Fern A. Groff, 95, Fuller Co. secretary, volunteered at Manheim Library, bargain hunter

By on March 15, 2017

Fern A. Groff, 95, formerly of 424 W. High St., Manheim, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

Born in Manheim, she was the daughter of the late Abraham W. and Alice Wunderlich Longenecker. Fern was the loving wife of the late Ira L. Groff, who died in October of 2013.

For many years, Fern worked as a secretary for the Fuller Co., Manheim. She was a faithful life-long member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Manheim, where she was a Sunday School teacher and served on the altar guild. Fern was devoted to her community by serving as a volunteer for the Manheim Community Library, Meals On Wheels for the Manheim area, and helping at the Nearly-Nu Thrift Shop. Her interests included stamp collecting, finding coupons and rebates wherever she could, and playing Scrabble. Fern had a deep passion and love for her extended family, and it was her joy to participate in the life of her many nieces and nephews throughout her life.

Surviving are two sisters: Janet Flack of Harrisburg; Joyce, wife of Kenneth Smeltzer, of Manheim; a brother: J. Harold Longenecker of Manheim; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews by the hundreds. Also surviving are sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

She was preceded in death by a brother: Abram W. Longenecker Jr.

Services were held March 13 in the Hoffer Auditorium at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. Interment was in Hernley Mennonite Cemetery, Manheim.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Fern’s memory to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607-3000; or to Pleasant View Retirement Community Benevolent Care Endowment Fund, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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