Wednesday, March 1
Myrtle has been part of our family’s life since my childhood – as she and her husband, Henry, were partners in Bomberger’s Store – which was one of the local grocery stores we used when I was growing up.
I found this on the Internet: Phares Bomberger (Henry’s father), at the age of 20, bought out the owner of a small trading post, known as the John Gable General Store, located in the village of Elm, Lancaster County, PA.
In 1887, the store was renamed Bomberger’s General Store, offering everything from bread and milk, to hammers and nails. Over the years, the family-owned store experienced continued growth.
That is kind of how I remember it when I was growing up in the 1940’s and ’50s.
I think Bomberger’s was our daughter, Diane’s, first employer. She worked in the grocery and deli area of the store.
Today Bomberger’s is a large hardware, flooring, and rental business on the outskirts of Lititz and is operated by Bomberger grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Myrtle wrote a story about her life – growing up – and with Henry and their four children. Henry, Jr., Elaine, Anne, and Lynne.
This photo depicts how I will remember her.
Her body and mind deteriorated in recent years, but I will always remember her as a godly, friendly and kind lady. I saw her many times after Cerwin’s mother was moved to personal care at Landis Homes. Myrtle and Mother lived only a few rooms apart. Myrtle always said hi to me and often commented on my clothing, even though she no longer knew who I was.
One of my last memories of her was when our Sunday School Class went Christmas Caroling to the personal care unit where she and Mother High lived – Christmas 2015. She sang every word of the familiar songs. Mother died two months later, so we no longer got to that area of Landis Homes.
Myrtle was 97 years old.
Pretty funeral flowers
The pink flower was BEAUTIFUL.
The graveside ceremony at Erb Mennonite Church.
There were lots of bubbles when the graveside service was over.
I did not notice the gravestone on the right until I cropped this picture. Erb Mennonite is where some of my Hershey ancestors went to church. I checked my lineage and don’t think Barbara is a direct ancestor of mine, but probably married to an ancestral uncle.