Alma L. Keener

Alma L. Keener (Groff)

Saturday, October 12th, 1918 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Alma L. Keener, age 101, after living 30 years at Landis Homes, passed from this life to her heavenly home on July 1, 2020 to be with her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom she loved so dearly.
Born in Strasburg, PA, she was the oldest child of the late Lester and Mary Lefever Groff. On November 26, 1938 she married Clyde E. Keener who passed away on December 27, 1986. They celebrated 48 precious years together.
Alma was a very dedicated wife, faithful secretary and bookkeeper 40 years for the family business, Keener Equipment, Manheim Pike, Lancaster. She did this with an air of grace in a way that brought dignity and love to Clyde until the end of his life.
A member of Erisman Mennonite Church, Alma enjoyed teaching Sunday School and attending sewing circle.
Alma also enjoyed being involved in the Ladies Auxiliary at Landis Camp.
She loved her family deeply, was an avid cook, loved flowers, and enjoyed traveling.
Alma will forever be remembered for her intercessory prayer life. She spent hours each morning praying for her whole family, her church, missionaries, and others. She had a heart for lost souls.
Alma had a generous heart and an open purse for anyone in need. She and her husband were faithful supporters of many missionaries, ministries, family and friends. Each of their three children served in other countries – Belize, Africa, and Haiti.
Surviving are her three children, Betty L., wife of Lester Miller, J. Clyde, husband of Vera (Stoltzfus) Keener, and Barbara A., wife of Nevin Kraybill; 12 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; and 19 great-great grandchildren.
Alma was preceded in death by a sister, Pearl Banks, husband of the late Hoyt Banks; and a brother, Ivan Groff.
The family expresses gratitude to the staff at Landis Homes for their loving care during the many years living there, and Hospice & Community Care for their special care during the final two weeks of Alma’s journey on this earth.
In lieu of flowers, remembering Alma’s love for missions, contributions may be made to Gospel Express, P.O. Box 217, Lynn, North Carolina 28750 to help with the hunger in Uganda, Africa.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 6 at 10 am at Erisman Mennonite Church, 8 S. Erisman Road, Manheim. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed at Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Sunday, July 5 from 4-6 pm, and Monday from 9-10 am at the church. To send the family online condolences visit Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Erisman Mennonite Church
    8 S. Erisman Road
    MANHEIM, PA 17545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Erisman Mennonite Church
    8 S. Erisman Road
    MANHEIM, PA 17545
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Erisman Mennonite Church
    8 S. Erisman Road
    MANHEIM, PA 17545
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    Andrew Miller
  • Interment

    Erisman Mennonite Cemetery
    8 S. Erisman Rd.
    MANHEIM, PA 17545
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Dale Groff

Posted at 07:57am
To the Alma Keener Family from the Edna Groff Family

We express our deepest sympathies to your family. We have good memories of visiting Alma and Clyde and their Children visiting their Home before moving to the business location near Manheim Pike. We can't remember where that other home was but seems like it was somewhere near Mt. Joy or Manheim.
We trust God will give you peace and happy memories in your time of remembrance.
We who are decedents of the Enos and Martha Groff families can be thankful for the Christian Heritage that was lived and passed on to all of us.


Dale Groff on behalf of Edna Groff's family
Landis Homes Crossings East 1300B

Bertha Metzler

Posted at 04:53pm
Sincere sympathy to the Keener family.....I have some wonderful childhood memories when we lived in the Erisman's community many years ago. I hope to be able to watch the live stream service tomorrow. Blessings to each of you...Betty Lois, Clyde jr. & Barbara Ann. From Bertha Sauder Metzler in Alabama


Posted at 12:58pm
With sincere sympathy to all of you at this time of separation from a cherished and dearly loved mother and grandma. May you always remember the good times. I have many good memories. Sense God's strong, loving
secure arms surrounding you, holding you up and close to Himself, giving you strength, courage, direction, wisdom and peace at this bittersweet time. God is so very faithful, loving, caring and knowing who has you in the Palm of His Hand and will not let you go.
Doesn't matter how long we've had them, we still deeply miss them,
Much Love, Many Blessings and Prayers,
Kathryn Fey

Diane Brubaker

Posted at 03:34pm
Clyde and Vera,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother Clyde. Prayers and hugs. Diane Brubaker

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