stief. She was a 1974 graduate of Reading High School. 

She was employed by the Muhlenberg School District for 29 years, before retiring in Spring 2020. She started as an elementary recess aide to be closer to her children after they both started school, and then joined the cafeteria staff. Lisa then transitioned to be an elementary library aide for many years, a job that she loved and fit her calling to help and care for children. In the final years of her employment she worked as an administrator for the food service department. Lisa was also an active member of the Temple Fire Company social club.

Lisa was a proud mother, devoted wife and loving Nana, whose life’s priority was spending time with her family and creating memories.  She loved celebrating and hosting birthdays, special gatherings and holidays, Christmas being her favorite.  She enjoyed hugs, family pictures, her dogs Meisha and Jax, candles, wearing pajamas, shopping at Boscov’s and spending time with close friends and family.  Lisa was happiest seeing those around her at their happiest.

During Lisa’s final years she fought cancer with courage, passion and resilience.  She never gave up.  It was evident that her drive for her fight was fueled by her love for her family.  She remained positive throughout, with a constant outlook that “Tomorrow will be a better day.”

Lisa is survived by her loving children, Ryan Fayewicz, husband of Shelley (Reppert), Exeter, Kristyn Fayewicz, partner of Paul Montgomery, Shillington and step-daughter Jennifer Ermler, Sinking Spring; and four grandchildren, Nolan Fayewicz, Codey Fayewicz, Murphy Montgomery and Whitney Fayewicz. Also surviving are her father, Eugene (Yonk) Stief, Lady Lake, FL; her siblings, Eugene (Beanie) Stief, Muhlenberg, Linda Haines (her twin), Duluth, GA, and Nancy Correll, Alsace; and many nieces, nephews and their families.  

Lisa’s children wish to thank all family and friends for their continued support throughout her final years and health challenges. They are especially grateful to Nancy Correll, Donna Keller and Patty Duncan, who provided constant love and companionship through her toughest obstacles over the past year. Also, thank you to the doctors and staff at the Penn State St. Joe’s Hospital for their continued care.

Her wishes were to be cremated, combined with Jeff’s ashes and scattered at a place that meant a lot to them.  A celebration of life event will be planned for the Spring of 2021. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Lisa’s life now by joining us and sharing memories at www.forevermissed.com/lisa-ann-ermler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lisa's name may be made to the Muhlenberg Elementary Center Library.  Checks can be made out to “Muhlenberg School District,” and include “Mrs. Ermler - Library Fund” on the note line.  Please send all donations to:

Muhlenberg School District
Attn: Mrs. Ermler - Library Fund
801 Bellevue Ave.
Reading, PA 19605

Recent stories

Educator, Co-worker and Scout supporter

Shared by Colleen Russo on November 8, 2020
I met Lisa in the mid-90s when my daughter started school and I became a school and PTO volunteer. In 2000 I started as a substitute teacher at MEC where I became Lisa’s co-worker.  I was excited to have those days to work in the library with her.  Even after my son moved onto the middle school, and I moved onto full time work in another district, I still had the opportunity to see Lisa as she was an avid supporter for the scouting program and helped my son to get to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.   I am thankful to have had the pleasure to know this wonderful and generous lady.  

Pictures

Shared by Shelley Fayewicz on November 4, 2020
Lisa's house was always filled with pictures. She loved taking pictures and surrounding herself with photos that brought her so much happiness. When she moved earlier this year, several piles and boxes of pictures were discovered. Her phone is filled with touching pictures of times that clearly meant so much to her. I'd often text her pictures of moments that were sure to bring her joy. And several times, when visiting within a day or 2 of first sending her those photos, she already had those pictures printed, framed and perfectly displayed within her house. It always made me smile to know those pictures meant so much to her, that she made it her priority to print them almost immediately. 

And while she was always excited about those photos, there is so much more to it than just the physical picture. Maybe she was in the photo, but often she was just so happy about what the photo contained. But the pictures were always of people she loved and special moments that were captured. She always derived so much joy from the happiness of others. Lisa lived for making memories. And she was great at it. She lived in the moment. She spread positivity and happiness. And she always had a reminder about what is important in life - "Making Memories!" 

Isaac

Shared by Kristyn Fayewicz on November 4, 2020
On March 5th, 2019, I came to terms that it was time to let my cat Isaac go. He had been sick for a while, stopped eating, and could no longer walk. On the drive to the vet, I instinctually called Mom, because that is the first thing I would always do when I was upset - call Mom for comfort and guidance.

Mom was still 2 months fresh into the mourning of her husband at the time. She was at work. When I told her what I was doing, she put on her coat and told her boss that she had to go. “My daughter needs me.”

Mom met me at the vet, where we said goodbye to Isaac together. She held me while I cried. I kept apologizing to her - he was only a cat, not my husband. She told me “Honey, grief is grief. It doesn’t matter who it was. If you loved them, your hurt is valid.” 

She was there in my time of need, like she always was. And this is probably the hardest thing I’ve been dealing with this week - not picking up the phone to call her and tell her I’m sad. That I need her to hug me. But I like to imagine that in the last 4 days when I find myself really losing my grip, that she’s sitting on the bed next to me, holding me, telling me it’s okay to cry and that I’m strong and will be okay