Patricia K. Anderson


Patricia Keener Anderson, 85, of Lancaster County, entered into rest on September 18, 2016 in St. Luke’s Hospice, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Iva G. and Martin M. Keener.

She is survived by her two children, Elizabeth L. Anderson of Brussels, Belgium and John M. Anderson of Middleburg, Virginia and their families.

She graduated from Lampeter High School and then attended Gettysburg College, graduating with a BA in Social Sciences in 1953.

After graduation, she served as a Training Representative at Strawbridge and Clothier Department Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, following, as a Case Worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance in Lancaster.

From 1955-1958, she was the Assistant Executive Director of the Girl Scout Council of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania after which she assumed the role of District Director of the Girl Scout Council of Essex County, New Jersey from 1958-1960.

During the 1960s, she lived in Hawaii and in northern Spain with her family, following her husband’s career in the International Division of Armstrong Cork Company. During this time, she cultivated an avid interest in learning Spanish.

After returning to the USA with her family, she earned a Masters Degree in Education and Guidance from Millersville State College and then served as a Senior High School Guidance Counselor at Solanco High School, Quarryville, Pennsylvania from 1977-1986.

Her many interests were diverse in nature.  A gifted alto, she sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran church.  A keen naturalist, she could identify all indigenous flora and fauna in the Lancaster area.  A lifelong interest in literature led her to enjoy the classics and autobiographies. Her skills as an athlete were maintained by tennis and walking. She also enjoyed watercolor painting, dried flower arranging, cooking and traveling.

Private interment in the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, September 24 at 2 PM in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the Reverend Tasha Genck Morton officiating.  Friends will be received in Fondersmith Auditorium immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pat’s memory may be directed to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Olivia A. Richards

Olivia A. Richards, 73, of Mount Joy, died at home of natural causes on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

A graduate of JP McCaskey High School, Olivia worked for JC Penney’s as a waitress and later a sales clerk for over 30 years.

She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lancaster.

Olivia was a member of card club with her friends and enjoyed playing pinochle. She loved going out for lunch with her close friends. She also enjoyed going to the mountains to visit with her family. Olivia loved Phillies baseball.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Charles Wirth, Sr. and Eva Bishop Wirth. She is survived by a brother, Charles Wirth, Jr. married to Ann (Shope) Wirth of Petersburg, PA; three nephews, Jeff Wirth  and Mike Wirth and his companion Hilda Colon, all of Mount Joy and Stephen married to Peggy Sue Shope of Gardners, PA; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

Andrea Abrams

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Andrea Abrams, 54, of Lancaster, died at home on Monday, September 5, 2016. She was the wife of Joseph Abrams for 38 years.

Andrea had worked at the former Garden Spot Bowl, and later for FedEx.

She enjoyed bowling, crocheting and especially, Pandas.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Allen A. and Carol (Hampson) Peck. In addition to Joe, she is survived by Joe, Jr. married to Emily Abrams, Carolann married to Shawn Craft, Tommy married to Nicole Abrams, Andrew married to Samantha Abrams, Patrick Abrams and fiancé Courtney Haldeman and Dennis Abrams, all of Lancaster; grandchildren, Austin Craft, Christian Craft, Ryan Craft, Sadie Abrams and a grandson expected in December; a brother, Lawrence Peck and his companion Andrea Piecoro of Salt, NY.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Andrea’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 16704-4125.

Louisa E. Book

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Louisa E. Book, 96, of White Oak Road, Strasburg, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Conestoga View, where she had been a resident for four months.

She had worked as an assembler for the former Pequea Works and later Angler’s Choice.

Louisa was a long time member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg.

A seamstress, she volunteered with the Crazy Quilters.

Born in Strasburg, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Rosanna (Smeltz) Book. She was preceded in death by a twin sister, Susan E. Patterson, who died in 1996.

Private interment will be held in Mount Eden Lutheran Cemetery.

