Lois M. Rathbone

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Lois M. Rathbone, age 86 years young, of Willow Street, Pennsylvania, died peacefully with her daughters by her side on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at the Lakeside Community at Willow Valley Retirement Communities, after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Born in Staten Island, New York, she was the daughter of the late Leonard F. and Gertrude M. Johnson.

Lois was a loving wife for 57 years to the late Gordon J. Rathbone, who passed away in July 2009.  Lois was also preceded in death by her older brother, Elmer Johnson.  She is survived by her two daughters, Donna married to Fritz Jones of Wilmington, Delaware and Barbara Rathbone Frank of Strasburg, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Marianne married to Craig Zecher of Boyds, Maryland and John McKenney, of Wilmington, Delaware and six great-grandchildren, Gavin, Kieran, Aiden, Morgan, Aisling and Julia.  In addition, she will be lovingly remembered by her nephews, Alan Johnson and Terry Johnson, and her nieces, Sally Smith and Gail Tobin.  Mrs. Rathbone was also survived by her beloved pet cat, Willow.

After graduating from New Dorp High School in 1946 in Staten Island, New York, Lois attained a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Cedar Crest College, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1950.  She earned her master’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, in 1970.

Lois taught home economics in several schools in the Harrisburg School District, and retired from the Chester-Upland School District in 1992.  Teaching and nurturing needy students in an urban setting was her passion.

The Rathbones resided in Richfield, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Carlisle and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and in Wilmington and Hockessin, Delaware prior to moving to the Lakes Community at Willow Valley Communities, in Willow Street, Pennsylvania, in 2007.

Lois was well-known for her kind and friendly nature, great thoughtfulness, compassion for others in need and enthusiasm for life-long learning, travel and the outdoors.   Lois enjoyed spending time with friends, playing bridge and working on puzzles. Lois was an accomplished seamstress, quilter and knitter and also enjoyed crafting miniature room boxes with Gordon as they were members of the First State Mini Club, in Wilmington, Delaware for many years.  Along with Gordon, Lois spent many hours volunteering for Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware.  The Rathbones enjoyed traveling extensively in the United States and internationally.

The Rathbone family extends a heartfelt thank you to all of those who comforted and visited her during her extended illness, including her many friends at Willow Valley, the nursing staff at the Lakeside and Meadow Ridge Communities at Willow Valley and to Dr. Simmons and the staff at the ALS Clinic, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for their care and guidance, the staff and volunteers at Hospice & Community Care and the staff of Home Instead of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service celebrating Lois’ life will be held on Tuesday, September 1 at 10:00am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where the Rathbones were long time members.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lois’ name may be made to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, 170 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, Delaware 19711 or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Rd. Wilmington, Delaware 19810.

Geraldine G. Hess

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Geraldine G. Hess, 94, formerly of Lancaster, died at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy inpatient unit on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was the wife of the late Russel U. Hess, who died in 1972.

A homemaker, Gerry retired from Armstrong World Industries.

She enjoyed playing Bridge and Pinochle, solving crossword puzzles and cooking. Gerry loved spending time with her family and working in her yard.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Elsie (Leeking) Gaenzle. She is survived by a son, Michael D. Hess of Lancaster; a daughter, Sharon L. Hershey of Strasburg; a granddaughter, Ashlee married to Charles Hurley of Mt. Joy and their son Nolan; a sister, Nancy married to Robert Kaley of Landisville and numerous nieces and nephews. Gerry was preceded in death by her sisters Wanda Hinden, Lillian Budz, D. Jean Wolf and Mary Ellen DeMasi.

Private interment at the convenience of the family.

Abbie A. Newswanger

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Abbie A. Newswanger, 89, formerly of Kinzers, died at Lancashire Hall on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. She was the wife of the late Willard R. Newswanger, who died in 1989.

Abbie was a homemaker and also worked at Plain & Fancy Bakery, White Chimneys and as a housekeeper for the Slaymaker family.

She was a long time member of New Providence Church of God.

She enjoyed bowling, playing Bingo and her cats.

Born in Drumore, she was the daughter of the late Cadet and Mary M. (Johnson) Steele. Abbie is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother, Clarence “Bob” Steele.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM in Boehm’s United Methodist Cemetery, 13 West Boehm’s Road, Willow Street, PA with Bishop Stephen S. Weaver officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to New Providence Church of God, 269 Cinder Rd., New Providence, PA 17509

Mollie B. Weaver


Mollie Weaver, 84, of Ronks, passed away peacefully at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy, on August 3, 2015.

She is survived by four children; Dawn, Diane, Debbie, and David, 14 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester.

She was an active member of the music department of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, to which any donations may be made.

