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Ruth Sauder
B: 1943-06-22
D: 2017-11-16
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Sauder, Ruth
Willy Bakker
B: 1928-09-02
D: 2017-11-15
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Bakker, Willy
Lonnie Martin
B: 1971-06-27
D: 2017-11-15
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Martin, Lonnie
Vera Shirk
B: 1916-08-03
D: 2017-11-15
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Shirk, Vera
Clarence Burkholder
B: 1948-05-01
D: 2017-11-14
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Burkholder, Clarence
Lawrence Fulton
B: 1931-03-26
D: 2017-11-12
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Fulton, Lawrence
Walter Shirk
B: 1920-08-09
D: 2017-11-12
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Shirk, Walter
Robert Ross
B: 1936-07-09
D: 2017-11-12
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Ross, Robert
Thelma Martin
B: 1924-11-03
D: 2017-11-08
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Martin, Thelma
Marjorie Kretlow
B: 1928-04-01
D: 2017-11-05
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Kretlow, Marjorie
Erla Wise
B: 1934-09-20
D: 2017-11-05
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Wise, Erla
Linda Weir
B: 1948-05-07
D: 2017-11-04
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Weir, Linda
Charlotte Weaver
B: 1927-02-21
D: 2017-11-03
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Weaver, Charlotte
Ellis Hufford
B: 1931-07-19
D: 2017-10-31
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Hufford, Ellis
Anna Mary Hurst
B: 1934-12-01
D: 2017-10-25
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Hurst, Anna Mary
William Simes
B: 1955-04-13
D: 2017-10-21
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Simes, William
Donna Karver
B: 1957-10-06
D: 2017-10-21
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Karver, Donna
Mariann Wolf
B: 1958-10-22
D: 2017-10-20
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Wolf, Mariann
Leif Ericksen
B: 1928-10-28
D: 2017-10-20
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Ericksen, Leif
Robert Marshall
B: 1936-11-09
D: 2017-10-19
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Marshall, Robert
Edith Mignard
B: 1926-03-21
D: 2017-10-18
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Mignard, Edith

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R. Fred Groff, III, Licensed Director

a respected Funeral Director, was born in 1952 and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in 1970 and later graduated from Stetson University in 1974 with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. He graduated from Catonsville Community College in 1975 with a degree in Mortuary Science.

He married Robin U. Shoop in 1974. Fred and Robin live in New Holland, and are the parents of two sons, Robert F. Groff, IV, a medical school student in his third year at the University of Pittsburgh, and Daniel W. Groff, a graduate of Temple University who is currently employed with UGI Energy in Wyomissing.

Fred's Funeral career began in Baltimore in 1975 when he worked for the Henry W. Jenkins Funeral Home and the William E. Johnson Funeral Home. In 1976 he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, and worked for the Milward Funeral Homes, returning to Lancaster in the fall of 1976. In January of 1977, he moved to New Holland to operate the George D. High Funeral Home in connection with the family business, Fred F. Groff, Inc.

Fred operated the Groff-High Funeral Home in New Holland from 1977 to 1980 when his firm merged with the C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA. He then operated the Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home in New Holland and Terre Hill until 1985 when he purchased the business and real estate from his father. In 1999, he purchased the Beck Funeral Home, Inc. in New Holland from Edgar O. Beck and continues to own and operate these funeral homes.

Professionally, he is a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association as a former board member.

Fred has been a leader also in other areas of interest. Currently, he serves as secretary of the Board of Ephrata Community Hospital, serving on the Nominating Committee, Strategic Long Range Planning, Executive Committee, Fund Development and Finance Committee. At Trinity Lutheran Church, Hew Holland, Fred has served as former President of Church Council and is currently serving on the Outreach and Cemetery committees and as a choir member. He is also President of New Holland Rotary Club. Fred serves on the Board of Historic Poole Forge, Inc., Churchtown. He also serves on the Board of the Eastern Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees. He has sung with the Gap Male Chorus for the past sixteen years. He serves as President of the Lancaster Aero Club where he maintains his love of flying as an instrument rated Private Pilot. He was formerly a Cub Scout Leader in New Holland.

Fred enjoys golf, racquetball and recreation in Ocean City, Maryland.  You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at grofff@groffeckenroth.com.

Loren Bender, Licensed Director

has been affiliated with the funeral home since 1988. A native of Belleville, PA, he graduated from the Belleville Mennonite High School. He then received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University and a diploma in Funeral Service from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He received his funeral director's license in 1989 following his internship at the Heffner Funeral Home of York.

Professionally, he is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Director's Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Association, and the National Funeral Director's Association. He completed the course in sterile eye enucleation in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Anatomy at Wills Eye Hospital to assist those who choose to be organ donors. He also is a licensed life insurance agent in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of providing a funding vehicle for persons to prepay funeral expenses.  Following addiitional training and testing, he received his Certified Preplanning Consultant designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.

Locally, he is a member of James Street Mennonite Church and has been a past board member of Upward Call Counseling Service in New Holland.

Loren is married to Judy (King) Bender, an Oncology Nurse at the Ephrata Cancer Center. They reside in New Holland with their two children, Jonathan and Christy.

You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at benderl@groffeckenroth.com.

Sven Miller, Licensed Director

was born in Lowville, NY in 1964. He graduated from Lowville Central School in 1982, attended Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA and graduated from Simmons School of Funeral Service, Syracuse, NY in 1984. He worked at the Donald F. Virkler Funeral Home, Lowville, NY for 10 years as a licensed director and owned the funeral home for the last 4 of those 10 years. In 1996 he graduated from Hesston College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry and served as pastor of the Pinto Mennonite Church from 1996 until 1999 when he began working at the Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home. Sven is married to Laurel Miller from Union City, PA and they have 2 children, Andee, born in 1990, and Joel, born in 1991. They attend Weaverland Mennonite Church, East Earl, PA. As a family they enjoy camping, visiting family, and most recently motorcycling.

You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at millers@groffeckenroth.com.

Randy Stoltzfus, Licensed Director
Email: stoltzfusr@groffeckenroth.com

Randy spent the past 13 years working at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and joined Groff-High-Eckenroth in October of 2017.  He is graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, received his B.S.B.A. from Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, PA, and his Diploma in Funeral Service from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association.  Randy and his family attend Grace Community Church in Willow Street.  His interests include hunting, fishing, golf and attending his son’s sporting events.  For the past number of years he has enjoyed traveling to Lake Kipawa in Quebec with his family for a week of fishing and relaxation.  He has been married 31 years to Melanie Barge Stoltzfus and they have three sons, Clarke and Grant, who are students at Juniata College, and Bradley who is a student at Conestoga Valley High School.

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