Donna Fay DeFranco

Donna Fay DeFranco, 62, of Lancaster, died at LGH on Saturday, January 20, 2018 after an extended illness. She was the wife of the late Frank A. DeFranco for 30 years, who died in 2005.

She worked in the Lampeter and Conestoga Post Offices, and at her parent’s store on Mulberry Street.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Donald Morrison and the late Evelyn M. (Rowe) Morrison. She is survived by two children, Tara L. Miller of Newburg and Anthony L. DeFranco of Lancaster; granddaughters Kaitlyn and Emily; a grandson Lucas and a brother, Terry L. Morrison. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gary Morrison.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Joseph W. Rinehart

Joseph W. Rinehart, 87, formerly of Strasburg, passed away January 9, 2018 at Willow Valley Retirement Community from pulmonary fibrosis. He was the husband of Carolyn R. Rinehart who died in 2003. Born in Philadelphia July 23, 1930 to Walter S. Rinehart and Sarah (Bryson) Rinehart. Survived by his sister Joan Witmer of Lutherville, MD; children, Joseph S. of Reading, PA, Dr. Ann (Dr. Joseph Braun) of St. Paul, MN, and Theodore of Ephrata; grandchildren Peter, Andrew, and John Paul Braun; nieces Susan Wolffe and Sarah Gill; and loyal friend Marie Risolia.

A 1949 graduate of JP McCaskey High School, Joe owned Walter S. Rinehart & Sons Used Cars, Strasburg, a business that operated from 1935-1995. He became partners with his father in 1952 and sole owner in 1962. Joe was well known for his humorous salesmanship. His hard work ethic and honest reputation earned him a loyal customer following. After retirement, Joe was a volunteer tour guide with the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and applied his charm to increase museum donations. He was also a member of the Strasburg Lions Club.

Joe loved God, his wife, his children and grandchildren, animals, music, cars and Sunday road trips.  Joe was an outgoing, friendly person who enjoyed striking up conversations with anyone. Following his move to Willow Valley, he made it his personal mission to bring joy and blessings to someone on a daily basis. He was a proud 74 year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. A special thanks to Willow Valley staff for their compassionate care.

Viewings will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA; and again on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. The funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the church with the Rev. Robert K. Bronkema officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Strasburg Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made in memory of Joseph W. Rinehart to the First Presbyterian Church of’ Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.

Deborah Lynn Goshert

Deborah Lynn Goshert, 56, of Strasburg, died of natural causes on Sunday, December 31, 2017. She was the wife of Dennis C. Goshert, Jr. for 26 years.

Deb enjoyed working in childcare. She was with Sunshine Corners, Strasburg, for over 20 years. She and Denny enjoyed traveling, camping and going out with friends.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Raymond Graham, Jr. and Joyce A. (Rineer) Graham of Strasburg. In addition to Denny, Deb is survived by her children, Cody G. Goshert married to Olivia Mahoney-Goshert of Bear, DE, and Cory R. Goshert of Strasburg; a sister, Diane married to Karl Cox of Willow Street; a brother, Jeff married to Diana Graham of Strasburg and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Deb’s Life on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the Lampeter United Methodist Church, corner of Village and Book Roads, Lampeter PA, with Pastor John Smith officiating. The family will greet friends after the service. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of Deborah L. Goshert to Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, 625 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.


Helen E. Miller

Helen E. Miller, 84, formerly of Penn Grant Road, died Friday, December 29, 2017 at Fairmount Homes. She was the wife of the late Glenn R. Miller, who died in 2005.

A seamstress, Helen worked for the former Zimmerman’s Garment Factory and later, she worked at the former Anderson Pretzel Bakery.

She was a member High View Church of God. An avid RV camper, she was a former member of the Red Rose Ramblers and Penn Coachman. She enjoyed jig saw puzzles and going to auctions.

Born in Manheim Township, she was the daughter of the late Wilmer and Anna (Boice) Feister. She is survived by four sons and their spouses, Dwight and Wendy Miller, Dennis and Jeanette Miller, all of Lancaster, Douglas and Sandy Miller of Paradise and Dwayne and Kim Miller of Ronks; two grandchildren, Tammy and Zac Miller and a brother, Warren married to Nancy Feister of Chambersburg.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 1:00 until 2:00 PM at Highview Church of God. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the church with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Helen’s memory to Highview Church of God, 2470 Leaman Road, Ronks, PA, 17572.




Terry G. Snyder

Terry G. Snyder, 69, of Gordonville, died on Friday, December 22, 2017 following a brief illness.

A graduate of Conestoga Valley High School, he retired after 43 years from LasalleBristol Corporation. He loved his job as VP of Plumbing Sales, Southern Region, and was well liked by his coworkers.

He enjoyed living in South Carolina and Florida. Terry was a huge fan of The Grateful Dead.

Born in Sunbury, and was raised in Northumberland, he was the son of the late Gilbert S. Snyder and the late Elinor R. (Mellott) Ward. Terry is survived by a son, Derek G. Snyder of Conestoga; two daughters Dawn Kloepfer of Lancaster and Johna Miller of Elkhart, IN; eight grandchildren and sister, Rebecca J. Funck of Gordonville, with whom he resided.

At his request, there will be no services. Interment is private.

Steward S. Brosius

Steward S. Brosius, 93, of Strasburg, went home to be with the Christ the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

He was born July 24, 1924, in Union County, a son of the late Clair E. and Theresa (Shaffer) Brosius, and stepmother, Jennie Brosius.

