Frank C. Evans

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Frank C. Evans, 98, formerly of Lampeter and recently of Oak Leaf Manor, Millersville, died at Manor Care Health Services on Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the husband of the late Grace L. (Miller) Evans, who died in 2008.

Frank worked for the former Slaymaker Lock Company and retired from Armstrong World Industries, Floor Plant.

He loved planting flowers and working on his well-kept lawn. He always had his mowing equipment in great repair. Frank had excellent carpenter skills.

Frank was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Millersville.

Born in Brickerville on February 28, 1917, he was the son of the late Lot and Sadie (Burkholder) Evans. He is survived by a son, Jay P. Evans of Narvon; a daughter, Joyce married to Donald H. Welk of Lancaster; grandchildren, Donald H. Jr., married to Emily Welk of Strasburg, Daniel E. married to Sally Welk of Florida and Tina M. married to Dereck Hench of Lititz; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Benjamin and Leah Welk, children of Don and Emily; he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Henry and Howard and a sister, Eva.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (TOMORROW) from 9:30 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 with Pastor John Laughlin officiating. Private interment will follow.

Please omit flowers.


Almeda F. Miller

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Almeda Frances Miller, 87, formerly of the Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, died at Brethren Village on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Born in Adams County, she was the daughter of the late William and Ethel (Harmon) Oates.

Almeda worked for the former Hubley Toy Company.

She was an active member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, where she was head of the nursery for over 29 years.

Almeda enjoyed yard work and vegetable gardening. She loved watching her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Pat Potts, of Bristol, CT, and Kim A. married to Mike Harrison of Lancaster; her grandchildren, Patti Potts, Ray Potts, Jr., Michael Harrison, Jr., and Chad Harrison; a great grandson and a great-great grandson; and a sister, Norma wife of the late Bob Cropper of Ocala, FL. Almeda was preceded in death by a brother, Clair Oates and a sister, Thelma Stover.

There will be a viewing on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 9:00 until 10:00 AM in the OtterbeinUnitedMethodistChurch, 20 East Clay Street, Lancaster, PA. The funeral is at 10:00 AM with Pastor Robert Zimmerman officiating. Interment will take place on Friday in Oak LawnMemorialGardens, Gettysburg, PA.

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

Robert T. Wright

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Robert T. Wright, 87, formerly of Delaware County, died at home in Ronks, PA, following a long illness. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth C. “Betty” Wright, who died in 2010.

Bob was a US Navy Veteran of WWII, where he served on the USS Pocono as a Fire Control Striker.

He retired from the former Bell of Pennsylvania as a field engineer.

Bob was a member of Georgetown/Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Springfield-Hanby F. & A.M. Lodge #767 and the Keystone Consistory, Valley of Scranton, A.A.S.R.M.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Theodore and Gertrude (Eder) Wright. Bob is survived by two daughters, Cheryl married to Richard Whitt of Kentucky and Debra married to Keith Whitmore of Lancaster; a son, William Wright of Philadelphia, Robert and Bonnie Hopkins of Newmanstown, Audrey married to Joe Barlow of Clayton, DE, Tracey married to William Swanson of Chester, David married to Carol Hopkins of Felton; 21 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren and a brother, Erwin married to Ruth Wright of Exton. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Boyle.

Bob loved to fly and had his commercial pilot’s license.  Bob was an accomplished saxophone player and played with many of the major bands of the time. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

There will be a Memorial service on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Mt. Pleasant/Georgetown United Methodist Church, 1070 Georgetown Road, Paradise, PA. Private interment in Edgewood Cemetery, Glen Mills, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851, or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Gwendolyn R. Powell


Gwen was born to Owen Kester Rollman and Harriet Erma (Webb) Rollman and grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio.  She attended Dennison University. She  married  the late Rev. William D. Powell in 1934.

In those desperate times she played the organ at Andover Newton Seminary while Bill ran the dining hall in exchange for rent and board.

They lived in New Haven, Conn, St. Paul, Minn, and Lansdowne and Haverford, Pa while Bill pursued his ministerial career.

Gwen was employed at Bryn Mawr College while in Haverford, and was very active entertaining their friends and Bill’s contacts from the Philadelphia Council of Churches.

