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Ruth M. Longenecker

October 4, 1918 ~ May 14, 2017 (age 98)
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A candle was lit by Jane Bucci on May 15, 2017 6:48 PM
Message from Jane Bucci
May 15, 2017 6:56 PM

What an amazing life, lived to the fullest by a phenomenal lady! To Jean and all family, my deepest condolences as you grieve "Ruthie's" passing. I embrace you in prayer, and send healing light.
Jane and Anthony Bucci
Message from MaryAnn (Weaver) Rowland
May 16, 2017 9:39 AM

Dear Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I will always remember going down to the homestead for family reunions when we were kids. I always just loved all the beautiful ferns Aunt Fannie had in the house and all the fun we had when we all got together. I had visited her and Mark before she went to the home, but never got to see her there. She really was a wonderful person, I always enjoyed our visits there and reminiscing about our time together. That farm will always have a special place in my heart. I am hoping to get to come to the service, but I have a doctors apt. so am hoping to change it. Unfortunatly this is the only time we get to see family, but I just wanted to let you all know you are all in my thoughts and prayers, this family is really thinning down. All the matriarch's are all gone. She will be truly missed by family and friends and for all the good deeds she did for everyone. I can still see her walking up the road to Zarfoss's hardware store. Love and prayers to you all. Joyce Martin Weaver was,my Mom, and Earl Rocky Weaver was my Dad, he always liked teasing Ruth, and Frank Martin and Mattie Martin were my grandparents. I will let the other family members know. Dr. Henry Hoerner always asked me about Ruthie, but he has now since passed, they were involved in the school. He was Superintendant of Lower Dauphin so they saw one another at school functions. I pray God will give you all comfort.
Message from Lois Garber Buchen
May 17, 2017 6:54 PM

Marian, Janice and Jean: I always had a deep appreciation for your Aunt Ruth. She indeed was a saint but at the same time loved fun and a good time. I will always remember when I visited her here at Landis Homes and she took a look at me and said, "You are a Garber but you have turned gray." We both had a good laugh over that. She had such a good attitude about her. I was blessed to know her. May God give you comfort as all the good memories come back to you in the days ahead.
Love, Lois Buchen
Message from Gordy Lewis
May 20, 2017 4:41 PM

I was privileged to have Miss Longenecker as my 5th grade teacher and principal at Rheems Elementary many years ago. At lunch time, in lieu of a formal prayer, she would lead us in singing the Johnny Appleseed song:

"Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me."

Fortunately, I was able to continue this tradition with our two daughters, frequently singing this song with them prior to saying good night. My wife and I had opportunity to stop and visit with Miss Longenecker at the farm on several occasions up until her 92nd year. She was a godly woman and a fabulous lady. We shall see each other again!
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A candle was lit by Gail Carriger Brenner on May 21, 2017 5:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Mark Sidelnick on May 30, 2017 2:22 PM
Thank you, Miss Longenecker, for helping ensure I had a great start in life - with a good education at a good little school in Rheems Elementary! Coincidentally, I wound up at Millersville for a teaching license, and have spent the past 45 years in classrooms ranging from kindergarten to college - trying to never waiver from the core mission of teaching, it's all about the kids: love and accept the condition of each child, unconditionally.
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