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.

Evelyn M. Mowrer

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Evelyn M. Stettler-Mowrer, daughter of the late Elizabeth Gerhart Stettler and Leandore Stettler, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.

Evelyn was the wife of the late Kenneth R. Mowrer, who died on January 7, 1976.

A homemaker, she enjoyed embroidery. Evelyn cherished the nine years she spent socializing, playing BINGO, and crafting with the residents and staff of QPRC.

Evelyn is survived by two sons, Donald K. married to Ruth Ann (Johnson) Mowrer, and Ronald L. married to Patsy A. (Stauffer)Mowrer, all of Georgetown, two grandsons Darryl, married to Nikki (Segro) Mowrer and Darren Mowrer, and great grandchildren Daniel, Gregory, Dustin, Nathan, and Noria.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers and four sisters.

Evelyn’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the QPRC.

There will be a viewing on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 10-11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11AM, with Barb McCardell officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Evelyn’s memory to the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Communities Kinsman Fund, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566.

Meredith Leigh Demko

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Meredith Leigh Demko, 18, of Lancaster, died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was the daughter of Christopher L. and Susan (Welsh) Demko.

Meredith graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High school in June and was looking forward to attending Ursinus College in the fall.

She was involved in many clubs at school including the Art Club, Diversity Club and the GSA.

She loved art and enjoyed jewelry and metalwork. She also loved fashion, accessorizing and spending time with her friends.

Meredith was a bright and beautiful girl who was taken from us far too soon. She will, however, always remain our “Shining Star.”

She was born May 8, 1996 in Newark, DE. In addition to Chris and Susan, she is survived by a sister, Samantha Demko of Lancaster; a brother, Garrett Demko of Philadelphia and her beloved dog, Vern.

There will be a Celebration of Meredith’s Life on Saturday, July 12, 2014, consisting of a greeting time from 1 PM until 3 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to the Meredith Leigh Demko Diversity Scholarship, c/o Fulton Bank, PO Box 4887, Lancaster, PA 17604

Anna Darlene Dean

Anna Darlene Dean, 68, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late William John Dean, who died in 2006.

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Fred and Mildred (Waddell) Sutherland. Anna Darlene was a Telecommunications Specialist for the United States Government.

She enjoyed helping friends, working as a secretary at the Hershey Mennonite Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, and singing in the church choir.

Anna Darlene is survived by a sister in-law, Elizabeth Dean, married to Christopher Olsen, of Vienna Va, a step son, William James “Jim” Dean, married to Danielle, of Marshall, Va, and grandchildren: Austin William Johnson, Isaac Timothy Dean, Mikaela Elizabeth Dean, Elijah William Dean, Jesiah Nathaniel Dean, Mattea Francis Dean, and Malise Sairah Dean.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Hershey Mennonite Church from 10 to 11am, the funeral service will take place at 11AM. Interment will follow in the Hershey Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hershey Mennonite Church Brotherhood Fund, 401 Hershey Church, Rd. Kinzers, PA, 17535 or Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.