Anna G. Rinier


Anna G. Rinier, 84, of Lancaster and formerly of Strasburg, died at LGH on Thursday, October 13, 2016. She was the wife of the late Richard W. “Pappy Dick” Rinier, who died in 1999.

Anna worked as floor supervisor at M&N Garment, Bart, for over 18 years. She later worked as production supervisor for Kadaan Industries and last worked as manager for the Swan Hotel, Strasburg.

She was a Past President of Cederattes of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest #27 and a member of the Riverside Club and the Ancient Order of the Croaking Frogs.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Albert F. and Mabel Irene (Riley) Walls. Anna is survived by her children, Michael married to JoAnn Work of Seattle, WA, Daniel married to Christine Work of Lancaster, and Connie married to James Rice of Lititz. Anna was lovingly known as “Fatmama” by her nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Bruce Shaeffer of Phoenix, AZ, Walter Mowery of Lancaster; her sisters, Doris married to Fred Shultz of Reading, Sandra Mae married to Joseph Mastriania of Lancaster and June married to Randy Hibshman of Akron. Anna was preceded in death by two daughters, Jodi Butler and Jacqueline Andrews and two brothers Albert Walls and Frank Mowery.

There will be a Celebration of Anna’s Life on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11 AM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until the time of the service.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider doing something special for yourself or a loved one in Annie’s honor.


Catherine Campbell


Catherine Campbell, 90 of Willow Street, died Thursday, October 6, 2016 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of the late Albert Occhionero, who died in 1957, and the late Charles Campbell, who died in 1993.

She loved crocheting and taking walks.

Born in Red Hook, NY, she was the daughter of the late Irving and Rosella (Scism) Funk. Catherine is survived by a son, Michael A. married to Linda H. Occhionero of Willow Street; a daughter, Anna married to Tom Pippi of upstate New York; four grandchildren Denean F. married to Ryan E. Groff, Alisa C. Occhionero, Michael J. Occhionero and Jordan Pippi and two great grandsons, Jack and Sam Groff. Catherine was one of 13 children.

Private interment will take place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

R. Elverta Denlinger


R. Elverta Denlinger, 91, formerly of Gordonville, died at Landis Homes on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She was the wife of the late Roy K. Denlinger, who died in 2010.

A homemaker, Elverta had also worked in the gift shop at Plain & Fancy and later for J&M Catering. She and Roy were distributors of home care products for many years.

She was a long time member of the Paradise Mennonite Church, where she was active with the sewing circle. Elverta volunteered at The Re-Uzit Shop, New Holland.

She loved her family, and made many quilts and needlepoint gifts for her family and close friends.

Born in Gordonville, Elverta was the daughter of the late Irwin L. and Mary (Wenger) Groff. She is survived by a son, Ron married to Joan (Weaver) Denlinger of Lancaster; two daughters, Donna married to Wilson Hershey of Lancaster and Cynthia Mast of Parkesburg; ten grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Elverta was preceded in death by a son, Roy Laverne; a grandson, Ryan K. Denlinger and two brothers, Lester Groff and Melvin Groff.

There will be a Viewing on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9 until 10 AM in the WEST Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA. The funeral is from the Chapel at 10 AM with Chaplain Jim Leaman officiating. Interment will take place in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elverta’s memory to Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO 80997 or


Milan J. Kratzer


Milan J. Kratzer, 80, of Paradise, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, September 26, 2016. He was the husband of Sandra (Shoop) Kratzer for over 57 years.

He was a graduate of Mahanoy Joint High School and Susquehanna University.

Milan was a High School German Teacher for 33 years in the Pequea Valley School District (PV).

During his tenure at PV, he served as the school’s athletic director and was the high school baseball coach for many years. In 2003, he was inducted into the PV Athletic Hall of Fame.

Milan also coached baseball, Little League up through Legion Ball.

Early in his career, Milan also contributed several summers to the Head Start Program for children in the Welsh Mountains.

He was a member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, lector and usher.

Milan was a member of Paradise Township Lions Club and the Lancaster Liederkranz.

Traveling was a big part of Milan’s life. He enjoyed taking many school groups on trips to Europe, and went on to lead several adult groups on overseas tours. He and Sandy continued to travel until his death.

Milan thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, but especially loved time with his grandchildren. He took great pleasure in supporting all of his grandchildren in their sporting events and extracurricular activities.

Born in Hebe, Milan was the son of the late John and Freda (Hoffman) Kratzer. In addition to Sandy, he is survived by a son, Scott Kratzer; three daughters, Laurie Amway, Kelly Blantz and Leslie married to Eugene Malcolm, all of Lancaster; his grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler and Ashley Amway, Matthew and Mackenzie Malcolm and Dylan Blantz; a brother, Maynard married to Carole Kratzer of Millersburg and two sisters, Dareene married to Frank Titus of Millersburg and Erla Kratzer of Arlington, VA.

There will be a viewing on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. There will also be a viewing on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in St. Michael EV Lutheran Church, 40 E. Main Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with The Reverend Robert Wegehoft officiating. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Patricia K. Anderson


Patricia Keener Anderson, 85, of Lancaster County, entered into rest on September 18, 2016 in St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Iva G. and Martin M. Keener.

She is survived by her two children, Elizabeth L. Anderson of Brussels, Belgium and John M. Anderson of Middleburg, Virginia and their families.

