Velma May Goshert, 84, Old Pump Ceramics owner, seamstress, enjoyed creating art

By on October 4, 2017

Velma May Goshert, 84, of Stevens, passed from this life into glory on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was born in Ephrata on May 12, 1933, to the late Nathan and Edna (Adams) Buffenmyer, and was the wife of the late LeRoy Goshert, who died in 2002.

She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Akron. Velma was a seamstress in her younger days. She always loved to sew and make her own clothing and crafts. She was co-owner of Old Pump Ceramics, in Denver, in the 70s and 80s with her late husband. She enjoyed all types of art, baking, cooking, quilting and painting.

She will be greatly missed by her two surviving sons: Lawrence, husband of Kathleen Goshert of Stevens; Leslie Goshert, Stevens; three grandchildren: Danielle Pettigrew of Garnet Valley, Ramsey Goshert of Virginia Beach, Aaron Goshert of Lititz; six great-grandchildren: Faith, Noah, Mila, Gavin, Silas, and Elsie, all of which called her Nanny; a brother: Richard Buffenmyer of Ephrata; two sisters: Patricia, wife of Gary Gipe of Denver; and Donna, wife of John Willwerth of New Holland.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son: Kevin Goshert; and several siblings.

Services were held Oct. 3 at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, Denver, with Pastor George H. Frantz officiating. Interment took place in the Mellingers Union Cemetery.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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