She was honored as a fifty year plus member of the League of Women Voters. Gwen and Bill retired to Willow Valley Lakes Manor in 1988 where Bill died in 1992. Gwen was a prime mover on the organ and piano committees there.

Gwen is survived by her son Dr. Ronald M. Powell (Jeanne) of Maryland, daughters Judith P. Irwin (Kirk) of Florida and Deborah P. Yeo of Kansas, along with five grandchildren: Elizabeth Irwin Sterner (Brian) of Lancaster,PA, Julie Irwin Rohleder (John) of Vermont, Catherine Irwin, Lisa Yeo Colombo (Mario) of Missouri and Ross D. Yeo of California, three great grandchildren: Danica Strushensky of Philadelphia, Mario and Dominic Colombo of Missouri, and a step great grandson, Zachary B. Sterner, of Littlestown, PA,.

Gwen had a full and active life up until the very end. She will be dearly missed by her loving family. A Memorial Service will be held at Willow Valley Lakes Manor on May 27th   at 1:15 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 226 Forster St. Harrisburg PA 17102

Walter S. “Kelly” Kellenberger

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Walter S. “Kelly” Kellenberger, 93, died Friday, May 1 at Brethren Village. He was the husband of the late Helen (Reese) Kellenberger, who died December 8, 2014.

Born in Gordonville on February 26, 1922, he was the son of J. Raymond and Elizabeth (Diem) Kellenberger. Kelly graduated from the Paradise Township High School in 1939 and the Lancaster Business College. He worked as the rural mail carrier in Gordonville for 35 years. Kelly also farmed a small farm and always loved raising livestock. Upon his retirement from the US Postal Service, he worked for Walter M. Dunlap and Sons at Lancaster Stockyards for 15 years.

Kelly was a veteran of World War II. He was an active member of the Paradise Lions Club where he received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedication to humanitarian services. He was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise for over 80 years, where he sat on various committees.

Kelly is survived by daughters, Joanne, married to Robert Schenke, of Paradise, and Gloria, married to Thomas Denlinger, of Ronks; four grandchildren, Joseph Denlinger, Todd Schenke, Kelly Schenke, Jim Denlinger; six great-grandchildren, Carleigh and Peyton Denlinger, Marissa, Leah, and Gabriella Denlinger and Kate Schenke, and a sister, Jean, wife of Jay Smoker, of Lititz.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 beginning at 11 AM at St. John’s United Methodist Church 3001 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, Pa. The family will greet friends from 10AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Susquehanna Association for the Blind 244 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA 17603.

Marie (Helm) Pontz


Marie (Helm) Pontz, 99, formerly of Strasburg, died Sunday, April 26, at Willow Valley. She was the wife of the late Robert C. Pontz, who died in April, 2008.

Born in Iva on December 3, 1915, Marie was the daughter of G. Roy and Mary (Reese) Helm.

Marie was a longtime active member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg where she served as Deacon, member of the Women’s Association, and Circle. She loved singing alto in the church choir. For many years she served as a Red Cross volunteer at Conestoga View. Marie was an avid golfer at Meadia Heights Country Club and a competitive Bridge player. She loved cooking dinners for her family and friends and baked delicious cakes and pies. Marie was a friend to many and loved being with people. She thought Strasburg was the best place on earth.

Surviving Marie are two sons, R. George, married to Jean (Steller) Pontz and Thomas H., both of Strasburg, six grandchildren, Robert W., married to Patricia McIntyre, Kathryn, married to Bryan Gates, Jesse Pontz, Laura Pontz, married to Eric Renshaw, Ethan Pontz, and Ellen, married to Gene Kline, and nine great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10AM until 11AM. A memorial service will begin at 11AM with the Reverend Robert K. Bronkema officiating.  Interment in Strasburg Cemetery will be private.

The family expresses many thanks to those who have cared for Marie- caregivers in her home, the wonderful staff on the fifth floor at The Glen at Willow Valley, and those from Hospice and Community Care.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider sending a contribution in Marie’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, Pa 17604.

Paul T. Billy

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Paul T. Billy, age 47, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, with his family, including his wife Susan and son Christopher, by his side, while under the care of Hospice & Community Care, after fighting a battle with Renal Cancer.

