William A. “Bud” Dean, Jr.

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William A. “Bud” Dean, Jr., 88, of Strasburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was the husband of Ruth (Landis) Dean for 63 years.

Born in Delaware County, he was the son of William A., Sr. and Lydia (Wright) Dean. He was a graduate of Upper Darby High School.

Bud’s joy in life was faith, family, farming, and politics. He was a member of Calvary Church, Lancaster.

A lifelong farmer, his hobby was his occupation. He grew produce to sell at Germantown Farmer’s Market. Bud was Lancaster County 4H Beef Leader for 40 years and was active in the Lancaster County Farm Bureau. He was on the board of directors for the West Lampeter Community Fair, a committeeman for the Republican Committee, and a member of the Strasburg Township Planning Commission.

In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by a son, Gary, husband of Joan (Nissley) of Strasburg; a daughter, Michelle, wife of Ken Winters, of Strasburg; three granddaughters; and a brother, James W. Dean, of Cresco, IA. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael, and two sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Hower and Elizabeth Mae “Betsy” Burnham.

There will be a viewing on Monday, July 25, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur St., Strasburg, PA. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Bud’s memory to the Mission Fund at Calvary Church (www.CalvaryChurch.org) or Hospice and Community Care PO Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Thomas L. Hicks

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Thomas L. Hicks, 86, of Willow Street, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, July 15, 2016. He was the husband of Nancy (Ecklin) Hicks. They were married 59 years.

Tom worked as a machinist for Black & Decker and later, LG Industries.

He was a long time active member of Lampeter United Methodist Church.

Tom was active with the Willow Street Fire Company and the former Willow Street Ambulance. Tom and Nancy volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels.

Tom enjoyed hunting at his mountain cabin, camping, bowling and golf.

He loved spending time with his family and working at the Ecklin farm on weekends.

Born in Leola, Tom was the son of the late Walter and Annie (Long) Hicks Kensinger. In addition to Nancy, Tom is survived two sons, Thomas E. married to Heather Hicks of Lancaster and Kenneth E. married to Lisa Hicks of Willow Street; a grandson Josh; two step-grandsons, Zachary and Jesse; a granddaughter, Alicia; two great-grandchildren, and a brother, James married to Janet Hicks of Willow Street.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in the Lampeter United Methodist Church. The funeral is 11 AM with The Reverend Blaine Wenger officiating. Interment will be in Salem-Hellers Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Tom’s memory to Lampeter United Methodist Church, 1101 Village Road, Lampeter, PA 17537

Magdalena (Hilda) Welsch

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Magdalena (Hilda) Welsch, 82, passed away at her home in Strasburg, PA on July 5, 2016 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years Henry Welsch, and three sons George (wife Diane deceased), Ernest (wife Jane), and Richard (wife Liza). Hilda is also survived by seven grandchildren: Henry, Matthew, Charlie, Anthony, Joseph, Samantha, Mark.

Born in Priesendorf, Germany, daughter of Georg and Anna Maria Seyfried, Hilda grew up with three sisters and three brothers; she lived most of her life in Philadelphia, PA working as a housewife and a waitress.  Hilda, affectionately referred to as “Oma”, enjoyed going on long walks and spending time with her grandchildren.

Friends and family may pay their last respects between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 8th at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Hilda’s memory by mailing a check to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or by going online to https://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.

Chris Baum

Christopher T. Baum, 56, of Lancaster, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. Chris was the husband of the late Jay Ann (Clement) Baum, who died in 20-14.

He worked in the carpet industry and later as a stone mason.

Born in Lancaster, Chris was the son of the late Jack and Sylvia (Lefever) Baum. He is survived by a son; Todd M. married to Missy (Foulk) Baum and a granddaughter, Ayla, all of Lancaster.

There will be a Celebration of Chris’ life on Saturday, JULY 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor David Alderson officiating. Interment is private.

Barbara L. Kressler

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Barbara Louise Kressler, 97, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Conestoga View.

Born May 10, 1919 in Bangor, PA, to the late Norman and Hilda Harding. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Kressler, in 2002.

She was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Willow Street, PA.

In addition to raising her family, Barbara did secretarial work for the family owned business, Owens Monumental Co., in Bangor.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. D’Imperio, wife of David E. Schoch of Lancaster.  Grandchildren:  Dennis (Tina) D’Imperio, David (Erin) D’Imperio, Michael (Nicole) D’Imperio,  Matthew (Christine) D’Imperio, Leigh (Toby) Klump, and Lori Kressler, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter, a brother Douglas Harding of Bangor, 2 nieces and a nephew.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, George Kressler..

Internment in Centreville Cemetery, Stone Church, PA,  will be private with The Reverend Steven R. Bowser officiating.

Carol A. Herr

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Carol A. Herr, 72, of Quarryville, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. She was the wife of George “Toot” Herr, Jr. for over 20 years.

Born in Gloversville, NY, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Elaine (Harrison) Person.

A retired teacher, Carol enjoyed reading, collecting, and gifting books. She was a chaplain at various hospitals for many years. She and Toot frequently traveled to visit family in State College, PA and Vermont.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by several siblings, two children; David Keen, of Mount Carmel, and Marcie Gemberling, of Sunbury, step-children; Lorie Lavin, of Quarryville, George Herr, III, of Willow Street, Matthew Herr, of New Providence, and their families, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a husband Charles E. Keen, Jr., who died on March 6, 1991.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 10-11AM at Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur St, Strasburg, PA. A memorial service will begin at 11AM in the funeral home. Interment will be private in Zion United Church of Christ Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice & Community Care, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mt. Joy, PA 17552 or the Kinsman Fund at QPRC, 625 Robert Fulton Hwy, Quarryville, PA 17566 www.Quarryville.com.

