Freda A. Herr

Freda A. Herr, 90, formerly of Quarryville, died Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Oak Leaf Manor. She was the wife of Paul L. Herr, and the later Paul Miller, who died in 1980.

Born in West Lampeter, she was the daughter of Chester and Ethel (Sweigart) Dearolf. Freda was a graduate of the former Strasburg High School. She was a member of Georgetown United Methodist Church. Freda was also a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post 8710, Strasburg.

Freda retired from Witmer’s Greenhouse after working more than 28 years.

She is survived by two sons; Dennis Miller, husband of Mary Ann, of Quarryville and Paul Miller, Jr., husband of Fay, of Strasburg, four granddaughters, and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Bechtold.

There will be a visitation on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 1-2 PM at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St. Strasburg, PA 17579. The funeral will begin at 2 PM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.

Brittani Page Killinger

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Brittani Page Killinger, 26, passed away, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at her home.

She was a talented writer and artist, an avid music fan, and could quote nearly any movie. She also enjoyed cooking and doing hair and makeup for herself and her many friends and family, but the thing she loved most of all was to make people laugh. Anyone who knew Brittani, knew how her smile could light up a whole room, and her kind words could brighten the darkest of days. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Brittani is survived by her mother; step-father; brother; sister; grandparents; many loving aunts; uncles; cousins; boyfriend; and friends. She was preceded in death by her great-gram; mom mom; pappy; pop pop; great-uncles and far too many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W 2nd Ave Parkesburg, PA 19365. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Codladh sámh. Slán go fóill.


Don E. Frey

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Don E. Frey, 70, of Lancaster, died February 9, 2017, following a lengthy illness. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Sandra (Eshleman) Frey, for over 49 years.

Don graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, class of 1964. He worked in excavating for over 50 years, and retired from Wiker Paving Company in 2014.

He was a member of Community United Methodist Church, where he served as a Trustee and an usher. He was also a member of Strasburg Sportsman’s Association.

Don enjoyed spending time at their house on the Indian River Bay in White House Beach, Long Neck, DE, going to Casinos, and cooking fantastic outdoor breakfasts for 35 – 40 people.

He had coached Little League Baseball, was a Webelos leader, and was active on the Troop Committee for Troop 92, Bird-In-Hand.

Born in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late J. Melvin and Ida (Shank) Frey. In addition to Sandy, Don is survived by a son, Michael S. married to Kelly Frey; a daughter, Sherry L. married to Sam Lapp, all of Lancaster and a sister, Donna M. married to Dr. Wael Jarjour of Columbus, OH; and his special canine buddy Harley.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, PA. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Private interment at the convenience of the family.

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

Erma M. Huber

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Erma M. Huber, 87, of Lancaster, died at the Mennonite Home on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. She was the wife of the late J. Elwood “Woody” Huber, who died in 2012.

A homemaker, she was also the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Huber’s Service Center.

Erma enjoyed gardening, flowers and traveling. She was a member of Millersville Bible Church.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Rutt) Stoner. She is survived by a son, Rodney L. married to Karen (Wimer) Huber of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Lindy Musser, Rodney Huber II and Tammy Martin, and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joanne Herr of New Providence and Violet Mowrer of  Lancaster, and a brother, John D. married to Martha Stoner of Leola. She was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Miller.

There will be a viewing on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 10:00 AM in the funeral home. Art Hart will be officiating, with interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Erma’s memory to Benevolent Care, Mennonite Home Communities, Development Department, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Edith B. Eshelman

Edith B. Eshelman, 94, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. She was the wife of the late William Eshelman, who died in November 2015. They were married for 64 years. Born in Honeybrook on February 6, 1922, she was the daughter of Elmer and Marie (Landis) Brown.

Edith was a homemaker. She was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church.

She is survived by a son, Samuel B., husband of Susan (Sedig) Eshelman of Akron, two daughters; Mary S., wife of Thomas Whitehill of Quarryville and Kathleen L., wife of Daniel Schwank of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha Barone of Bryn Mawr. She was preceded in death by a son, William A. (Tony) Eshelman who was married to Mary Beth Miller Page of Ridgeway, Ontario and her siblings, John Brown, Elmer Brown, Marie Deutsch and Lydia McNally.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2017 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.



Katherine E. Hershey

Katherine E. Hershey, 100, moved from her home on Earth to her home in Heaven on Friday, January 13, 2017. She was born on October 1, 1916, the daughter of I. Leaman and Alice M. Hershey, late of Gap, PA. She was a resident of Landis Homes for over 30 years.

For over 50 years of her life, she worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), 40 of those as Director of CEF of Lancaster County. This involved instructing adults concerning teaching the Bible to children, as well as teaching Good News Club, directing camps, planning children’s rallies and other activities in involving Bible teaching to children. Much of her ministry was also outside of Pennsylvania to both children and adults, both in other states as well as a few instances overseas. She authored a number of Bible lessons for teaching children, many of which are translated in to other languages and taught in various parts of the world.

Katherine was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church, where she directed the children’s department for over 40 years, with the assistance of many others, and conducting VBS, children’s programs, etc.

Monthly meetings of Reader’s Hour Book Club were an important part of her life for about 70 years. In later years, she taught adult Sunday school class at Neffsville Mennonite Church as well as Bible studies at Landis Homes.

Katherine is survived by two sisters, Alma Rohrer (late Clarence W.), Arlene (Melvin) Snyder, all of Lititz; a brother, Clair (Myrna) Hershey of Stuarts, VA. ; 14 nieces and nephews and many great, great-great and five great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann (late Phares) Zook and a niece.

