Ralph F. Shank, Jr.

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Ralph F. Shank, Jr., 77, of Paradise, passed away at LGH on Monday, November 23, 2015 after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late E. Kay (Rynier) Shank, who passed away in 2005.

Ralph graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1956. He served in the US Army and Army Reserves.

He worked in engineering for UGI Corporation, retiring after 48 years.

Ralph was member of Leacock Presbyterian Church, where he had served as a Deacon.

He was a life member of Paradise-Leaman Place and Gordonville Fire Companies. Ralph volunteered with the Gordonville Ambulance and the former East Lampeter Ambulance, both for many years. He served as Chairman of the Annual Gordonville Fire Company Spring sale until recently.

He was a member of Paradise Area Lions Club, former member of the PA Jaycees, served on the Paradise Township 300th Anniversary committee and helped to write the Paradise Township 300th Anniversary book.

He was a Judge of Elections for Paradise Township for over 35 years.

Ralph volunteered with many annual fund raising events and community functions. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus, and did so for many years. He played the Reading Wizard with UGI volunteer programs reading to school children.

Ralph had a kind heart and was dedicated to helping others and serving his community.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Ralph F. Shank, Sr., and was raised by his Father and his Aunts, Elizabeth and Dorothy Shank. He is survived by a daughter, Robbin married to Dean Englehart, Jr. of Paradise; a grandson, Stephan Englehart of Paradise, a granddaughter, Mandy married to Erick Shope of Columbia; and a sister, Joan married to Karl Koons of Mechanicsburg.

There will be a viewing on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. There will also be a viewing on Saturday, November 28, from 10 until 11 AM at the Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA. The funeral will be held at 11 AM in the church with The Reverend Robert Birch officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ralph’s memory to Paradise-Leaman Place Fire Co., 57 Hershey Ave., Paradise, PA 17562 or Gordonville Fire Company, 3204 Vigilant St., Gordonville, PA 17529.

Anna M. Rodgers

Anna M. Rodgers, 97, formerly of Lancaster and Paradise, died at the Mennonite Home on Thursday, November 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late George A. Rodgers, Jr., who died in 2003.

Ann was a graduate of Manheim Township High School and worked in food service for the School District of Lancaster, retiring in 1980.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Born in Lancaster, Ann was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Rineman. She is survived by two sons, David A. Rodgers and his wife Brenda of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Gregory G. Rodgers and his wife Mary Jo of Mt. Lebanon, PA, and four grandchildren, Lindsay, Brad, Shaun and Brittany. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Rineman.

Services will be held at 9:00 AM on Monday, November 23, at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with The Reverend Leo M. Goodman, III, officiating. Interment will follow in the Paradise Presbyterian Cemetery. Friends and family may pay their respects between 9:00 and 11:00 Tuesday, November 24, at the Mennonite Home Chapel.

James L. “Harry” Howard

James “Harry” Howard, 59, of Strasburg, died on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.
He was the son of Shirley and the late Miles Howard.
James graduated from Solanco High School, and served in the United States Marine Corps.
He was a crane operator and enjoyed hunting and NASCAR.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son Russell Howard (Abby) of Lancaster, and four siblings, Darryl “Dink” Howard (Linda), of Willow Street; Steve Howard of West Grove; Carole Fryberger (Barbra), of New Providence; and Dennis Howard (Randy Griswold), of Orlando FL.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Carole A, Mooney

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Carole A. Mooney, 71, of Leola, died at home on Thursday, November 19, 2015 after a long illness.

She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, class of 1962. Carole worked as Assistant Manager at the Pfaltzgraff store in Rockvale Square.

Carole was an avid Elvis Presley fan and she loved baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. She enjoyed following the Jimmy Swaggart ministry, reading and crocheting.

Born in Belfast, Maine, she was the daughter of George W. and Marian B. (Ward) Miller. Carole is survived by a son, Roger D. Mooney, Jr. of Leola; a daughter, Denise C. Goularte of FT. Lauderdale, FL, and two sisters.

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

William Eshelman

William Eshelman, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015. He was the husband of Edith (Brown) Eshelman for over 63 years. Born on June 18, 1923, he was the son of H. Roy and Florence (Shirk) Eshelman.


Early in his career, he was associated with John W. Eshelman & Sons Feed Company working in various capacities. Later in life, he provided accounting services for Maple Farms Nursing Home and other local businesses. William was administrator for the former Reformed Mennonite Nursing Home for 10 years. He served as Minister for 47 years in the Reformed Mennonite Church.


In addition to his wife, William is survived by a son, Samuel B., husband of Susan (Sedig) Eshelman, two daughters; Mary S., wife of Thomas Whitehill and Kathleen L., wife of Daniel Schwank, 11 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Eshelman, two brothers; H. R. Eshelman, Jr. and John David Eshelman, and three sisters; Mary Jane Hess, Louise Sparks, and Josephine McAllister.


Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11AM at Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Church, 602 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602 with Kenneth Kilgore and Glenn Gross officiating. The viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

Paul Meckley, Jr.

Paul Meckley, Jr., 72 of Leola, passed away on Saturday, October 31, in Lancaster. He was the husband of Mary Lou (Barley) Meckley for over 41 years.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Paul, Sr. and Minnie (Parrish) Meckley.

A Mason, Paul was the member of the Westpoint Lodge #238. He served as Grand Master for many years. He was also a member of the Manor Ridge Lions club and enjoyed playing golf.

