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Elaine Sollenberger | Obituaries | bedfordgazette.com



Elaine Sollenberger, 91, died Monday, February 14, 2022. Her parents were Clair and Ruth (Bowser) Mock.

On September 25, 1954 she married Ray Sollenberger (deceased) and together they established and operated the farm known as Ralaine Jerseys. Their children are Beth, married to Tim Morphew and living in Goshen, Ind.; Lori, married to Rex Knepp and living in Everett, Pennsylvania; and Leon, married to Sharon (Atwood) and living in West Chazy, NY Elaine had four grandchildren: Keith and Craig Morphew and Morgan and Bradley Knepp.

Elaine is survived by two sisters: Donna, married to Jim Everhart, and Nancy, married to Ivan Mitchell. Her brother, Arthur, is deceased. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Lloyd Sollenberger of Everett, Pennsylvania.

Elaine graduated first in her class from Pleasant St. Clair High School and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts from Juniata College. She then taught English and Latin at Everett Area High School.

She wrote a weekly column for Everett Press and later The Shopper’s Guide. These columns were under the pen name O Justa Housewife and later One Woman’s Thoughts. More recently, she contributed to Mature Living. She also served two terms on the Everett School Board and as board chair for 4 years. She served an unexpired term as Bedford County Commissioner.

Elaine was active in the Brethren Church and among her activities she was the first woman to do a number of things, among them: Moderator of the Middle Pennsylvania District, she served on and chaired the General Council (now the Missions and Ministries) of the denomination, she served as moderator of the 1989 Brethren Church Annual Conference in Orlando and was the only person in recent history to hold this position twice when she filled an unexpired term in 1998 in Charlotte. Serving as a moderator provided the opportunity to visit many congregations and districts in the United States and to travel to India to visit churches there. Locally, over the years, she has spent time as a choir director, Sunday school teacher, and has served on several committees and work teams.

Elaine took an active role in the work of the farm. She liked to take care of the animals during the shows. She and Ray received the Distinguished Service Award from the PA Jersey Cattle Association. She was instrumental in founding the Pennsylvania Jersey Newsletter and served as the publication’s first editor. Elaine represented PJCA on the board of the Pennsylvania All American Dairy Show. She was instrumental in arranging trips to the Louisville All American Jersey Show for young people in Pennsylvania.

Elaine treasured friendships from various areas of her life.

A time to remember and celebrate the life of Elaine Sollenberger will be scheduled for a later date at the Everett Brethren Church. Pastor Mike Benner will officiate.

Arrangements entrusted to Jack H. Geisel Funeral Home Inc., Everett.

Memorial donations of remembrance may be made to either or the donor’s choice: Everett Church of the Brethren Memorial Fund, 119 East Second Street, Everett, PA 15537 or Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120.