Naomi J. Sollenberger, 66, of New Enterprise, passed away at home on November 4,2020 after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late Ellis and Jane Sollenberger. She is survived by her three brothers: Nevin and wife Laura, Norman and wife Teresa, Mark and wife Denise, all of New Enterprise. Also surviving are her treasured nieces and nephews: Ben Sollenberger and wife LeAnn, Andy Sollenberger, Leanna Koval and husband James, Lacey Webb and husband Dan, Nolan Sollenberger and fiance Danielle Funk, Dan Sollenberger and wife Heather, Willie Sollenberger and wife Samantha, Matthew Sollenberger and wife Kadie, and five grandnieces and nephews. She is also survived by her uncle John Keiper. She was preceded in death by her aunt Joyce Keiper and sister-in-law Cindy Sollenberger. Her dogs, Teddy, Daisy, and Molly, held a special place in her heart along with her many chickens, geese, cats, and sheep over the years.
Naomi was an active member of the New Enterprise Church of the Brethren and a living example of service to others in the name of Jesus. She was involved in the leadership team, choir, Heritage Fair, director for Camp Blue Diamond, and a deacon, among many others activities.
Naomi graduated from Northern Bedford County High School in 1972 and from Shippensburg University with a degree in Elementary Education . After graduation, she returned to Northern Bedford as an elementary and middle school teacher. During that time she was active with Ag in the Classroom and Envirothon. She also found time to share her musical talents with the Blair County Chorale. Upon retirement she devoted additional time to the PA Farm Bureau, and the Southern Cove Historical Group.
Naomi had a strong bond with her family and was frequently organizing family gatherings. Naomi was always the first to volunteer to say grace before meals and helped demonstrate her love for Jesus in everything she did.She was very interested in genealogy and enjoyed researching the family’s history. Growing up on a dairy farm instilled a strong passion for agriculture and love for animals and nature that Naomi carried with her throughout her life. She also enjoyed crafts, reading, cooking, and gardening. Naomi touched many lives; she will be greatly missed by all.
A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of her life with family and friends will be held at a later date in the spring. Memorial contributions may be sent to the New Enterprise Church of the Brethren at 3729 Brumbaugh Rd, PO Box 98, New Enterprise, PA 16664. Arrangements by Weaver Funeral Home, LLC (weaversfh.com); Woodbury.
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