Katherine E. Hershey

Katherine E. Hershey, 100, moved from her home on Earth to her home in Heaven on Friday, January 13, 2017. She was born on October 1, 1916, the daughter of I. Leaman and Alice M. Hershey, late of Gap, PA. She was a resident of Landis Homes for over 30 years.

For over 50 years of her life, she worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), 40 of those as Director of CEF of Lancaster County. This involved instructing adults concerning teaching the Bible to children, as well as teaching Good News Club, directing camps, planning children’s rallies and other activities in involving Bible teaching to children. Much of her ministry was also outside of Pennsylvania to both children and adults, both in other states as well as a few instances overseas. She authored a number of Bible lessons for teaching children, many of which are translated in to other languages and taught in various parts of the world.

Katherine was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church, where she directed the children’s department for over 40 years, with the assistance of many others, and conducting VBS, children’s programs, etc.

Monthly meetings of Reader’s Hour Book Club were an important part of her life for about 70 years. In later years, she taught adult Sunday school class at Neffsville Mennonite Church as well as Bible studies at Landis Homes.

Katherine is survived by two sisters, Alma Rohrer (late Clarence W.), Arlene (Melvin) Snyder, all of Lititz; a brother, Clair (Myrna) Hershey of Stuarts, VA. ; 14 nieces and nephews and many great, great-great and five great-great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann (late Phares) Zook and a niece.

Katherine desired her remains be donated to Humanity Gifts Registry for scientific research.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 20 at 10:00 am in the West Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 with Pastor Hunter Hess, Neffsville Mennonite Church officiating.  There will no viewing before the service.

Kindly omit flowers.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA. 17520 or to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes at the above address.

John C. Gaissert

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John C. Gaissert, 86 of Strasburg, PA went peacefully to heaven on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.  John was born in Brooklyn, New York and proudly served as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army, 41st Engineer Company, from 1949 to 1953.  He spent 30 months overseas, stationed in Korea and Okinawa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Josephine Gaissert, along with their children and their families; Gary Gaissert, his wife Jill, daughters Tara, Jessica, Jaclyn and son Casey, Robert Gaissert, his wife Helene and their daughters Catherine and Caroline,  Deborah Read, her husband Douglas and their two sons Robert and Austin. He loved and enjoyed his three great grandchildren, Cody, Alex and Parker. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Joseph.

John had a long career with the American Banker-Bond Buyer based in New York City, and took early retirement as Vice President of Administration in 1986.  He and Josephine decided to move to Strasburg in 1988, where he started his second career working as the Business Manager for Strasburg Dental Group.

Family and Country meant everything to John. He enjoyed traveling and had a great affinity for history.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be shared at www.bachmanfuneral.com

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in John’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105

Eugene A. Groff


Eugene A. Groff, 88, formerly of Strasburg, died on January 6, 2017 at Brethren Village. He was the husband of Ellen Hess Groff for over 58 years.

Gene graduated from West Lampeter High School and then served four years in the US Air Force during WWII.

Gene was a volunteer with the “Seagoing Cowboys,” a Heifer Project, taking cattle to war-torn Poland.

Gene was self employed, the owner of Groff Hi-Low Cooling, a refrigeration business.

He was a member of Lampeter Church of the Brethren and Gideon’s International. Gene loved music and sang in choirs at Lampeter Church and Brethren Village. In addition, Gene and Ellen enjoyed traveling.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Earl L and Helen Garber Groff. He is survived by four brothers, Enos L. (Barbara) Groff of Warwick, RI, Donald E. (Nikki) Groff of Lansdale, Kenneth G. (Shirley) Groff of Strasburg and Gerald G. Groff and companion Mara of Lancaster; a sister, Nancy Shenk of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by a brother, J. Wade Groff.

There will be a viewing on Monday, January 9, 2017 from 6 – 7 PM in the chapel at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA and again on Tuesday, January 10 from 10 – 11 AM in the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lampeter, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor John Hostetter officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Gene’s memory to COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, PA 17540

Jacob L. Kreider


Jacob L. Kreider, 83, formerly of Gap, passed peacefully surrounded by his family at Fairmount Homes on Saturday, December 31, 2016. He was the loving husband of Esther (Nolt) Kreider with whom he shared 61 bountiful years. He was a quiet, gentle man who was sparing with his words but abundant in his affections.