Born in April 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the son of Thomas Billy and Claudia Rousseau. Paul grew up in Silver Spring, MD and graduated from: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in 1985; Frostburg State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in 1990; and The Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Science Degree in Information Science in 2004. He also attended The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a Certificate in Executive Management and Leadership.

Since moving to Pennsylvania in 1990, Paul has been employed by:  The Devereaux Foundation, The COAD Group, Turkey Hill Dairy, and most recently Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 as the Director of Technology Services.

Paul was married to Susan Billy in May 1992. They have a 12-year-old son, Christopher. Paul is also survived by: his brother, Steven Billy; his father, Thomas Billy; his mother, Claudia Rousseau; his step-mother, Jeanne Grasso; his step-father, John Kudrick; as well as many close friends, cousins, aunts & uncles.

His interests included spending time with his family, waterfowl hunting, dog training, boating and reading. He was an active member of the Slaughter Creek and Del-Mar hunt clubs.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice & Community Care for the loving care given to Paul during his illness.

A Visitation will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 18, 2015 beginning at 10:00 AM. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will follow in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider a contribution in Paul’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

Robert L. Neff

Robert Landis Neff, 98, of Fairmount Homes and formerly of Paradise, died Monday, April 13, 2015. He was the son of the late Elias S. and Elsie (Landis) Neff.

Robert had farmed and then worked as a carpenter for Murray Construction and Wohlsen Construction.

He was a member of Nickel Mines Mennonite Church.

Robert enjoyed fruit and vegetable gardening.

He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Neff and a sister, Thelma Landis.

There will be a Viewing on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 10 until 11 AM in the Wheat Ridge Chapel at Fairmount Homes. The funeral will take place at 11 AM. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Robert’s memory to the Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Harold G. Rohrer

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Harold G. Rohrer, 82 of West Lampeter, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 9, 2015. He was the husband of Helen (Esbenshade) Rohrer for over 60 years.

Born on January 18, 1933, Harold was the son of the late Jacob H. and Anna H. (Groff) Rohrer. Surviving in addition to his wife are four children; Debra, wife of Richard Strickler of Lititz, Douglas, husband of Martha (Esh) Rohrer of Lancaster, Donna, wife of Stuart Roop of Potomac, MD, and Darryl, husband of Dawn (Dombach) Rohrer of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Nissley of Mount Joy and a brother, J. Lloyd Rohrer of Lititz. He was preceded in death by siblings Mary (Rohrer) Swarr, Melvin G. Rohrer and Edna (Rohrer) Buckwalter.

He graduated from the former West Lampeter High School in 1951.

Harold was a self-employed farmer for 44 years. He found joy in his faith, family and farming.

He was a member of Calvary Church, Lancaster. Harold was active in the West Lampeter Community Fair, the Farm and Home Foundation; he served as President of Lancaster County Farm Bureau, and was a board-member of the State Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.

A Viewing will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 6 to 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 10 to 11 AM at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. The funeral service will begin at 11 AM with Pastor David Allen officiating. Interment will be in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Please consider a contribution in Harold’s memory to the Global Ministries Fund, Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601 or Child Evangelism Fellowship, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA, 17520

William R. Wood

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William R. Wood, Sr., 95, of Strasburg, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Susquehanna Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of the late Helen M. (Koenig) Wood, who died in 2003.

Bill was a WWII veteran with the 14th Army Air Corps CBI 69th Flying Tigers Depot Repair Squadron. He was stationed in Kunming, China.

He was an antique dealer for over 50 years. He started and operated the first full time auction house in Lancaster, the Fulton Market Auction. He later operated William R. Wood & Son Old Mill Antiques in Strasburg.

Bill was a member of Lancaster Liederkrantz and the former Paul R. Strubel VFW Post #8710.

He had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late William and Margie Wood Bowen. He is survived by a son, William R. Jr., married to Catherine Holden Wood of Pequea; two daughters, Kathleen A. married to Joseph Ruhl, and Betty Lou, married to George Rolko, both of Strasburg; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Marks and a granddaughter, Victoria Haefner.

There will be a Visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 2, at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery on Friday, April 3 at 10:00 AM.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Bill’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 3544 North Progress Ave, Suite 103, Harrisburg, PA 17110