Norman E. Getz

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Norman E. Getz, 87, died Friday, December 19, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital.  He was the husband of Esther (Ragan) Getz for 23 years.

Norm was a deeply rooted member of the Lampeter United Methodist Church. He was an avid antique car and truck enthusiast and participated in local and national competitions and rallies. His fondest memories centered on the many friends and acquaintances he met through his memberships in the Hershey Chapter of the American Automobile Car Club, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Transport for Christ and the Freemasons.

Norm served in the United States Army during WWII and was honorably discharged on April 2, 1946.

Born in Witmer, PA, Norm was the son of the late Aaron and Bertha (Reynolds) Getz. In addition to his wife, Norm is survived by his children; Dale, married to Patricia (Smucker) Getz of Denver, Pa, Barry, married to Janel (Stokka) Getz of Cooperstown, ND, Patricia, married to David Garbisch of Albert Lea, MN, Phillip, married to Shelley (Mallory) Getz of Denver, PA , Lorri, married to Paul Davis of Anchorage, AK, and Vicki, married to Michael Cresci of Juniper, Fl, 11 Grandchildren, 13 Great-Grandchildren, a sister, Viola, married to Harold Martin of New Holland, many nieces and nephews, and his former wife and mother of his six children, Phyllis (Sweigart) Kveragas of Lititz, PA.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Make-A-wish Foundation, 1054 New Holland Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601 or Transport for Christ, 1525 River Rd, Marietta, PA 17547.

Suzanne E. Hoffman

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Suzanne E. Hoffman, 91, of Country Meadows and formerly of Strasburg, died Sunday, December 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Walter H. Hoffman, who died in 2007.

Sue graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1941 and then attended the Moore Institute of Art.

She worked at the former Zimmerman Sewing Factory, Strasburg, and the former Willows Restaurant as a cook. She later worked as Head Dietician at the Strasburg Elementary School. Sue retired as a teller from the former First National Bank of Strasburg.

Sue enjoyed needle work, making her own clothing and curtains, crocheting and painting pictures. She was well known for her cooking, especially pies. Sue loved animals, especially dogs. She was the first person in a bank to hand out dog treats.

Sue and Walter traveled in many states and places in the US, including Hawaii. They had a trailer at Fenwick Island, Delaware, for more than 25 years. Sue was a great swimmer and enjoyed all aspects of the beach. They also kept a trailer in Huntingdon County on a friend’s farm.

She was active in her church and her town of Strasburg. She played in a bridge club for over 50 years, played pinochle and enjoyed dancing. She was a member of the former Ladies Auxiliary to the Paul R. Strubel VFW Post #8710.

For the last seven years, Sue resided at Country Meadows of Lancaster. She always said, “I love it here!” There wasn’t anything Sue couldn’t do when she put her mind to it.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Henrietta (Flagg) Eshleman. She is survived by her loving family, including a son; Thomas W. married to Kathleen B. Hoffman of Lancaster; a grandson, Seth T. Hoffman of Lancaster and two great-grandsons, Sean T. and Ellis J. Hoffman.

There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM in St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Vaughn Glover and Pastor Bob Wegehoft officiating. The family will receive friend immediately following the service. Interment will be in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in memory of Suzanne E. Hoffman to St. Michael EV Lutheran Church, 40 E. Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579 or the SPCA, 848 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Catherine Snyder

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Catherine Snyder, 84 of Lancaster, died Friday, December 12, 2014. She was the wife Gilbert S. Snyder.

Born on September 21, 1930, she was the daughter of the late John and Ivie (Rice) Goss.

Catherine was a member of Colemanville United Methodist Church. A fantastic homemaker, she enjoyed cooking for her large family get-togethers. A housekeeper for many years, Catherine loved cleaning her client’s homes. She enjoyed her trips to Delaware Park and Hollywood Casino.

Catherine is survived by her children six children; John G., married to Roberta (Kane) Swinehart, Gloria (Swinehart), married to Scott Kleinfelter, Donna(Swinehart), married to Barry Simpson, Kenneth E., married to Patricia A. (Lynch) Swinehart, Rebecca (Snyder) Funk, and Terry Snyder, and two brothers, Richard Goss and Arnold Goss, 13 Grandchildren, and 19 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Goss, Jr., and a sister, Miriam Kreider.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 10-11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pa. The funeral service will begin at 11AM. Burial will be in the Colemanville United Methodist Cemetery.

Donald F. Johnson

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Donald F. Johnson, 79, of Strasburg, passed away surrounded by his family at home on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, following a long illness.