The public is invited to a graveside service at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road Strasburg, Pa 17579, on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 4:00PM. At 5:30PM, a celebration dinner event will be hosted at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike Lancaster, PA 17601.

Jill A. Hayes


Jill A. Hayes, 54, passed away on Tuesday, July 28 after a lengthy illness.

 She was the wife of Lennie Brenner.Born in Finleyville, PA on April 19, 1961, she was the daughter of Julia (Cassarini) and Albert Hayes.

She worked at the former Garden Spot Bowling Alley and was a member of the Elstonville Sportsman’s Association.

Jill loved spending time with her grandson, Landyn.

In addition to her husband and grandson, she is survived by a daughter, Ashly Rankin, fiancé of Ted Faulkner, of Willow Street, and two sisters; Pat Bowman, companion of Jim Peters, of Millersville, and Denise, married to Jeff Rajchel of Pittsburgh.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, August 1, from 10-11AM at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg. The funeral service will begin at 11.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Living Generosity 1802 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Charles L. Danner, Jr.


Charles L. Danner, Jr., 90, formerly of Strasburg, died at Garden Spot Village on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He was the husband of Ethel G. (Turner) Danner for 68 years.

Charlie graduated from Paradise High School in 1943. He was drafted into the US Army during WWII. He served with the 82nd Airborne as a Medic in the Battle of the Bulge, suffered from frostbite and was wounded at Stavelot, Belgium. He finished his service at a station hospital in New Mexico after the war ended and was Honorably discharged in December 1945.


Charlie started working in delivery, and later as Service Manager then Plant Manager, for the former Pyrofax LP Gas Company. He then worked in the Maintenance Department at Calvary Fellowship Homes for 15 years.

Charlie was a member of Leacock Presbyterian Church for over 62 years, where he served as Trustee for four-three years terms, including 11 years as President of the Trustees. He was an ordained Deacon and Assistant Treasurer of the Sunday school.

He was a member of Strasburg Lions Club for over 31 years; served as Civil Defense Director for Strasburg Borough and also served on the Water and Sewer Authority.

Charlie was a volunteer fireman with Gordonville Fire Company and Strasburg Fire Company No. 1 for a total of 50 years. He was Assistant Chief and Chief of Strasburg Fire Company for 12 years and served as Treasurer for the fire company for 25 years, which included making the fire company’s budget for both the borough and Strasburg Township.

Charlie’s memberships include Life member of: Strasburg Fire Company No.1, Disable American Veterans, Charles Ludwig VFW Post #7362, New Holland, Tanawa American Legion Post #409, Paradise, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Lancaster County Firemen’s Association and Keystone State Fire Chief’s Association; and also a member of PA State Firemen’s Association and Southeastern Firemen’s Association. He was Past President of Lancaster County Firemen’s Association.

When he and Ethel moved to Garden Spot Village, Charlie helped start the Resident Apartment Council and served as the council’s President for three years. He continued on the council’s board for the last two years.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Charles L., Sr. and Fern (McLaughlin) Danner. He is also survived by a daughter, Dori married to Ted Markley of Strasburg; a son, Dennis and companion Joyce Philips of New Holland; grandchildren Adrienne (Craig) Cauler, Adam (Melissa) Markley and Heather (Josh) Bender; great grandchildren Brody Cauler, Alexis and Caleb Markley and Micah and Cole Bender; sisters Mildred Eby and Marion Clothier; He was preceded in death by two brothers James and William Danner.

There will be a viewing on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10 until 11 AM in the chapel at Garden Spot Village. The funeral is 11 AM in the chapel with Chaplain Chet Yoder officiating. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Paradise Presbyterian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his memory to Strasburg Fire Co. No. 1, PO Box 64, Strasburg, PA 17579 or Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway E., Paradise PA 17562.

Phyllis R. Fisher


Phyllis R. (Groff) Fisher, 76, died at home in Honey Brook, on Monday, July 27. She was the wife of Harold L. Fisher for 60 years.

Born on November 4, 1938, she was the daughter of C. Scott and Eleanore (Killian) Groff. She was part of the first graduating class of Pequea Valley High School.

Phyllis and Harold owned and operated Lanchester Fashion for over 7 years, starting in 1977. She was a self employed sewing contractor until 2012.

