Alta G. Grosh, 87, ran family catering business, religious educator, harmony singer

By on August 22, 2018

Alta G. Grosh, 87, of Manheim, formerly of Elizabethtown, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in her home at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Born in Mount Joy Township, she was the daughter of the late David S. and Katie H. Greiner Hollinger. She was the wife of John H. Grosh. They celebrated their 67th anniversary in March of this year.

She was a 1948 graduate of Elizabethtown High School. She was a homemaker, and managed the family catering business for 18 years. Alta was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Church in Elizabethtown, where she taught children’s Sunday school, was a Pioneer Girls leader for many years, and taught the women’s Seekers Sunday school class for 24 years. She also taught Christian Women’s Bible Coffees throughout Lancaster County for 18 years.

Alta earned a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Lancaster Bible College at age 58. She taught Bible to high school students at Mount Calvary Christian School in Elizabethtown for eight years.

Alta had a lifelong love of harmony singing, which she learned from her mother as a young child. She sang with family, in trios, quartets, octets, and in choirs throughout her life. She was a natural alto, but joyfully sang any part that was needed.

She is also survived by four children: J. Philip Grosh, husband of BJ Jennings, of York Haven; Pamela S. Grosh of Elizabethtown; John H. Grosh Jr., husband of Bea Gattuso Grosh, of Salunga; and Andrew L. Grosh, husband of Sylvia Carlson Grosh, of Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea; seven grandchildren: Katie H. Grosh, Erin M. Grosh, Hannah J. Grosh, Sarah G. Grosh, Luke I. Grosh, John A. Grosh, and Katie E. (Lizzie) Grosh; four great-grandchildren; and four siblings: Rhoda M., widow of John Kilmer, of Lebanon; Susan J., widow of Lloyd Haldeman, of Manheim; Paul R., husband of Sylvia Hollinger, of Willow Street; and David G., husband of Judy Hollinger, of Lititz; sister-in-law: Ranee Hollinger, of Bountiful, Utah.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Mary Elizabeth Crist, wife of the late Alvin Crist; and a brother: James M. Hollinger.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Hoffer Auditorium at Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. There will be a music prelude starting at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive guests immediately following the service. There will be no viewing. Private interment will be in Chiques Cemetery, Manheim.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862-8200, with a note for preference to the Kaluli Translation Project #993018.

To express condolences, visit Spence Funeral Services, Manheim, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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