E. Diane (Horn) Sebelist

E. Diane Sebelist (nee Horn) passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Born on November 21, 1941 in Lancaster, PA, she was a daughter of the late Henry Paul Horn and Marian Agnes (Seasholtz) Horn. She recently celebrated 55 years of marriage to her husband, J. Robert Sebelist, and is survived by her children John R. Sebelist II of Lancaster, PA and Daphne E. Klahr of Reading, PA; and granddaughters Jillian G. Sebelist and Katherine G. Sebelist of Lancaster, PA; and her beloved dog, Teddy.  She is also survived by a brother, Gerald T. Horn of Lancaster, a sister Marilyn Jean King of Honey Brook, and was predeceased by her sister, Marian Jane Ford formerly of Honey Brook, and her brother, Richard S. Gundaker formerly of Lancaster.

Diane was known for her strong work ethic, loyalty to friends and family, having an amazing green thumb, and her delicious cooking.  Her chicken pot pie was her family’s favorite meal, with her soups and salmon loaf coming in close second.  She loved flowers and gardening, and had an uncanny sense of color combinations that made her flower planters absolutely stunning – especially the red and purple ones!

For over 30 years, she and her husband owned and operated their own produce company with locations at Root’s Country Market, New Eastern Market, and the Strasburg Farm Market on Route 896.  Additionally, Strasburg residents could always find the best flowers at Easter and Mother’s Day from her flower tent, which was colorfully arranged and inviting.  She was known for her beautiful fruit baskets which she made every Christmas season with her best friend, Gerri, by her side wrapping and tying on handmade bows.

Diane read the newspaper every day, and often clipped recipes to send to her daughter, and always saved articles and pictures featuring her friends and family members.

She was a 1960 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and was self-employed until retiring in 2013.  Diane – wife, mom, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend – will be missed by many and never forgotten.

A memorial service in Diane’s honor will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur St., Strasburg, PA.  Following the service, there will be a dinner for friends and family at David and Steve’s Fireside Tavern, 1500 Historic Drive, Strasburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Strasburg Jaycee Park, PO Box 45, Strasburg, PA  17579 or to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 E. Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, PA  17602.

Miriam R. Stauffer

Miriam R. Stauffer, 90, formerly of New Providence, died Sunday, September 17, 2017 at QPRC. She was the wife of the late Clarence L. Stauffer, who died in 2000.

She was an active member of New Providence Church of God.

Miriam worked at various sewing factories, the Nickel Mines Store and several market stands.

She was a member of the Quarryville Independent Senior Citizens, Solanco Senior Center and the Merry Widows.

She enjoyed gardening and crafting, attending flea markets and garage sales.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Catherine (Dickel) Lintner. Miriam is survived by her children, C. Elvin married to Ruth (Ferguson) Stauffer of Dallastown, Joyce E. Wagner of Lancaster and Glenn Stauffer of Ronks; six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul married to Judy Lintner of West Lampeter Township and two sisters, Mary Brandt of Mechanicsburg and Ruth Glass of East Lampeter Township. She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Wiley and a daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Denlinger) Stauffer.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in New Providence Church of God, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Dwight Lefever officiating. Interment in Riverview Burial Park after the service.

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

Arlene Lichty Ebersole

Arlene Lichty Ebersole has died on September 9, 2017 peacefully at the age of 99.   Born and raised in Paradise, Pennsylvania, Arlene was a long-time resident of Mennonite Communities’ Woodcrest Villa and Mennonite Home in Lancaster.

The daughter of Abram Lichty and Hazel Troop Lichty, Arlene was one of four children raised on a dairy farm in Paradise; her siblings included Charles Lichty, Warren Lichty, and Jeanette Lichty Newcomer, all deceased.

A devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, Arlene was married to Henry Longenecker Ebersole for 61 years, until the latter’s death in 2000.  For more than 20 years Arlene worked in the Paradise Elementary School cafeteria, rising to the level of assistant manager.  This was a job that allowed her to be at home when her two children returned daily from school.  When younger, Arlene was an enthusiastic gardener; throughout her life, she was an avid gamer, and she was a particularly expert practitioner of pinochle, which she loved to play with family and friends.

A 1936 graduate of Paradise High School, Arlene was a parishioner for more than 85 years of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise, through which she participated in numerous volunteer activities.  Arlene was also a member of “Farm Women No. 7,” a now disbanded social services organization.

Arlene is survived by her two sons, Charles Henry Ebersole, of Bluffton, SC, Robert Bruce Ebersole, of Williamsburg, VA, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.   Among her grandchildren, “Grammy” will always be remembered for her legendary coffee crumb cake and cinnamon swirl bread!

