Edna Mae Frutchey

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Edna Mae (Bishop) Frutchey, 84, died Sunday, March 22 at Bretheren Village. She was the wife of Clayton A. Frutchey for nearly 65 years.

Born November 4, 1930 in Christiana, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Lucie (Thompson) Bishop. She graduated from the Quarryville High School.

Edna Mae worked for Southern Telephone and Telegraph, Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Room, Bell Telephone, Hubley Toys, and Lancaster Guidance Center which became Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services. She retired after 27 years.

Edna Mae attended the Worship Center and was active in small groups and Prime Time Senior Group. She went on 27 Lay Witness Missions. She enjoyed reading, arranging flowers, square dancing, and camping. Edna Mae also had the gift of spontaneous humor.

In addition to her husband, Edna Mae is survived by a son, Scott, of Nottingham, MD, a sister, Betty McCormick of Phoenixville, and a brother, Carl, married to Elaine Bishop of Phoenixville, PA. She was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Schaffel and a brother, Andrew Bishop.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, ­­March 26, 2015 at 1 PM in the Worship Center. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Edna Mae’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.org or PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Worship Center Building Fund, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Dorothy Mae Loar


Dorothy Mae (Shaubach) Loar, 93, a resident of Luther Acres, Lititz, Pa., passed away on March 19, 2015 from natural causes. Born May 22, 1921 at home in Paradise, PA, she was the daughter of the late Parke and Mary Alice Rohrer Shaubach.


Dorothy lived and worked on the family farm where they raised black angus steers. In 1937, the family moved to North Decatur Street, Strasburg. She was a 1939 graduate of Paradise High School. Dorothy was married to the late Carl K. Loar, a WWII veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former owner of Loar-Young  Inc. She was a homemaker and enjoyed playing golf. Dorothy has been a widow since July 1995.

She was a lifetime member of St. John’s Methodist Church, Paradise and member of James Buchanan Chapter No. 315 Order of the Eastern Star in Lancaster, PA. and American Legion Auxiliary Post 409, Paradise, Pa.

She is survived by daughter Donna Weaver of Twinsburg, OH; Barry (Kimberley) Loar of Lancaster; Lauri (Kerry) Stauffer of Lititz.; grandsons Christopher Weaver of Houston, TX; Matthew (Alexandra) Weaver of Portland, OR and 3 great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by four siblings, Robert (Julia Berrier) Shaubach, Park Shaubach, Ruth (Paul) Shaubach Longenecker, and a stillborn twin brother Donald.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Dorothy’s memory to LutherCare 600 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543 or Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Services will be held at a later date.

George E. Groff


George E. Groff, 86, formerly of Paradise, died Friday, March 13, 2015 at Conestoga View. He was the husband of Virginia M. (Brown) Groff for over 65 years.

George worked for the former Trojan Yachts for over 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting at his mountain cabin, Timberline Camp.

Born in Vintage, he was the son of the late Francis and Susan (Steffy) Groff. In addition to Virginia, he is survived by four sons, George E. Jr. married to Linda (Feister) Groff of Carlisle, Gary L. married to Beth (Book) Groff of Willow Street, Gerald F. Groff of Lancaster and Dennis R. married to Sondra (Gregg) Groff of Paradise; a daughter, Bonnie L. (Groff) Wanner of Gap; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susan McClure and Bernice Shaeffer , both of Lancaster and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Groff and three sisters, Beatrice Adams, Helen Stanley and Arlene Rice.

Interment in St. John’s United Methodist Cemetery will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider contributions in his memory to the Paradise Township Park, PO Box 40, Paradise, PA 17562

Tracey L. Shaubach

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Tracey L. Shaubach, 49, of Strasburg, passed away at home surrounded by family on March 2, 2015, following a long battle with cancer. She was the wife of Dale R. Shaubach for 30 years.

Born in Elkhart, IN, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Simmons and Mary (Tilton) Simmons of Strasburg. She is also survived by a son, Andrew Shaubach of Haverford and a daughter, Karly Shaubach of Strasburg, two brothers, Bruce Simmons of Holtwood and Mike Simmons of Willow Street, as well as a sister, Bess Simmons of Strasburg.

After graduating with Honors from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1984, Tracey became the Office Manager for Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Lancaster where she worked for 21 years. She recently worked as Assistant to the Vice President of College Advancement for Franklin & Marshall College.

Tracey loved going to the beach, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed photography, crafting and scrapbooking. Most importantly, she was dedicated to her family and children, as evidenced by her longstanding dedication to the creation and betterment of the L-S Ice Hockey Club. Her commitment was also evident in the time that she invested to support her daughter’s overseas travel.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, March 8th at 4:00pm in The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA. The family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 2:30pm. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Tracey’s memory to Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, ATTN: Lancaster General Health Foundation, 609 N. Cherry St., Lancaster, PA 17604

Virgil A. Meck


Virgil A. Meck, 86, of Willow Street, was greeted by his Savior on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 following a year long illness. He was the husband of V. Maxine (Webb) Meck for 66 years.

He was a graduate of JP McCaskey High School, class of 1946. Virgil worked in metallurgy for the former Hamilton Watch Company and later, Hamilton Precision Metals.

He was a long time member of Boehm’s United Methodist Church, Willow Street.

Virgil loved spending time with his family and enjoyed working with his hands, especially woodworking. Earlier in his life, he played with the Hamilton Watch softball team. He also enjoyed golfing.

