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

Virgil A. Meck


Virgil A. Meck, 86, of Willow Street, was greeted by his Savior on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 following a year long illness. He was the husband of V. Maxine (Webb) Meck for 66 years.

He was a graduate of JP McCaskey High School, class of 1946. Virgil worked in metallurgy for the former Hamilton Watch Company and later, Hamilton Precision Metals.

He was a long time member of Boehm’s United Methodist Church, Willow Street.

Virgil loved spending time with his family and enjoyed working with his hands, especially woodworking. Earlier in his life, he played with the Hamilton Watch softball team. He also enjoyed golfing.

Virgil was a member of the Boehm’s Chapel Society.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Margaret E. (Schwartz) Meck. In addition to Maxine, he is survived by his children, Steven married to Diane (Brady) Meck of South Bend, IN, David married to Cheryl (Hagens) Meck of Lancaster, Virginia married to Gerald Frey of Phoenixville; his grandchildren,  Christine married to Mark DeVore of Granger, IN, Andrew married to Ana Meck of Cutler, IN, Kimberly Fox of Bremen, IN, Todd married to Karen Meck of Lititz, Tyler married to Michelle Meck of Lititz, Meg married to Mitchell Stocking of Wake Forest, NC, Layne married to Gregory Freedline of Royersford and J.J. Frey fiancé of Liz  Pezzopane of Phoenixville; 14 great-grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy A. Kurkis of Wilmington, DE.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Boehm’s Chapel, which is behind Boehm’s United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Eden officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will take place in Boehm’s Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Virgil’s memory to Boehm’s UM Church, 13 West Boehm’s Road, Willow Street, PA 17584.

Robert K. Johns

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Robert K. Johns, 84, of Willow Street, died Friday, February 13, 2015 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of Anna Mae (Good) Johns for 55 years.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War with the 406th Construction Engineers Battalion.

Bob worked as a truck driver and paving estimator for Burkholder Paving and later retired from PennDOT.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local #771 and the Retired Public Employees of PA, AFSCME Chapter #13. Bob enjoyed attending 406th Engineers group meetings each year.

Bob enjoyed Country music.

Born in Providence Township, he was the son of the late Landis R. and Myrtle V. (Wimer) Johns. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Mae married to J. Donald Bowman of Strasburg and Jeannette Ann married to Mark H. Schneider of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Robert H. Schneider, Benjamin A. Miller, Michael H. Schneider, Kailee C. Bowman and Marissa A. Schneider. He was preceded in death by a step-brother, John W. Wiggins.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10 AM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Harry K. Neustadter

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Harry K. Neustadter, 88, of Strasburg, was ushered into glory on Monday, February 9 while under the care of Hospice. He was the husband of Teresa (Haldeman) Neustadter for over 64 years.

Born on May 18, 1926 in Bareville, he was the son of the late Gerhard and Suzanne (Kruger) Neustadter.

Harry retired from Armstrong World Industries in 1988 after 38 years in the floor manufacturing plant. He also enjoyed carpentry work and working on cars. He regularly attended Living Faith Church of God, with his last days spent attending Calvary Monument Church.

Harry was extremely active in the lives of his three children, 16 Grandchildren, and 34 Great-Grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Terri, married to Charles Roberts III, Jean, married to Randy Hildebrand, and a son, Joe, married to Barb (Fisher) Neustadter, all of Strasburg, a sister, Susan (Neustadter) Wimer, of Lancaster, and two brothers, Rudy Neustadter, married to Barbara, of The Villages of Florida, and John Neustadter, of Texas. He was preceded in death by a brother Gerhard Neustadter, a Grandson and a Great-Granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Monument Church 1660 Mine Road Paradise, PA, on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4 PM. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Harry’s memory to Hospice and Community Care PO Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Henry H. Rohrer

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Henry H. Rohrer, 97, formerly of Strasburg, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He was the husband of the late Ada G. Rohrer, who died on March 4, 2002. They were married for 62 years.

Born September 19, 1917, he was the son of the late B. Frank and Mary C. (Herr) Rohrer. He farmed the farm where he grew up, southeast of Strasburg.

Henry enjoyed hunting, cars, golf, music, trips to the mountains with friends, and, especially in recent years, watching his great-grandchildren play. He was a member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. He also enjoyed driving for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by four daughters; Janice M., wife of Harlan H. Hoover of Gordonville, A. Corinne Dixon, of Tacoma, WA, Ruth Anne, wife of Thomas L. Martin of Strasburg, and Linda C., wife of Reverend Terry L. Blessing, of Lancaster, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Edwin, married to Marion (Ranck) Rohrer of Paradise.

