Fay L. Wertz

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Fay L. Wertz, 72, of Strasburg, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016. She was the wife of the late J. Marty “AH” Wertz, who died in 2013. They were married 43 years.

Fay loved to go to casinos and enjoyed playing cards.

Born in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late Ira W. and Annie Myrtle (Rineer) Rinier. Fay is survived by her daughters, Lisa married to Kevin Harnish of Strasburg and Brenda Appler of Drumore; and a son, J. Marty Wertz, Jr. of Paradise. She was Grammy to 10 grandchildren; Old Grammy to six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Sue Boyd of Georgetown and Shirley Trimble of Lancaster; a brother, James married to Nancy Rinier of Willow Street; and nieces who were special to her, Theresa married to Howard Rineer of Strasburg and Tonya married to Terry Klopp of Lancaster. Fay was preceded in death by her siblings, Richard, Ira, Jr., Harold, Evelyn McComsey, Arlene Fichtner, Patricia Tout, Nancy Cook and Judy Althouse.

There will be a Celebration of Fay’s Life on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Fay’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Roger D. Mooney, Jr.

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Roger Dale Mooney, Jr., 52, of Leola, died of natural causes at home on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

He was a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School and worked for Dart Container Corporation.

Roger enjoyed fishing, sports, collecting vinyl LP records and going to the beach.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Roger Dale Mooney and the late Carole A. Mooney. He is survived by a sister and two children.

Services and interment will be private.

Nancy G. Harper

Nancy G. Harper, 83, of Strasburg, died at home Monday, May 9, 2016, of complications from multiple myeloma.

Born April 30, 1933, in Norristown, she was a daughter of the late Irene Winters and William J. Goodfriend Sr. She grew up in Worcester, Pa., and graduated from Norristown High School in 1951 and attended Penn State University. She also previously lived in Alexandria, Va.; Monterey, Calif.; Las Vegas; Cleveland, Texas; Exton, Ardmore, and Gap.

She was married 61 years to Ronald L. Harper, of Strasburg.

In the 1960s, in West Chester, she was president of the PTA in the local elementary school. She won awards and recognition for her volunteer work on racial tolerance and aiding families in poverty. She was active in the West Chester Unitarian-Universalist Church.

In the mid-1970s, as a mother of three school-age children, she returned to college to finish her education. A woman doing so was sufficiently unusual then that the local newspaper wrote an article about it. She enrolled at Rosemont College and graduated there in 1976, then continued her education at Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1978 with an MSS in social work.

She was employed as a social worker in health care in Philadelphia and suburbs from 1978 to 1989 and in Lancaster County from 1989, retiring in 1998 as director of Social Services at Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was a member of Strasburg Heritage Society and initiated the Strasburg Garden Tour, which she chaired for five years. She also served on the Strasburg Architectural Review Board for six years and developed an informational brochure which is given to people who own property in the historic district.

She was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ, where she was active in leadership roles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: Douglas Robert Harper (Amy Biel Harper) of Lancaster, David Ronald Harper (Caroline Cousin Harper) of Columbia, S.C., and Megan Nancy Harper (Thomas Maroon) of Philadelphia. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Luke Hamilton Harper, Grace Harper Maroon, Lillian Louise Harper, Nancy Rose Maroon, and Eleanor McClain Pulliam. She will also be missed by nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed reading, visits from neighbors, catalogue shopping, and her dogs. Her vacation homes in Summit View (New Milford) and Cape May and Stone Harbor at the shore always were open to family. In her later years she spent part of the winter in Hilton Head, S.C.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Goodfriend Jr., and a sister, Irene Brader.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579 with Pastor Liza Garcia officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Cemetery (there is no visitation scheduled).

Please omit flowers. Donations in her name may be made to Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603, or to Humane League of Lancaster County, Reggie Harper Memorial, 2195 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602.


Russell H. Wimer

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Russell H. Wimer, 90, formerly of Strasburg, died at QPRC on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. He was the husband of the late Pauline (Mowrer) Wimer, who died in1994.

Russell graduated from the former Strasburg High School and the Alfred College.

