Sharon Lynne Garber entered into rest Jan. 2, 2024 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Lancaster, daughter of the late Rev. Charles S. Hoffmeier and Vivian Dunlap Hoffmeier. She was a loving and devoted wife to Herbert J. Garber for 51 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by 4 children; Mark (Tricia), Lisa (Shawn Cannon), Joel (Kelly) and Tami (Dagan Hawthorne). Also surviving is a brother Dr. James Hoffmeier (Cathy) and sister Mary Lou Joline (Michael). Her 10 grandchildren (Logan, Avery, Xavier, Alisha, Andrew, Aaliyah, Brett, Aaron, Mason, Tyra) were a true joy to her as she took them individually on birthday gift bus trips and was known for making every holiday memorable with special treats.
Raised in Egypt by American missionary parents, Sharon attended Schutz American School Class of ‘64 in Alexandria with the exception of 10th grade at J. P. McCaskey in Lancaster, PA during a furlough year. A 1967 graduate of Lancaster General School of Nursing, Sharon was a labor and delivery room nurse at LGH and in later years, a substitute school nurse for Lancaster County schools.
Sharon and Herb raised their four children on the family dairy farm where she was efficiently in charge of feeding all the newborn calves, as well as making sure freezing & canning of fruits and vegetables stayed on schedule with her abundant gardening. Sharon loved cooking, baking and entertaining family & friends. For many years, she devoted her time to helping lead the Elizabethtown-Mount Joy Christian Women’s Club and she enjoyed fellowship with the Study-N-Share programs at Calvary Church where she was a life-long member.
For the last 7 years, she bravely struggled with a rather rare dementia – Primary Progressive Aphasia, which robbed her ability to communicate.
The family would like to express their heart-felt gratitude towards Sharon’s dear friend Judi Wissler who faithfully provided loving care during her struggle with PPA over the last several years.