In keeping with Arlene’s wishes, a graveside service celebrating Arlene’s life will be a private family affair; she will be interred at the Mennonite Cemetery in Paradise.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or The American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603.

 

 

Linda J. Ruhl

Linda J. Ruhl, 66, of Lancaster, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the wife of Michael J. Ruhl for over 22 years.

A homemaker, Linda also operated a babysitting business out of her home for over 15 years. She was a blessing to many families and their children. Prior to that, she worked in the cafeterias at Willow Street and then Hans Herr Elementary schools.

Linda was a very social person. She loved dining out and enjoyed going to Darrenkamp’s Grocery Store.

Born in Mt. Joy, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Mildred (Foreman) Blough. Linda is survived by a brother, Vernon married to Patricia Blough of Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by a brother Leroy. She is also survived by her daughters, Lisa married to George Frankford of Strasburg, Sherry married to Brian Cunningham of Lancaster, Erika Eckman of Lancaster; two step-daughters, Nichole married to Sean Underwood of Lancaster and Michelle Ruhl of Lancaster; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 1 until 3 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 3 PM with Pastor Mike Yowler officiating. Interment will be private.

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

James R. Brown, Sr.

James R. Brown, Sr., 82, of Paradise, passed on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

Born in Lancaster on September 27, 1934 to the late James and Dorothy (Lewis) Brown. He was raised in Strasburg and graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School, class of 1952.

He proudly served in the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1962.

James was a bricklayer, starting with Ed Witmer, Carl Ragan, B&D Masonry and finally Joe Phipps. He was proud of his military service, his work, career and his many friends and family.

James is survived by a son, James R. Brown, Jr. of Paradise and a sister, Shirley Lefever of West Lampeter, and many friend and relatives. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris (Werhel) Brown and a son, Jeffrey R. Brown.

There will be a viewing on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will take place on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10 AM in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, 170 Charles Road, Lancaster, PA.

Teresa A. Roberts

Teresa A. “Terri” Roberts, 66, of Strasburg Township, died while under the care of Hospice & Community Care on Saturday, August 19, 2017, following a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Charles “Chuck” Roberts, III, for 47 years.

Terri was graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School, class of 1969.  She was a member of Living Faith Church of God.

She worked over 20 years for Sight & Sound Ministries, managing their food and merchandise programs. Terri became a motivational speaker after events that changed lives forever.

And as a homemaker, she dearly loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Terri enjoyed dinners and time at the beach and the mountains.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Harry K. Neustadter and Teresa (Haldeman) Neustadter of Strasburg. In addition to Chuck she is survived by three sons, Josh married to Keturah Roberts of Ephrata, Zachary married to Karin Roberts of Stockholm, Sweden and Jonathan married to Megan Roberts of Mt. Joy; a daughter-in-law, Marie married to Dan Monville of Lampeter; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Jean married to Randy Hildebrand of Strasburg and a brother, Joe married to Barb Neustadter of Strasburg. She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Roberts, IV.

“In my life, what has always given me strength, through cancer and trials and tragedy, is my first resource, my Lord, my God and His holy work. It is not without pain that I leave all of those whom I love so dearly. So, when the time comes, it is not outweighed by the joy of seeing my Savior. No ‘Poor Terri’ in going through 15 years of the trials of cancer and suffering. With each challenge in our married lives, we have become stronger and developed new relationships that may otherwise have never been. I count my blessings. I look at my life as one fulfilled with hope and joy, appreciation for husband, family and friends who have prayed me through, and have stayed by my side. Everyone’s life is worth living until the Lord takes them home.”

There will be a Celebration of Terri’s Life on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Calvary Monument Bible Church, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, PA. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Private interment at the convenience of the family.

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

Joy B. Miller

Joy B. Miller, 86, of Hillcrest Avenue, Strasburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, August 18, 2017.

Born in Ashe County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Quince R. and Daisy Malinda (Bare) Goodman.

Joy was a long-time member of Paradise Bible Fellowship Church, Paradise, where she faithfully served in many children’s and youth programs. After retiring from Zimmerman’s Garment Factory, she continued to enjoy her hobbies of sewing, baking and knitting with family and friends.

Joy was the beloved wife of L. Donald Miller. She is also survived by her daughters, Donna married to Carl Kjellman, Dianne Graham and Denise Miller; her grandchildren, Lindsey, Jessica, Megan, Thomas and Andrew, and four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dehart and Ralph Goodman and her sisters, Ava Eberly, Olga “Duffy” Stauffer, Ella Goodman, Myrtle Brown, Flora Weaver and Toy Rinard.

There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor Dave Peters officiating.

