Jay Ann Baum

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Jay Ann Baum, 52, of Manor Township, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at home following a long illness. She was the wife of Chris Baum for 34 years.

Jay Ann worked for Flexsteel Corporation as a seamstress and most recently for Pennsylvania Scale Company.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Byron C. Clement and Marilyn (Cahee) Clement of Rhode Island.

Jay Ann is survived by a son, Todd M. Baum of Manor Township; her siblings, Zoe Bracci , Joe Clement and Guy Clement, all of Lancaster, Lori Clement of Quarryville, Scott Clement of Strasburg and Gale Clement of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lindsay Marie Baum.

A Memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment is private.

Verna R. Eby

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Verna R. Eby, 100, formerly of Paradise, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday September 19, 2014 at Landis Homes. Born January 15, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Christian and Fannie (Diffenbach) Rohrer. Verna, her mother Fannie, and Verna’s grandmother Rebecca Diffenbach, all lived to 100 years of age.

Verna was married to the late Bishop Clair Eby, who passed away in 1999. Clair and Verna operated a dairy farm outside of Paradise and served as bishop couple of the Paradise-Hershey Mennonite church district. Verna was blessed with a heart of gratitude. She loved hosting wonderful meals in her home and she enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, especially roses.

She is survived by five children: Kenneth, husband of Jeanette Eby, Akron, Dorothy Mae, wife of Mel Wert, FL, Melvin, husband to Joyce Eby, Gordonville, Caroline, wife of LaMar Huber, Columbia, and Lloyd, husband of Linda Eby, Ephrata. She has 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair, two grandchildren, Jerry and Melody Eby, three brothers, Elvin, Wilmer, and Clarence Rohrer, and two sisters, Mabel Herr and Mary Landis.

She was a member of Grace Point Church of Paradise (formerly Paradise Mennonite), but attended services in the chapel at Landis Homes, where she resided for 21 years. The family would like to thank Landis Homes, and Landis at Home, for the excellent care Verna received the last few months.

There will be a memorial service in West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes at 6:00 PM on Friday September 26, 2014. The family will greet friends there from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Burial in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will be at the family’s convenience.

Please omit flowers. Kindly send memorial contributions in Verna’s name to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Denise Marie Patches

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Denise Marie (Maguire) Patches, 50, of Strasburg, PA, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at Hospice and Community Care after fighting a three-year battle with gallbladder cancer. Denise was a gentle soul who never lost her sense of humor or her love for life, and showed everyone who knew her how to handle adversity with courage, dignity, and grace.

Denise was born on April 17, 1964, in Neptune, New Jersey. She graduated from Middletown (NJ) South High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Trenton State College (NJ). She also obtained a teaching certificate from Georgian Court College (NJ). Denise worked a few years in the insurance industry at BlueCross/Blue Shield and at Prudential.

Denise loved sitting on the beach, walking in the woods, Scrabble, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, Springsteen, musicals, especially “Grease” and “The Sound of Music,” music from the 80s, and watching movies and TV, especially comedies. She also had some great travel experiences, like touring Europe the summer after completing a semester in London, and making a trek across the US with a friend during the summer of 1996. Denise also loved Charlie, the family’s dog and her constant companion. Denise’s cancer journey nurtured a wonderful faith in God, and she had no doubt that God would embrace her when she left this world and that He will take care of her girls and husband.

Denise was the beautiful wife and best friend of Edward R. Patches for 16 years. They met and fell in love in New Jersey and got married on April 25, 1998. Denise was a loving mom to their daughters, Rebecca and Molly, and loving step-mom to Ed’s daughter, Carrie Placencia and her husband, Delvin, of Forest Hill (MD), and step-grandmother to their daughter, Olivia. Denise is also survived by her parents James T. and Patricia M. (O’Donnell) Maguire of Brick (NJ), sisters Terry Bishop of Shrewsbury (NJ), Maureen (wife of Jack) Kulaga of Lincroft (NJ), Sheila (wife of Patrick) McCormick of Farmingdale (NJ), brother Stephen of Brick (NJ), and seven nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by her mother-in-law Ruth M. (Lubold) Patches of Manheim who gave Denise so much of her time and loving support during the past three years, and her brother-in-law, Timothy P. Patches, also of Manheim.  Denise is lovingly remembered by the many friends whose lives she has touched.

