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Virginia Lerew


Virginia “Ginny” Bell Lerew, 82, of Frey Village Retirement Center, Middletown, and formerly of Mechanicsburg, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in the M. S. Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Enhaut on October 20, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Marlin N. Sr., and Sylvia Keim Bell.

Ginny retired in 1988 as a computer systems analyst from the Navy Supply Depot, Mechanicsburg, and worked in the clerk typing pool at the former Olmsted Air Force Base, Middletown. She was a 1954 graduate of the former Highspire High School. Ginny was a lifelong member of Swatara Church of God, Harrisburg, where she was a Sunday school teacher since her teens, currently teaching the Kingdom Seekers class, served as the coordinator of the GEMS Senior Ministry, and was the former organist and choir director. She was vice president of the Tower Council of Frey Village Retirement Center and an abider at the home. Ginny enjoyed music, traveling with her husband, taking pictures, playing Pinochle and Hand & Foot and was an avid sports and NASCAR fan.

Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn L. Lerew Sr. on January 5, 2002.

She is survived by one son, Glenn L. Lerew Jr., husband of Patti J. of Dillsburg; one grandson, Jordan T. Lerew, husband of Christina of Greensboro, N.C.; one great-granddaughter, Rylen S. Lerew of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, The Rev. Robert L. Bell, husband of Paula of Harrisburg, and Marlin N. Bell Jr., husband of Vicki of Middletown; one sister, Betty Gardner, widow of David of Harrisburg; one stepsister, Catherine E. Eshenour, widow of Jack of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.; one brother-in-law, Donald Lerew, husband of Joann of Dillsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. in Swatara Church of God, 4860 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, with Pastor Michael R. Nelson officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family Tuesday in the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Frey Village Retirement Center, 1020 North Union Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at