He was married to Betty Taylor July 2, 1949 who preceded him in death in Jan. 2015.  Returning from Germany at the conclusion of World War II he attended and graduated from Penn State University in 1952 with a degree in political science.

Upon graduation, Major Brosius became a career UASF officer with prior service in the Second World War and later in Viet Nam.  He was a recipient of the Bronze Star for meritorious service during the 1968 Tet offensive.  The bulk of his military career was spent in military intelligence at the Pentagon until his retirement in 1970.  After a period of years working for the Virginia university system, he and Betty settled in Strasburg, Pennsylvania in 1985 where they lived the remainder of their lives.

Stew enjoyed golf over all else which he played throughout his life and most voraciously in his retirement years nearly to the end.

He is survived by one son, Keith Brosius and wife Andrea Leontire, of Atlanta, GA; one daughter, Ruth Brosius and husband Herman Reiner, of New Hope, PA; 1 granddaughter, Alexandra Brosius; two sisters, Violet Gemberling, of Sunbury, Avis Brosius, of Harrisburg; one sister-in-law, Alvesta Brosius, of Selinsgrove; and two brothers, Eugene Brosius, of Northumberland and Gerald Brosius, of Poconos.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Arthur, Carson and Bernard Brosius; and three sisters, Kathryn Auman, Emma Schnoepfher and Lena Eberly.

A viewing will be held from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at David T. Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut Street, Sunbury, with the funeral service at 1:00 PM. Interment to follow at Northumberland Memorial Park.

Bachman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Judith A. Dietrich


Judith A. (Witmer) Dietrich, 78, formerly of Narvon, passed away at Landis Homes on Saturday, December 16, 2017 after a courageous battle with Parkinson Lewy Body Dementia. She was the wife of the late James M. Dietrich, who died in 1997.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd K. and Pauline (Rentschler) Witmer.

Judy was graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School, class of 1957. She then attended Elizabethtown College for a year.  She played Field Hockey at L-S and in 2006, she was inducted into the L-S Athletic Hall of Fame.

She worked as a mail clerk for GAI-Tronics, Mohnton for 34 years, retiring in 2008.

She was involved in the Dog Show world for over 50 years, and owned Dutch Wood Dog Kennels of Reading, PA.

Judy is survived by her companion, Jay P. Evans of Narvon and a daughter, Linda J. Dietrich and a brother, R. Dale married to Judy (Long) Witmer of Manheim.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 10 AM until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM with Pastor Mark Kopp officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of Judith A. Dietrich to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation, PO Box 96318, Washington, DC 20090-6318.

Edna L. Sheaffer

Edna L. Sheaffer, 89, formerly of Lancaster, died December 15, 2017 at Moravian Manor. Her wish was to go home for Christmas and be with her beloved late husband of 71 years, Amos L. Sheaffer, Jr.

She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. Edna was a member of Community United Methodist Church for many years.

Born in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late Harry Harrison and Mable (Bodge) Hall.  She is survived by a son, Harry Hall Sheaffer of Lancaster; three daughters, Frances Louise Sheaffer of Akron, Mary Lou Kreider, of Lancaster, and Barbara Ann married to William Litzenberger of Ephrata, 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. Edna was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lindsay Gorsuch and her siblings, Patrick Harry Hall, Harriet Bender, Lewis Hall, Robert Hall, Minnie Steely, Bertha Hall and Annie Keene.

There will be a viewing on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 12 Noon until 1 PM in Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, Pa. the funeral is 1:00 PM with Pastor Harry L. Kaufhold, Jr. officiating. Interment to follow in Riverview Burial Park.

Allen Sweigart

Allen Sweigart, known to many as “Turtle,” formerly of Paradise, died Tuesday, December 5. He was a resident of Hamilton Arms Center. He was 90. Allen was the husband of the late Betty (Horn) Sweigart, who preceded him in 2006 after 56 years of marriage.

He served with the Merchant Marine during WWII. He was a fireman on several Liberty Ships.

Allen was a heavy equipment operator, and worked for the former McMinn’s Asphalt Co. for 50 years.

He enjoyed family, playing Bingo, and flirting with the ladies.

Born in Smoketown, he was the son of the late Frederick P. and Mary Ann (Englert) Sweigart. He is survived by two daughters, Judy Bracken of Fredonia and Debra married to Lance McLane of Peach Bottom; grandchildren, Jody Sweigart, Cindy Phillips, Heather Haines, Wendi Belan and Greg Rehkugler; great-grandchildren, Jody Allen Sweigart Jr. and Jonathan Sweigart, Tristan and Lilliana Rehkugler, and Evan and Seth Haines; and his siblings, Kenneth William Sweigart of Lancaster, June M. Kohler of Smithville and Nancy Sweigart of Smoketown. He was preceded in death by his son, Allen Sweigart Jr. and his siblings, Floice Taylor and Gene Sweigart, Sr.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 1 until 2 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Bird-In-Hand UM Cemetery.




Janet M. Voss

Janet M. Voss, 65, of Lancaster, died of natural causes at home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University as a Registered Nurse. She worked for Lankenau Medical Center, LGH and VNA.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harry G. and Catherine (Chiarlone) Dallas. Janet is survived by a son, Eric married to Carrie (Donovan) Voss of Ronks and two grandchildren, Paisley and Donovan Voss. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Dallas.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.