Mary Alice Baitzel

Mary Alice Baitzel, 93, formerly of Palmyra and Vincentown, NJ, died at Willow Valley Communities, Willow Street, PA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Gordon Baitzel, who died in 2006.

Mrs. Baitzel was a homemaker. She had also worked as a secretary for Mount Laurel Schools Board of Education, Mount Laurel, NJ.

She was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Mary Elizabeth (Woolley) Schaefer. Mrs. Baitzel is survived by her sons, G. William married to Kathleen Baitzel of Kinnelon, NJ, and Richard L. married to Eileen Baitzel of Shamong, NJ; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 AM in the Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, PA, with Pastor Ron Bohannon and Pastor Ryan Baitzel, her grandson, officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mrs. Baitzel’s memory to Berryville Special Education Preschool, Attn: Jennifer Hornbaker, 317 W. Main Street, Berryville, VA  22611.

Robert Fryer

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Robert Fryer, 79, of New Holland and formerly of Paradise, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at LGH. He was the husband of Donna E. (Mellinger) Fryer for ­­ 61 years.

A graduate of ParadiseHigh School class of 1952, he worked for over 40 years as a brick mason for E.C. Witmer, Jr. and Carl Ragan Masonry. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Paradise Sportsman’s Association and the Turtle Club. Bob enjoyed spending time at his cabin, Lazy Acres, in JuniataCounty.

Bob and Donna attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, New Holland.

Bob was actively engaged with many projects in and around Paradise. He helped build the tennis courts at the ParadisePark, the cabins at the Girl Scout Camp and was instrumental in planning the Paradise Bicentennial celebration.

Born in Drexel Hill on August 6, 1934, he was the son of the late Clifton S. and Mary (Gourley) Fryer. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters; Sandra, married to Vincent D. Phillips of West Chester and Donna, married to Charles Hershey of Ronks; four grandchildren, Vincent married to Amy of Alexandria, VA, Kelly married to Eric Eckman of Lancaster, Susan Phillips of West Chester and Kevin Hershey of Lancaster; three great-grandchildren, Amber and Emily Osborn and Max Eckman, and a brother, Clifton J. married to Mary (Reinhart) of Phillipsburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 150 Water Street, New Holland, PA with The Reverend Pang J.S. Tcheou as Celebrant. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service at­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ the church. Burial will follow in Mt. EdenLutheranCemetery, Quarryville

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2080 Linglestown Road # 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110

Geraldine F. “Jerry” Millham

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Geraldine F. “Jerry” Millham, 81, of Ronks, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of Edmund R. Millham for 62 years.

Jerry was a homemaker, and she also worked for the DowningtownSchool District.

She and Ed were founders, and life members, of the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps.

Jerry enjoyed puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Leslie C. and Florence (Worrall) Gregg. In addition to Ed, Jerry will be missed by daughters Barbara Launi married to Ralph Powers of Chester Springs, Janet Hronetz and fiancé Gary Davis of Wadsworth, OH, Carol married to Greg Wiestner of Gilbertsville, Linda married to Pat Trenkle of Sinking Spring; nine grandchildren: Matthew married to Allie Launi, Eddie & Robert Hronetz, Tony Davis, Andrew & Jill Palski, Christopher & Nikki Stewart, Max Trenkle; two great-granddaughters, Harper & Kiya. She will also be missed by many loving nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Ellen Simpson, who died in December.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Private interment at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Uwchlan Ambulance Corps 70 West Welch Pool RD., Exton, PA 19341 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA17604-4125.

Rebecca R. Sellers

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Rebecca R. Sellers, 87, formerly of Gordonville, went home to be with the Lord on April 3, 2014 at Audubon Villa. She was the wife of the late Howard E. “Howdy” Sellers, who died in 1999.

A homemaker, Becky had worked at the former: Hershey Garment Factory, Hamilton Watch Company, Precision Time, Inc. and Victor F. Weaver, Inc.

She was a member of CalvaryMonumentBibleChurch.

Becky enjoyed crocheting and loved to travel.

