John Haines Shertzer, MD, “Jack”, 84, died in Masonic Village on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Born in Lancaster to the late Charles Haines and Kathryn (McDivitt) Shertzer, Jack graduated from JP McCaskey High School in 1956 as President of class and valedictorian. He was a two-time PIAA tennis champion and was named an Outstanding Athlete at McCaskey. Growing up, Jack attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster with his family.
He graduated from Swarthmore College, graduated in 1964 from Temple Medical School, completed his internship from 1964 to 1965 at Lancaster General Hospital and his orthopedic residency from 1965 to 1969 at the Mayo Clinic.
Next, Jack served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for two years, earning the rank of Major. He returned to Lancaster in 1971, joined Dr. William G. Phippen, where he met Dr. Alfred Cooke. In 1972, Jack and Dr. Cooke founded Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, which still exists today. They also started the first joint replacement surgery in the region.
He was head of orthopedics and chief of staff at Lancaster General Hospital and a member of the hospital’s board of trustees from 1986 to 1996.
Jack was inducted into the McCaskey Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, and in 2016 he was honored by the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame for his outstanding efforts in the tennis community. In 2015, Jack was inducted into the Societas Generalis of Lancaster General Hospital for his commitment and service.
Jack married Georgiann (Haldeman) Shertzer in July 1988 and they had a wonderful 34 years of marriage. They previously lived in Bonita Springs, FL and Rock Hall, MD before moving back to Lancaster.
While practicing orthopedics, Jack also operated Stone Meadow Farms in Washington Boro where he raised steers.
After retiring in 1998, he embarked on his one longtime goal: to travel the Intracoastal Waterway. Leaving from their dock in Rock Hall, MD, Jack and Georgiann spent nine months aboard their boat to and from Florida.
Jack enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, proudly sharing their many accomplishments. In addition to his wife Georgiann, Jack is survived by his previous wife Deborah (Benson) Everett and their three children: Carolyn, wife of Timothy Claman of Andover, MA, David Shertzer, husband of Deborah (Buzzitta) of Mountain Lakes, NJ, and Kathryn, wife of Joseph Mikos of Martha’s Vineyard, MA; and nine grandchildren: Alexander, Natalie, Wesley and Gwendolyn Claman; Eric and Matthieu Shertzer; and Lila, Clara and Ava Mikos. Jack was also survived by his sister Mary Kathryn, wife of Robert McKearin of Burlington, VT. Her brother Charles Robert Shertzer, husband of Rejane of Bonita Springs, FL, died last June.
The Shertzer family offers their deepest gratitude to Dr. Samuel Kerr and all the staff who interacted with Jack at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute during his four and a half years of lung cancer treatment. They also thank the staff at the Masonic Village Transitional Care Unit for their care during his final week.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the Masonic Village, Freemasons Cultural Center, 71 Freemason Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. The Shertzer family will greet guests from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The burial will be private.
Please omit the flowers, and please consider a contribution in Jack’s memory to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, LG Health Foundation, 2110 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 205, Lancaster, PA 17601.
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