Ethel M. Brubaker, 89, Lancaster, foster parent to 19, enjoyed embroidery, dachshunds

By on February 4, 2015

Ethel M. Abram Brubaker, 89, formerly of Lancaster and York, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the Mennonite Home.

Born in Reynoldsville, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Sara Shingledecker Shearon. She was the wife of the late J. William Abram who died in 1973 and the late C. Daniel Brubaker who died in 2001.

Ethel was a homemaker and a foster mother to 19 infants from 1967 to 1972. She was a past member of the York and Lancaster Pharmaceutical Auxiliary, Women’s Optimist Club, and a lifetime member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She enjoyed embroidery, auctions, and her dachshunds.

Surviving are: three children: JoAnn Gillis and Thomas (Lisa) Abram, both of Lancaster; and James (Jean) Abram, Ephrata; three stepchildren; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; former son-in-law: Barry Gillis, Florida. She was the last of her immediate family.

Services were held Jan. 28 at Furman Home for Funerals, Leola. Interment was in Suburban Memorial Gardens, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Home Endowment Fund, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Furman Home for Funerals, Leola, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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