Born in Springville, Becky was the daughter of the late Harry Elmer and Lucy Rebecca (Wallace) Myers. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Lee Sellers of Gordonville, one son, Walter T. “Tom” Sellers of Intercourse, a grandson, Jonathan A. Sellers of Safe Harbor; six sisters, Betty Wimer of Kinzers, Eva McCracken of Lititz, Sarah married to William Landau of Lancaster, Martha married to Art Weitzel of Austin, Alice Fisher of Bedford and Edna Mae Danz of Willow Street; one brother, Allen married to Jane Myers of Iva. Becky was preceded in death by four Brothers, Kenneth, Robert, Harry and Wiley Myers.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and a viewing on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 10 until 11 AM in CalvaryMonumentBibleChurch, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, PA17562. The funeral is Monday at 11 AM in the church with The Reverend Robert M. Reid officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery following the service.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA17604-4125 or to the church at the above address.

Floice V. Taylor


Floice V. Taylor, 84, formerly of Brownstown and Quarryville, died April 1, 2014 at Moravian Manor. She was the wife of the late Herman T. Taylor, who died in 2004.

Floice worked as an assembler for the former Hubley Toy Company.

She volunteered with the American Red Cross. Floice enjoyed camping at RehobothBeach.

Born in Monterey, she was the daughter of the late Frederick P. and Mary Ann (Englert) Sweigart. Floice is survived by a daughter, Vicki Bowman of Smoketown, three sons, Robert married to Chris Bowman of Cape May Courthouse, NJ, Steven married to Libby Bowman of Kirkwood and Fred married to Kathy Bowman of Marietta, a step-daughter, Linda Brown of Pocomoke City, MD, a step-son, Raymond married to Cindy Hickman of Pocomoke City, MD; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two Brothers, Allen Sweigart of Paradise,  Kenneth “Bill” married to Pat Sweigart of Lancaster and two sisters, June Mary Kohler of Willow Street and Nancy Sweigart of Smoketown and a sister-in-law Lillian Sweigart of Gordonville. Floice was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Richard Sweigart and Eugene Sweigart, Sr.

The viewing will be on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral will be held at 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Mark Thiboldeaux officiating. Interment will follow in Bird-In-HandUnitedMethodistCemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA17110.

Benwilliams Lawson

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Benwilliams Lawson entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday March 26, 2014 after a week of hospitalization at Lancaster General Hospital. He lost his earthly battle with chronic back pain and cardiomyopathy and is now pain free in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

He was born in Philadelphia on February 24, 1939 and attended Shoemaker Junior High School and Dobbins Vocational High School. He obtained an Associate Degree of Engineering at University of Maryland and Temple University.

As a youngster, he had as a Big Brother, John B Kelly, brother to Grace Kelly, and knew the Kelly family well. He always said “Grace was even lovelier in person”.

After study at St. Wendell in Germany, he entered the United States Army as a Chaplain. He later transferred to the 82nd Airborne Group where he served in Lebanon, Germany, Laos and Vietnam. Severely wounded on more than one occasion, Ben was recipient of three Purple Hearts, multiple Bronze and Silver Stars and other Medals of Honor.

Ben was a very dedicated and hard worker all of his life and helped many people along the way. He had an almost photographic memory for faces, facts and dates and a strong knowledge for The United States of America and The European history. Ben had a very special regard for the Jewish Nation of Israel and admired her people. He was always ready to defend the underdog and despised injustice. Betrayal by word or deed was not tolerated. Benwilliams Lawson served his country, our country to protect and defend our freedoms with the upmost honor and dignity. Ben was heartbroken over the current path of our country.

In his later years, Ben enjoyed sitting behind the counter of his place of business, The Old Wood Shed in Intercourse and meeting tourist from all over the world. He could speak conversational Italian, German and Japanese. When provoked, he would speak Philadelphia-ese, which he practiced as a Philly Cab Driver during his Temple College years. He also taught himself Sign Language to communicate with a deaf friend. He was not a sports fan; however, he was influenced early in life by his Uncle Teddy who taught Voice to Julius La Rosa. Ben could tell you the story of every opera and enjoyed listening to Classical music especially his favorite composers: Verdi and Beethoven.

Ben leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Julia Ann Keener Lawson to whom his devotion and allegiance never wavered. She was the fortunate recipient of all his focus, compassion and energy from the very beginning to the end of their married life. There was never a doubt that his wife, Julie, was his whole world.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM in Pequea Evangelical Church, 5482 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rte. 340) Gap, Pa with Reverend Gregory Dimick officiating. A visitation will be 9am – 10am. Interment will be in the Intercourse UM Cemetery following the service.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Ben’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or to Pequea E.C. Church at the above address.