Don was in the US Army from 1954 until 1957, serving most of his duty in Okinawa.

He retired as a welder for High Industries after 25 years.

Don was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. He enjoyed woodworking and tending his garden.

Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Errel and Sadie (Rineer) Johnson.  Don is survived by his soul mate, Julia (Rollman) Johnson; a daughter, Jane married to Clair Witwer of Millersville and a son, Donald F., Jr. married to Pamela (Herr) Johnson of Strasburg; four grandchildren, Andrew Johnson, Christopher married to Rachel (Cramer) Johnson, Kelly Johnson, and Laura Witwer; a brother, Errel R. Johnson of Lancaster; a sister, Emma Toms of Ephrata; and his constant companions, Zoe and Fluff. Don was preceded in death by seven siblings.

There will be a visitation on Monday, December 15, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Tuesday, December 16, from 10:00 until 11:00 AM in the funeral home. The funeral will be 11:00 AM from the funeral home with Pastor Bob Bronkema and Pastor John Tornfelt officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.

Don’s family wishes to thank the staff at HLRMC Wound Center, and Davita Dyalisis for their kindness, care and compassion while treating him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Don’s memory to the Strasburg Community Park Foundation, P.O. Box 222, Strasburg, PA 17579.

Gerald D. “Short” Stauffer

Gerald D. “Short” Stauffer, 77, of New Holland and formerly of Paradise Township, died Monday, December 8, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of Amanda “Mandy” (Frank) Stauffer for 58 years.

Short worked as a carpenter for Nauman Construction, then as an auto body mechanic at the former Brooks Body Shop, Strasburg. He later worked as a carpenter and mechanic with the Strasburg Rail Road. He last worked for the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. In the early 1970’s, Short worked as a police officer for Strasburg Borough.

Short was a volunteer fireman with Strasburg Fire Company for many years. A skilled mechanic, he enjoyed model trains, repairing old cuckoo clocks and many other projects.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Anna Kathryn (Deets) Stauffer and the late Paul Samuel Stauffer. In addition to Mandy, Short is survived by two sons, Bob married to Terri Stauffer of New Holland, Ron married to Wanda Stauffer of Willow Street; four grandchildren, Karen Stauffer of Delaware, Tracy Stauffer of New Holland, Peter married to Tina Stauffer of Quarryville and Corey Stauffer and fiancé Becky Burns of Willow Street; six great-grandchildren, Brooke and Blake Hoffer, Nathan and Abigail Stauffer, Mason Bliem and Kayleigh Stauffer; a brother Donald married to Louise Stauffer of Christiana; four sisters, Linda married to Vince Cannamela, Joyce married to Michael Padilla, Carol married to Kevin Schuman and Sue married to James Michael Reed, all of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Short was preceded in death by a brother, Edward, also from Florida.

There will be a viewing on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 9:30 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home with the Reverend Herbert A. Lohr officiating. Interment will follow in Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

Helen R. Kellenberger


Helen R. Kellenberger, 92, formerly of Gordonville, died on Monday, December 8, 2014. She was married to Walter S. Kellenberger for over 72 years. They resided at Brethren Village for 17 years.

Helen was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church since 1939. Helen and Walter’s lives revolved around weekly Worship services, church activities, committees and teaching Sunday school.

She was a member of the former Mary Ferree Society and served as a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Born in Paradise Township, Helen was the daughter of Levi C. and Lillie (Graham) Reese. In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by daughters, Joanne, married to Robert Schenke, of Paradise, and Gloria, married to Thomas Denlinger, of Ronks; four grandchildren, Joseph Denlinger, Todd Schenke, Kelly Schenke, Jim Denlinger; and six great-grandchildren, Carleigh and Peyton Denlinger, Marissa, Leah, and Gabriella Denlinger and Kate Schenke. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Robert Reese.

There will be a Memorial service at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 3001 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562 on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Eugene Errickson officiating. Viewing omitted. Burial will be in St. John’s UM Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Helen’s memory to St. John’s UM Church at the address above.

Erma M. Jones

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Erma M. (Strubel) Jones, 98, died on Friday, November 28, in Lancaster. She was the widow of Herbert S. Jones, who died in 1988.

Born October 31, 1916, Erma was the daughter of David and Mary Ann (Zander) Strubel.

Erma was a member of the Pearl Street United Methodist Church for over 50 years. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, baking, and watching “Hee-Haw” and Lawrence Welk.

