- Finally: the Ephrata Brewfest!
- The fallout of 11 MC bomb threats
- Memorial Day Parade
- Second Friday the 13th
- Farmers market opens May 21
- Hello (again), Dolly!
- Kreider Farms opens silo observation tower
- ‘Hello, Dolly!’ opens Thursday at EPAC
- ‘Somewhereville Station’ revisits the 50s and 60s
- Manheim Downtown Development Group will dissolve
Karen Beth Hoffer
56, active Salem United member,
loved day trips and PSU
Karen Beth Hoffer, 56, of Lititz, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at her residence.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of H. Catherine Hart Hoffer of Lititz and the late Richard I. Hoffer.
Karen was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Rothsville, where she loved her church, members, and her extended family, her extended family and friends at EARS in Ephrata and Concepts, Lancaster, and U.S.G. (United Support Group) for family dinners and cookouts with the Hart family.
Karen embraced the meaning of life with many enthusiasms. Always smiling, she had a love for many things, including her family and their gatherings, day trips, going shopping, and was a collector of construction paper to make paper chains. She also enjoyed playing games with Rev. Darby, bowling at Dutch lanes, dinners, playing UNO and driving to Middle Creek to see the bluebirds and geese. An avid Penn State fan, she loved watching all sports, including the Eagles and Phillies and had an interest in various sports. One of her highlights was going to Beaver Stadium for a PSU game. She fondly remembers trips to Hershey Park, Knoebel’s, Washington, NYC, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, as well as going to see a John Denver concert and Inner Harbor with her church group. Karen enjoyed her day trips with Aunt Rhoda to Park City, the Ephrata fair, and various local places. She was looking forward to the upcoming holiday’s and dinners with her family. She loved her housemate of eight years, Vicky, and was a "Big Sis" to her.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her Uncle Claude Hart and her Aunt Rhoda Hoffer; cousins: Charles (Bud) Hart, Barbara Shiffler, Tommy Hart, Kay Kemper and Vivian Regester. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Roy and Mae Hoffer and her maternal grandparents: Charles and Alice Hart.
Her mother wishes to thank CSG for the good care and love Karen received under their care and those on the staff who loved her in spite of her sometimes "not so great" behavior. There are so many to thank but they all know who they are. God bless you to all who loved my Karen. A special thanks to all who cared for her in the last week.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Karen’s Life Celebration Funeral Service from Salem United Methodist Church, 1744 Old Rothsville Road, Lititz, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. with The Rev. David Unangst and The Rev. George Darby officiating. Interment is at Brunnerville United Methodist Cemetery. Friends may call at Salem United Methodist Church on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Memorial contributions in Karen’s name may be sent to Salem United Methodist Church, 1744 Old Rothsville Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or EARS, 27 Cloister Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522. To share a fond memory of Karen, visit lifecelebration.com.