Jan S. Zimmerman

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Jan Scott Zimmerman, 61, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016. He was the husband of Denise Hager.

Jan was born in Ephrata and was the son of Harlan B. Zimmerman and the late Betty Buch.

He was employed by J.D Eckman for many years.

In addition to his wife and father, Jan is survived by his sons, Justin and Eric and his sister, Kristen High.

At the request of his family, services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Jan’s memory to your favorite animal charity

Ruth B. Hetrick

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Ruth B. Hetrick, 95, formerly of Lancaster, died Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Titusville. She was the wife of the late Lloyd A. “Dutch” Hetrick for 52 years. Dutch died in 1999.

Ruth was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School and Lancaster Business School.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Schaefferstown, for many years.

For many years, Ruth worked as a paralegal for local attorneys.

Born in East Lampeter Township, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Mary (Huber) Bonholtzer. She is survived by a sister, Alma Dalinsky of Columbia; a niece, Susan Harvey with whom she lived and four nephews, Scott Bonholtzer, Terry Kreider, Lynn Kreider and Robert Martin. Ruth was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Bonholtzer and two sisters, Edna Kreider and Mary Bonholtzer.

There will be a viewing at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM. The funeral is 11 AM with   The Reverend Dr. Jason E. Royle officiating. Interment will follow in Byerland Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers, kindly consider sending a contribution in Ruth’s memory to The Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Hwy. East, Lancaster, PA 17602

Stella E. Gehr

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Stella E. (Sigman) Gehr, 93, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at The Glen at Willow Valley Communities. She was the wife of the late Edwin L. Gehr, who died in 1993.

Stella graduated from the former West Lampeter High school, class of 1940. She worked as a clerk for the former Hamilton Watch Company for over 36 years. She was voted May Queen at Hamilton in 1944.

She was a long time member of the Ladies Auxiliary to V.F.W. Post #5752, Mount Joy.

Stella and Ed enjoyed bus trips and cruises, and visited many foreign countries.

Born in Lancaster, Stella was the daughter of the late Daniel M. and Carrie (Sigman) Sigman. She is survived by two brothers, John J. married to Evelyn Sigman of Lancaster and William T. married to Betty Sigman of Quarryville and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel M. Sigman, Jr.

There will be a visitation on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 1 until 1:30 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA.. The funeral is 1:30 PM. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Stella’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Edward R. Harrington

Edward R. Harrington, 64 of New Providence, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at home. He was the husband of Joan B. (Rice) Harrington for over 43 years.

Born in Norristown on February 22, 1951, he was the son of Harry and Ruth (Witmer) Harrington.

In addition to his wife, Ed is survived by two children, Kimberly A. Harrington, at home, and Justin, married to Linda Harrington of Kirkwood, a granddaughter, Emily, four brothers; Richard (Doris) of Doylestown, Donald (Barbara) of Pottstown, William (Edith) of Conestoga, and Clayton (Beverly) of Quarryville, and a sister, Ruth Harrington of Millersville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret.

The family will greet friends from 10-11AM on Friday, January 29 at Georgetown United Methodist Church. The funeral will begin at 11AM in the church. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Ed’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Nancy M. Allen

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Nancy M. Allen, 93, formerly of Strasburg, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at the Masonic Village. She was the wife of the late Woodrow Allen.

Throughout High School, she worked as a waitress at the General Sutter Inn and loved it. She loved being a waitress so much that she made it her life-long career. She worked at the Strasburg Hotel for over 30 years. Nancy loved when people would give her a hard time so she could set them straight! Her favorite part of being a waitress was working with people. She loved to make people happy.

Nancy was a Charter member of the former Lancaster Chapter #501, Order of the Eastern Star.

Born in Warwick Township, she was the daughter of the late George and Ella (Eckert) McClune. Nancy is survived by a son, J. Robert “Bob”  married to Doris (Shaubach) Allen of Strasburg; a daughter, Brenda Lee (Allen) married to Marvin Class of Cave Creek, Arizona; her grandchildren, Jeff
Allen, Mindy Class, Kris Weiss and Melissa Duguid; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Weiss, Madyson Duguid and Mark Duguid and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jane Walters, and two brothers, Donald and George McClune.

