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Rachel W. LaVenice

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 27, 2012 @ 9:47 am In Obituaries | 10 Comments

Rachel W. LaVenice, 69 of Lancaster, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at her home. Rachel was a fine example of the Hebrew meaning of her name, which is “ewe”, little Lamb of God: a tender person of high principles, a firm sense of honor, and a self-effacing individual.
She was married 51 years to John H. LaVenice, Sr.. Born in Jamestown, NY, she was the daughter of the late Clarence W. and Florence M. Crofoot Wells.
After selflessly dedicating her life to loving and raising her children, at the age of 61, Rachel was able to pursue and achieve her other life-long dream of becoming a nurse. She enjoyed nursing up until three weeks before her death. She was a member of the Hempfield Brethren In Christ Church, where for many years she taught Sunday school as well as helped on the kitchen committee. Her interests included gardening, reading, politics, and spending time with her grandkids and family. Everyone she met immediately went from stranger to friend because of her great love and kindness.
Rachel’s greatest passion in life was serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Proverbs 3:5,” Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all of your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your path,” was one of her favorite Bible verses and epitomized her life.
Surviving besides her husband is a daughter, Ginger, wife of Craig R. Lefever of Millersville; five sons, Andrew J. husband of Joy LaVenice of Paradise, Michael husband of Deb LaVenice of Columbia, John H. LaVenice, Jr. of Holtwood, Timothy W. husband of Ashley LaVenice of Manheim, and Stephen A. husband of Jill LaVenice of Landisville; ten grandchildren; a brother, William, husband of Kerry Wells of South Carolina; and two sisters, Cynthia Bravo of Marlboro, MD, and Jeanne wife of Fred Humble of Ashville, NY.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Community Fellowship Church, 200 Bethel Drive, Lancaster, PA with Dr. George R. Kimber officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Life Outreach International (Mission: Rescue Life), PO Box 982000, Fort Worth, TX 76182 ….MEMO: in memory of Rachel LaVenice. (Sex slavery continues to be one of the largest “businesses” among organized crime. Mission: Rescue Life is currently going into Nepal, where human traffickers are operating and helps reach, rescue and restore young girls from these atrocities.)


Condolences for the family of “Rachel W. LaVenice”

Condolence from Ethel Stoner on April 27th, 2012 8:11 pm

To John and all the family:
My heart is so sad to see Rachel leave this earthly house. Sad for me but not for her. She was the warmest friend to me, and although it might go quite a long time between our being together, there was an instant connection when we came together. I will never forget her “I love you”, when we parted. She was faithful in prayer for our family and so willing to give, but not eager to be noticed. My life is forever blessed to have journeyed with her.
Love and prayers to your all
Ethel Stoner.

Condolence from Donna and Bob Erickson on April 28th, 2012 1:17 pm

Dear John,
We are so sorry to hear about Rachel! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Donna and Bob Erickson

Condolence from David B. Whittington on April 29th, 2012 4:43 am

Dear Family Members:
I knew Rachel from 1949 when my family moved from the NYC area to RD#2 (route 17J) Mayville, NY. I enjoyed going to the Well’s home to play kick the can & other games while growing up in that area. I’m now living with my wife Lesley in a suburb of Sydney, Australia & received an email from my good friend Ken Aldrich about Rachel’s passing. I just want to wish you all good memories of her great life with you all.
Yours truly,
Dave Whittington

Condolence from Carli Youndt on April 29th, 2012 1:48 pm

Dear LaVenice family-
I met Rachel in nursing school and was immediately drawn to her loving manner and passion for life. I admired her persistence during the rigors of LPN school and her ability to see the bright side of challenging situations. We kept in contact via email over the years and I was honored to work along side of her as she cared for patients in their homes who were also receiving hospice care. Rachel was a joy to know and a wise woman who I will remember for years to come. Peace to you during this painful time.
-Carli Youndt

Condolence from Sheila Nelson Hourihan on April 29th, 2012 6:02 pm

Rachel befriended me during the 14 months my sister and I attended Chautauqua Central School, 1954-55. She was kind, gentle, soft-spoken, centered, and generous. I have never forgotten her, and know that her loss will be a very big adjustment for all who felt her love. She was a wonderful person.

Condolence from Connie Barton on April 29th, 2012 7:51 pm

So sorry to hear that Rachel has left us. She certainly followed in her mother’s footsteps in serving her family and the church.

Condolence from Marcia Mutzabaugh on April 30th, 2012 11:23 am

Dear Mike and Deb and Family,

It is always hard to lose a loved one, but it is always easier when we know that they are with the Lord. God Bless you and yours, he will be with you all because you believe in Him. My prayers are with you also.

Condolence from kelsey lee on April 30th, 2012 3:24 pm

To the family of Rachel W. LaVenice,
I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34;18) With sympathy,

Condolence from Dr. Susan Northwall on May 2nd, 2012 1:48 pm

Dear John, Ginger and entire LaVenice family, I was so sad to hear about Rachel! I had the great privilege and pleasure of knowing her and being her family doctor for a time. She was truly one of my heros the way she lived her life inspite of cancer and applied herself to nursing school and her career. She had such a kind, caring personality and good work ethic. I know how much she loved you and your family and grandchikldren. She often spoke about you. We are starting a breast health education program for our students at Millersville University to help them learn about breast cancer, risk factors and healthy lifestyle. I will remember Rachel often and especially when we are doing this work with students. I unfortunately can’t come to her memorial service but will give a donation in her memory.

Susan Northwall

Condolence from Cheryl Whitehead on May 2nd, 2012 1:57 pm

Oh John, My heart goes out to you. Just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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