Miriam H. (Shirk) Groff, 72, homemaker, mother of 10, sewed for Christian Aid Ministries

By on August 3, 2016

Miriam H. (Shirk) Groff, 72, of Lititz, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Chester and Anna (Horning) Shirk, and was the wife of Leon R. Groff.

Miriam was a member of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Ephrata. Miriam was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing comfort tops and quilts for Christian Aid Ministries. She also enjoyed cooking and making baked goods.

In addition to her husband, Miriam is survived by a brother: Arthur H., husband of Ruth (Witmer) Shirk, of Robesonia; a sister: A. Lois (Shirk) Redcay of Ephrata; a brother-in-law: Gerald, husband of Beverly (Daylay) Lehman, of Green Castle; 10 children: Grace Marie, wife of Harold Hoover, of Mechanicsburg; Schrell Fay, wife of John Z. Kauffman III, of Reedsville; Martha Jane, wife of Elmer J. Weaver, of Denver; Earl S. Groff of Lititz, husband of Martha (Rudolph) Groff, of Green Castle; Linford S. Groff of Narvon, husband of Maria (Kauffman) Groff, of Belleville; Leon S., husband of Charlene (Horst) Groff, of Kinzers; Dale S., husband of Cheryl (Nolt) Groff ,of Lewis Run; Calvin S., husband of Janell Faye (Hoover) Groff, of Ephrata; Carl S., husband of Mary Louise (Nolt) Groff, of Mohnton; Marcus S., husband of Joyce (Weaver) Groff, of Reinholds; and 43 grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Miriam was preceded in death by granddaughter: Megan Joelle Groff; and a sister: Sarah H. (Shirk) Lehman.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m., at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite School (behind the church), 144 Pleasant Valley Road, Ephrata. An additional viewing will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, 140 Pleasant Valley Road, Ephrata, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m., with Bishop Larry Weaver officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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