Relatives and friends are invited to a service to celebrate Denise’s life at Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 East Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Interment will take place at the Ascension memorial garden. A meal at the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers, The Patches Family would greatly appreciate that you send donations to:  The Memories of Love Foundation, 4932 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32257, or to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

Ellen I. Neff

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Ellen I. Neff, 92, formerly of Ronks, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Thursday, September 11, 2014. She was the wife of Clarence R. Neff for over 70 years. They resided at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for seven years.

Ellen was a homemaker who was very devoted to her family. She enjoyed quilting and writing short stories and poems. Ellen also authored and had published a children’s story book.

Ellen was a devout follower of Jesus. Known for her loving acceptance of people, she and Clarence graciously opened their home to others; whether to share a delicious meal or to live there when needing a place to stay. She was a member of Kinzer Mennonite Church and also the former Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years and was a member of several sewing circles and enjoyed volunteering at area Re-Uzit shops.

Born in East Petersburg, Ellen was the daughter of the late Amos and Mabel (Hershey) Rutt and her late step-mother Cora (Harbold) Rutt. Ellen was raised by her Uncle Mark and Aunt Anna Hershey after the death of her mother. In addition to Clarence, she is survived by their children: C. Melvin married to Dorothy (Groff) Neff of Ronks, Ann married to Robert Eshleman of Paradise, Mabel Merk of Strasburg, Donald married to Doris (Hershey) Neff of Paradise, Clair married to Nancy (Illingworth) Neff of Landisville and Joyce married to Chris Slabaugh of Quarryville; an “adopted” daughter, Kathy married to Michael Frick of Hershey; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and a sister, Anna Mary Hershey of Landisville. She is also survived by Mark and Anna Hershey’s eight children. Ellen was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1945, a grandson, Dustin Neff, four brothers, Mervin, Amos, Ira and Lloyd Rutt, and three sisters, Elizabeth Foreman, Erma Herr and Grace Shirk .

The family would like to thank the staff at QPRC for their kindness and loving care.

There will be a viewing on Monday, September 15, 2014, from 6 until 8 PM at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA, and again on Tuesday, September 16 from 10 until 11 AM at Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 11 AM at the church. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ellen’s memory to MCC U.S., 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

Mary A. Accardi

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Mary A. Accardi, 90, of New Providence, died Friday, August 22, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Accardi, Sr., who died in 2000.

Mary was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and playing bingo. She was an avid NY Yankees fan.


Mary was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Leonardo and Elizabeth (Grillo) Caltabiano. Mary is survived by two sons, Steven married to Ruth Ann Accardi of New Providence and Joseph married to Anna Accardi of Ronks; two daughters, Josephine married to James Hendrickson of Florida and Dana married to Mark Hornyak of York; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; a brother, Tony Caltabiano of New Jersey and a sister, Yola Kingdom of New York. Mary was preceded in death by three brothers, Freddie, Jimmy and Johnny and two sisters, Rosie Jacobson and Connie Clementi.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5 PM until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The Committal service will be on Wednesday August 27, 2014 promptly at 1:00 PM in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Timothy A. Kruger

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Timothy A. Kruger, 59, of Quarryville, died at LGH on Friday, August 15, 2014. He was the husband of Julie E. Good-Kruger for over 34 years.

Tim graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Tim and Julie owned Good-Kruger Dolls, Inc. for 20 years. He later managed the industrial division for VisionCorps (formerly SABVI), serving the blind community for 10 years. After retiring a year and a half ago, he joined Julie in the family business, Inglenook Tile Design. A creative and artistic person, Tim collaborated with Julie on many design projects.

Tim was a marathon runner and played football in high school and college.

He was a kind and compassionate man, who was an inspiration to many and known to be a tremendous consensus builder.

The light of Tim’s life was his family. He considered raising his daughters to be his greatest life work. He derived his strength from his belief in Christ.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, Tim was the son of the late Arden and Shirley (Knutson) Kruger. In addition to Julie, he is survived by Emily Kruger married to Imad Belaallam of Seattle, WA; Kristina Kruger married to Matthew Fisher of Berea, KY; a brother, Marc Kruger married to Stacey Gruett of Minneapolis; a sister, Marci married to Larry Kiewel of Belle Plaine, MN, and nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Tim’s Life on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. The Memorial Service begins at 2:00 PM with The Reverend Herbert A. Lohr officiating. Interment will be private.

Ross E. Rynier, Jr.

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Ross E. Rynier, Jr., 89, formerly of Marietta Avenue, died at Arbor View at Willow Valley Communities on Thursday, August 14, 2014. He was the husband of the late Margaret (Gable) Rynier for 61 years. She died in 2009.

Ross was a graduate of the former Paradise High School. He served in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWII as a radar control technician.

