Donald E. McCauley

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Donald E. McCauley, 72, of Kinzers, died at home on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 after a long illness. He was the husband of Nancy (Kreider) McCauley for over 52 years.

Don worked as a mason for RF Groff of Kinzers. Later, he worked as an electrician for Clark Mechanical Services, from where he retired.

He enjoyed all of the times in Potter County at their cabin, Killdeer Camp. Don always had a garden which was his pride and joy to the very end. Although his last few months were a struggle, he never gave up and enjoyed his life. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing watching NASCAR and his favorite drivers, Dale Earnhardt and Dale, Jr., and spending time with his family.

Born in Quarryville, Don was the son of the late Hayes McCauley and Sarah (Jackson) Flahart. He loved his wife Nancy and children and grandchildren: Brian McCauley, Michael married to Tammy McCauley, and their children Erica and Nicole; Mark Anthony McCauley and his son Mark, Jr,; daughter Michele married to Andrew Snader and their children Chad King and his son Christian, Austin King and Emily Snader; Samantha married to Loren White and their children James, Derek and Sophia; his siblings: Janet married to James Flahart, Richard married to Lydia, Robert married to June, Ruth wife of the late Kenny Schlotzhauer, Betty Jane, Judy, Sandy married to David Kight and David Mast. Don was preceded in death by brothers Raymond and Joe.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 6 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Monday July 27 from 10 until 11 AM in Kinzer Mennonite Church, 45 N. Kinzer Rd., Kinzers, PA. The funeral will be 11 AM in the church with Pastor Dwight Groff officiating. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

Miriam E. Shenk

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Miriam E. (Landis) Wenger Shenk, 101, of Landis Homes, Lititz, passed away on Friday, July 3, at Heart of Lancaster hospital during hip surgery following a fall. Born March 26, 1914 in East Lampeter Township she was the daughter of the late David L and Annette (Esbenshade) Landis.   She was married to the late W. Ray Wenger with whom she went to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) as a missionary with Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions in 1938.  He died in 1945, and in 1970 she married the late J. Clyde Shenk who died in 1989.

In Tanganyika, Shenk opened a home where girls stayed while attending school.  Later she opened a domestic science school to train girls in sewing and cooking.  She especially enjoyed teaching the Bible and singing classes.  Prior to her second marriage, she served for 11 years as matron in the girls’ dormitory at Lancaster Mennonite School. She and Clyde then worked in Kenya building churches and helping the growing church there until their retirement from the mission field in 1976.

She read her Bible daily, often reading through it several times a year.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, singing and playing the piano.  When not reading she was often praying for her family and the church in the US and East Africa.

At her death, she was the oldest member of Mellinger Mennonite Church where her father was pastor for 50 years. She was involved in starting the Sewing Circle of the church.  She is survived by three children, Daniel L. Wenger, Lititz; Annetta  (Harold) Miller, Nairobi, Kenya; Wilmer R. (Miriam) Wenger, Bradenton, FL; four step-children, David W. (Grace) Shenk, Mountville; Anna Kathryn (Omar) Eby, Harrisonburg, VA; John B. Shenk, Lancaster; and Daniel E. Shenk, New York, NY plus seven grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 25 step-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph H. Landis, a sister, Almeda Denlinger, a step-son, Joseph Shenk, and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes on July 17 at 10 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service.  A visitation will also be held Thursday evening in the East Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes from 6 – 8 PM.

Please omit flowers.  Contributions in her memory can be made to Eastern Mennonite Missions, Salunga, PA  17528.



Gilbert S. Snyder

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Gilbert S. Snyder, 94, formerly of Millersville and recently of Evergreen Estates, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

He retired from the AMTRAK after working for the railroads 42 years.

Gilbert served in the US Navy during WWII.

He enjoyed hunting and worked at least 3 days weekly tending yards until he was 92. Gilbert attended Colemanville United Methodist Church.

