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Lorenah Greenland | Obituaries | Today’s article


Lorenah M. Greenland, 88, of Pennsylvania Furnace, passed away peacefully at home while sleeping on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Lorenah, or Dolly as she lovingly called her by those who knew her best, was born on August 29, 1933 in Mifflinburg, daughter of Owen Steese and Gerdline Burd.

On May 8, 1954, she married Donald R. Greenland of Orbisonia. Together, they built a loving home and raised six children. Don and Dolly were side by side in everything they did and they made an amazing team as they traveled through life and impacted so many people around them with their love, joy and their kindness. They were always ready to lend a hand, especially if there was a need for construction or exterior work. Dolly was still there, holding her own hammer or driving her own tractor, and ultimately holding Donald’s hand as he left this life for a home in Heaven.

Dolly attended church regularly and loved being able to help out at the nursery, children’s church, and many outreach programs. She enjoyed spending her free time gardening and being outdoors, especially getting around on her John Deere tractor. However, there was nothing she loved more than caring for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Dolly is survived by her children, Peggy and her husband Robert Loring, Ray and his wife Karen Greenland, Sharon and her husband Dennis Devlin, Charles and his wife Cathy Greenland, Gerald and his wife Kelly Greenland and Karen and her husband Peter Smith. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and one more will arrive soon, two great great grandchildren and six siblings, Gloria Smith, Bonnie Kauffman, Sherry Smith, Deanna McClintock, Theresa Shirk and Michael Steese.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; and two sisters, Marietta Raker and Joan Breon.

Dolly has spent her life teaching those she loved about the little things in life. Little things like cookies, making a hearty breakfast on the first day of the hunting season, making activities like picking up sticks fun, and showing grandchildren classics like I Love Lucy, Shirley Temple and Andy Griffith. Nothing, however, can surpass the example of a family gathered from near and far to exchange silly gifts, cook an amazing meal and spend time together for Christmas.

So Grammy, while this Christmas will be different without you here, our hearts will be full of love for the legacy you left behind and knowing that it’s your first Christmas back with Pappy. Our family longs for others to know the importance of spending time with those you love before they are no longer there to hang out with them.

There will be no utilities at this time, but a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor at the Pregnancy Resource Clinic, 423 S. Pugh St., State College, PA 16801 or Way Truth Life Radio, 2020 Cato Ave., State College, PA 16801.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bruce E. Cox Funeral Home. www.bruceecoxfh.com