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Ross was a Real Estate Broker. He founded Pine Creek Realty in Coudersport, Green Acres Realty in Newport and Mason-Dixon Realty in Rising Sun, Maryland.

He was a long time member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Paradise.

Ross was a member of Tanawa American Legion Post #409, Paradise, and the P.J. Bair VFW Post #7418, Gap. He was also a member of Eulalia Lodge #0342, F.&A.M., Valley of  Coudersport, PA.

He was an avid Phillies fan and considered an encyclopedia of baseball.

Born in Paradise Township, Ross was the son of the late Ross E., Sr., and Helen (Mackey) Rynier. He is survived by a nephew, John A. Rynier of Ronks, a great-nephew, John Ross Rynier of New Holland, a cousin, Ralph F. Shank, Jr. of Paradise and close friends,  Lisa and Doug Kline and family, of Lancaster.

Ross was preceded in death by a brother, John A. Rynier and a sister, Lois K. Reese.

Service and interment in St. John’s UM Cemetery will be private at the convenience of his family.

Betty J. Landis

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Betty J. Landis, 80, of Willow Street, died at home on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Harold S. Landis. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last October.

She graduated from Warwick High School, Class of 1951. Betty worked for Hershey & Gibble Insurance Company, Lititz, from 1951 until 1953, and later for S. Clyde Weaver & Sons at market in Philadelphia. She also served as a house parent with Milton S. Hershey School for Children.

A homemaker, Betty and Harold farmed for many years.

She was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church.

Betty enjoyed reading, gardening and playing the accordion.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Edna (Risser) Shenk. In addition to Harold, she is survived by four sons, Dennis L. Landis of Willow Street, Douglas E. Landis of Wisconsin, Dean A. married to Cindy (Kleinhaus) Landis of Willow Street and Darryl R. Landis fiancé of Gretchen Miller of Willow Street; a daughter, Doreen K. Landis of Lancaster; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois married to Leon Hoover of Farmersville. Betty was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Landis, a son, Delbert Landis and a brother, Glenn Shenk.

There will be a Celebration of Betty’s Life at 11 AM on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, Penn Grant Road and Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA, with Pastor Bob Breneman officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 until 11 AM. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Betty’s memory to Central PA Chapter, National MS Society, 1630 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Emma E. Wentz

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Emma Elizabeth Wentz, 92, formerly of Strasburg, passed away August 2, 2014.

Born February 3, 1922 to Clayton and Clara (Plank) Heckel, Emma lived nearly 90 years in her beloved

Strasburg. She was married 60 years to Edwin J. Wentz, who passed away in 2009.

Emma graduated Strasburg High School in 1939, attended Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing. She retired from Bank of Lancaster County (PNC Bank).

She enjoyed travel and often talked of the train trip to California she took with a friend in the 1940’s. Emma was a virtual encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Dutch sayings that are a part of her family’s cherished memories.

Emma played an important role in raising her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved. She is survived by children Carol Ann Herr (Fred), Arlene Cain (Brian), Richard Wentz (Holly); grandchildren Drew Herr (Lisa), Jacquelyn Eckman (Tim), Jennifer Rogoze (Mark), Brendan Zeigler (Julie), Erin Zahm (Andy), Seth Cain, Alexia Cain, Whitney Willenbrock, Heather Wentz, Renee Wentz; ten great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and a sister Grace Stone. Emma was predeceased by a great grandson and a brother A. Lloyd Henry.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, August 9 from 10‐11 a.m. in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 a.m. with Chaplain Dorcas J. Martzall officiating. Interment will follow in Longenecker’s Reformed Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in Emma’s memory to Strasburg Fire Company, P.O. Box 64, Strasburg, PA 17579.

Patricia A. Watterson

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Patricia A. Watterson, 78, died on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital.

The daughter of the late Henry and Florence (Singer) Groff, Pats was born in Lancaster Township on April 5, 1936. She was the widow of Richard E. Watterson, who died in 1978.

Pats worked many “odd jobs” in Lancaster. She was a member of the Bird In Hand United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her five children, Deborah, married to John Logan, of Philadelphia, Diane, married to Richard Knosp, of Lancaster, Richard Watterson, married to Judy (Barrick), of Millerstown, Jeffrey Watterson, of Lititz, Daryl Burns, of Brownstown, 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Shirley, married to Dennis Shutter, of Annville, and brother, Robert, married to Gloria (Root) Groff, of Eden. She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert and Timothy Watterson.

Interment in the Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Pats’ memory to the Clinic for Special Children, PO Box 128, Strasburg, PA 17579.