Private interment at the convenience of the family.

Those desiring may send a contribution in Nancy’s memory to their favorite charity.

Richard A. Lantz

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Richard Alexander Lantz, 91, a lifelong resident of Strasburg, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016. He was the husband of the late Betty Jean “Betsy” Bonner Weaver Lantz, who died in 2013.

Dick graduated from the former Strasburg High School and attended Franklin & Marshall College.

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He served as Staff Sergeant in the 15th US Army Air Force, 519th Bomb Squadron, 376th Bombing Group. Dick completed 50 bombing missions as ball turret machine gunner in a B-24 Liberator during WWII. He received an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal with 10 bronze stars.

Dick retired after 42 years as manager of Lancaster and Wisconsin branches of the Lorillard Tobacco Company, a division of Loews Corporation, New York. He did business for many years in Honduras, Mexico and South America.

He was a former partner and founder of Lantz-Scheid Income Tax Service. He and Betsy also founded Betsy Lantz’s Hot Sweet Mustard Company in 1982.

Dick was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster.

He was a Past President of the Lancaster Leaf Tobacco board of Trade and member of Wisconsin Leaf Tobacco Dealers and Growers Association.

Dick was an avid golfer, flier and world traveler. He was a charter member of the former Paul R. Strubel VFW Post 8710, Strasburg, and a longtime member of Lancaster Aero Club. Dick served on the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and as treasurer of Strasburg Borough for 15 years, served on the Borough water and sewer authority and was the Lancaster County property assessor for Strasburg for six years.

Born in Strasburg, he was the son of the late Horace J. and Emma (Alexander) Lantz. Dick is survived by a son, Richard Alexander, Jr., married to Rebecca (Gorka) Lantz of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; two daughters, Sally A. married to Steven Young of Conestoga and Kathleen W. married to James Streett of Pittsburgh, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, John A. and Robert A. Lantz and a sister, Mary Johnson.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

Those desiring may send a contribution in Dick’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Harry H. “Bun” Breneman, Jr.

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Harry Hollinger Breneman, Jr., “Bun”, of Willow Street, PA passed away on January 2, 2016. Harry had deep roots in the Lancaster area and has a legacy that includes a large family and many joyful memories by those who knew him.

Harry was the son of Evelyn Mary (Posey) and Harry Hollinger, Sr., born in Lancaster on April 18, 1923. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Nina May (Meisenhelder), who died in 2010, and his brothers Joseph P. and Robert P. Breneman.
Harry enjoyed spending time at his tree farm in York County (land that was in his family for generations and where he spent many days exploring from his childhood into his 90’s), traveling in his motor home with Nina, aviation (from model airplanes to recounting stories of his days as a pilot in the Army Air Corp), and learning about his family history. All those who got to know him will remember his sense of humor and practical jokes.
After graduating from Manor Township High School in Millersville and spending a year at Penn State University, Harry joined the Army in 1942 where he was a part of the Army Air Corps. In 1946, after serving in Cuba and the Caribbean he returned to Pennsylvania. After he married Nina in 1947 they lived in State College where he completed his degree in agronomy at Penn State. During Harry’s professional career the family lived in Ohio, New York, and primarily Downingtown, Pa.  Most of his career was spent with Agrico Chemical Company working with farmers throughout Pennsylvania and the northeast. Harry and Nina retired to Willow Street in the early 90’s.
Harry will be lovingly remembered by his family.  He is survived by daughters: Beth Avery (Latham) of Noank, CT, April Shrom (David) of Mifflinburg, PA, and Jill Harris (Jerry Rosati) of Key West, FL and Bethany Beach, DE; grandchildren: Josh Brewster (Amy), Brandon Shrom; Nathan Shrom (Lena), Dean Avery (Pao), Abigail Eschbach (Luke), Latham Avery, Jr., Allison Harris; and April Harris; great-grandchildren: Sofie Shrom, Marlon Shrom, Henry Eschbach, and Eli Avery.
Although the stories and laughs have quieted, Harry’s memory will live on for years. To celebrate Harry’s life, the family is planning a small memorial service at his farm in the spring. Donations in Harry’s memory can be made to McKendree Methodist Church, Airville, PA 17302.



