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Fern Shirk
B: 1929-06-18
D: 2018-09-22
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Shirk, Fern
Joseph Meyers
B: 1932-06-27
D: 2018-09-17
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Meyers, Joseph
Kenneth Hertzler
B: 1941-02-06
D: 2018-09-16
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Hertzler, Kenneth
John MacPherson
B: 1919-10-26
D: 2018-09-12
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MacPherson, John
N. Jackson Brosius
B: 1934-12-21
D: 2018-09-11
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Brosius, N. Jackson
Florence Stauffer
B: 1961-12-24
D: 2018-08-31
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Stauffer, Florence
Harold Martin
B: 1945-05-23
D: 2018-08-30
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Martin, Harold
Eva Jane Burkholder
B: 1950-06-27
D: 2018-08-29
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Burkholder, Eva Jane
Donna Snader
B: 1964-11-04
D: 2018-08-28
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Snader, Donna
George Weber
B: 1928-05-23
D: 2018-08-26
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Weber, George
Lillian Weinhold
B: 1932-06-14
D: 2018-08-25
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Weinhold, Lillian
Richard Pennypacker
B: 1944-02-26
D: 2018-08-20
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Pennypacker, Richard
Lloyd Weaver
D: 2018-08-20
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Weaver, Lloyd
Arlene Sweigart
B: 1922-08-21
D: 2018-08-18
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Sweigart, Arlene
Galen Musser
B: 1954-10-27
D: 2018-08-16
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Musser, Galen
Walter Kurtz
B: 1947-02-03
D: 2018-08-16
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Kurtz, Walter
Barbara Lefever
B: 1924-10-11
D: 2018-08-15
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Lefever, Barbara
Mary Loose
B: 1949-07-05
D: 2018-08-14
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Loose, Mary
Nancy Portaro
B: 1962-11-06
D: 2018-08-11
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Portaro, Nancy
Dawn Boley
B: 1969-04-02
D: 2018-08-11
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Boley, Dawn
Abram Brubaker
B: 1930-11-30
D: 2018-08-10
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Brubaker, Abram

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New Holland, PA 17557
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R. Fred Groff, III, Licensed Director

A respected Funeral Director, Fred was born in 1952 and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Mercersburg Academy in 1970 and later from Stetson University in 1974 with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. He also graduated from Catonsville Community College in 1975 with a degree in Mortuary Science.

Fred married Robin Shoop Groff in 1974. He and Robin live in New Holland, and are the parents of two sons.  Robert F. Groff, IV, is an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  Robert is married to Stephanie, and they have one daughter, Isabella.  Daniel W. Groff, is an operations manager for SMG Living in El Paso, TX.

Fred's funeral career began in Baltimore in 1975 when he worked for the Henry W. Jenkins Funeral Home and the William E. Johnson Funeral Home. In 1976 he moved to Lexington, Kentucky, and worked for the Milward Funeral Homes.  Fred returned to Lancaster in the fall of 1976. In January of 1977, he moved to New Holland to operate the George D. High Funeral Home in connection with the family business, Fred F. Groff, Inc.

Fred operated the Groff-High Funeral Home in New Holland from 1977 to 1980 when his firm merged with the C. Stanley Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill, PA. He then operated the Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home in New Holland and Terre Hill until 1985 when he purchased the business and real estate from his father. In 1999, he purchased the Beck Funeral Home, Inc. in New Holland from Edgar O. Beck and continues to own and operate these funeral homes.

Professionally, Fred is a member of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes, National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, and Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association as a former board member.

Fred has also been a leader in other local organizations. Currently, he serves as Past Board Chair of Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital, also serving on the Executive Committee, Quality Management Committee and as a board member.  He currently serves on the Wellspan Health Board and chairs its Quality Committee, and is a member of the Executive Committee and Compensation Committee.  At Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland, Fred has served as former President of Church Council and currently serves on the Outreach and Cemetery committees.  He is also a member of the church choir and has sung with the Gap Male Chorus for the past thirty years. He is a member of the New Holland Rotary Club and the New Holland Business Association.  He serves as President of the Lancaster Aero Club where he maintains his love of flying as an instrument rated Private Pilot.

Fred enjoys golf, flying, recreation in Ocean City, Maryland and spending time in Atlanta with his granddaughter, Isabella.  You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at grofff@groffeckenroth.com.

Loren Bender, Licensed Director

has been affiliated with the funeral home since 1988. A native of Belleville, PA, he graduated from the Belleville Mennonite High School. He then received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University and a diploma in Funeral Service from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He received his funeral director's license in 1989 following his internship at the Heffner Funeral Home of York.

Professionally, he is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Director's Association, the Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Association, and the National Funeral Director's Association. He completed the course in sterile eye enucleation in the Departments of Ophthalmology and Anatomy at Wills Eye Hospital to assist those who choose to be organ donors. He also is a licensed life insurance agent in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purpose of providing a funding vehicle for persons to prepay funeral expenses.  Following addiitional training and testing, he received his Certified Preplanning Consultant designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.

Locally, he is a member of James Street Mennonite Church and has been a past board member of Upward Call Counseling Service in New Holland.

Loren is married to Judy (King) Bender, an Oncology Nurse at the Ephrata Cancer Center. They reside in New Holland with their two children, Jonathan and Christy.

You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at benderl@groffeckenroth.com.

Sven Miller, Licensed Director


was born and raised in Lowville, NY where there are more cows than people in the county. He graduated from Lowville Central School in 1982, attended Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA and graduated from Simmons School of Funeral Service, Syracuse, NY in 1984. After graduation he worked for the Donald F. Virkler Funeral Home, now Sundquist Funeral Home, in Lowville, NY for 10 years.  In 1994 he returned to college and graduated in 1996 from Hesston College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.  He then served as pastor of the Pinto Mennonite Church from 1996 until 1999 when he began working at the Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home. Sven is married to Laurel Miller from Union City, PA and they have 2 children, Andee and Joel, along with 4 grandchildren. Sven & Laurie own and operate Miller Monuments in Leola, raise Goldendoodle puppies (grandviewdoodles.com), and they enjoy motorcycling, making homemade soap, reading, studying the Bible, and spending time with their children & grandchildren.  

You may contact him by phone or by emailing him at millers@groffeckenroth.com.

Randy Stoltzfus, Licensed Director
Email: stoltzfusr@groffeckenroth.com

Randy spent the past 13 years working at the DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and joined Groff-High-Eckenroth in October of 2017.  He is graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, received his B.S.B.A. from Geneva College, in Beaver Falls, PA, and his Diploma in Funeral Service from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.  He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association.  Randy and his family attend Grace Community Church in Willow Street.  His interests include hunting, fishing, golf and attending his son’s sporting events.  For the past number of years he has enjoyed traveling to Lake Kipawa in Quebec with his family for a week of fishing and relaxation.  He has been married 31 years to Melanie Barge Stoltzfus and they have three sons, Clarke and Grant, who are students at Juniata College, and Bradley who is a student at Conestoga Valley High School.

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