Obituaries

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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Joyce Dyer
Email: jdyer@groffeckenroth.com

Joyce began as Administrative Assistant at Groff High Eckenroth in May 2016.
Joyce is from Shade Gap in Huntington County, and graduated from Southern Huntington County High School. She and her husband Greg were married in 1980 and live in New Holland. They are the parents of one daughter, Jennifer, who is married to Gregg Michael, also of New Holland.
Joyce and Greg formerly owned New Holland Camera. Joyce was also the Business Manager and Membership Director for the New Holland Recreation Center, now the YMCA of New Holland. She enjoys quilting, gardening and spending time with her three grandchildren.


Susan Martin, Aftercare Coordinator
Email: s.martin@groffeckenroth.com
Office Phone: 717-354-0444 or 717-445-5122

Susan has been with the funeral home since 2008 serving as the Aftercare Coordinator. She enjoys following up with families in the weeks after the services and helping to guide them through the many details that need to be taken care of after the death of a loved one.

She graduated from Garden Spot High School and HACC with an Associates Degree in Human Services. She and her husband Jim lived in New Holland since they were married in 1984.  They are the parents of one son, Nathaniel who is married to Katelyn Pilkerton. Susan enjoys entertaining in their home and traveling with her family. Together they have had the privilege of traveling across the US and visiting regions of Europe.



Deane Boyd, Support Staff

Deane and his wife Wanda are both originally from Ashland, Ohio. Deane received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Bob Jones University in preparation for pastoral ministry. He served 45 years in three churches, beginning in Somerset County, PA, then in Carroll County Maryland, and ultimately at Elverson, PA. He retired after 33 years as pastor of Ebenezer Bible Chapel. The Boyds enjoy spending time with their two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren, all of whom live nearby.  Hobbies include reading, home maintenance projects, and occasionally restoring vintage lawn mowers. He remains active in teaching and pulpit supply as opportunities arise.

Leon Shirk, Support Staff

Leon R. Shirk has served as a pastor for 38 years.  He was Senior Pastor of Bethany Grace Fellowship Church for 34 years and then Lead Pastor Rockville Mennonite Church for 4 years.  He retired from Pastoral Ministry in 2014.

Prior to pastoring, Leon worked in the Yale-New Haven Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department and was Chief Respiratory Therapist at the York Hospital.

He graduated from the Yale-New Haven Medical School of Respiratory Therapy, studied at University of Connecticut, York College, and Millersville University and graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a BS in Pastoral Studies.

He joined the funeral home in 2014 and also serves as a taxi driver for John Aaron Shirk.  He has served on many boards for the cause of Christ.

Leon is married for 51 years to Henrietta (Good) Shirk.  Together, they have a daughter, two married sons, and 5 wonderful grandchildren

James Bailey, Support Staff

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