He was a veteran US Army Air Corps, and received the WWII Victory Medal.

Russell was an active member of Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quarryville. He served on church council and property committee and was a church treasurer.

Russell was a Partner in the former Landis Brothers, Inc.

He enjoyed reading, gardening and bowling. He was an avid collector of John Deere toys and memorabilia.

Born in Eden Township, he was the son of the late Harry and Margaret (Steinman) Wimer. Russell is survived by a son, Philip R. married to Lou Anne (Rineer) Wimer of Strasburg; a daughter, Barbara married to Dean McComsey of Willow Street; five grandchildren, Seth Wimer, Erin married to Justin Harclerode, Brent McComsey, Shaylyn McComsey and Emily McComsey, and a brother, Roger Wimer of Quarryville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Wimer.

There will be a visitation of Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM in the Mt. Eden EV Lutheran Church. The funeral is 10:30 AM in the church with Pastor Don Costlow officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Russell’s memory to Mt. Eden EV Lutheran Church, 1241 May Post Office Road, Quarryville, PA 17566.

Stella M. Engstrom

Stella M. Engstrom died peacefully in the presence of family at Willow Valley Communities on April 25, 2016, in Willow Street, PA, at the age of 82.

Stella is survived by her husband, William Engstrom, and sister, Grace Milligan, both of Willow Street, PA, and daughter, Kristin Sagers, and son-in-law, Judson Sagers, of Princeton, NJ.

Stella was born in Scranton, PA, to Rev. and Mrs. Sherman Milligan.  She graduated from Philadelphia College of Bible with a degree in Bible and went on to receive a master’s in elementary education. After marrying, she retired from seven years of teaching in the public school system to be a full-time wife and mother. She lived her life never wavering in the faith that God was ever-present and always in control. Her last days were faced without fear, and she was ready to be absent from the body and present with her Lord.

She will be remembered for her spunky personality and infectious laugh.

A memorial service will be held at the Lakes Manor auditorium, Willow Valley, on June 25, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Joyce Paulnock

LACONIA, NH – Joyce Paulnock, 89, passed away on April 12, 2016 at Forestview Manor Assisted Living in Meredith, NH after a short illness. Joyce was born in Teaneck, NJ, the only child of John and Isabel Turner.  Joyce is predeceased by her husband, Lt. Col. Eugene Paulnock. Mrs. Paulnock is survived by her two children, Cheryl Bonner of Laconia, NH and David Paulnock of Fayetteville, Pa.

Joyce attended Bucknell University graduating in 1947 with a BS degree in biology. She worked a short time at the Public Health Research Institute in New York City as a lab technician.

Joyce was an avid traveler having the opportunity to do so with her husband and family to many countries around the world. Her husband being in the Air Force allowed her to make many, many moves meeting nice people at each new locality and living in many different states. Joyce was active in the military wives club, the Lions Club, the local Strasburg Historical Society and her local bridge club. She enjoyed watercolor painting, gardening and most needlecrafts. Joyce also loved her cats and dogs and had many of them over the years. Joyce and her husband retired to live in Strasburg, Pa in 1969 living there until 2011.

A private burial will be held at the Strasburg Cemetery in Strasburg, Pa for the family and Joyce will be laid to rest next to her husband, Eugene.

Marion E. Rohrer

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Marion E. Rohrer, 93, of Paradise Township, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 25, 2016. She was the wife of the late F. Edwin Rohrer for over 72 years. Ed went home to his Heavenly Father on February 9, 2016.

Marion was a farm wife. She graduated from the former Paradise High School. She and Ed operated Maple Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast for over 54 years. They had many repeat guests who over the years became special friends.

She was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. She was a member of Farm Women Society #14.

Marion enjoyed music, art and the beach. She and Ed enjoyed vacationing in Florida.

