Deaths of Local Interest – Sept. 28, 2017

By on September 27, 2017

Larry Laverne Groff, 73, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 19 at Keystone Villa in Ephrata. He was an excavator and a general contractor by trade. He owned and operated Larry L. Groff & Sons. Larry served as pastor at Martindale Mennonite Church in Martindale for 18 years, and he loved helping those in need. He traveled abroad to several countries and to numerous states to assist in rebuilding projects following natural disasters. He served for many years as a school board member of Gehmans Mennonite School and Terre Hill Mennonite High School. A brother, Richard Groff resides in Lititz.

Shirley A Hensel, 68, of Ephrata, passed away Sept. 24 at home. She was employed by Oregon Dairy and Bachman Company, and loved to spend time with her buddy, Lewis the Cat. Her mother, Laura E. Harmes, resides at Brethren Village. A brother, Bryan, husband of Mary Harmes lives in Lititz.

Ruth Myrtle (née Miller) McDivitt, 100, formerly of Lancaster, entered into rest Sept. 17, at Moravian Manor, Lititz, after a brief illness. An active member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church since birth, she became the oldest living member of the congregation. Ruth enjoyed tennis, basketball, baseball, swimming, bike riding, hiking, gardening, and sewing. Prior to and during World War II, she was employed in the train department of the Hamilton Watch Company, where she also joined the company choir. Having married her husband before his overseas military service, Ruth became first and foremost a housewife and mother. Late in life she was employed at Andy’s Catering.

Colin A. Miller, 24, of Landisville, sadly left this world far too soon on Sept. 17. He was a 2011 graduate of Hempfield High School, an avid golfer and loved Penn State and Iowa. He excelled at every sport he tried. He had many friends wherever he went because of his big kind heart. Most of all, Colin loved being outdoors, working with his hands, listening to music, being with family and friends, and going to the beach. His grandparents: Barbara and Larry Miller, live in Lititz.

Ida O. (Sensenig) Martin Musser, 75, of Kleinfeltersville, entered into rest peacefully on Sept. 21 at home, after an 18-month battle with cancer. A beloved wife and mother of 10, Ida loved spending time with family and friends. She was a member of Springville Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference). Her daughter, Darla, wife of Harold Sensenig, lives in Manheim. Son, Merle, husband of Jane (Fox) Martin, lives in Lititz. A sister-in-law, Hazel, wife of Donald Landis, resides in Manheim.

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