Jake was a lifetime dairy farmer, following in the footsteps of his own father. Farming, it could be said, was in his blood. He also enjoyed gardening and caring for his fruit trees, spending most of his time outside on his farm.

Jake was a true family man. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, giving gentle advice and letting them “help” with various farm jobs. Many happy days were spent in the fields, tending the animals and digging up dinner out in the garden.

He was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Salisbury Township Historical Society, and the County Line Hunting Club, Sullivan County, PA. He also enjoyed wintering in Sarasota, FL spending his time with dear friends and visiting the shuffleboard court almost daily.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late LeRoy H. and Evelyn (Landis) Kreider. In addition to Esther, Jake is survived by a son, Barry married to Joyce Kreider of Paradise; a daughter, Jacqueline married to Donald Nelson of Ephrata; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Doris married to Clyde Martin of Lititz and Edith married to David Yoder of Colorado. Jake was preceded in death by a sister, Mae Winters and a brother, Leon Kreider.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the staff of Fairmount Homes and Hospice & Community Care for their loving care.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Jon Carlson officiating. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Jake’s memory to Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S 12th Street Akron, 17501 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg.

Donald E. Martin


Donald E. Martin, 80 passed away on December 27, 2016 at his residence at Willow Valley, PA. He is survived by wife Betsy (Elizabeth Smith) Martin with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage in September. Also surviving are his sister Barbara L. Martin of Bethel Park, PA; his son Douglas Edward Martin married to Mary Lathrop Martin of Downingtown, PA and daughter Amy Louise Martin of Newtown, PA. Born in Lancaster, Don was preceded in death by his parents David Everett Martin and Catherine Elizabeth Martin. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lancaster.

Donald began his career in college admissions at Franklin & Marshall College, later also as Pre-Med Advisor. Don served as Director of Admissions for Allied Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia, later at Alfred University and as associate at Lehigh University. In retirement, he enjoyed counseling students and their families.


Don’s interests included international bicycling and hiking trips, introducing friends to Lancaster sites, singing in church choirs for over 40 years, and with “Summer Harmony”, in the Lehigh Valley. Don also enjoyed gardening, backpacking, jogging, bee-keeping, F&M basketball and football games. He cared deeply about the environment.

Don graduated from McCaskey High School, and subsequently Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a Masters in Education from Temple University. Don was a world class hurdler and while on active duty in the Army in Europe, (1958-1959 he qualified for the 110 yard high hurdles Pre-Olympic Trials and competed during the Brussels World’s Fair. In 1975, Don was inducted into the Franklin & Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10AM January 21, 2017 at Willow Valley Lakes Auditorium, 300 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the First UMC Chancel Choir or to the Anchorage Breakfast Program: checks payable to “First UMC” noting Anchorage or Chancel Choir on the memo line: First UMC, 29 East Walnut St., Lancaster, PA. 17602.

Harold E. Rodman


Harold E. Rodman, 82, of Strasburg, died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Conestoga View. He was the husband of the late Pauline (Krantz) Rodman, who died in 2011.

He was a US Army Veteran and served during the Korean War.

Harold worked for D.M Stoltzfus & Sons, where he was an equipment operator and retired as a Foreman.

Harold was an avid hunter and fisherman, a Phillies fan and enjoyed watching hunting and fishing shows on TV. He was an active member of the Strasburg Sportsman’s Association and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Born in Groffdale, Harold was the son of the late Park and Anna (Hoover) Rodman. He is survived by a son, Terry Rodman of Strasburg; a daughter, Lori married to Bill Dinkel of Landisville; grandchildren, Emily Dinkel, Heather married to Greg Schatz and Shane Sweigart; great-grandchildren, Gage and Clay Schatz and his siblings, Nancy Rodman and Richard Rodman.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey and Timothy, and siblings Ronald Rodman and Betty Landis.

