Arlene Lichty Ebersole has died on September 9, 2017 peacefully at the age of 99. Born and raised in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Arlene was a long-time resident of Mennonite Communities’ Woodcrest Villa and Mennonite Home in Lancaster.
The daughter of Abram Lichty and Hazel Troop Lichty, Arlene was one of four children raised on a dairy farm in Paradise; her siblings included Charles Lichty, Warren Lichty, and Jeanette Lichty Newcomer, all deceased.
A devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, Arlene was married to Henry Longenecker Ebersole for 61 years, until the latter’s death in 2000. For more than 20 years Arlene worked in the Paradise Elementary School cafeteria, rising to the level of assistant manager. This was a job that allowed her to be at home when her two children returned daily from school. When younger, Arlene was an enthusiastic gardener; throughout her life, she was an avid gamer, and she was a particularly expert practitioner of pinochle, which she loved to play with family and friends.
A 1936 graduate of Paradise High School, Arlene was a parishioner for more than 85 years of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise, through which she participated in numerous volunteer activities. Arlene was also a member of “Farm Women No. 7,” a now disbanded social services organization.
Arlene is survived by her two sons, Charles Henry Ebersole, of Bluffton, SC, Robert Bruce Ebersole, of Williamsburg, VA, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Among her grandchildren, “Grammy” will always be remembered for her legendary coffee crumb cake and cinnamon swirl bread!
In keeping with Arlene’s wishes, a graveside service celebrating Arlene’s life will be a private family affair; she will be interred at the Mennonite Cemetery in Paradise. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or The American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603.