Deaths of Local Interest – April 20, 2017

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Alice Ruby Work Brubaker, 94, of Lancaster, died April 10 at Calvary Fellowship Homes, Lancaster. She taught for 38½ years in the Conestoga Valley and Penn Manor School Districts. Her hobbies included making many beautiful counted cross stitch pieces and crocheting. She was an avid reader who enjoyed reading her Bible as well as historical and Amish novels. Her step-daughters, Rachael B., married to H. Glenn Esbenshade, lives in Lititz.

Harold Groff Jr., 77, of Denver, passed away April 13 at his residence. Harold was a member of Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, Lititz. He worked as a carpenter for Harold W. Groff Building and Kalas Manufacturing. In his spare time he enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors, listening to Christian music, animals, reading Amish books, and putting together models and puzzles. His daughter, Joyce Ward, wife of Stanley; and a brother, Richard Groff, husband of Mildred, all live in Lititz.

Marjorie L. Groff, 77, of Ephrata, died peacefully April 12 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. She worked for many years as an evening charge nurse at the Mount Hope Home near Manheim. She served as a nurse for three years at the Phumula Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. She was a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church.

John J. Malehorn, 97, of Landisville, passed away April 13 at Luther Acres Manor. He worked as a farmer for 20 years, and also as a feed mill operator for Heistand Mills and Agway, Inc., for 25 years before his retirement. John was the oldest member of Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening, his fruit trees, going to auctions, and woodworking. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

John W. Martin, 79, of Ephrata, died died April 14. John was a member of the Denver Mennonite Church. His daughter, Mary Jane, wife of Jacob Neuenschwander, lives in Manheim. A brother, Rufus Martin, resides in Lititz.

Holly I. (Wickersham) Warfel, 66, of Manheim Township, passed away April 9 at home. She was the wife of the late David P. Warfel for 45 years. She worked for many years and retired as a cook from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster. Holly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, watching TV, and sitting in the sun. Her favorite season was summer. Her sister-in-law, Dawn Warfel, lives in Lititz.

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