Erma is survived her son Robert of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard, a brother, Lloyd, and a sister, Catherine.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10 to 11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. A graveside service will follow in Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 Second Lock Road, Lancaster, PA.

Thomas C. O’Connor

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Thomas C. O’Connor, 90, formerly of Nassau Road, Lancaster, died at the Mennonite Home on Monday, December 1, 2014 after a three year illness. He was the husband of Dolores “Dee” (Leed) O’Connor for 62 years on September 14.

Tom graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School, then served in the US Navy from 1943 until 1946 as an Electrician’ Mate.

He retired in 1983 from the former Safe Hardware Corporation as Maintenance supervisor. Later, he retired from the former Educators Mutual Life Insurance Company.

After retirement, Tom and Dee volunteered at the Water Street Rescue Mission and the E.C.C. retirement home in Myerstown.

For over 40 years Tom was a faithful and active member of Faith E.C. Church, Lancaster,

and more recently was a member of Grace Community Church, Willow Street.

In addition to Dee, Tom is survived by two sons, Timothy Charles and Mark Thomas, both of Lancaster and a daughter, Colleen Milary married to James Pendleton, IV of Lancaster; grandchildren, Robert Thomas and Katherine Emily and their mother, Terry, of Millersville and a sister, Jean married to David Amico of Lancaster; also, the special Hershey family.

Tom was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert and two sisters, Mary O’Connor and Catherine Stark.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Mennonite Home, especially Lititz Run wing, for the outstanding care and compassion which Tom received.

The viewing will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1 until 2 PM at the Chapel in the Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the chapel with Pastor Mike Sigman and Pastor Dorcas Martzall officiating. Interment will follow in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Tom’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, Dementia Care Endowment Fund, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or the Mennonite Home Communities Promise Partners Continuing Care Fund, c/o Development Office, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Ruth A. Eck

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Ruth Ann Eck entered into the joy of her Savior’s presence on November 23, 2014. She was 92. The Grand Reunion included reuniting with her loving husband of 50 years, Warren, who predeceased her in 1997. She and Warren lived at Willow Valley in Lancaster since 1994.

Ruth was born in Paterson, NJ to the late Myrtle and Richard Yeskoo. She is survived by two sons, Warren P., husband of Kay Eck, Orlando, FL, and Gordon R., husband of Nancy Eck, Honey Brook, PA. She was blessed by the Lord to have 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Ruth is further survived by brothers Richard Yeskoo of Willow Valley, Donald Yeskoo of Wells, Maine, and sister Dorothy Vink of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by another sister, Lois Kendall, of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and grandson Dustin Eck of Honey Brook, PA.

Ruth attended Grace Church at Willow Valley after raising her family as members of Grace Chapel in Havertown, PA. Her spiritual gift was hospitality, and she joyfully entertained family, friends, missionaries, stangers, and no doubt “angels unawares”, all with a flair for flavor and presentation. Besides cooking, her hobbies included writing poetry, playing the piano, and needlepoint.

Ruth was best-known for boldly sharing her faith, including the good news of the assurance of eternal life by trusting Jesus Christ alone as Savior. Many report how encouraged they had been after spending time talking to Ruth.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 30 at 2:30pm at Willow Valley Manor North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in Ruth’s honor may be sent to County Corrections Gospel Mission, PO Box 1136, Coatesville, PA 19320.

Edward M. Nusbickel

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Edward M. Nusbickel, Jr., 84, of Strasburg and formerly of Severna Park, MD, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 27, 2014. He was the husband of Janice L. (Streaker) Nusbickel for over 60 years.

Ed was a graduate of Drexel University and worked as an electrical engineer for Burroughs Corporation and later, Bethlehem Steel. He served in the US Navy Air Reserves.

He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg, and formerly at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park.

Ed was an avid sailor and enjoyed racing in his sailboat, the Cal 25.

Born in Philadelphia, Ed was the son of the late Edward M. and Ruth Irene (Harmony) Nusbickel. In addition to Janice, he is survived by a daughter, Edna married to Tony Lombardi of Quarryville; a son, Hank Nusbickel of Arvada, CO; five grandchildren, Katharine Rodriguez and Megan Chou, both of Lancaster, Kristin Burnworth of Baltimore, Lauren Nusbickel of Westminster, CO, and Sara Nusbickel of Littleton, Co; great grandchildren, Elli Chou, Jamison Thompson, Roland Bryant and Ebee Bryant; and a brother, Bob married to Carolyn Nusbickel of Vero Beach, FL.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 in Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg. The funeral is 2:00 PM from the church with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ed’s memory to Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 West Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.