A memorial service will be at the Strasburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Stephen S. Weaver and Pastor John D. Meck officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, Pa 17543 (717)509-5490.

Frances H. Smeltz

Frances H. Smeltz, 77, formerly of New Providence, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Foothill Acres Nursing Home, Hillsborough, NJ. She was the wife of the late R. Chester Smeltz, who died in 1976.

A graduate of Solanco High School, Frances worked as the Secretary of Providence Township for many years.

She had attended Zion United Church of Christ, New Providence.

Frances was a member since 1955 and Past Worthy Matron of the Robert Fulton Chapter #446 O.E.S., a member since 1958 and Past Worthy High Priestess of the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem and a member since 1995 and Past Grand Royal Matron of the Order of Amaranth.

Born in New Providence, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Naomi Herr. Frances is survived by a son, Timothy married to Donna of Hillsborough, NJ; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was the last of her family.

There will be a viewing on Monday, February 7, 2015 (TOMORROW) from 1:00 until 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Amaranth funeral service will begin at 1:30. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating.  Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in her memory to Order of Amaranth Diabetes Research, American Diabetes Association. P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312.

Rose Evans

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Roseanne Sheets Evans, 75, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 1, 2015, following a long illness. She was the wife of Richard C. Evans for 52 years.

She attended Columbia High School and graduated from Empire Beauty School.

A homemaker, Rose also worked for the former Tidy Products, K-Mart and retired from the Oneida Factory Store.

Rose enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and loved to go to the beach. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and also loved all animals. She was a member of the Strasburg Women’s Club.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late George Dewey and Edna Mae (Murr) Sheets. In addition to Dick, she is survived by her children; Richard L. married to Dawne (Lapp) Evans of Lancaster, James E. married to Jen (Young) Evans of Port Royal, Stephanie A. married to Tim Baylor of Lancaster and Susan L. married to Lloyd Reiff of Lancaster; her grandchildren, Kyle Baylor, Cody Reiff, Austin Reiff, Jaime married to Dave Bott , Kacie Hench and Lindsey Young; her siblings, Annabelle Auer of Columbia, Janet Blumenschein of Landisville, Emily Haberstroh of San Antonio, TX, Joanne Barr of Columbia and Bonnie Rudisill of Mountville. Rose was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Sheets and Ethel Holtzinger and a brother, George Sheets, Jr.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12 Noon at White Chimneys, 5117 Lincoln Highway, Gap, PA 17527. The family will greet relatives and friends from 11 AM until 12 noon. After the service, there will be a time of fellowship and a light meal. It was Rose’s wish that everyone dress in casual attire. Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Rose’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Dorothy J. “Dotty” Royer

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Dorothy J. (Dotty) Royer went to be with her Lord in heaven on Monday, February 2, 2015, after losing her battle with gall bladder cancer. Dotty was the daughter of the late Laura Holliday Andrus and late Eugene H. Andrus of Williamsport, PA.

Dotty was the wife, partner and soul mate of Haskell Royer for 32 years.

Dotty had one son, Dean A. Baugus, and a daughter in law, Kathy Shuffelbottom Baugus. She had two step daughters, Jane E. McGrath, wife of Phil McGrath, and Susan J. Ashcroft, wife of William Ashcroft IV. She had five grand children; Andrew and Kendra Baugus, Tyler and Diller McGrath, and Reese Ashcroft.

She is survived by three sisters; Margie Cholin, Virginia Detweiler, and Gloria Neeble; three nieces, Emily Cholin, Becky Prior and Jan Ross. Dotty was predeceased by a brother Walter. She had many cousins.

Dotty’s career was spent in various aspects of real estate. When she retired in 2009, Dotty had 30 years in residential real estate appraisal. She founded her company, Royer Appraisal, in 1988. In 1994 Dotty proudly achieved the SRA national appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute. She was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Appraisal Institute where she served on various committees, on the board of directors, and as the chapter president in 2004.

Dotty was also active in the Lancaster County Association of Realtors where she served on various committees and on the board of directors. She was instrumental in starting the Appraisers Council of LCAR.

She was active with her community condominium association. Dotty served on several committees, on the board of directors, and a year as its president.

Dotty’s love has been the sailing and cruising lifestyle with Haskell. Prior to her retirement, the cruising area was primarily the Chesapeake Bay. In retirement she explored further living aboard her 35 foot sailboat Skye with Haskell and their cat Morse. They traveled south on the Intra Coastal Waterway, along the east and west coasts of Florida and down the Florida Keys. She enjoyed being in nature, exploring towns, visiting various attractions and, especially, meeting many wonderful and helpful people along the way. She made many lifelong friends in the cruising community.

Dotty believed life was an adventure in her work and play.

