December 24, 2015
On Christmas Eve morning, Andrea Moranz-Cubbison, 52, peacefully passed from complications due to cancer. She was surrounded by loving family and confident in God’s grace.
To know Andrea was to love her. She connected with people on many levels with great warmth and an unassuming presence, and was beloved by many for her graciousness, humor, kindness, and generosity. Andrea’s passions included her husband, Miles, and 3 children, Stuart, Ethan, and Ellie, and she believed that being a loving and available mother was her greatest accomplishment. Born in Lancaster, PA, Andrea’s other survivors include parents, Kitty and Andy Moranz, of Lancaster, and her sisters, Martha Jacobs (Wexford, PA), Joan Hinnenkamp (New Orleans, LA), Alicia Moranz-Farkas, and Kate Brossman (both of the Lancaster area), along with brothers-in-law, Paul, Steve & Doug. Also missing Andrea are her in-laws Kitty and Bob Cubbison and sister-in-law Karen and her husband Craig Socie. Time with sisters and close friends, Victoria, Eliese, Winnie, Lore, among others was important to her.
For years, Andrea avidly played singles and doubles women and mixed 4.0 tennis. She enjoyed competing including the 2013 mixed doubles 18+ 7.0 national level USTA championship team. She often surprised others with her tenacious competitiveness even while dealing with her illness. She gave gifts of her time, talents and treasure to family, friends, and others simply in need. Every Christmas, you could find her and her family serving meals at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Andrea also volunteered with Special Olympics, the Wheelchair tennis tournament, Lancaster Hospice, Junior League of Lancaster, and served on the Board of the Red Rose Credit Union. She loved her time at the ocean, bringing laughter to others even during her cancer journey, had a particular penchant for practical jokes, and enjoyed a fondness for finely ironed clothing. Not least of all, she explored and found comfort in her faith during this journey.
Employed by Lancaster General Hospital since 2007, Andrea served as Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach. She was highly regarded by her many volunteers and co-workers, and admired and loved them back. She created and implemented the hospital’s Cuddler Program at Women and Babies NICU unit, re-invigorated the pet therapy program there and was instrumental in expanding the Project SEARCH program which enabled young adults with cognitive and physical challenges to transition into the work place. Prior to this, she worked as a Branch Manager for Fulton Bank. Andrea graduated from LCHS in1981, attended Marymount University in Virginia, and graduated from Penn State with a BA in 1985.
The family would especially like to thank Dr. Rudy and Lore Rigano for their love and support through this journey as well as the many fine surgeons, doctors and nurses of NY Presbyterian- Columbia, Weill Cornell and LGH’s Barshinger Center staff including Dr. Randall Oyer.
Friends were invited to a Mass of Christian burial held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 29, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Road, Lancaster, with Rev. David Danneker as Celebrant. Visitations were on Monday, December 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA and on Tuesday, from 10-11 a.m. at the church. There was a private internment. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to fund future research into Leiomyosarcoma, a rare and complicated disease: LMSarcoma Direct Research (or) LMSdr, Post Office Box 52697, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74152.
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