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

James J. Pelliccio

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James J. Pelliccio, Jr., 71, of Paradise, Lancaster County, PA, died at home on Sunday, March 29, 2015 following a long illness. He was the husband of Marie (Vesely) Pelliccio for over 35 years.

Born in Philadelphia, Jim was the son of the late James J., Sr. and Rose (Cacciola) Pelliccio. In addition to his beloved wife, Marie, Jim is survived by three sons, James J. Pelliccio III, Zachary M. Pelliccio and Lukas J. Pelliccio; and a sister, Marie married to Paul Berenato. Jim was loved and will be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends, especially Drew Sokso, who was like a son.

Jim graduated from Overbrook High School, Philadelphia. He served in the US Air Force Reserve from 1963 until 1969 with the 111th Support Squadron out of Willow Grove NAS.

Jim was a carpenter for over 50 years and founded Pelliccio & Sons. Inc., a carpentry contracting business still owned and operated by his family.

An avid horseman and farmer, he bought and operated Willowrock Farm in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County. In 1989 he moved to White Oak Farm in Bart Township, Lancaster County. Jim was a member of the Arabian Horse Association and the Brandywine Carriage Driving Club.

He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Quarryville.

There will be a Visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 Pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (TOMORROW) in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be private.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Hospice & Community Care and request that contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, in lieu of flowers.

Theresa M. (Lefever) Sweigart

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Theresa M. (Lefever) Sweigart, 70, of Denver, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 27, 2015, at Conestoga View. She was the wife of Walter. A. “Wally” Sweigart for 10 years.

Terry graduated from Lampeter- Strasburg High School and attended the Consolidated School of Business. She worked in the restaurant industry for many years.

She was a member of Bethany Grace Fellowship Church. Terry enjoyed teaching Sunday school.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Robert and Kathryn (Pickel) Lefever. In addition to Wally, Terry is survived by two sons, Troy A. Lefever, Sr. of Lancaster and Patrick E. Lefever of New Providence; three step-sons, Walter A., Jr., Joshua S. married to Michelle, all of Denver, and Craig A., of Fennville, MI; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two brothers, C. Robert Lefever of Morris, PA and Gary L. Lefever of Lititz; three sisters, Kathy S. Meily of Lancaster, Dorothy J. Ely of Gap, and Mary Alice Lefever of New Providence. She was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Larry G. and John D.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at 11:00 AM at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur St, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Chris Smeltz officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery.

Edna Mae Frutchey

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Edna Mae (Bishop) Frutchey, 84, died Sunday, March 22 at Bretheren Village. She was the wife of Clayton A. Frutchey for nearly 65 years.

Born November 4, 1930 in Christiana, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lucie (Thompson) Bishop. She graduated from the Quarryville High School.

Edna Mae worked for Southern Telephone and Telegraph, Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Room, Bell Telephone, Hubley Toys, and Lancaster Guidance Center which became Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services. She retired after 27 years.

Edna Mae attended the Worship Center and was active in small groups and Prime Time Senior Group. She went on 27 Lay Witness Missions. She enjoyed reading, arranging flowers, square dancing, and camping. Edna Mae also had the gift of spontaneous humor.

In addition to her husband, Edna Mae is survived by a son, Scott, of Nottingham, MD, a sister, Betty McCormick of Phoenixville, and a brother, Carl, married to Elaine Bishop of Phoenixville, PA. She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Schaffel and a brother, Andrew Bishop.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, ­­March 26, 2015 at 1 PM in the Worship Center. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Edna Mae’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, or PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Worship Center Building Fund, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Dorothy Mae Loar


Dorothy Mae (Shaubach) Loar, 93, a resident of Luther Acres, Lititz, Pa., passed away on March 19, 2015 from natural causes. Born May 22, 1921 at home in Paradise, PA, she was the daughter of the late Parke and Mary Alice Rohrer Shaubach.


Dorothy lived and worked on the family farm where they raised black angus steers. In 1937, the family moved to North Decatur Street, Strasburg. She was a 1939 graduate of Paradise High School. Dorothy was married to the late Carl K. Loar, a WWII veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former owner of Loar-Young  Inc. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing golf. Dorothy has been a widow since July 1995.

She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Methodist Church, Paradise and member of James Buchanan Chapter No. 315 Order of the Eastern Star in Lancaster, PA. and American Legion Auxiliary Post 409, Paradise, Pa.

She is survived by daughter Donna Weaver of Twinsburg, OH; Barry (Kimberley) Loar of Lancaster; Lauri (Kerry) Stauffer of Lititz.; grandsons Christopher Weaver of Houston, TX; Matthew (Alexandra) Weaver of Portland, OR and 3 great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by four siblings, Robert (Julia Berrier) Shaubach, Park Shaubach, Ruth (Paul) Shaubach Longenecker, and a stillborn twin brother Donald.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Dorothy’s memory to LutherCare 600 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543 or Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Services will be held at a later date.

George E. Groff


George E. Groff, 86, formerly of Paradise, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Conestoga View. He was the husband of Virginia M. (Brown) Groff for over 65 years.

George worked for the former Trojan Yachts for over 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting at his mountain cabin, Timberline Camp.

Born in Vintage, he was the son of the late Francis and Susan (Steffy) Groff. In addition to Virginia, he is survived by four sons, George E. Jr. married to Linda (Feister) Groff of Carlisle, Gary L. married to Beth (Book) Groff of Willow Street, Gerald F. Groff of Lancaster and Dennis R. married to Sondra (Gregg) Groff of Paradise; a daughter, Bonnie L. (Groff) Wanner of Gap; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susan McClure and Bernice Shaeffer , both of Lancaster and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Groff and three sisters, Beatrice Adams, Helen Stanley and Arlene Rice.

Interment in St. John’s United Methodist Cemetery will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider contributions in his memory to the Paradise Township Park, PO Box 40, Paradise, PA 17562

Tracey L. Shaubach

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Tracey L. Shaubach, 49, of Strasburg, passed away at home surrounded by family on March 2, 2015, following a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of Dale R. Shaubach for 30 years.

Born in Elkhart, IN, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Simmons and Mary (Tilton) Simmons of Strasburg. She is also survived by a son, Andrew Shaubach of Haverford and a daughter, Karly Shaubach of Strasburg, two brothers, Bruce Simmons of Holtwood and Mike Simmons of Willow Street, as well as a sister, Bess Simmons of Strasburg.

After graduating with Honors from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1984, Tracey became the Office Manager for Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Lancaster where she worked for 21 years. She recently worked as Assistant to the Vice President of College Advancement for Franklin & Marshall College.

Tracey loved going to the beach, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed photography, crafting and scrapbooking. Most importantly, she was dedicated to her family and children, as evidenced by her longstanding dedication to the creation and betterment of the L-S Ice Hockey Club. Her commitment was also evident in the time that she invested to support her daughter’s overseas travel.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 8th at 4:00pm in The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA. The family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 2:30pm. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Tracey’s memory to Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, ATTN: Lancaster General Health Foundation, 609 N. Cherry St., Lancaster, PA 17604