Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Mann Bomberger, 95, of Brethren Village, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on March, 1, 2018 at Brethren Village.
Betty was born on June 24, 1922, the daughter of the late William A. and Margaret Welch Mann of Columbia, Pennsylvania. She was the wife of Rev. Harold Zug Bomberger of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, who preceded her in death.
Surviving her are her two sons, Timothy Warren (Deborah) of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania; Harold Lane (Anita) of McPherson, and daughter, Venona (Joe) of Loganville, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Meena Eichelberger of E. Petersburg, Pennsylvania and Thelma Kreiser (Ralph) of Mt. Joy; plus nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating form Columbia High School, she received her bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania.
She continued work toward a master's degree at Wichita State University and McPherson College.
In June of 1944, she married Harold Bomberger whom she met at Elizabethtown College. As a minister's family, Betty and Harold and children lived and served churches in Vidora, Sasketchwen, Canada, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Westminster, Maryland, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, McPherson and Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, and assisted her husband in seven part-time interim pastorates within the Church of the Brethren.
A dedicated, exemplary, well-respected elementary public school teacher, Betty taught nine years in McPherson, and 12 years for the Central Dauphin School District.
Following her retirement in 1989, Betty served as a substitute teacher for 10 years. Throughout her career, Betty was a member of National Educators Association, serving as president of her local organization. Many Sunday School students also benefited from Betty's love of teaching.
With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and learning about different cultures, Betty and Harold led numerous tours and pilgrimages to Oberammergau, Germany, Mexico, Ecuador, British Isles, and the Holy Land.
As a gift to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Betty wrote and had printed “MY STORY,” a humorous, exciting, fascinating recounting of her life. Events of note included her attendance with her husband at Queen Elizabeth's garden party at London's Buckingham Palace and an audience with Pope Paul VI in Rome.
Betty's culinary prowess was legendary. Holiday meals were always extra-special events, prepared by her loving hands. Grandsons were heard to lament that they were afraid their wives would not be able to match their grandmother's cooking. Grandchildren learned at their grandmother's side how to make chicken pot-pie, apple dumplings and various cookies.
Children and grandchildren alike were frequently clothed in Betty's hand sewn creations.
Following her move to Brethren Village, Betty's wide circle of friends expanded even more as she quickly became know for her generosity, food gifts, and many kindnesses towards others.
This true and faithful servant of Christ will be greatly missed by her beloved family and many friends.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at the Annville Church of the Brethren, 495 E. Maple St., Annville, Pennsylvania. A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in South Annville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Annville Church of the Brethren or the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543 in Margaret's memory.
Kreamer Funeral Home and Crematory, Annville is in charge of arrangements.