Miriam M. Barley

Miriam M. Barley, 95, formerly of Strasburg, died at Conestoga View on Saturday, January 2, 2016. She was the wife of the late Robert G. Barley, who died in 1977.

She was a homemaker. Miriam was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg. She was active with the former Strasburg Fire Company No. 1 Auxiliary for many years, and served as treasurer for the Quarryville Senior Citizens.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Abraham Lincoln and Mabel (Rineer) White. Miriam is survived by a daughter, Mary Lou Meckley of Leola; her grandchildren, Tammy married to Michael Hallock , William Brubaker, Tracy Lynn Brown and Barbara Brubaker; six great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and a brother James married Lorraine White of Jupiter, FL. Miriam was preceded in death by two daughters, Doris Louise Barley and Barbara Ann Brubaker.

Private interment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery.

Samuel F. Lantz

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Samuel F. Lantz, 78, of Willow Street and formerly of Strasburg, died at LGH on Friday, January 1, 2016 after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Ann (Weiler) Lantz, who died in 2008.

Sam was owner-operator of an over-the-road trucking service until he retired in 1999.

A dedicated father and grandfather, Sam loved hunting at the family’s mountain cabin and spending time with his family.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Jonas and Fannie (Fisher) Lantz. Sam is survived by two sons, Rick married to Patty (Rauba) Lantz and Randy married to Dede (Mahoney) Lantz, all of Strasburg; two grandchildren, Jennifer Nissley and Alexa Lantz; a great granddaughter, Jade Robin Nissley; two sisters, Elsie Richmond and Anna Peachey and two brothers, Alvin Lantz and Jonas Lantz.

There will be a Visitation on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 1 until 2 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 2 PM with the Reverend D.J. Paglia officiating. Private interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Sam’s memory to VisionCorps, 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Paul Lefever Dagen

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Paul Lefever Dagen, age 91, of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA entered the peace and rest of his heavenly Father on December 25, 2015.  He was born in Strasburg, PA, the eldest son of Jacob L. Dagen and Florence V. Lefever Dagen on January 21, 1924.

He completed the 8th grade at the Sandstone one room school near Hessdale, and then assumed responsibility for operating the family farm due to his father’s cardiac illness. He married Lois Susan Graybill on March 17, 1945.  Five children were born: Paul Wilmer, Rose Mary, Daniel Lynn, James Douglas and Eunice Jane.

In 1955 he felt called to ministry in the Mennonite Church and in preparation attended Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, VA.  During his third year of studies he was asked to join the ministry team serving at the Poarch Gospel Mission with the Creek Nation, under Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions.  He later completed his college degree by going to summer school several years. He was ordained bishop in the Mennonite Church in 1961 and served the churches in the Alabama and Northwest Florida district until his retirement.

He and Lois relocated to Willow Street, PA in 1987 where he renewed boyhood friendships and had time to pursue hobbies.

They became actively involved at their home church, New Providence Mennonite, and provided interim leadership at Buffalo Mennonite Church and Masonville Mennonite Church for several years.

Over the years his travels took him to Honduras several times, Israel and trips with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) to Moldova and Belize. Paul’s strong Christian faith guided him through many challenges during his life and he dedicated his life to service through the church, living out his faith using the teachings of Jesus as his guide.

Paul & Lois celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in March, 2015. Paul leaves his wife Lois, sister Reba Martin and husband Carl, brother Jacob and wife Mabel, brother Lester and wife Evie, five children: Wilmer and spouse Miriam, Phoenix, AZ, Rose and spouse Rich, Waynesboro, PA, Dan and spouse Kerri, Joplin, MO, James, Houston, TX and Eunice and spouse Tim, Bremerton, WA, five grandsons: Sam, Roberto, Henry, Ricardo and Logan, one granddaughter: Abbey and three great grandsons: Joshua, Isaiah and Jeremiah.

There will be a Visitation on Tuesday, December 29, from 7:00 until 8:00 PM in the EAST Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA.

A Memorial Service will be held at the New Providence Mennonite Church, 121 Main Street, New Providence, PA, on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

There will be a private graveside service in New Providence Mennonite Cemetery.