In addition to his wife, Paul is survived two daughters; Tammy, wife of Mike Hallock, of Leola, and Deb, wife of Timothy Doherty of Falls River, MA, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Benjamin B. Landis

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Benjamin B. Landis, 93, of Landis Homes, Lititz, formerly of Strasburg, entered into Jesus’ arms peacefully on Thursday, October 29, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Rhoda (Ressler) Landis for 68 years.

Ben was a member of Grace Point Church of Paradise, formerly Paradise Mennonite Church, where over the years he served as Secretary of the Sunday school, Church Treasurer, Sunday school teacher and Trustee. He served on two major church building committees during those years.

From 1944 to 1981 Ben operated a custom crop spraying business, which continued for over 70 years.

After retiring from the spraying business, Ben sold Doeblers seed corn for 16 years. He was caretaker of the Paradise Cemetery from 1987 until 2012. He served as Paradise Township Supervisor from 1968 to 1981 when he moved from his home in Paradise Twp. to Strasburg.

He was an avid hunter, shooting his last deer when he was 90 years old. He greatly enjoyed his log cabin in Sullivan Co. with his family. He was a crossword puzzle enthusiast.

He was the son of Phares Z. and Fannie S. (Bender) Landis. He is survived by four children, Lorraine M. wife of Benjamin Wenger of Strasburg, Velma J. wife of Glenn Hershey of Kinzers, Benjamin L. husband of Cheryl (Weaver) of Paradise and Nancy E. wife of Ped Abreu of Lancaster. He was dearly loved by his nine grand-children and 22 great grand-children. Ben is survived by a sister, Alice R. Krushinsky of Lancaster and brother, Elvin B. Landis of Honey Brook. He was preceded in death by a brother Phares C., and three sisters, Miriam Clark, Alma Leaman and Mildred Kreider.

There will be a viewing at Landis Homes on Saturday, October 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at West Bethany Chapel, Landis Homes. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 1, at 2:30 pm at Grace Point Church of Paradise. A viewing will be held from 1:00 until the time of the service at Grace Point Church. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ben’s memory to the ministries of his grandchildren: Happy News Mission, PO Box 130, Blue Ball, PA 17506 or Living Stones Resources, PO Box 608, Altoona, PA 16603

Elma J. Barr

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Elma Jane Barr, 87, of Lancaster, died at home on Saturday, October, 24, 2015. She was the wife of the late Richard E. Barr, who died in 2006.

She worked at Dart Container, the former Schick Corporation and Sharp Shopper.

Elma was a member of Salem Reformed Church, Leola.

She loved to spend time with her family and going out for dinner. Elma enjoyed latch hook, baking, eating chocolate and drinking coffee.

She also enjoyed going to Albright Life.

Born in Lancaster, She was the daughter of the late Chester and Lydia (Campbell) Pickel. Elma is survived by two daughters; Janet Gable married to John Juusola and Joyce married to Gary Mellor, both of Lancaster; three grandsons, David Gable, Shea Mellor and Brandon Mellor; two sisters; Evelyn Brubaker and Elizabeth Eshelman, both of Lancaster. Elma was preceded in death by two sisters and eight brothers.

The family would like thank Albright Life Care services for all for the love and care they gave to Elma.

There will be a Funeral Service on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, 2555 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster, PA, with Pastor Bruce Tully officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elma’s memory to Albright Life, 417 W Frederick St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Fredrick W. Reed

Frederick W. Reed, 88, formerly of Bloomfield, NJ, and Ronks, died at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community on Saturday, October 17, 2015. He was the husband of the late Arlene (Neats) Reed, who died in 2006.

Fred was a graduate of Bloomfield High School and the former Bloomfield College.

He served with the US Army, HQ Battery, 210th Field Artillery Battalion, during WWII.

Fred worked as a machinist, operating both wood and metal machinery. Later, he worked in banking and in a pharmacy.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.

Fred enjoyed model railroading and collected coins and paper money.

Born in Bayonne, NJ, he was the son of the late Fredrick W. and Reta (Morris) Reed. The last of his family, Fred is survived by a brother-in-law and a nephew.

There will be a Celebration of Fred’s Life on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. Inurnment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Fred’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.

John F. “Jack” Koch

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John F. “Jack” Koch, 86, formerly of Strasburg, passed away at Garden Spot Village on Friday, October 16, 2015. He was the husband of Martha I. (Myers) Koch for over 57 years.

Jack was a US Navy veteran and served at the former Bainbridge Naval Depot following WWII.

He worked as a plumber with his family’s plumbing business. Later, he worked in maintenance for Lampeter- Strasburg School district.

Jack and Martha attended Highview Church of God, Strasburg.

He was a member of Strasburg Lodge #361, I.O.O.F., Christian Lodge #417 F.&A.M., Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Forest #27.

He volunteered with the Strasburg Fire Company #1 for many years and was a member of Lancaster County Fireman’s Association, and the Strasburg Senior Citizens.

Jack was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed watching all kinds of sports.

Born in Strasburg, Jack was the son of the late William T. and Kathryn (Groff) Koch. In addition to Martha, he is survived by two sons; Garry Koch of Atlanta, GA, and Jeff married to Kim (Shultz) Koch of New Holland; a granddaughter, Kristine and a grandson, Eric. Jack was preceded in death by a brother, William T. Koch, Jr., and a sister, Mary Rankin.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Graveside Service on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM in the Strasburg Cemetery, Franklin and Funk Streets, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Tom Myers officiating.