Born in Northumberland, he was the son of the late Melvin and Emily Snyder. Gilbert is survived by six children; Terry Snyder, Rebecca (Snyder) Funck, John G., married to Roberta (Kane) Swinehart, Gloria (Swinehart), married to Scott Kleinfelter, Donna(Swinehart), married to Barry Simpson, Kenneth E., married to Patricia A. (Lynch) Swinehart, 13 Grandchildren, and 19 Great-Grandchildren; and a dear friend, Shirley Gregg.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 10 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the funeral home followed by interment in Colemanville United Methodist Cemetery.

Ann Louise Steffy

Ann Louise Steffy, 78, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, June 23, 2015. She was the wife of George Robert “Bob” Steffy.

She owned and operated Charm Beauty Salon.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Lancaster.

Ann Louise enjoyed attending auctions and collecting antiques.

Born in Landisville, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Isabel (Shelley) Eshleman. She is also survived by two sons, Gary married to Laura Steffy of Ann Arbor, MI, and Rick married to Joanne Steffy of Willow Street; a granddaughter, Heather Steffy of Atlanta, GA; and three sisters, Betty Knippenburg, Christine Beaner and Roberta Weaver, all of Lancaster.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ann Louise’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or Manor Care Health Services, 100 Abbeyville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17603.

James H. Zimmerman


James H. Zimmerman, 73, of Intercourse, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Jim owned and operated W. L. Zimmerman & Sons, Inc., in Intercourse.

A Physics Major, Jim earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lebanon Valley College.

He served in the US Navy and was Honorably discharged as Lieutenant in 1972.

Jim was a Leacock Township Supervisor and a member of Lancaster County CTC Joint Operating Committee and was inducted into the Vo-Tech hall of fame.  Formerly, he served on the Workforce Investment Board and as Chairman of the board’s Youth Council, the Pequea Valley School Board for 30 years, the Willow Street CTC School Board, and Farmer’s First Bank of Intercourse Branch Board.

He was an avid league bowler at Rocky Springs and at Garden Spot, and loved playing old blues and ragtime piano.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Elmer D. and B. Elizabeth (Hershey) Zimmerman. He is survived by a son, William married to Stephanie (Adams) Zimmerman of Lancaster; two daughters, Kathleen Zimmerman and her companion Hans Herr of Lancaster County and Kristine married to N. John Shirk, Jr. of Strasburg; Karen (Lutz) Zimmerman, wife of 33 years; four grandchildren; a sister, Martha Stauffer of Elizabethtown and a brother, Willis Zimmerman of Intercourse.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 6 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, and again on Friday, June 26 from 10 until 11:00 AM at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Rd, Gordonville, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor John Denlinger officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Jim’s memory to the Pequea Valley Public Library, 31 Center St, Intercourse, PA 17534.

Robert L. Chamberlin

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Robert L. “Bob” Chamberlin, 97, of Paradise and formerly of McMurray, PA, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015. He was the son of the late Harold and Mabel (Whitacre) Chamberlin, and the husband of the late Doris (Lehne) Chamberlin for over 50 years.

Born in Dayton, OH on January 21, 1918, his family moved to Dormont, a suburb of Pittsburgh, when he was three.

Bob graduated from Dormont High School in 1936. His favorite subject was Art; and even in high school, he made signs for drugstores and other customers.

He studied art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He established a sign advertising business in 1938 and operated the business for almost 50 years.

Bob was very involved in his community; a member and Past President of Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, member of Center Presbyterian Church and the VFW Post in Peters Township. He designed the logo for Peters Township in 1976, which is still in use today.

He was a contributor to an oral history project, “Life in Peters Township,” by the Peters Township Public Library in 2003.

When Bob was 45 years old, he started painting on canvas using oil paints and painted well into his 80’s.

He enjoyed working in his garden, bowling, pitching horseshoes, his cat Josh and word search puzzles.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Carol, son Carl married to Pat of Bradenton, FL, and son Chris married to Lou of Venetia, PA; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by a brother, Norman and son-in-law, Reggie.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, McMurray, PA.

Please consider sending a memorial contribution in Bob’s memory to your favorite local charity.

Juliana Rose Hershey


Juliana Rose Hershey, infant daughter of Loren and Heidi Hershey, was stillborn at 31 weeks at Women & Babies Hospital on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Juliana was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. Her life inspired many friends and family.

