Charles W. James

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Charles Wesley James, 59, of Paradise, PA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 13, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Born in Lancaster, Chuck was the son of the late Clarence and Esther (Murry) James. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Morseman) James, their children, Grace A. married to Jeffrey S. Ibach, Sr.; Mark married to Ira M. Van Order; Melissa K. wife of the late Shane C. Peters and Julie A. married to Chad A. Hollandsworth. Chuck had seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Wesley, Kandace, Brandon, Shelton, Lake and Lyle and three great-grandchildren, Blake, Greyson and HunterMae; two brothers, Bobby James and Paul James and a sister, Janet. Chuck was preceded in death by a son, Jared M. James.

Lovingly known as “Pop,” he loved to sing and play his guitar for family and friends. Pop enjoyed spending time in the mountains fishing with his grandchildren.

Chuck worked at Zimmerman’s Hardware store for 45 years, recently managing their Just Ask rental agency.

There will be a Visitation on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 6 until 8 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Thursday, August 18, from 10 until 11 AM. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home. Interment in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Chuck’s memory to Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Marie Demetria Ebersole

Marie Demetria Ebersole passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016. She was the daughter of the late John, Jr. and Rita Kathryn (Shrader) Novak.

She was born in Hazelton, PA. Marie was the loving wife of Terry Lee Ebersole and proud mother of Dr. Kristie Berkstresser (Kyle) and Adam Ebersole, all of Lancaster.

Marie had a long career in retail. She enjoyed travel, reading, needle work, and bird and butterfly watching. She held a bachelor of science degree in education from Millersville University.

In addition to her husband and children, Marie is survived by two sisters; Clare Novak, of Chester Springs, PA and Jackie Stouffer, of Tampa, FL.

There will be a visitation on Friday, September 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Bachman Funeral Home, Inc. 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg. A memorial service will begin at 6:00 PM in the funeral home. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd. Kempton, PA 19529 or Landis Valley Museum 2451 Kissel Hill Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601

Naomi Denlinger

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Ruth Naomi Denlinger, 77 years old, was welcomed into heaven by her loving Savior early Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016. Naomi died at Hospice & Community Care of Mount Joy where she was faithfully attended by family and friends during her brief stay. Naomi leaves behind her brother, Jason (Pamela) Denlinger of Canton, PA and her sister, Mary Alice Kreider of Lancaster, PA. Naomi was predeceased by her mother, Mabel Harkins Denlinger, and father, Tobias Simon Denlinger of Hessdale PA. Naomi was a loving aunt to her 10 nieces and nephews: Marlene (Walter) Zimmerman of Bradford PA, Diane (Gerald) Keller of Waynesboro GA, Cheryl (James) Rohrer of Lancaster PA, Kevin Kreider of Manheim PA, Karen (Dwayne) Peifer of Quarryville PA, Deryl (Joan) Denlinger of Lancaster PA, Dwayne (Charlene) Denlinger of Raleigh NC, and Debra (Michael) Gaiotti of Canton PA, and 32 great-nieces and nephews.

Born on June 4, 1939, Naomi grew up on the family farm in Hessdale and attended the one-room Sandstone School from grades 1-8, graduating from Lampeter Strassberg High School in 1957. She worked for a short time at Eshelman’s Feed Mill in the business office. She then worked at Franklin Marshall College’s business office in accounting for over 30 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher for many years at Lincoln University Mennonite Church. Naomi was a loving friend to many. She enjoyed special times with her Birthday Club friends over the past 20 years. She enjoyed traveling, and took numerous trips cross-country and abroad with local tour groups.  She faithfully volunteered for many years at the Columbia Re-Uzit Shop. Naomi especially loved her church family at Sunnyside Church, where she attended for the past 20 years. She participated in Sunday school, early Morning Prayer, Women’s Fellowship and her Sister Care group. Naomi was a quiet, kind, fun-loving person with an excellent memory of family history. She was an avid reader and devoted Christian. Naomi will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016: Graveside Service at Strasburg Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., Visitation at Sunnyside Church, 337 Circle Ave, Lancaster from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. with Memorial Service and Reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice & Community Care of Mount Joy, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

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 ( 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

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

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