She graduated from Lampeter High School and then attended Gettysburg College, graduating with a BA in Social Sciences in 1953.

After graduation, she served as a Training Representative at Strawbridge and Clothier Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, following, as a Case Worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance in Lancaster.

From 1955-1958, she was the Assistant Executive Director of the Girl Scout Council of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania after which she assumed the role of District Director of the Girl Scout Council of Essex County, New Jersey from 1958-1960.

During the 1960s, she lived in Hawaii and in northern Spain with her family, following her husband’s career in the International Division of Armstrong Cork Company. During this time, she cultivated an avid interest in learning Spanish.

After returning to the USA with her family, she earned a Masters Degree in Education and Guidance from Millersville State College and then served as a Senior High School Guidance Counselor at Solanco High School, Quarryville, Pennsylvania from 1977-1986.

Her many interests were diverse in nature.  A gifted alto, she sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran church.  A keen naturalist, she could identify all indigenous flora and fauna in the Lancaster area.  A lifelong interest in literature led her to enjoy the classics and autobiographies. Her skills as an athlete were maintained by tennis and walking. She also enjoyed watercolor painting, dried flower arranging, cooking and traveling.

Private interment in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the Reverend Tasha Genck Morton officiating.  Friends will be received in Fondersmith Auditorium immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat’s memory may be directed to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Olivia A. Richards

Olivia A. Richards, 73, of Mount Joy, died at home of natural causes on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

A graduate of JP McCaskey High School, Olivia worked for JC Penney’s as a waitress and later a sales clerk for over 30 years.

She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lancaster.

Olivia was a member of card club with her friends and enjoyed playing pinochle. She loved going out for lunch with her close friends. She also enjoyed going to the mountains to visit with her family. Olivia loved Phillies baseball.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Charles Wirth, Sr. and Eva Bishop Wirth. She is survived by a brother, Charles Wirth, Jr. married to Ann (Shope) Wirth of Petersburg, PA; three nephews, Jeff Wirth  and Mike Wirth and his companion Hilda Colon, all of Mount Joy and Stephen married to Peggy Sue Shope of Gardners, PA; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

Andrea Abrams

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Andrea Abrams, 54, of Lancaster, died at home on Monday, September 5, 2016. She was the wife of Joseph Abrams for 38 years.

Andrea had worked at the former Garden Spot Bowl, and later for FedEx.

She enjoyed bowling, crocheting and especially, Pandas.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Allen A. and Carol (Hampson) Peck. In addition to Joe, she is survived by Joe, Jr. married to Emily Abrams, Carolann married to Shawn Craft, Tommy married to Nicole Abrams, Andrew married to Samantha Abrams, Patrick Abrams and fiancé Courtney Haldeman and Dennis Abrams, all of Lancaster; grandchildren, Austin Craft, Christian Craft, Ryan Craft, Sadie Abrams and a grandson expected in December; a brother, Lawrence Peck and his companion Andrea Piecoro of Salt, NY.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Andrea’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 16704-4125.

Louisa E. Book

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Louisa E. Book, 96, of White Oak Road, Strasburg, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Conestoga View, where she had been a resident for four months.

She had worked as an assembler for the former Pequea Works and later Angler’s Choice.

Louisa was a long time member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg.

A seamstress, she volunteered with the Crazy Quilters.

Born in Strasburg, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Rosanna (Smeltz) Book. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Susan E. Patterson, who died in 1996.

Private interment will be held in Mount Eden Lutheran Cemetery.

Kathryn D. Lefever

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Kathryn D. (Pickel) Lefever, 89 fromerly of Weaver Road, Strasburg, died Sunday, August 28, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of the late Robert R. Lefever, who died August 29, 2004.

Kathryn was a manger at several Turkey Hill locations in the Lancaster area. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, cooking, and trips to the cabin in the mountains. She loved her Yorkie, Gracie.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of John and Dorothy (Erb) Pickel.

Kathryn is survived by two sons; C. Robert of Morris, PA, and Gary L. (Laurie) Lefever of Lititz; three daughters, Kathy S. (Robert) Meily of Lancaster, Dorothy J. (J. Rick) Ely of Gap, and Mary Alice Lefever (Robert Ray) of New Providence, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Thomas and Jack Pickel.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, John D. and Larry G, and a daughter, Theresa Mae Sweigart.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 9AM until 11AM at Bachman Funeral Home, Inc. 7 S. Decatur Street, Strasburg. The funeral will begin at 11AM in the home, with Pastor Ben Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Cody A. Bonholtzer

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Cody A. Bonholtzer, 16, of Lancaster, died on August 27, 2016. He was the son of Adam S. Bonholtzer and Jennifer Rose Urban.

Cody was a student at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, where he had been on the wrestling team.

He enjoyed cars, skateboarding and hunting. He loved playing video games with his brothers and was an electronics expert. Cody had many pairs of shoes.

Cody aspired to join the military and learn to be an underwater welder.

He loved working with his Grandfather Scott with carpentry, roofing, painting, building decks and more.

Born in Lancaster, in addition to his Dad and Mom, he is survived by two brothers, Logan Richard and Riley Scott Bonholtzer; his step-sisters, Kyleigh McQuaid and Madison Eller; Paternal Grandparents, Scott and Madeline Bonholtzer; and his Maternal Grandparents, Lynn Ream and Robert Ream, Sr., all of Lancaster.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please make a contribution in Cody’s memory to