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Nancy Longenecker


Nancy Ruth Frey Longenecker, long-time resident of Mennonite Home Communities, Lancaster, Pa., went to her home in Heaven where she met her Lord and Savior on June 27, 2020. Nancy was the daughter of Fannie Shank Daveler Frey and Elias Trout Frey, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on October 25, 1930. She was the wife of Henry Z. Longenecker, married for 38 years.

Nancy’s family lived on a large farm near Elizabethtown, Pa., where everyone worked hard.

Nancy is predeceased by her parents and siblings: Dorothy, Paul, Harold, Mary, Martin, Ralph, Elias Jr., Claude, and Earl. 

She is survived by siblings:  Erma Metzler Betz Schnabel, Wilbur Frey, and Lois Frey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Elizabethtown High School, Nancy worked at Aunt Sally’s Kitchen. She managed the dining service for Philhaven Hospital for a number of years, meeting the dietary needs of the patients. She also taught Bible School in Alabama, and Steelton Mission, Steelton, Pa. Her love of Jesus Christ took her into many places of service. She treasured God’s word and shared it with everyone she met.

 On April 8, 1967, Nancy married Henry Z. Longenecker. Together they

attended Steelton Mennonite Church, teaching Sunday school, relating to many in the community, and joyously serving the Lord together. Leading a Bible Study at the Dauphin Manor Home every Tuesday afternoon was a particular ministry of blessing to the residents. She accompanied Henry on the piano while he led songs. During these years, Nancy also worked at the Spring Glen stand in the Kline Village Farmer’s Market. Nancy’s sewing expertise brought many persons to her for alterations of clothing and new creations. She made her own wedding dress and Gloria’s wedding dress in the same year. Later, she also made the wedding dresses of two granddaughters, Elaine and Tina.  

Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Henry Longenecker in January 2005, and stepdaughter, Elaine M. Clymer in April 2015. She is survived by stepdaughters: Marian (James, deceased) Burkholder, Carolyn (Lowell) Horst, Gloria (Galen) Lehman, and Nancy Pellegrini. Eleven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great- grandchildren also survive.

Having lived formerly in Middletown, Nancy moved to Woodcrest Villas, Lancaster, in 2002, and enjoyed living in this community where she volunteered in many ways.

In accordance with Nancy’s request, her body is donated for scientific research. A memorial service of thanksgiving for Nancy’s life will be held as soon as circumstances allow. 

Arrangements are being handled by DeBord Snyder Funeral Home. See the full obituary at