Phyllis was a member of Calvary Monument Bible Church for over 18 years. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, boating, her grandchildren, and her dog, Ava.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, H. Bradley, married to Arete (Sideris) Fisher, of New Holland, a daughter, Lisa Fisher-Newnam, fiancé of Allen Crosby, of Gap, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother, Harold “Spike” Groff, of Lancaster, three sisters; Joanne Kiefer, of Honey Brook, Rachel Medlen, of Salisbury, MD, and Jessica Fisher, of Huntingdon County. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Groff.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 30, from 9-11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg. The funeral will begin at 11AM in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’s memory can be made to the Lancaster County SPCA 848 S. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

Donald E. McCauley

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Donald E. McCauley, 72, of Kinzers, died at home on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 after a long illness. He was the husband of Nancy (Kreider) McCauley for over 52 years.

Don worked as a mason for RF Groff of Kinzers. Later, he worked as an electrician for Clark Mechanical Services, from where he retired.

He enjoyed all of the times in Potter County at their cabin, Killdeer Camp. Don always had a garden which was his pride and joy to the very end. Although his last few months were a struggle, he never gave up and enjoyed his life. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing watching NASCAR and his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt and Dale, Jr., and spending time with his family.

Born in Quarryville, Don was the son of the late Hayes McCauley and Sarah (Jackson) Flahart. He loved his wife Nancy and children and grandchildren: Brian McCauley, Michael married to Tammy McCauley, and their children Erica and Nicole; Mark Anthony McCauley and his son Mark, Jr,; daughter Michele married to Andrew Snader and their children Chad King and his son Christian, Austin King and Emily Snader; Samantha married to Loren White and their children James, Derek and Sophia; his siblings: Janet married to James Flahart, Richard married to Lydia, Robert married to June, Ruth wife of the late Kenny Schlotzhauer, Betty Jane, Judy, Sandy married to David Kight and David Mast. Don was preceded in death by brothers Raymond and Joe.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 6 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Monday July 27 from 10 until 11 AM in Kinzer Mennonite Church, 45 N. Kinzer Rd., Kinzers, PA. The funeral will be 11 AM in the church with Pastor Dwight Groff officiating. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

Miriam E. Shenk

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Miriam E. (Landis) Wenger Shenk, 101, of Landis Homes, Lititz, passed away on Friday, July 3, at Heart of Lancaster hospital during hip surgery following a fall. Born March 26, 1914 in East Lampeter Township she was the daughter of the late David L and Annette (Esbenshade) Landis.   She was married to the late W. Ray Wenger with whom she went to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) as a missionary with Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions in 1938.  He died in 1945, and in 1970 she married the late J. Clyde Shenk who died in 1989.

In Tanganyika, Shenk opened a home where girls stayed while attending school.  Later she opened a domestic science school to train girls in sewing and cooking.  She especially enjoyed teaching the Bible and singing classes.  Prior to her second marriage, she served for 11 years as matron in the girls’ dormitory at Lancaster Mennonite School. She and Clyde then worked in Kenya building churches and helping the growing church there until their retirement from the mission field in 1976.

She read her Bible daily, often reading through it several times a year.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, singing and playing the piano.  When not reading she was often praying for her family and the church in the US and East Africa.

At her death, she was the oldest member of Mellinger Mennonite Church where her father was pastor for 50 years. She was involved in starting the Sewing Circle of the church.  She is survived by three children, Daniel L. Wenger, Lititz; Annetta  (Harold) Miller, Nairobi, Kenya; Wilmer R. (Miriam) Wenger, Bradenton, FL; four step-children, David W. (Grace) Shenk, Mountville; Anna Kathryn (Omar) Eby, Harrisonburg, VA; John B. Shenk, Lancaster; and Daniel E. Shenk, New York, NY plus seven grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 25 step-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph H. Landis, a sister, Almeda Denlinger, a step-son, Joseph Shenk, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes on July 17 at 10 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service.  A visitation will also be held Thursday evening in the East Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes from 6 – 8 PM.

Please omit flowers.  Contributions in her memory can be made to Eastern Mennonite Missions, Salunga, PA  17528.



Gilbert S. Snyder

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Gilbert S. Snyder, 94, formerly of Millersville and recently of Evergreen Estates, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

He retired from the AMTRAK after working for the railroads 42 years.

Gilbert served in the US Navy during WWII.

He enjoyed hunting and worked at least 3 days weekly tending yards until he was 92. Gilbert attended Colemanville United Methodist Church.

Born in Northumberland, he was the son of the late Melvin and Emily Snyder. Gilbert is survived by six children; Terry Snyder, Rebecca (Snyder) Funck, John G., married to Roberta (Kane) Swinehart, Gloria (Swinehart), married to Scott Kleinfelter, Donna(Swinehart), married to Barry Simpson, Kenneth E., married to Patricia A. (Lynch) Swinehart, 13 Grandchildren, and 19 Great-Grandchildren; and a dear friend, Shirley Gregg.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the funeral home followed by interment in Colemanville United Methodist Cemetery.