Rhoda B. Feister

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Rhoda B. Feister, 83, formerly of Kinzers, died at the Masonic Village on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. She was the wife of the late Thomas F. Feister, who died in 2005.

Rhoda graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School in 1949. She worked as secretary and bookkeeper for her husband’s painting contractor business.

She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Paradise since March, 1948.

Rhoda was a member of Chris Penn Chapter #455 Order of the Eastern Star, Christiana, and the Paradise Homemaker’s Club.

Born in Salisbury Township, she was the daughter of the late Ellis B. and Alice Mae (Groff) Brackbill. Rhoda is survived by two daughters, Sandra L. married to Joseph Harbaugh of Honey Grove, Deborah J. married to Samuel Linton of Ronks and a daughter-in-law, Janet E. Feister of Lancaster; grandchildren, John O. Kachel of Honey Grove, Alissa D. Kachel of New Cumberland and Maura K. married to Troy Hiatt of New Providence; great-grandchildren, Gaige Kachel, Brooke Hiatt, Logan Hiatt, Aurora Linton, Carter Linton, Casey Stoltzfus, Josiah Stoltzfus, Alisson Stoltzfus, DJ Soulliard and Jeffrey Soulliard and her siblings, Mary Hershey of Paradise, Christian Brackbill of New Holland and Grace Strubel of Ronks. Rhoda was preceded in death by a son, Thomas “Tuck” Feister; grandchildren, Mark W. Kachel, Karen L. Soulliard and James T. Linton; a great-granddaughter, Katelyn Soulliard; and her siblings, Maurice Brackbill, Elam Brackbill, Aaron Brackbill, Ruth Brackbill, Anna Brackbill, Alice Lantz and J. Harold Brackbill.

Rhoda’s family would like to thank the staff at Masonic Village and Masonic Village Hospice Care for the wonderful care she received.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1 until 2 PM at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 3001 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 2 PM from the church with Pastor Eugene Errickson officiating

Evelyn Morrison

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Evelyn M. Morrison, 77, of Lancaster, died peacefully at home on Saturday, October 18, 2014. She was the wife of Donald L. Morrison for 60 years.

Evelyn owned the former Morrison’s Grocery on Mulberry Street, Lancaster.

She enjoyed collecting antiques, especially glassware, and tending to her flower gardens and house plants. Evelyn loved going to casinos.

Born in Safe Harbor, she was the daughter of the late James E. and Anna May (Landis) Rowe. In addition to Don, she is survived by a son, Terry Morrison and a daughter Donna DeFranco, both of Lancaster; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother, all of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary, and seven siblings.

There will be a Graveside Service at 11 AM on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA.

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

Melvin Hostetter

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Melvin Hostetter, 87, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at Conestoga View. He was the husband of B. Jane (Mowrer) Hostetter for 65 years.

Melvin was the owner-operator of Hostetter Hauling for 40 years. After retirement, he worked for Central Tractor.

Melvin was a member of Calvary Church and the Word of Life Sunday school class.

Born in Manor Township, he was the son of the late Maurice and Fanny (Mayer) Hostetter. In addition to Jane, he is survived by granddaughters, Maggie married to Shane Gouker of Stafford, VA, and Rebecca married to Chris Partin of Humble, TX; a grandson, Gabe married to Keely Rex of  Austin, Texas; five great-grandchildren and a brother, Roy Hostetter. He was preceded in death by a son, Blaine E. Hostetter and three brothers, Maurice, Nelson and Wilbur and three sisters, Jane Lausch, Elizabeth Fetter and Marian Greider.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM from the funeral home with The Reverend John Beerley officiating. Interment in Mt., Eden Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Melvin’s memory to Calvary Church Missions Fund, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

Harold L. Stauffer

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Harold L. Stauffer, 88, of Lancaster, died at home on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 following a brief illness. He was the husband of Martha (Redcay) Stauffer for 63 years.

Harold last worked as a heavy equipment operator for Andrews Excavating.

He was a member of Hempfield Church of the Brethren.

Born in Bart Township, he was the son of the late Elvin H. and Stella E. (Ressler) Stauffer. In addition to Martha, Harold is survived by a son, H. James married to Kimberly (Moore) Stauffer of Manheim, two daughters, Judy Ann Barnhart of Hopeland and Sherry L. married to Thomas Welsh of Lancaster; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren and a sister, Helen Buckwalter of Lititz. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Stauffer, two brothers, Landis and Clarence Stauffer and three sisters, Reba Nissly, Irene Stauffer, Anna Stauffer.

