When Brian Yohe was in the final stages of life, he wasn't scared.
The 47-year-old West York resident was eager to be with his grandmother, and he was surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly, said sister Wendy Harbaugh.
They even brought his favorite music -- disco and Anne Murray -- and Yohe swayed and smiled to his favorite tunes as he rested, she recalled.
After suffering from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease that affects the liver's bile ducts, he passed away on Dec. 30.
Although she was incredibly sad, Harbaugh said she took solace in knowing he was no longer in pain.
"It was a feeling of peace, of relief," she said.
Even though she misses his laughter and joy, stories from friends and co-workers help his memory live on, Harbaugh said.
And an upcoming spaghetti dinner at Senior Commons at Powder Mill in York Township will allow the community to honor Yohe and his family.
The event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Dinner is $7 and includes spaghetti with meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks. All proceeds will be donated to Yohe's family to help with medical expenses.
Yohe went to Spring Grove Area High School with Senior Commons executive director Melissa Topper and Denise Lauer, director of resident life. An avid volunteer, he attended Senior Commons events for the past several years.
"He always kept his classmates close at heart," Harbaugh said.
Although his passing is a great loss for the community, she said all the support her family has received has been overwhelming.
"The goodness always overpasses the badness," she said.
For Topper, Yohe was a joyful, loving and compassionate man who touched the hearts of everyone he met.
"I think it's really important to keep his memory alive," she said.
Yohe actually helped plan the event and was involved in every step of the process, Topper said. It was initially going to be a bingo event -- he loved the game -- but will now be an opportunity for his loved ones to remember him, she said.
"He'll be with us in our hearts," she said.
-- Reach Mollie Durkin at firstname.lastname@example.org.