Born in Paradise Township, she was the daughter of the late Earl D. and Elizabeth (Shaubach) Ranck. Marion loved her family. She is survived by a son, Roger married to Kandy (Mellinger) Rohrer of Strasburg; a daughter-in-law, Linda (King) Rohrer of Lancaster; a son-in-law, John McGonagle of Boston, MA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janet married to Clyde Buchen of Manheim and Gladys Swarr of Mt. Joy. Marion was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. McGonagle, a son, J. Edwin Rohrer, two grandsons, Scott and Ryan Rohrer; a sister, Alma Rohrer and two brothers-in-law, Layton Rohrer and Russell Swarr.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM in Strasburg Mennonite Church.  The funeral is 11:30 AM in the church with Pastors John Meck and John Harvey Groff officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in Marion’s memory to Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566.

E. James White

E. James White, 92, formerly of Eatontown, NJ and Shady Spring, WV, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Arbor View at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA. He was the husband of the late Marian (Freer) White, who died in 2011.

He was a US Army veteran of WWII, where he served with the 561st AAA AW Battalion.

Mr. White worked as an offset press operator. He retired from the US Government, Civil Service, in 1972.

Born in Eatontown, he was the son of the late Eustace Sanford and Margaret (Fraser) White. Mr. White is survived by three sons, John David (Ann) White of Hanover, PA, Steven J. White of Long Branch, NJ and Paul T. (Christine) White of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Lynnette M. Druyor of Lubbock, Texas and Faith Ann (Blane) King of Henrico, VA; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a brother, Roger A. White of Eatontown.

Graveside service will be held at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA on Monday, April 11 at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Bible Church, 1460 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

J. Robert Musser

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J. Robert Musser, 84, formerly of Wheatland School Road, Lancaster, died at Landis Homes on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was the husband of Dorothy (Mellinger) Musser. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

A farmer for 40 years, Bob also sold seed for Doebler’s. After retiring, he drove truck for Sam Esch.

He was an active member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, Gideons International, Black Rock Retreat and Eastern Mennonite Missions. He also enjoyed music and woodworking.

Born in New Holland, he was the son of the late Spencer H. and Lydia (Kling) Musser. In addition to Dorothy, he is survived by four children, Patsy married to Michael Sherer of Goshen, IN, Audrey married to Steven Tice of Brooklyn, NY, Fred married to Rima (Sarkar) Musser of Starkville, MS, and Donna married to Stephen Emma of Scarborough, ME; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother-in-law, John Campbell of New Holland, husband of Bob’s sister, the late Mildred Campbell.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes. The funeral will be Thursday, March 24 at 11 AM at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends after the funeral. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will precede the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA 17566 or The Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Georgia Jane Yeskoo

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden, peaceful passing of our beloved Georgia Jane Yeskoo, 92, on Tuesday evening, March 8, 2016, following a massive stroke.

Treasured and held in the highest esteem by her family, her heart was full of love and gratitude for her devoted husband, Richard (Dick), to whom she was married for sixty-four years; her four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard (Dena), David (Marcia), Paul (Lindsey) and Steven (Brigitte); and her grandchildren, Ryan (Cindy), Ian, Sean (Christi), Andrew (Jessica), Timothy, Christopher, Emily and Madeleine.  We all feel incredibly blessed to have had her in our lives.

Georgia was born in Binghamton, NY, to her parents Raymond and Helen Wilcox.  She graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) as a music major in 1947 and was subsequently known for years as an inspiring church vocalist, dedicated music teacher and choral conductor.  She was characterized by her passion for God and an authentic Christian life, her absolute devotion to her spouse and family, and her kindness to others in the various communities in which she lived, most recently Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster, PA.  Great memories were made over the course of more than sixty summers on Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks.  Another of her great delights in recent years was unexpectedly running into former music students who still recognized her and expressed appreciation for her impact on their lives.  She also had a great fondness for dogs; and for nuts, squash and ice cream!

Her presence is already deeply missed by her loved ones in a multitude of ways.

Plans include a private family gathering and burial, to be followed in the weeks ahead by a public Memorial Service and reception to give thanks for her full and faithful life; service date and details will be announced when available.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Emily’s House, the Children’s Hospice in Toronto, Canada, which is named after Georgia’s beloved granddaughter, Emily.


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