Katherine desired her remains be donated to Humanity Gifts Registry for scientific research.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 20 at 10:00 am in the West Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 with Pastor Hunter Hess, Neffsville Mennonite Church officiating.  There will no viewing before the service.

Kindly omit flowers.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA. 17520 or to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes at the above address.

John C. Gaissert

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John C. Gaissert, 86 of Strasburg, PA went peacefully to heaven on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  John was born in Brooklyn, New York and proudly served as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, 41st Engineer Company, from 1949 to 1953.  He spent 30 months overseas, stationed in Korea and Okinawa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Josephine Gaissert, along with their children and their families; Gary Gaissert, his wife Jill, daughters Tara, Jessica, Jaclyn and son Casey, Robert Gaissert, his wife Helene and their daughters Catherine and Caroline,  Deborah Read, her husband Douglas and their two sons Robert and Austin. He loved and enjoyed his three great grandchildren, Cody, Alex and Parker. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Joseph.

John had a long career with the American Banker-Bond Buyer based in New York City, and took early retirement as Vice President of Administration in 1986.  He and Josephine decided to move to Strasburg in 1988, where he started his second career working as the Business Manager for Strasburg Dental Group.

Family and Country meant everything to John. He enjoyed traveling and had a great affinity for history.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be shared at

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in John’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

Eugene A. Groff


Eugene A. Groff, 88, formerly of Strasburg, died on January 6, 2017 at Brethren Village. He was the husband of Ellen Hess Groff for over 58 years.

Gene graduated from West Lampeter High School and then served four years in the US Air Force during WWII.

Gene was a volunteer with the “Seagoing Cowboys,” a Heifer Project, taking cattle to war-torn Poland.

Gene was self employed, the owner of Groff Hi-Low Cooling, a refrigeration business.

He was a member of Lampeter Church of the Brethren and Gideon’s International. Gene loved music and sang in choirs at Lampeter Church and Brethren Village. In addition, Gene and Ellen enjoyed traveling.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Earl L and Helen Garber Groff. He is survived by four brothers, Enos L. (Barbara) Groff of Warwick, RI, Donald E. (Nikki) Groff of Lansdale, Kenneth G. (Shirley) Groff of Strasburg and Gerald G. Groff and companion Mara of Lancaster; a sister, Nancy Shenk of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by a brother, J. Wade Groff.

There will be a viewing on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6 – 7 PM in the chapel at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA and again on Tuesday, January 10 from 10 – 11 AM in the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lampeter, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Gene’s memory to COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, PA 17540

Jacob L. Kreider


Jacob L. Kreider, 83, formerly of Gap, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at Fairmount Homes on Saturday, December 31, 2016. He was the loving husband of Esther (Nolt) Kreider with whom he shared 61 bountiful years. He was a quiet, gentle man who was sparing with his words but abundant in his affections.

Jake was a lifetime dairy farmer, following in the footsteps of his own father. Farming, it could be said, was in his blood. He also enjoyed gardening and caring for his fruit trees, spending most of his time outside on his farm.

Jake was a true family man. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, giving gentle advice and letting them “help” with various farm jobs. Many happy days were spent in the fields, tending the animals and digging up dinner out in the garden.

He was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Salisbury Township Historical Society, and the County Line Hunting Club, Sullivan County, PA. He also enjoyed wintering in Sarasota, FL spending his time with dear friends and visiting the shuffleboard court almost daily.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late LeRoy H. and Evelyn (Landis) Kreider. In addition to Esther, Jake is survived by a son, Barry married to Joyce Kreider of Paradise; a daughter, Jacqueline married to Donald Nelson of Ephrata; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Doris married to Clyde Martin of Lititz and Edith married to David Yoder of Colorado. Jake was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Winters and a brother, Leon Kreider.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the staff of Fairmount Homes and Hospice & Community Care for their loving care.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Jon Carlson officiating. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Jake’s memory to Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S 12th Street Akron, 17501 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg.

Donald E. Martin


Donald E. Martin, 80 passed away on December 27, 2016 at his residence at Willow Valley, PA. He is survived by wife Betsy (Elizabeth Smith) Martin with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage in September. Also surviving are his sister Barbara L. Martin of Bethel Park, PA; his son Douglas Edward Martin married to Mary Lathrop Martin of Downingtown, PA and daughter Amy Louise Martin of Newtown, PA. Born in Lancaster, Don was preceded in death by his parents David Everett Martin and Catherine Elizabeth Martin. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lancaster.

Donald began his career in college admissions at Franklin & Marshall College, later also as Pre-Med Advisor. Don served as Director of Admissions for Allied Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia, later at Alfred University and as associate at Lehigh University. In retirement, he enjoyed counseling students and their families.


Don’s interests included international bicycling and hiking trips, introducing friends to Lancaster sites, singing in church choirs for over 40 years, and with “Summer Harmony”, in the Lehigh Valley. Don also enjoyed gardening, backpacking, jogging, bee-keeping, F&M basketball and football games. He cared deeply about the environment.

Don graduated from McCaskey High School, and subsequently Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a Masters in Education from Temple University. Don was a world class hurdler and while on active duty in the Army in Europe, (1958-1959 he qualified for the 110 yard high hurdles Pre-Olympic Trials and competed during the Brussels World’s Fair. In 1975, Don was inducted into the Franklin & Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10AM January 21, 2017 at Willow Valley Lakes Auditorium, 300 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the First UMC Chancel Choir or to the Anchorage Breakfast Program: checks payable to “First UMC” noting Anchorage or Chancel Choir on the memo line: First UMC, 29 East Walnut St., Lancaster, PA. 17602.