There will be a Celebration of Harold’s Life on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 AM in the Hempfield Church of the Brethren with Pastor Pete Kontra officiating. The family will greet friends at the church from 10 until 11 AM. Interment is private.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Harold’s memory to the Hempfield Church of the Brethren, 1186 Stevens Road, Manheim, PA, 17545.

Jay Ann Baum

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Jay Ann Baum, 52, of Manor Township, died Saturday, September 20, 2014 at home following a long illness. She was the wife of Chris Baum for 34 years.

Jay Ann worked for Flexsteel Corporation as a seamstress and most recently for Pennsylvania Scale Company.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Byron C. Clement and Marilyn (Cahee) Clement of Rhode Island.

Jay Ann is survived by a son, Todd M. Baum of Manor Township; her siblings, Zoe Bracci , Joe Clement and Guy Clement, all of Lancaster, Lori Clement of Quarryville, Scott Clement of Strasburg and Gale Clement of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lindsay Marie Baum.

A Memorial service will take place on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment is private.

Verna R. Eby

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Verna R. Eby, 100, formerly of Paradise, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday September 19, 2014 at Landis Homes. Born January 15, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Christian and Fannie (Diffenbach) Rohrer. Verna, her mother Fannie, and Verna’s grandmother Rebecca Diffenbach, all lived to 100 years of age.

Verna was married to the late Bishop Clair Eby, who passed away in 1999. Clair and Verna operated a dairy farm outside of Paradise and served as bishop couple of the Paradise-Hershey Mennonite church district. Verna was blessed with a heart of gratitude. She loved hosting wonderful meals in her home and she enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, especially roses.

She is survived by five children: Kenneth, husband of Jeanette Eby, Akron, Dorothy Mae, wife of Mel Wert, FL, Melvin, husband to Joyce Eby, Gordonville, Caroline, wife of LaMar Huber, Columbia, and Lloyd, husband of Linda Eby, Ephrata. She has 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair, two grandchildren, Jerry and Melody Eby, three brothers, Elvin, Wilmer, and Clarence Rohrer, and two sisters, Mabel Herr and Mary Landis.

She was a member of Grace Point Church of Paradise (formerly Paradise Mennonite), but attended services in the chapel at Landis Homes, where she resided for 21 years. The family would like to thank Landis Homes, and Landis at Home, for the excellent care Verna received the last few months.

There will be a memorial service in West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes at 6:00 PM on Friday September 26, 2014. The family will greet friends there from 4:00 until 6:00 PM. Burial in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will be at the family’s convenience.

Please omit flowers. Kindly send memorial contributions in Verna’s name to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Denise Marie Patches

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Denise Marie (Maguire) Patches, 50, of Strasburg, PA, passed away Tuesday, September 16, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at Hospice and Community Care after fighting a three-year battle with gallbladder cancer. Denise was a gentle soul who never lost her sense of humor or her love for life, and showed everyone who knew her how to handle adversity with courage, dignity, and grace.

Denise was born on April 17, 1964, in Neptune, New Jersey. She graduated from Middletown (NJ) South High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Trenton State College (NJ). She also obtained a teaching certificate from Georgian Court College (NJ). Denise worked a few years in the insurance industry at BlueCross/Blue Shield and at Prudential.

Denise loved sitting on the beach, walking in the woods, Scrabble, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, Springsteen, musicals, especially “Grease” and “The Sound of Music,” music from the 80s, and watching movies and TV, especially comedies. She also had some great travel experiences, like touring Europe the summer after completing a semester in London, and making a trek across the US with a friend during the summer of 1996. Denise also loved Charlie, the family’s dog and her constant companion. Denise’s cancer journey nurtured a wonderful faith in God, and she had no doubt that God would embrace her when she left this world and that He will take care of her girls and husband.

Denise was the beautiful wife and best friend of Edward R. Patches for 16 years. They met and fell in love in New Jersey and got married on April 25, 1998. Denise was a loving mom to their daughters, Rebecca and Molly, and loving step-mom to Ed’s daughter, Carrie Placencia and her husband, Delvin, of Forest Hill (MD), and step-grandmother to their daughter, Olivia. Denise is also survived by her parents James T. and Patricia M. (O’Donnell) Maguire of Brick (NJ), sisters Terry Bishop of Shrewsbury (NJ), Maureen (wife of Jack) Kulaga of Lincroft (NJ), Sheila (wife of Patrick) McCormick of Farmingdale (NJ), brother Stephen of Brick (NJ), and seven nieces and nephews. She also will be missed by her mother-in-law Ruth M. (Lubold) Patches of Manheim who gave Denise so much of her time and loving support during the past three years, and her brother-in-law, Timothy P. Patches, also of Manheim.  Denise is lovingly remembered by the many friends whose lives she has touched.

