Sylvia Brubacher Benham, 79, of Ephrata,
PA, went to be with her Lord, a promise that she trusted in, on Friday, April
12, 2019, at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy, PA.
Sylvia's humor, courage and faith during
her yearlong battle with cancer were inspirational to many. She met wonderful
and supportive doctors, nurses and staff at Sechler Cancer Center in
Lebanon. She was privileged to spend her
remaining journey with the wonderful, caring, empathetic and understanding
staff at Hospice in Mount Joy. Her family is grateful for all of the time,
effort, care and concern that you show your patients every minute of every day.
Sylvia was born in Ephrata on December
11, 1939, to the late Joseph G and Louisa Sperber Brubacher. She is survived by
her son, Earl B. Ostrander, Jr., husband of Debi Schneider; siblings, Lucy B.
Horst, Mark Brubacher, and Fianna B. Auker; four grandchildren, Earl ,
Benjamin, Alexandra and Mark Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Haidyn; three
special nieces, Patricia Drumheller, Diane Hartranft, and Christine Heiler.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mark
J. Ostrander in 2016.
Having lived in Cape May County, New
Jersey, most of her life, she was employed as food service director for 28
years in Wildwood Public Schools and Lower Township Elementary Schools, and
retired in 1998.
Sylvia enjoyed spending time at the
beach while she resided in South Jersey. Once she had "sand in her shoes", she
She had a deep faith and was always
actively involved in her church. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church in Wildwood, NJ. She returned to live in Ephrata in 2009. Sylvia was a
member of the Akron Church of the Brethren. She enjoyed participating in weekly
Bible studies and quilting sessions.
Sylvia was known for her sense of humor
and zest for life. Her smile and hearty laugh will be greatly missed by her
family and friends.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, April
20th at 11 a.m. at Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St. Akron,
PA. A time of gathering and sharing stories, will be held during a meal in the
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions will be distributed to the children's
ministry and the church quilting program, with checks made payable to the Akron
Church of the Brethren.