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.


Ronald J. Aukamp, Sr.

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Ronald J. Aukamp, 75, of Strasburg, died at LGH on Monday, January 12, 2015. He was the husband of Linda Lou (Nickel) Aukamp for 55 years.

Ron graduated from Solanco High School.

He worked as Assistant Manager for ACME Markets.

Ron was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg.

He and Linda enjoyed traveling and they liked to go to the casinos at Atlantic City.

Ron was an avid sports fan, enjoying watching all sports and playing golf.

He was a member of the former Lancaster Lodge # 43, F. & A. M.

Born in Providence Township, he was the son of the late Joseph and Lottie (Doulin) Aukamp. In addition to Linda, Ron is survived by three sons, Ron, Jr. married to Patti (Leonard) Aukamp of Pottstown, Michael married to Judy (Grippin) Aukamp of Herndon, VA and Scott married to Lindsay (Seyfert) Aukamp of Shillington; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Ric Aukamp of New Mexico and a sister, Joan Mull of Manheim. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 10 until 11 AM in Wesley United Methodist Church. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment will take place in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Ron’s memory to Wesley UM Church, 40 West Main Street, Strasburg , PA 17579.

William H. Fetrow

William H. Fetrow, 93, formerly of New Cumberland, died December 31, 2014 at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster. He was the husband of the late Beatrice (Morgan) Fetrow, who died in 2009.

Bill graduated from New Cumberland High School and Thompson Business College. He served in the US Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged after serving as a Gunner’s Mate on a PT boat in the South Pacific Theater.

Bill retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot, where he was a quality control assistant.

He was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Cumberland, and a longtime member of William S. Snyder Lodge #756, F. & A.M., Harrisburg.

Bill was the son of the late William H. and Gertrude (Hagermann) Fetrow.  He is survived by a daughter, Debra Nash of Harrisburg; a son David, and his wife, Debra of Shiloh, IL; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Cavanaugh of Mechanicsburg; nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Richard, and four sisters, Hilda, Pauline, Caroline, and Laureda.

The family would like to thank Asera Care Hospice of Lancaster for taking excellent care of Bill. We also wish to thank the caring staff at Willow Valley Communities’ Meadow Ridge and the Lakes Skilled Nursing facility for everything that you did for Bea and Bill over the many years they resided there.

Burial will be at the family’s convenience.

Betty M. Brosius

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Betty M. Brosius, 88, was called to her eternal home by her Lord and Savior from her home near Strasburg, PA on January 3, 2015.  She had TB as a teenager and lived a long life so this should give encouragement to others who may become afflicted.  She was born in Shamokin, PA on June 7, 1926 to Albert and Ruth Taylor.

She was a graduate of Coal Township High School in 1943. On July 2, 1949, she was married to Steward S. Brosius, now a retired Major in the U.S. Air Force.  Their marriage lasted 64 years.  They traveled extensively in Europe and on one occasion she went to the Berlin Wall with her two children.

She was an avid Bible reader and memorized many Bible chapters, including all of Romans 8.  She and her husband were regular attendees at the Calvary Church in Lancaster and formerly attended the Barcroft Bible Church in Annandale, VA.  When she and her husband lately were unable to attend church, they watched Pastor Hagee from San Antonio, TX on television, considering him to be the best pastor in the country.

She was an outstanding homemaker, knowing exactly where to place the furniture, pictures, mirrors, etc.  She should have been a professional decorator.  She crocheted numerous afghans and gave them to many others as gifts.

Betty is survived by her loving husband; her son Keith, Atlanta, GA; her daughter Ruth, New Hope, PA, her daughter-in-law Andrea Leontire; her granddaughter Alexandra Brosius and son-in-law Herman Reiner; and three sisters, Arlene Morlock, Edith Wolf and Marian Wargo, and her brother Robert Taylor.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from 10-11 am at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State Street, Sunbury, PA.  The funeral will be at 11 am in the funeral home with burial in Northumberland Memorial Park Cemetery will follow the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Betty’s to the missionary fund at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Elmira Jean Clare

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Elmira J. Clare, 82, , passed away at home on Friday, January 2, 2015, while under the care of Hospice & Community care. She was the wife of Floyd B. Clare for 62 years.

Her favorite past time was playing bingo. She also enjoyed working puzzles, word search puzzles and bowling.

For many years, Elmira enjoyed going to their home at Rehoboth Beach and their cabin in Potter County.

Born August 20, 1932 in Conestoga, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Bessie Mae (Sternaman) Campbell. In addition to Floyd, she is survived by a daughter, Diane married to Mark Meyer of Willow Street; a son, Ray married to Jill of New Danville; three grandchildren, Cortney Hill, Brandon Clare and Melissa Markley; six great-grandchildren, Natalie, Andrea, Wyatt, Lily Anna, Lexi and Caleb and a sister, Joanne married to O. Richard Hurst of Manheim. Elmira was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

There will be a viewing on Monday, January 5, 2015 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.

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

Susan A. Rynier


Susan Groh Aierstock Rynier, 67, of Strasburg, went to be with the Lord on December 25, 2014. She was born on March 25, 1947, in Lancaster, PA.

She is survived by her mother Marjorie Groh Betts of Quarryville, PA, her brother J. Paul Aierstock Jr. and wife Annie of Beverly Hills, FL, her daughter Kim Cook Owens and husband Mark of Midlothian, VA, her son Thomas Scott Cook and wife Darla of Quarryville, PA, her beloved grandchildren: Alexander Owens, Molly Owens, Luke Owens, and Joseph Cook and her faithful dog, Sophie. Susan was a wonderful daughter, mother, sister, Nana, and friend and will be greatly missed.

Susan lived in Japan and Hawaii as a military child and graduated from Yorktown HS, Arlington, VA, and Peabody College in Nashville, TN. Throughout her career, Susan worked as a social worker, a manager in the hotel industry, and retired after many years from Lampeter-Strasburg School District where she served children with special needs as a teacher’s aide.

Susan received great joy in the service of others through her local and international mission work, volunteer work with Greystone Manor Therapeutic Riding Center, and participation in the church choir at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. Susan loved the water including many visits to the beach and working in her local community as a life guard and swim instructor.

Susan had a warm and welcoming heart and loved to entertain friends new and old.

Near the end of her life, Susan was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia. She bravely met each challenge of the disease and participated in clinical trials at Northwestern University, University of California, and University of Pennsylvania in hopes of finding a cure in the future.

Please join her family for a memorial service on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, followed by a Celebration of Life at Susan’s cherished home.

Please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made in Susan’s name to the Little Children of the World (Philippines), Child Sponsorship Program, PO Box 37, Barnesville, GA 30204, (770)358-2771, or

Carl J. Adams

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Carl J. Adams, 80, of Peach Bottom, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of Jane (Richardson) Adams.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Carl was a cabinetmaker and worked for the former Oxford Cabinet Factory and later for the former Zell Brothers Woodworking.

Carl enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Born on October 22, 1934 in Knifley, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Dexter and Ola (Mae) Adams. In addition to Jane, he is survived by two sons, Frederick Adams and Robert Cantler ; three daughters, Sandra Griffitts, Dorothy Lopez and Mary Moats, all of Lancaster County; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Carl was preceded in death by a son, Charles Adams and a daughter, Betty Adams. He was the last of eleven children.

There will be a viewing on December 30, 2014 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral will be held at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Ray Dieter and Pastor Dick Wiggins officiating. Interment will be in Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Carl’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603

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, P.O.Box 117, 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.