Rhoda M. Gerlach, 93, Brethren Village volunteer, mother of four, East Pete Mennonite member

By on October 9, 2019

Rhoda M. Gerlach, 93, of Lititz, died on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Brethren Village Retirement Community, Lititz.

Born in West Hempfield Township, she was the daughter of the late Jacob S. and Ada M. White Bender. Rhoda was the loving wife of Paul H. Gerlach, who died in 2002.

She was a faithful member of East Petersburg Mennonite Church where she was a member of the sewing circle. Rhoda was a proud graduate of Manor Township High School. A homemaker, she also volunteered at Brethren Village and was known to be a hard worker. Rhoda enjoyed sewing and flower gardening.

Surviving are four children: Robert, husband of Doris A. Pickell Gerlach of Chugiak, Alaska; James, husband of Dawn M. Bender Gerlach of Lititz; Raymond, husband of Lisa S. Barley Gerlach of Neffsville; Doris, wife of Patrick W. Wolpert of Mesa, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers; and a nephew.

Preceding her in death are two sisters and four brothers.

Services were held Oct. 7 in the chapel at Brethren Village. Interment was in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Those desiring, may send contributions in Rhoda’s name to the Clare House, 342-344 E. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

To place a condolence online, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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