Janice L. Nusbickel


Janice L. Nusbickel, 87, formerly of Strasburg and Severna Park, MD, died at Country Meadows of Lancaster on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. She was the wife of the late Edward M. Nusbickel, Sr., who died in 2014.

A homemaker, she was an avid bird watcher.

She loved visiting Stone Harbor, NJ, and spending time with her family.

Janice was active in her church, Wesley United Methodist Church of Strasburg, and community functions.

Born in Philadelphia, Janice was the daughter of the late Henry and Edna (Lappen) Streaker. She is survived by a daughter, Edna married to Tony Lombardi and a son, Hank Nusbickel, all of Quarryville, PA; five grandchildren, Katharine Rodriguez and Megan Chou, both of Lancaster, Kristin Burnworth of Baltimore, Lauren Nusbickel of Northglenn, CO, and Sara Nusbickel of Lakewood, CO; great grandchildren, Elli Chou, Jamison Thompson, Roland Bryant, Ebee Bryant, Xander Chou and Lydia Burnworth; and a brother-in-law, Bob married to Carolyn Nusbickel of Berwyn.

The family would like to thank the staff at County Meadows for all of their love and support.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 West Main Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Janice’s memory to The Country Meadows Co-worker Foundation, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, PA 17033

Fay L. Wertz

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Fay L. Wertz, 72, of Strasburg, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016. She was the wife of the late J. Marty “AH” Wertz, who died in 2013. They were married 43 years.

Fay loved to go to casinos and enjoyed playing cards.

Born in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late Ira W. and Annie Myrtle (Rineer) Rinier. Fay is survived by her daughters, Lisa married to Kevin Harnish of Strasburg and Brenda Appler of Drumore; and a son, J. Marty Wertz, Jr. of Paradise. She was Grammy to 10 grandchildren; Old Grammy to six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Sue Boyd of Georgetown and Shirley Trimble of Lancaster; a brother, James married to Nancy Rinier of Willow Street; and nieces who were special to her, Theresa married to Howard Rineer of Strasburg and Tonya married to Terry Klopp of Lancaster. Fay was preceded in death by her siblings, Richard, Ira, Jr., Harold, Evelyn McComsey, Arlene Fichtner, Patricia Tout, Nancy Cook and Judy Althouse.

There will be a Celebration of Fay’s Life on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Fay’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Roger D. Mooney, Jr.

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Roger Dale Mooney, Jr., 52, of Leola, died of natural causes at home on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

He was a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School and worked for Dart Container Corporation.

Roger enjoyed fishing, sports, collecting vinyl LP records and going to the beach.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Roger Dale Mooney and the late Carole A. Mooney. He is survived by a sister and two children.

Services and interment will be private.

Nancy G. Harper

Nancy G. Harper, 83, of Strasburg, died at home Monday, May 9, 2016, of complications from multiple myeloma.

Born April 30, 1933, in Norristown, she was a daughter of the late Irene Winters and William J. Goodfriend Sr. She grew up in Worcester, Pa., and graduated from Norristown High School in 1951 and attended Penn State University. She also previously lived in Alexandria, Va.; Monterey, Calif.; Las Vegas; Cleveland, Texas; Exton, Ardmore, and Gap.

She was married 61 years to Ronald L. Harper, of Strasburg.

In the 1960s, in West Chester, she was president of the PTA in the local elementary school. She won awards and recognition for her volunteer work on racial tolerance and aiding families in poverty. She was active in the West Chester Unitarian-Universalist Church.

In the mid-1970s, as a mother of three school-age children, she returned to college to finish her education. A woman doing so was sufficiently unusual then that the local newspaper wrote an article about it. She enrolled at Rosemont College and graduated there in 1976, then continued her education at Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1978 with an MSS in social work.

She was employed as a social worker in health care in Philadelphia and suburbs from 1978 to 1989 and in Lancaster County from 1989, retiring in 1998 as director of Social Services at Ephrata Community Hospital.

She was a member of Strasburg Heritage Society and initiated the Strasburg Garden Tour, which she chaired for five years. She also served on the Strasburg Architectural Review Board for six years and developed an informational brochure which is given to people who own property in the historic district.

She was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ, where she was active in leadership roles.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children: Douglas Robert Harper (Amy Biel Harper) of Lancaster, David Ronald Harper (Caroline Cousin Harper) of Columbia, S.C., and Megan Nancy Harper (Thomas Maroon) of Philadelphia. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Luke Hamilton Harper, Grace Harper Maroon, Lillian Louise Harper, Nancy Rose Maroon, and Eleanor McClain Pulliam. She will also be missed by nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed reading, visits from neighbors, catalogue shopping, and her dogs. Her vacation homes in Summit View (New Milford) and Cape May and Stone Harbor at the shore always were open to family. In her later years she spent part of the winter in Hilton Head, S.C.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William Goodfriend Jr., and a sister, Irene Brader.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579 with Pastor Liza Garcia officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Cemetery (there is no visitation scheduled).

Please omit flowers. Donations in her name may be made to Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603, or to Humane League of Lancaster County, Reggie Harper Memorial, 2195 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602.