Joyce Paulnock

LACONIA, NH – Joyce Paulnock, 89, passed away on April 12, 2016 at Forestview Manor Assisted Living in Meredith, NH after a short illness. Joyce was born in Teaneck, NJ, the only child of John and Isabel Turner.  Joyce is predeceased by her husband, Lt. Col. Eugene Paulnock. Mrs. Paulnock is survived by her two children, Cheryl Bonner of Laconia, NH and David Paulnock of Fayetteville, Pa.

Joyce attended Bucknell University graduating in 1947 with a BS degree in biology. She worked a short time at the Public Health Research Institute in New York City as a lab technician.

Joyce was an avid traveler having the opportunity to do so with her husband and family to many countries around the world. Her husband being in the Air Force allowed her to make many, many moves meeting nice people at each new locality and living in many different states. Joyce was active in the military wives club, the Lions Club, the local Strasburg Historical Society and her local bridge club. She enjoyed watercolor painting, gardening and most needlecrafts. Joyce also loved her cats and dogs and had many of them over the years. Joyce and her husband retired to live in Strasburg, Pa in 1969 living there until 2011.

A private burial will be held at the Strasburg Cemetery in Strasburg, Pa for the family and Joyce will be laid to rest next to her husband, Eugene.

Marion E. Rohrer

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Marion E. Rohrer, 93, of Paradise Township, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 25, 2016. She was the wife of the late F. Edwin Rohrer for over 72 years. Ed went home to his Heavenly Father on February 9, 2016.

Marion was a farm wife. She graduated from the former Paradise High School. She and Ed operated Maple Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast for over 54 years. They had many repeat guests who over the years became special friends.

She was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. She was a member of Farm Women Society #14.

Marion enjoyed music, art and the beach. She and Ed enjoyed vacationing in Florida.

Born in Paradise Township, she was the daughter of the late Earl D. and Elizabeth (Shaubach) Ranck. Marion loved her family. She is survived by a son, Roger married to Kandy (Mellinger) Rohrer of Strasburg; a daughter-in-law, Linda (King) Rohrer of Lancaster; a son-in-law, John McGonagle of Boston, MA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janet married to Clyde Buchen of Manheim and Gladys Swarr of Mt. Joy. Marion was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. McGonagle, a son, J. Edwin Rohrer, two grandsons, Scott and Ryan Rohrer; a sister, Alma Rohrer and two brothers-in-law, Layton Rohrer and Russell Swarr.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM in Strasburg Mennonite Church.  The funeral is 11:30 AM in the church with Pastors John Meck and John Harvey Groff officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in Marion’s memory to Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566.

E. James White

E. James White, 92, formerly of Eatontown, NJ and Shady Spring, WV, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Arbor View at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA. He was the husband of the late Marian (Freer) White, who died in 2011.

He was a US Army veteran of WWII, where he served with the 561st AAA AW Battalion.

Mr. White worked as an offset press operator. He retired from the US Government, Civil Service, in 1972.

Born in Eatontown, he was the son of the late Eustace Sanford and Margaret (Fraser) White. Mr. White is survived by three sons, John David (Ann) White of Hanover, PA, Steven J. White of Long Branch, NJ and Paul T. (Christine) White of Tucson, AZ; two daughters, Lynnette M. Druyor of Lubbock, Texas and Faith Ann (Blane) King of Henrico, VA; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a brother, Roger A. White of Eatontown.

Graveside service will be held at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA on Monday, April 11 at 11:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Bible Church, 1460 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601

J. Robert Musser

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J. Robert Musser, 84, formerly of Wheatland School Road, Lancaster, died at Landis Homes on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was the husband of Dorothy (Mellinger) Musser. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

A farmer for 40 years, Bob also sold seed for Doebler’s. After retiring, he drove truck for Sam Esch.

He was an active member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, Gideons International, Black Rock Retreat and Eastern Mennonite Missions. He also enjoyed music and woodworking.

Born in New Holland, he was the son of the late Spencer H. and Lydia (Kling) Musser. In addition to Dorothy, he is survived by four children, Patsy married to Michael Sherer of Goshen, IN, Audrey married to Steven Tice of Brooklyn, NY, Fred married to Rima (Sarkar) Musser of Starkville, MS, and Donna married to Stephen Emma of Scarborough, ME; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a brother-in-law, John Campbell of New Holland, husband of Bob’s sister, the late Mildred Campbell.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes. The funeral will be Thursday, March 24 at 11 AM at the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends after the funeral. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will precede the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, PA 17566 or The Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Georgia Jane Yeskoo

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden, peaceful passing of our beloved Georgia Jane Yeskoo, 92, on Tuesday evening, March 8, 2016, following a massive stroke.

Treasured and held in the highest esteem by her family, her heart was full of love and gratitude for her devoted husband, Richard (Dick), to whom she was married for sixty-four years; her four sons and daughters-in-law, Richard (Dena), David (Marcia), Paul (Lindsey) and Steven (Brigitte); and her grandchildren, Ryan (Cindy), Ian, Sean (Christi), Andrew (Jessica), Timothy, Christopher, Emily and Madeleine.  We all feel incredibly blessed to have had her in our lives.

Georgia was born in Binghamton, NY, to her parents Raymond and Helen Wilcox.  She graduated from Wheaton College (Illinois) as a music major in 1947 and was subsequently known for years as an inspiring church vocalist, dedicated music teacher and choral conductor.  She was characterized by her passion for God and an authentic Christian life, her absolute devotion to her spouse and family, and her kindness to others in the various communities in which she lived, most recently Willow Valley Communities in Lancaster, PA.  Great memories were made over the course of more than sixty summers on Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks.  Another of her great delights in recent years was unexpectedly running into former music students who still recognized her and expressed appreciation for her impact on their lives.  She also had a great fondness for dogs; and for nuts, squash and ice cream!