She is the paternal granddaughter of Les and Lois Hershey of Kirkwood and the maternal granddaughter of Barry and Sandy Neff of Quarryville. She is survived by sisters, Elyse Renee and Mya Ruth.

There will be a Celebration of Juliana’s Life on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602. Interment will follow in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in her memory to HOPE International, 227 Granite Run Dr., Suite 250, Lancaster, PA 17601, or Pennsylvania Family Institute, 23 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.

Mark Leachey

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Mark Leachey, 97, formerly of Strasburg, died on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Lancashire Hall. He was the husband of the late Marion (Shaub) Leachey, who died in 1990.

He worked as a machine operator for ALCOA.

Mark loved gardening; he said the soil was God’s gift to man. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Lancaster County Sportsman’s Association, Mt Nebo, the Eastern Lancaster County Rod and Gun club and the Paradise Sportsman’s Association.

Born in Strasburg Township, Mark was the son of the late Musser H. and Gladys (Althouse) Leachey. He is survived by two daughters, Sylvia J. married to John McLaughlin of Stillwater and Evelyn L. married to James Bear of Millersville; a son, Jerry E. Leachey of Lititz; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and three nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by a son, Larry.

There will be a viewing on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 10:00 until the time of the funeral at 11:00 AM, in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will follow in Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Mark’s memory to Lancashire Hall, 2829 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Mary B. Hershey


Mary B. Hershey, 89, formerly of Paradise Township, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 unexpectedly at LGH. She was the wife of the late Vincent Hershey, who died in 2000.

A homemaker, Mary enjoyed sewing, playing games and puzzles, reading and gardening. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Farm Women Society.

Born in Salisbury Township, she was the daughter of the late Ellis B. and Alice (Groff) Brackbill. Mary is survived by four sons, David married to Debra Hershey of Lancaster, Donald married to Mariah Hershey of Manheim, Daniel married to Donna Hershey of Paradise and Dwight married to Jeannie Hershey of Manheim; a daughter-in-law, Terry wife of the late Dale Hershey of Paradise; grandchildren, Dave, Jr., Doug, Denise, Adam, Ashlee, Brandon, Brittany, Sean, Celeste, Christian, Peter, Kathryn, Derek, Diane, Dana, Danay, Duane, Dennis, Dayton, Robert, Jennifer, Jonathan, Joshua and Jared; and great-grandchildren, Dmitriy, Warren and Andre; a brother, Christian Brackbill of New Holland and a sister, Grace Strubel of Ronks. Mary was also preceded in death by four brothers, Maurice Brackbill, Elam Brackbill, Aaron Brackbill and J Harold Brackbill and four sisters, Anna Brackbill, Ruth Brackbill, Rhoda Feister and Alice Lantz.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10 until 11:00 AM in Calvary Monument Bible Church, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the church with Pastor Robert Reid officiating. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Kindly send a contribution in Mary’s memory to Water Street Ministries, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Frank C. Evans

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Frank C. Evans, 98, formerly of Lampeter and recently of Oak Leaf Manor, Millersville, died at Manor Care Health Services on Friday, May 22, 2015. He was the husband of the late Grace L. (Miller) Evans, who died in 2008.

Frank worked for the former Slaymaker Lock Company and retired from Armstrong World Industries, Floor Plant.

He loved planting flowers and working on his well-kept lawn. He always had his mowing equipment in great repair. Frank had excellent carpenter skills.

Frank was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Millersville.

Born in Brickerville on February 28, 1917, he was the son of the late Lot and Sadie (Burkholder) Evans. He is survived by a son, Jay P. Evans of Narvon; a daughter, Joyce married to Donald H. Welk of Lancaster; grandchildren, Donald H. Jr., married to Emily Welk of Strasburg, Daniel E. married to Sally Welk of Florida and Tina M. married to Dereck Hench of Lititz; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Benjamin and Leah Welk, children of Don and Emily; he was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Henry and Howard and a sister, Eva.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (TOMORROW) from 9:30 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor John Laughlin officiating. Private interment will follow.

Please omit flowers.