Kathryn D. Lefever

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Kathryn D. (Pickel) Lefever, 89 fromerly of Weaver Road, Strasburg, died Sunday, August 28, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of the late Robert R. Lefever, who died August 29, 2004.

Kathryn was a manger at several Turkey Hill locations in the Lancaster area. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, cooking, and trips to the cabin in the mountains. She loved her Yorkie, Gracie.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of John and Dorothy (Erb) Pickel.

Kathryn is survived by two sons; C. Robert of Morris, PA, and Gary L. (Laurie) Lefever of Lititz; three daughters, Kathy S. (Robert) Meily of Lancaster, Dorothy J. (J. Rick) Ely of Gap, and Mary Alice Lefever (Robert Ray) of New Providence, 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Thomas and Jack Pickel.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, John D. and Larry G, and a daughter, Theresa Mae Sweigart.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 9AM until 11AM at Bachman Funeral Home, Inc. 7 S. Decatur Street, Strasburg. The funeral will begin at 11AM in the home, with Pastor Ben Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Cody A. Bonholtzer

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Cody A. Bonholtzer, 16, of Lancaster, died on August 27, 2016. He was the son of Adam S. Bonholtzer and Jennifer Rose Urban.

Cody was a student at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, where he had been on the wrestling team.

He enjoyed cars, skateboarding and hunting. He loved playing video games with his brothers and was an electronics expert. Cody had many pairs of shoes.

Cody aspired to join the military and learn to be an underwater welder.

He loved working with his Grandfather Scott with carpentry, roofing, painting, building decks and more.

Born in Lancaster, in addition to his Dad and Mom, he is survived by two brothers, Logan Richard and Riley Scott Bonholtzer; his step-sisters, Kyleigh McQuaid and Madison Eller; Paternal Grandparents, Scott and Madeline Bonholtzer; and his Maternal Grandparents, Lynn Ream and Robert Ream, Sr., all of Lancaster.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please make a contribution in Cody’s memory to

Irene Denlinger Rowe

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Irene Denlinger Rowe, 82, formerly of Lancaster, went home to be with her Lord, Jesus on Friday, August 26, 2016. She was the wife of the late Donald P. Rowe, who died in 2003.

Irene was a graduate of the former East Lampeter High School, and attended Lancaster Bible College.

She was a lifelong member of Calvary Church, Lancaster, serving God in a variety of ways over many years. Irene was a gifted calligrapher and loved music. She was a devoted member of the Calvary Choir and The Lancaster Chorale.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Mae (Brubaker) Denlinger. Irene is survived by two daughters, Patricia R. married to David W. Stoltzfus of Exton and Wendy L. married to Larry D. Keener of Ronks; two sons, Richard P. married to Carmen Shade Rowe of Strasburg and Robert D. Rowe of Lancaster; 14 grandchildren, Jillian Stoltzfus Sbarbaro, Jon Stoltzfus, Benjamin Rowe, Joshua Rowe, Sarah Rowe Hostetter, Zechariah Rowe, Abby Rowe Kensinger, Peter Paul Rowe, Daniel Rowe, Gabriel Rowe, Rosalyn Keener, Elaina Keener, Peyton Keener and Erin Keener; 4 great grandchildren, Isabel and Emma Hostetter, Samantha Sbarbaro, Jack Kensinger (born 8/29/2016) and another due in November; two brothers, David married to Dottie Denlinger of Ephrata and Melvin married to Pauline Denlinger of Brickerville, and two sisters-in-law, Eleanor (Rowe) wife of the late Dale Doutrich of Lancaster and Audrey (Rowe) married to Don Roop of Strasburg. Irene was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Denlinger.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 9:30 AM until 11 AM in Calvary Church. The funeral is 11 AM with Pastor David D. Allen and Pastor John Frye officiating. The family will also greet friends following the service. Interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Irene’s memory to Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 or Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Michael J. Fox Research Foundation, Grand Central Station, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163

Charles W. James

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Charles Wesley James, 59, of Paradise, PA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 13, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Born in Lancaster, Chuck was the son of the late Clarence and Esther (Murry) James. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Morseman) James, their children, Grace A. married to Jeffrey S. Ibach, Sr.; Mark married to Ira M. Van Order; Melissa K. wife of the late Shane C. Peters and Julie A. married to Chad A. Hollandsworth. Chuck had seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Wesley, Kandace, Brandon, Shelton, Lake and Lyle and three great-grandchildren, Blake, Greyson and HunterMae; two brothers, Bobby James and Paul James and a sister, Janet. Chuck was preceded in death by a son, Jared M. James.