Her presence is already deeply missed by her loved ones in a multitude of ways.

Plans include a private family gathering and burial, to be followed in the weeks ahead by a public Memorial Service and reception to give thanks for her full and faithful life; service date and details will be announced when available.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Emily’s House, the Children’s Hospice in Toronto, Canada, which is named after Georgia’s beloved granddaughter, Emily.   (please click the “Donate Now” button at the top right)


Fred Appel

Fred Appel, 93, of Sadsbury Township, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in the home he lived in his entire life. He was the husband of the late Donna (Kafer) Appel, who died in 1999.

He graduated from the former Paradise High School. Fred was a life long farmer.

He was a member of Calvary Monument Bible Church.

Born in Paradise, he was the son of the late Conrad and Hallie (Campbell) Appel. Fred is survived by a daughter, Deborah (Appel) married to Gary Rineer, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four siblings.

There will be a graveside service at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery, 1070 Georgetown Road, Bart, PA.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Fred’s memory to Calvary Monument Bible Church, 1660 Mine Rd., Paradise, PA 17562 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box, 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Diana Jean Flory

The Soul in The Faith that we came to know and love as Sister Diana Jean Flory, has left her earthly body to join our Lord in His Kingdom, as His plan for her here has been completed.

She passed from this world at LGH on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 after a four week illness.

Diana was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church. Her influence here to all who were touched took many forms as she walked her path here; all the while carrying a painful, sickly body. Yet she always had a forgiving, loving child of God attitude. She moves on as a wife, best friend, Mother, partner and companion.

She was a homemaker and previously worked as a licensed CNA.

Born in Harrisburg, Diana was the daughter of the late Leon R. Young and Arlene “Nancy” (Noey) Durham. In addition to her husband, Barry L. Flory, she is survived by five children, James Michael Flory, Aimee Michelle Flory, Sharon Lee Winger, Daniel Robert Butz and Rebecca Ann Hart; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Deborah Patschke and Cindy Smith and a brother, John Young.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Church, 604 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. The funeral is 12 Noon in the church with Kenneth Kilgore and Samuel Eshelman officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Pat Kettering

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She was given the gift of life, and now she has to give it back. This is hard. But she was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for that, we are all grateful. Pat (Pini) Kettering, 76, passed away on February 28, 2016, surrounded by her family. She is now with the Lord and spends her days doing the things she loves most: reading, cooking, sewing, gardening, and snuggling the long line of dogs who awaited her. Pat was born in Hazelton, PA, on March 17, 1939. The most important thing to Pat was her family, and she loved spending time with all of her children and grandchildren.

Pat, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, is survived by her four loving children and their spouses: Patricia (Pini) Rutter and her husband Brian; Carol (Pini) Fontaine and her husband David; Fabio Pini and his wife Lori (Miles); and Christopher Pini and his wife Deborah (Kirk). She is also survived her thirteen loving grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; six siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by seven other siblings, as well as her parents, Anthony and Irene (Negri) Avillion.

Pat’s family invites friends to a visitation on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 1-2PM at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St, Strasburg. A memorial service will begin at 2PM, in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Pat asked that you make a donation to your local animal shelter in her memory.

Helen D. Hershey

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Helen D. Hershey, formerly of Strasburg and Willow Woods, passed away peacefully at age of 103 on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services, Lancaster. She married Earle J. Hershey on Jan. 17, 1930 and they celebrated 67 years of marriage before Earle’s passing at age 89 on December 21, 1997.

Helen was born Nov. 15, 1912 at Iva, Paradise Township, Lancaster County. She was the daughter of J. Ira and Effie Dennison Denlinger. She is survived by her son Earle J. Hershey Jr. (Joanne Herr Hershey) residing in Quarryville. She is also survived by her nine Grandchildren; Carol, Bill, Jeff, Janis, Joyce, Diane, Beth, Philip, and Ted; 14 Great Grandchildren; three Great Great Grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews. She was predeceased by her sons, Alvin D. Hershey and Milton E. Hershey (Jhoanne Steckler Hershey) Helen’s siblings, all deceased, were Paul Denlinger, Ruth Welk, Dorothy Denlinger, Kathryn Shenk Witman, Elizabeth Greider, and Miriam Hoober.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.

Helen was a hard working farmer’s wife on the family farm. She last retired as a cashier in the cafeteria at Hempfield School District.

In her retirement years she bowled, went fishing at the Chesapeake Bay with friends, took Grandchildren to the beach, baked cookies, grew flowers, read her Bible cover to cover many times, and put hundreds and hundreds of puzzles together.

Her family wishes to thank the staff at Manor Care for their loving care while she was a resident there.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with The Reverend Robert K. Bronkema officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Helen D. Hershey to First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579

Ruth M. Martin

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Ruth M. Martin, 93, formerly of Weaver Rd, Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20. She had been a resident of the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for over six years. Ruth was the widow of Christian M. Martin, who died in 2007.

Born in York County, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Anna (Sensenich) Garber. A homemaker, Ruth enjoyed organic vegetable and flower gardening and bird watching. She enjoyed reading and studying about nutrition and using that knowledge to help others through her Shaklee business. Ruth loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a lifelong member of Rossmere Mennonite Church.

Ruth is survived by three children; Kenneth E., husband of Robyn Martin, of Lewis Center, OH, Ann L., wife of Amos Dienner of Ronks, and Kathy S., wife of Merv Smucker, of Ronks, and 11 grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, J. Eugene Garber and a sister, Grace G. Martin.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, February 25 from 9AM until 11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur St, Strasburg, PA. The funeral service will begin at 11AM. Interment in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery will follow.