According to her wishes there will be no viewing. A Celebration of Her Life will be Held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 3:00 Pm in Faith Church, 2124 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA.

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

Erma Sauder Wenger


Erma Wenger, formerly of Greenfield Road, Lancaster, passed away on January 15, 2015 at Landis Homes following lifelong pulmonary disease. She was the wife of Daniel L. Wenger with whom she celebrated 51 years of marriage in August. Born in 1940 in Caernarvon Township to the late Samuel E. and Lydia (Hollinger) Sauder, she received a gift of $5.00 from the SICO Foundation for being the first baby born in Lancaster County that year.

Erma graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and worked at Goodville Mutual Casualty, before spending a year of voluntary service with Mennonite Board of Missions in Denver, CO working in the pharmacy of University Hospital of Denver. She was administrative assistant at Philhaven Hospital for two years prior to her marriage.

With her husband she served one year with Eastern Mennonite Missions in New York City as hostess of the Voluntary Service Unit.

She was a part-time waitress over a 30 year period at Good and Plenty Restaurant in Smoketown, PA. A member of Mellinger Mennonite Church she served as President of the Sewing Circle for about 25 years. She has volunteered at Water Street Ministries and Material Resources Center in Ephrata. She also taught in the Domestic Science School in Musoma, Tanzania where she lived for 4 years with her family under Eastern Mennonite Missions.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Heidi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Andrea, Baltimore, MD and Jo (Linford) Fisher, Cranston, RI, four grandchildren, Eden, Elliot, Helena and Harrison Fisher; four sisters, Mildred (Juan) Pinto, Barceloneta, PR, Edna Snader, Ephrata, Bertha Kreider, Denver, Dora Horst, New Holland, and a brother, Laurence (Evelyn) Sauder, Harrisonburg, VA. She was predeceased by a son, Daniel Ray, a brother, Leroy (Irene) Sauder, and a sister, Miriam Landis.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Mellinger Mennonite Church on April 4, 2015 at 3 PM. Visitation begins at 1 PM. Her body has been donated to Humanity Gifts Registry for medical research. Please omit flowers. Gifts may be forwarded in her memory to either Global Disciples, 315 W. James St., Suite 202, Lancaster, PA 17603 or The Worm Project, c/o Franconia Mennonite Conference, 569 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438.

Dale D. Doutrich

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Dale Donald Doutrich, 80, of Lancaster, formerly of Strasburg, went
home to be with his Savior and Lord on January 18th, at Hospice &
Community Care Center, Mt. Joy. He was the husband of Eleanor (Rowe) Doutrich, whom he married in 1956.

Dale was born September 16, 1934, in Gordonville, Pa. He was the son
of the late A. Raymond and M. Pauline (Young) Doutrich of Kinzers. He graduated from
Paradise High School and served in the U.S. Army. Upon returning home from the Army,
he attended Lancaster Business School and then went to work for Armstrong World Industries for 35 years. After retiring, he worked part time for Clark Inc., Paradise, and the Strasburg Railroad.
Dale attended Calvary Church and served as an usher for over 50 years.
He also served in the finance department.
Through the years, Dale was involved in a variety of activities. He
was a long time member and Past President of the Strasburg Lions Club, winning the
Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 2013. He was also a member of the
Barnes Hill Hunting Club, Strasburg Fire Company, an ambulance driver for
Strasburg VFW, and a volunteer on Mondays at Lancaster General Hospital for 19

Additionally, he enjoyed collecting milk bottles, Hess trucks, Ertl
trucks, coins and banks.
Dale enjoyed traveling and seeing new places with family and friends.
He and “Ellie” traveled extensively in the U.S. and twice overseas.
His boys will always remember their cross-country trip in their pop-up
camper. His grandchildren will remember numerous beach vacations and
his favorite candies, orange slices and mint leaves.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: Rev. Stephen D. (Donna L.)
Doutrich of Lancaster, PA; Michael R. (Catherine S.) Doutrich of East
Berlin, PA; four grandchildren, Carrie married to Rev. Timothy Clothier, Justin married to Dedra Groff Doutrich, Joel married to Kristy Laughman Doutrich, and Kelsey married to Brent Smith; five great-grandchildren and one sister,
Beverly A. (Denton L.) Miller of Ephrata, PA. He was preceded in death
by a brother, Gordon R. Doutrich.
There will be a viewing from 9-11am Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Chapel at Calvary Church. The funeral service will take place at 11:00am with Pastor Dave Allen officiating. Interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Calvary Church-Mission Fund, 1051 Landis Valley RD, Lancaster PA 17601 or Calvary Fellowship Homes-Benevolence Fund, 502 Elizabeth DR, Lancaster PA 17601.