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

Mary R. Kibler

On August 6, 2017, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Bauer Ranck Kibler, passed from this earth. Born in 1923 to Helen Martin Bauer and Elmer F. Bauer, Jr., she and her brother, Elmer Martin Bauer, lived in Lancaster, then Safe Harbor Village where her father worked at the dam.

After Betty’s mother passed away in 1932, her father married Alice Kinsey Bauer, and they had a daughter Joan (Marshall), of Wilmington, DE. Betty graduated valedictorian of Penn Manor High in 1940. Working as a secretary at Millersville State College, she met a handsome student A. Milton Ranck.  They married in 1946 after the war and moved to his family farm in Refton. Milt taught Industrial Arts at Penn Manor, but also farmed and raised 6 children; Christyann Ranck of Minnesota, Mary Elizabeth Grady of Maine,  Milton Ranck of Smithville, PA, Deborah (Terry Brown) of New Jersey, Carol Ranck of Washington, and Kathy Witter of Ohio.

After Milt passed away in 1966, Betty became a secretary at the Lampeter-Strasburg School District administrative offices.  Later Betty met and married C. Oliver Kibler (Ollie).  Oliver passed away in 2006.

Betty enjoyed hiking with the Lancaster Hiking Club, listening to big band music on her 78 rpm records, listening to Italian opera records, and attending shows at the Fulton Theater. She was an avid reader her entire life, and also was a tennis player and fan.

In her later years she enjoyed her Saturday night date with Lawrence Welk and her good friend Thelma Eberly. Betty is survived by half-sister Joan (Albert Marshall) of Delaware, Ollie’s children Eugene M., Jay Emerson, Charlotte A., Donald R., Fannie L., her 6 children named above, grandchildren David, Andrew, Rebecca, Emma, Molly, Kara, Tracy, Jessica, Mary, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Helen Steele for her years of excellent care of our Mother.

Interment will be at the Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery, with a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Community Care of Lancaster, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Daniel J. Martin

Daniel J. Martin, age 98, of Landis Homes formerly of Strasburg passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017. He was the husband of the late Dorothy (Phenneger) Martin who died in 1990.

Born in Salisbury Township on November 13, 1918, he was the son of the late Aaron and Susie (Weaver) Martin.  Surviving are two sons Leo K, husband of Miriam (Hershey), New Holland, and Larry R, Turin, New York, and a daughter, Donna L, wife of the late Leonard Faulds, Lititz; 5 grandchildren: Kendra (Martin), wife of David Farrow, Starkville, Mississippi, Lew Martin, husband of Kayleen (Morgan), New Holland, Keith Martin, husband of Justina (Sanner), Strasburg, Jeff Faulds, husband of Karen (Ruth), Ephrata, and Sharon (Faulds), wife of Stephen Smeltz, Ephrata; and 7 great-grandchildren.  Daniel was preceded in death by three brothers: Weaver, Aaron, and Henry Martin and 4 sisters Etta Weaver, Lena Dombach, Anna Mary and Susanna Martin.

Daniel was a dairy farmer who loved to share stories and loved having children around.  He served in Civilian Public Service in Grottoes, Virginia in 1941.  After retirement, he continued farm work with Glenn Good, enjoyed gardening, and raising African violets. He also volunteered at the Re-Uzit Store in New Holland. He was an active member of Hershey Mennonite Church.

The family wishes to thank Landis Homes and Hospice & Community Care for the wonderful way they cared for Daniel.

A viewing will be held at Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA, on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM with a funeral service following at 2:00 PM.  Interment will be at Hershey Mennonite Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Clyde D. Mellinger

Clyde D. Mellinger, 77, of Lancaster, died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Conestoga View. He was the husband of Joyce (Rice) Mellinger. They were married 55 years.

He was owner-operator of CDM Trucking. Previously, he owned Conestoga Tire Repair.

Clyde attended River Corner Mennonite Church.

He loved fishing and always enjoyed driving.

Born in Willow Street, he was the son of the late Norman and Mildred (Wivell) Mellinger. Clyde is also survived by a daughter, Cynthia Urey of Red Lion; two sons, Clyde, Jr. married to Wendy Mellinger of Ephrata and Craig married to Pam Mellinger of New Providence; four grandchildren, Amanda married to Mitch Mull, Beverly Mellinger, Alysyn Urey and Cole Mellinger; a brother, Donald married to Shirley Mellinger of Ephrata and two sisters, Ethel Bingaman of Stevens and Marion married to Larry Mowery of Mohnton.

There will be a Celebration of Clyde’s Life on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends from 6:00 PM until the time of the service. Private interment.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Clyde’s memory to Children’s Miracle Network, P.O. Box 852, Hershey, PA 17033-0852.