Eli M. Horst, 98, Ephrata, farmer, Bareville Burial Vaults worker, enjoyed chair caning

By on February 18, 2015

Eli M. Horst, 98, of Lancaster County, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Annie H. Horst. Born in East Earl Township, he was the son of the late Eli Z. and Lydia (Musser) Horst.

Eli was a farmer of cattle, poultry, and tobacco. He also worked for Bareville Burial Vault Co. for 16 years. Eli enjoyed caning chairs as a hobby. He was a member of the Springville Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving Eli is a son: Eli M. Horst Jr., husband of Jennie (Eberly), of Denver; five daughters: Vera Martin, wife of Elvin, of Ephrata; Minerva Brubaker, wife of Abram, of New Holland; Eleanor Martin of Middlebury, Ind.; Anna Mary Weaver, wife of Enos Jr., of New Holland; and Erla Horst of Ephrata; a sister: Lucy Oberholter, wife of David; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his daughter: Verna Mae Horst; his son-in-law: Lloyd M. Weaver; six brothers: Samuel, Isaac, Adam, Jacob, Enos, and Paul; and a sister: Anna High.

A viewing will take place Feb. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at Fairmount Homes Wheatridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata. Interment will be held at Weaverland Frame Mennonite Cemetery in East Earl.

Kindly omit flowers. To send the family condolences, visit groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements entrusted to Groff-High-Eckenroth Home for Funerals, New Holland.

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