Garden Spot Village Resident Spotlight | Wilbur & Bert Horning

A special series spotlighting Garden Spot Village residents and their love for Lancaster City and County.

Wilbur and Bert at Gallery Grow in Lancaster City

Wilbur and Bert Horning have been valuable members of the Lancaster County community for over 45 years. Most notably, Wilbur served as mayor of New Holland for 16 years, and the couple spent much of their time serving in various roles for volunteer organizations. Now, they are active members of clubs and service opportunities as residents at Garden Spot Village, a licensed, non-profit, faith-based continuing care retirement community.

The couple’s favorite part of living at Garden Spot is the integration of local activities they love with the residential community at the retirement community.

“I’m very involved in the local Historical Society so I wanted to stay in this area,” Wilbur explained. “There are so many volunteer opportunities here at Garden Spot, and there’s an organization for almost any interest that you could have.”

Their current interests include gardening, learning new technology through a computer club, and taking a balance class at the fitness center. Bert can give a firsthand account of the unique difference between their home and other communities.

“I did a lot of volunteering through my church, visiting people living in other retirement communities,” Bert said. “I saw a lot of places, and nothing compares to the vitality we have here. It’s a very friendly place.”

The couple is looking forward to continuing to enjoy activities and serving their community together at Garden Spot Village.

Wilbur & Bert's Local Favorites
• Favorite place to shop: Re-Uzit Shop, New Holland
• Favorite place to get dinner: Lombardo's, Lancaster City
• Favorite place to enjoy the outdoors: New Holland Community Park
• Favorite place for a treat: New Holland Coffee Company
• Favorite thing about Lancaster: The community spirit of volunteerism & giving

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