Delores M. Sload

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Delores M. Sload, 82, died at the MasonicVillage on Monday, March 24, 2014. She was the wife of the late George D. Sload, who died in December 2013. Born in Bainbridge, Delores was the daughter of the late John and Edith (Hixon) Huggins. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, the late Vernon and Miriam (Spade) Hixon.

A homemaker, Delores’ family and her Savior were the focus of her life.

She was a member of El Redentor/St. Paul’s UnitedMethodistChurch, Lancaster.

Delores is survived by four children, Cheryl married to Donald Graybill of Ronks, Phyllis married to William Kepner of Lancaster, David married to Debbie Sload of Conestoga and John married to Crystal Sload of Lancaster; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, another on the way, a sister, Nadine Huggins and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Huggins.

A Celebration of Delores’ Life will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11 AM  in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with The Reverend Brunilda Martinez officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until the time of the service. Private interment will be in StrasburgMennoniteCemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Hospice of Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Sharon M. Mulhatten

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Sharon M. Mulhatten, 71, of Cedar Acres and formerly of Mill Creek Road, Bird In Hand, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 from injuries received in a vehicle accident on the Old Philadelphia Pike.

She worked in the restaurant industry as a sales person, most recently with Clark Associates, Inc. for 25 years.

Sharon loved playing Bingo and going to Casinos. She enjoyed many meals at Bridgeport Family Restaurant.

Born in Bird In Hand, she was the daughter of the late Leonard D.“Monk” and Lydia (Shaffner) Watterson. Sharon is survived by a son, Troy Mulhatten of Lancaster, and four generations of nieces and nephews, She was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard Dale Watterson, Richard E. Watterson and Kenneth Watterson.

A Memorial service is planned and will be announced in a future edition of this newspaper. Interment is private.

Please consider sending a contribution to VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital, 2497 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602 to provide for the care of Missy, Sharon’s beloved dog, also injured in the accident.

Richard C. Gonzalez

Richard (Dick) Gonzalez, 84, died on March 6, 2014, at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street, Pa.  He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, 5 daughters, and 2 granddaughters.

He was a Professor at Bryn Mawr College for almost 40 years. For much of that time he served as Chairman of the Department of Psychology. Former President of Bryn Mawr College, Mary Patterson McPherson, has stated that “since coming to Bryn Mawr (in 1959), he was one of Bryn Mawr’s most dedicated and loyal faculty members. . . Throughout his long career Dick’s research interests have been in the comparative psychology of learning and motivation . . . a special focus of his research has been how the evolution of the brain as seen in different species relates to the evolution of cognitive processes. . . . From the very beginning of his career Dick was a rigorous and highly respected teacher.  Students, both undergraduate and graduate appreciated his impressive grasp of the full field of Psychology and found his teaching inspiring.”

Dick was an avid golfer having started playing at the age of 9.  His sense of humor and wit always left those who encountered him laughing or at least smiling.  His granddaughter called him a jokester.  He will be greatly missed as he was greatly loved.  A private service was held on Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Strasburg, Pa.

Herb Axe


Herbert C. Axe, 73 of Strasburg, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. He was the husband of Cynthia (Landis) Axe.

He was employed by Verizon for 38 years.

Herb was a member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church of Strasburg.

He enjoyed going to the mountains and spending time with his family.

Born in Christiana, He was the son of the late William B. and Dorothy (Wright) Axe. Surviving are four daughters, Karen wife of Keith Brown of Manheim, Linda wife of Steve Mitrani of Willow Street, Lisa wife of Timothy Kramer of Selinsgrove, Melissa Sharpe of Conestoga; a step-daughter Donna wife of James DeWalt of Strasburg, a step-son T. Mark Lefever of Quarryville; 16 grandchildren, four step-grandsons, nine great-grandchildren; a brother, William C. of Lancaster, two sisters; Nancy wife of Dennis Lorentson of Lancaster and Bette Axe of Lancaster. Herb was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Axe, a step-son, Stacey Ragan and a brother, Robert Axe.

There will be a Celebration of Herb’s life on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM at St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, with The Reverend Robert Wegehoft officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Herb’s memory to St. Michael EV Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 40 East Main Street, Strasburg, PA17579 or the American Cancer Society, 314 Good DriveLancaster, PA17603.