Lovingly known as “Pop,” he loved to sing and play his guitar for family and friends. Pop enjoyed spending time in the mountains fishing with his grandchildren.

Chuck worked at Zimmerman’s Hardware store for 45 years, recently managing their Just Ask rental agency.

There will be a Visitation on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Thursday, August 18, from 10 until 11 AM. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home. Interment in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Chuck’s memory to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Marie Demetria Ebersole

Marie Demetria Ebersole passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016. She was the daughter of the late John, Jr. and Rita Kathryn (Shrader) Novak.

She was born in Hazelton, PA. Marie was the loving wife of Terry Lee Ebersole and proud mother of Dr. Kristie Berkstresser (Kyle) and Adam Ebersole, all of Lancaster.

Marie had a long career in retail. She enjoyed travel, reading, needle work, and bird and butterfly watching. She held a bachelor of science degree in education from Millersville University.

In addition to her husband and children, Marie is survived by two sisters; Clare Novak, of Chester Springs, PA and Jackie Stouffer, of Tampa, FL.

There will be a visitation on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Bachman Funeral Home, Inc. 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg. A memorial service will begin at 6:00 PM in the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd. Kempton, PA 19529 or Landis Valley Museum 2451 Kissel Hill Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601

Naomi Denlinger

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Ruth Naomi Denlinger, 77 years old, was welcomed into heaven by her loving Savior early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016. Naomi died at Hospice & Community Care of Mount Joy where she was faithfully attended by family and friends during her brief stay. Naomi leaves behind her brother, Jason (Pamela) Denlinger of Canton, PA and her sister, Mary Alice Kreider of Lancaster, PA. Naomi was predeceased by her mother, Mabel Harkins Denlinger, and father, Tobias Simon Denlinger of Hessdale PA. Naomi was a loving aunt to her 10 nieces and nephews: Marlene (Walter) Zimmerman of Bradford PA, Diane (Gerald) Keller of Waynesboro GA, Cheryl (James) Rohrer of Lancaster PA, Kevin Kreider of Manheim PA, Karen (Dwayne) Peifer of Quarryville PA, Deryl (Joan) Denlinger of Lancaster PA, Dwayne (Charlene) Denlinger of Raleigh NC, and Debra (Michael) Gaiotti of Canton PA, and 32 great-nieces and nephews.

Born on June 4, 1939, Naomi grew up on the family farm in Hessdale and attended the one-room Sandstone School from grades 1-8, graduating from Lampeter Strassberg High School in 1957. She worked for a short time at Eshelman’s Feed Mill in the business office. She then worked at Franklin Marshall College’s business office in accounting for over 30 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher for many years at Lincoln University Mennonite Church. Naomi was a loving friend to many. She enjoyed special times with her Birthday Club friends over the past 20 years. She enjoyed traveling, and took numerous trips cross-country and abroad with local tour groups.  She faithfully volunteered for many years at the Columbia Re-Uzit Shop. Naomi especially loved her church family at Sunnyside Church, where she attended for the past 20 years. She participated in Sunday school, early Morning Prayer, Women’s Fellowship and her Sister Care group. Naomi was a quiet, kind, fun-loving person with an excellent memory of family history. She was an avid reader and devoted Christian. Naomi will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016: Graveside Service at Strasburg Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., Visitation at Sunnyside Church, 337 Circle Ave, Lancaster from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. with Memorial Service and Reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice & Community Care of Mount Joy, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.