Marian G. Minnich89, owned Minnich’s Farm Bakery

By on August 24, 2011

Marian G. Minnich

Marian G. Minnich, 89, formerly of Green Acre Road, Lititz, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at the United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

Born in Penn Township, she was the daughter of the late Elmer B. and Lottie Graybill Hess. Marian was the loving wife of the late Earl F. Minnich, who died in October 2004.

From 1952 to 1988, she and her husband owned and operated Minnich’s Farm Bakery, Lititz.

She was a member of the White Oak Church of the Brethren, Manheim. Marian was also an auxiliary member of Gideon’s International, Lancaster North Camp. She served as a volunteer with Meals On Wheels in the Lititz area. Marian’s interests included knitting, gardening, baking and traveling. She had a passion for hospitality to her friends, family and visitors and served wonderful meals in her home. In her later years, she spent time knitting baby comforters for orphanages and made cookies to bless family, friends and various charities.

Surviving are three daughters: Bernice H., wife of Glenn E. Wagner, and Martha H., wife of Stephen A. Martin, all of Lititz; and Mary H., wife of Leonard E. Cater, of Stevens; five sons: James H., husband of Lois Ann Strite Minnich, of Turner, Maine; and David H. Minnich, Caleb H., husband of Susan Rolfe Minnich, John H., husband of Lois Diffenderfer Minnich, and Hiram H., husband of Lori Ann Martin Minnich, all of Lititz; 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; a brother: J. Wilbur, husband of Barbara Graybill Hess, of Manheim; and three sisters: Arlene G. Hershey, Dorothy G., wife of Lester Stauffer, and Bernice G., wife of Paul E. Groff, all of Manheim.

Preceding her in death were a daughter-in-law: Rachel Wagner Minnich; and two granddaughters: Rachel Ann and Lynette Joy Martin.

Funeral services were held at the White Oak Church of the Brethren, Manheim, on Aug. 19, with ministers J. Marvin Shenk, Samuel M. Cassel and Carl R. Groff officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Those desiring may send contributions in Marian’s memory to: Gideon’s International, Lancaster North Camp, P.O. Box 638, Lititz, PA 17543.

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