Relatives and friends are invited to a service to celebrate Denise’s life at Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 East Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Interment will take place at the Ascension memorial garden. A meal at the church will follow.

In lieu of flowers, The Patches Family would greatly appreciate that you send donations to:  The Memories of Love Foundation, 4932 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL, 32257, or to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

Ellen I. Neff

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Ellen I. Neff, 92, formerly of Ronks, was welcomed into her heavenly home on Thursday, September 11, 2014. She was the wife of Clarence R. Neff for over 70 years. They resided at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for seven years.

Ellen was a homemaker who was very devoted to her family. She enjoyed quilting and writing short stories and poems. Ellen also authored and had published a children’s story book.

Ellen was a devout follower of Jesus. Known for her loving acceptance of people, she and Clarence graciously opened their home to others; whether to share a delicious meal or to live there when needing a place to stay. She was a member of Kinzer Mennonite Church and also the former Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher for over 60 years and was a member of several sewing circles and enjoyed volunteering at area Re-Uzit shops.

Born in East Petersburg, Ellen was the daughter of the late Amos and Mabel (Hershey) Rutt and her late step-mother Cora (Harbold) Rutt. Ellen was raised by her Uncle Mark and Aunt Anna Hershey after the death of her mother. In addition to Clarence, she is survived by their children: C. Melvin married to Dorothy (Groff) Neff of Ronks, Ann married to Robert Eshleman of Paradise, Mabel Merk of Strasburg, Donald married to Doris (Hershey) Neff of Paradise, Clair married to Nancy (Illingworth) Neff of Landisville and Joyce married to Chris Slabaugh of Quarryville; an “adopted” daughter, Kathy married to Michael Frick of Hershey; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and a sister, Anna Mary Hershey of Landisville. She is also survived by Mark and Anna Hershey’s eight children. Ellen was preceded in death by an infant daughter in 1945, a grandson, Dustin Neff, four brothers, Mervin, Amos, Ira and Lloyd Rutt, and three sisters, Elizabeth Foreman, Erma Herr and Grace Shirk .

The family would like to thank the staff at QPRC for their kindness and loving care.

There will be a viewing on Monday, September 15, 2014, from 6 until 8 PM at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA, and again on Tuesday, September 16 from 10 until 11 AM at Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 11 AM at the church. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ellen’s memory to MCC U.S., 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

Mary A. Accardi

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Mary A. Accardi, 90, of New Providence, died Friday, August 22, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. Accardi, Sr., who died in 2000.

Mary was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and playing bingo. She was an avid NY Yankees fan.

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Mary was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Leonardo and Elizabeth (Grillo) Caltabiano. Mary is survived by two sons, Steven married to Ruth Ann Accardi of New Providence and Joseph married to Anna Accardi of Ronks; two daughters, Josephine married to James Hendrickson of Florida and Dana married to Mark Hornyak of York; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter; a brother, Tony Caltabiano of New Jersey and a sister, Yola Kingdom of New York. Mary was preceded in death by three brothers, Freddie, Jimmy and Johnny and two sisters, Rosie Jacobson and Connie Clementi.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5 PM until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The Committal service will be on Wednesday August 27, 2014 promptly at 1:00 PM in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Timothy A. Kruger

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Timothy A. Kruger, 59, of Quarryville, died at LGH on Friday, August 15, 2014. He was the husband of Julie E. Good-Kruger for over 34 years.

Tim graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Tim and Julie owned Good-Kruger Dolls, Inc. for 20 years. He later managed the industrial division for VisionCorps (formerly SABVI), serving the blind community for 10 years. After retiring a year and a half ago, he joined Julie in the family business, Inglenook Tile Design. A creative and artistic person, Tim collaborated with Julie on many design projects.

Tim was a marathon runner and played football in high school and college.

He was a kind and compassionate man, who was an inspiration to many and known to be a tremendous consensus builder.

The light of Tim’s life was his family. He considered raising his daughters to be his greatest life work. He derived his strength from his belief in Christ.

Born in Minneapolis, MN, Tim was the son of the late Arden and Shirley (Knutson) Kruger. In addition to Julie, he is survived by Emily Kruger married to Imad Belaallam of Seattle, WA; Kristina Kruger married to Matthew Fisher of Berea, KY; a brother, Marc Kruger married to Stacey Gruett of Minneapolis; a sister, Marci married to Larry Kiewel of Belle Plaine, MN, and nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Tim’s Life on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Bergstrasse Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata, PA 17522. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. The Memorial Service begins at 2:00 PM with The Reverend Herbert A. Lohr officiating. Interment will be private.