Brad A. Roda, 56, Ephrata, worked for Fulton Financial, traveler, competitive athlete,

By on April 6, 2016

Brad A. Roda, 56, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Benjamin A. Roda and the late E. Carlene (Gilbert) Roda. He was the loving husband of Denise K. (Overly) Roda.

He was a 1977 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School. During his high school career he was named to the Lancaster/Lebanon All Star Football Team. He went on to attend Bloomsburg University.

Brad enjoyed cycling, golf, and was a competitive athlete. In addition to sports, he loved to travel. He, his wife, and daughter enjoyed a vacation in Italy in 2011. He also spent many summer vacations with family in Avalon; Stone Harbor; Ocean City, Md.; and the Outer Banks. He treasured time spent with his friends, high school buddies, and family, especially his daughter, nieces and nephews.

As a football and basketball sports enthusiast, you could always find him in the stands at many of his nephews’ LCHS basketball games. Brad was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Ephrata, and was a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club of Lancaster.

He had a 35 year banking career with Fulton Financial Corporation. He was a senior vice president, division sales manager, for the Merchant Card Services Group.

Brad was an energetic, enthusiastic, thoughtful and caring individual. He touched many lives throughout his life. He was goal oriented and never backed down from a challenge in his personal life or his work life. In the past 2½ years his illness became his greatest challenge, however he never let it affect his positive spirit. He was a loving devoted husband and father.

In addition to his wife of 25 years: Denise; Brad is survived by his daughter: Megan Roda (fiancé Brock Cromleigh); brother: Craig Roda (Dianne); sister: Pamela Roda Kline (Jim); twin brother: Scott A. Roda (Patricia); sister: Kim R. Wenger (Phil); niece: Taylor Wenger; and greatnieces: Claire and Grace Roda; nephews: Philip Wenger, Chad Wenger, Philip Kline (Misty), Jacob Kline, Aaron Roda, Andrew Roda, Mark Roda (Ann), Chris Roda (Jamie), Brandon Roda (Janelle). He is also survived by his spouse’s parents: Marian Gerhart (Melvin) and Edwin Overly; spouse’s siblings: Dennis Overly (Jeannie), Debra Rudolph; spouse’s nieces and nephews: Shauna Overly, Danielle Overly, Michele Getz (Jeremy), Joshua Witman, Justin Witman, Kurt Royer (Stacey), and Brian Royer (Miriam).

A celebration of life Catholic service will be held on Monday, April 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, with the Rev. John McLoughlin as celebrant and the Rev. Allan F. Wolfe as co-celebrant. Visitations will be on Sunday, April 10, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, from 6 to 8 p.m., and again at the church Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph New Catholic Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory may be made to Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute Fund, Lancaster General Heath Foundation, 609 N. Cherry St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Research. Make checks payable to Johns Hopkins University with memo indicating in memory of Brad Roda; mail to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 E. Pratt St., Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202; or online at hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/our_center/charitable_giving/.

The family would like to thank the many devoted family members, friends and co-workers who provided assistance, support and friendship during his illness.

To send the family online condolences, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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