Elaine Suzanne (Strause) Brubaker

Aug 4 1945
Sep 2 2020
75 Years
Lititz, Warwick Township, PA

Elaine Suzanne (Strause) Brubaker, 75, passed away on September 2, 2020, at the Lancaster General Hospital due to cancer.

Born on August 4, 1945, in the Reading Hospital, West Reading, PA.  She was the daughter of the late Elmer S., Jr, and Jeanne M. (Swartz) Strause.
A graduate of Gov. Mifflin High School in Shillington, PA, class of 1963, Elaine was a medical secretary at the Reading Hospital until shortly after she wed John K. Brubaker, Jr. in February 1965.  Together they had two sons, John K. Brubaker, III, and Mark E. Brubaker.

In the fall of 1975, Elaine's husband transferred to Lancaster with Bell Telephone and the family moved to the Lititz area where gardening, home decorating, freezing and canning food and growing flowers became a major part of her life.

Elaine became the first Block Watch Captain in Warwick Township after some petty burglaries and "peeping Tom" incidences were brought to police attention.  She also became active in youth drug prevention efforts in Warwick School District in 1980 helping establish Warwick Drug and Alcohol Action Group.  WDAAG became involved with the Chemical People movement initiated by WITF PBS to raise awareness of drug activity adversely affecting the youth in their broadcasting area.

After many years of volunteer work in the drug and alcohol field, Elaine attended Alvernia College to study in the field of addictions while minoring in communications.

Inheriting a love of travel from her parent’s example, she valued vacations with her husband and family to shores up and down the east coast of the United States from Lubec, ME to St. Augustine, FL.  Sharing her husband’s love of history led to several trips to Williamsburg, VA, Charlestown, SC, and Chattanooga, TN.

Elaine felt fortunate to be able to travel to Europe in the summer of 2001 to tour castles, cathedrals, and gardens in Austria, Germany and Switzerland with a group of fellow gardeners and history buffs.

After training to volunteer for Lancaster's Contact Telephone Helpline in 1993, she retired from the 24-hour helpline in 2013.

Elaine grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church that eventually merged with the Methodist Church.  She was a member of the choir from the age of 8 until 18 years old.  In 1992 she and John became members of the Trinity E.C. Church in Lititz where Elaine volunteered as coordinator of Trinity Loving Care from 1993-2003.  Feeling Jesus led her all the way, she was grateful.  Thanks be to God.  Psalm 23 was a favorite.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, a son, Mark E. of Coatesville, sister J. Renee wife of Roger Alley, Knoxville, TN, brother Delvin T, Strause Reading, PA, and sister in law Lynne E. Brubaker, Coatesville.   Preceding Elaine in death was son, John K Brubaker, III

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at 2 PM at Zeltenreich UCC Cemetery, 752 Hollander Rd, New Holland, PA 17557 with Pastor Ryan Taylor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  

Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.  Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Service Date: 
Sep 8 2020 - 2:00pm
Service Location: 
Zeltenreich UCC Cemetery, 752 Hollander Rd, New Holland, PA 17557


I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of my aunt Elaine. May she be at peace with god and healed of her pain. Reading this I now know where my love of canning and gardening has come from. Sending my love to everyone during this difficult time. 

Corie and family

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So very sorry for your loss. I was shocked to learn of Elaine's cancer and her passing. We had many good times together over the years. My prayer is that God's loving arms give you the comfort and strength to see you through your grief as you also celebrate her life.

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Heartfelt condolences to John and family. We lost a

good neighbor she'll be sorely missed.

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