There will be a Celebration of Harold’s life on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Scott Phillips officiating. Private interment at the convenience of the family.

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

Rose (Foose) Tolley


Rose Marie (Foose) Tolley, 49, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice & Community Care on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was the wife of Michael Tolley.

Rose graduated from HACC, and worked in management in the food service industry.

She enjoyed going to the movies, sightseeing and going to the beach. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Born in Scranton on October 26, 1967, she was the daughter of James R. and Marie (Prociw) Foose. Rose is survived by a brother; Steven J. married to Debrah Foose of Lancaster; two nephews, Nicholas and David Foose; and her extended family, Raymond Lehman, Linda Souders, Shawn and Tiffany Kirk and their children, Kali and Kyle Kirk.

There will be a visitation on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in the Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church 1241 May Post Office Rd., Quarryville, PA. The funeral is 11 AM with The Reverend Don Costlow officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Rose’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Miriam M. Keneagy


Miriam M. Keneagy, 98, of Paradise, passed away on December 1, 2016 at Brethren Village.

Born October 12, 1918 in Kinzers, she was the daughter of Christian and Ledema (Bowers) Keneagy. She was a member of Leacock Presbyterian Church.

Mim was a graduate of Paradise High School in 1936. She was accepted into nursing at the Lancaster General Hospital and graduated in 1940. She earned her RN in 1942. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1942, she joined the Army Nurse Corps to serve her country in the European Theater of Operations. In 1945, she left the Army Nurse Corps with a promotion to Captain and served in various VA hospitals. Mim retired in 1974 after 30 years of government service.

Mim is survived by a brother, Bruce Keneagy of Branford, FL, and various nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers; Harold, Woerth, and Emmanuel Keneagy.

In keeping with Mim’s wishes, a graveside service will be held at Leacock Presbyterian Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Dorothy Louise Harvey

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Dorothy Louise “Weeze” Harvey, 87, formerly of Strasburg, died at Oakleaf Manor North on Monday, November28, 2016. She was the wife of Willis Harvey, Jr. for over 69 years.

Dorothy was a homemaker. She worked for the former Strasburg Pharmacy and the former People’s Drug.

She loved playing the organ. She enjoyed playing the piano, needlepoint, reading, gardening, cooking, her cats and especially, spending time with her family. She and Willis enjoyed going on cruises and they enjoyed retirement in Largo, Florida, and summers in Buttonwood Beach, Maryland.

Born in Strasburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Dorothy M. (Esbenshade) Johnston. In addition to Willis, Dorothy is survived by a son; Fred J. married to Jackie Harvey of Lancaster; a daughter, Bonnie Campbell of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Leah Mellott, Laura Younger, Aaron Harvey, Rachael Eavenson-Filipovitz, Adam Eavenson; three step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

There will be a visitation on Monday, December 5, 2016 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral service will be at 11 AM in the funeral home, with Pastor Robert Zimmerman officiating. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Dorothy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Pennsylvania, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or AseraCare, 280 Granite Run Dr., #180, Lancaster, PA 17601.




Kathy L. Eshleman


Kathy Louise Eshleman, 59, of New Providence, died at LGH on Monday, November 28, 2016 after a long illness. She was the wife of Jesse R. Eshleman for over 41 years.

She was a graduate of Solanco High School, Class of 1974. Kathy was employed in various roles in farm equipment industry offices until her illness.

She was a member of New Providence Church of God.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late David A. Wiley; and Janice Eileen (Gilbert) Wiley of Quarryville; and Robert Eugene Allison of Lancaster. Kathy is also survived by two sons, Kevin married to Rachael Eshleman of  Leola and Jonathan married to Angel Eshleman of Columbia; two sisters, Susan Murphy of  Drumore and Karen Drevyanko of Morgantown; a brother, Bruce Wiley of New Providence; a cat, Kiki; her grand dogs, Molly, Squint and Rocky; and a grand-snake, Fido.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. The funeral is 1:00 PM in the funeral home with Pastor Dwight Lefever officiating. Interment to follow in New Providence Church of God Cemetery.

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