Virgil was a member of the Boehm’s Chapel Society.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Arthur R. and Margaret E. (Schwartz) Meck. In addition to Maxine, he is survived by his children, Steven married to Diane (Brady) Meck of South Bend, IN, David married to Cheryl (Hagens) Meck of Lancaster, Virginia married to Gerald Frey of Phoenixville; his grandchildren,  Christine married to Mark DeVore of Granger, IN, Andrew married to Ana Meck of Cutler, IN, Kimberly Fox of Bremen, IN, Todd married to Karen Meck of Lititz, Tyler married to Michelle Meck of Lititz, Meg married to Mitchell Stocking of Wake Forest, NC, Layne married to Gregory Freedline of Royersford and J.J. Frey fiancé of Liz  Pezzopane of Phoenixville; 14 great-grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy A. Kurkis of Wilmington, DE.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Boehm’s Chapel, which is behind Boehm’s United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chris Eden officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will take place in Boehm’s Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Virgil’s memory to Boehm’s UM Church, 13 West Boehm’s Road, Willow Street, PA 17584.

Robert K. Johns

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Robert K. Johns, 84, of Willow Street, died Friday, February 13, 2015 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of Anna Mae (Good) Johns for 55 years.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War with the 406th Construction Engineers Battalion.

Bob worked as a truck driver and paving estimator for Burkholder Paving and later retired from PennDOT.

He was a member of the Teamsters Local #771 and the Retired Public Employees of PA, AFSCME Chapter #13. Bob enjoyed attending 406th Engineers group meetings each year.

Bob enjoyed Country music.

Born in Providence Township, he was the son of the late Landis R. and Myrtle V. (Wimer) Johns. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Mae married to J. Donald Bowman of Strasburg and Jeannette Ann married to Mark H. Schneider of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Robert H. Schneider, Benjamin A. Miller, Michael H. Schneider, Kailee C. Bowman and Marissa A. Schneider. He was preceded in death by a step-brother, John W. Wiggins.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet relatives and friends from 10 AM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Harry K. Neustadter

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Harry K. Neustadter, 88, of Strasburg, was ushered into glory on Monday, February 9 while under the care of Hospice. He was the husband of Teresa (Haldeman) Neustadter for over 64 years.

Born on May 18, 1926 in Bareville, he was the son of the late Gerhard and Suzanne (Kruger) Neustadter.

Harry retired from Armstrong World Industries in 1988 after 38 years in the floor manufacturing plant. He also enjoyed carpentry work and working on cars. He regularly attended Living Faith Church of God, with his last days spent attending Calvary Monument Church.

Harry was extremely active in the lives of his three children, 16 Grandchildren, and 34 Great-Grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Terri, married to Charles Roberts III, Jean, married to Randy Hildebrand, and a son, Joe, married to Barb (Fisher) Neustadter, all of Strasburg, a sister, Susan (Neustadter) Wimer, of Lancaster, and two brothers, Rudy Neustadter, married to Barbara, of The Villages of Florida, and John Neustadter, of Texas. He was preceded in death by a brother Gerhard Neustadter, a Grandson and a Great-Granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Monument Church 1660 Mine Road Paradise, PA, on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 4 PM. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be private.

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

Henry H. Rohrer

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Henry H. Rohrer, 97, formerly of Strasburg, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He was the husband of the late Ada G. Rohrer, who died on March 4, 2002. They were married for 62 years.

Born September 19, 1917, he was the son of the late B. Frank and Mary C. (Herr) Rohrer. He farmed the farm where he grew up, southeast of Strasburg.

Henry enjoyed hunting, cars, golf, music, trips to the mountains with friends, and, especially in recent years, watching his great-grandchildren play. He was a member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. He also enjoyed driving for Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by four daughters; Janice M., wife of Harlan H. Hoover of Gordonville, A. Corinne Dixon, of Tacoma, WA, Ruth Anne, wife of Thomas L. Martin of Strasburg, and Linda C., wife of Reverend Terry L. Blessing, of Lancaster, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Edwin, married to Marion (Ranck) Rohrer of Paradise.

A memorial service will be at the Strasburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Stephen S. Weaver and Pastor John D. Meck officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, Pa 17543 (717)509-5490.

Frances H. Smeltz

Frances H. Smeltz, 77, formerly of New Providence, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Foothill Acres Nursing Home, Hillsborough, NJ. She was the wife of the late R. Chester Smeltz, who died in 1976.

A graduate of Solanco High School, Frances worked as the Secretary of Providence Township for many years.

She had attended Zion United Church of Christ, New Providence.

Frances was a member since 1955 and Past Worthy Matron of the Robert Fulton Chapter #446 O.E.S., a member since 1958 and Past Worthy High Priestess of the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem and a member since 1995 and Past Grand Royal Matron of the Order of Amaranth.

Born in New Providence, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Naomi Herr. Frances is survived by a son, Timothy married to Donna of Hillsborough, NJ; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was the last of her family.

There will be a viewing on Monday, February 7, 2015 (TOMORROW) from 1:00 until 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Amaranth funeral service will begin at 1:30. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating.  Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in her memory to Order of Amaranth Diabetes Research, American Diabetes Association. P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312.

Rose Evans

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Roseanne Sheets Evans, 75, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on February 1, 2015, following a long illness. She was the wife of Richard C. Evans for 52 years.

She attended Columbia High School and graduated from Empire Beauty School.

A homemaker, Rose also worked for the former Tidy Products, K-Mart and retired from the Oneida Factory Store.

Rose enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and loved to go to the beach. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and also loved all animals. She was a member of the Strasburg Women’s Club.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late George Dewey and Edna Mae (Murr) Sheets. In addition to Dick, she is survived by her children; Richard L. married to Dawne (Lapp) Evans of Lancaster, James E. married to Jen (Young) Evans of Port Royal, Stephanie A. married to Tim Baylor of Lancaster and Susan L. married to Lloyd Reiff of Lancaster; her grandchildren, Kyle Baylor, Cody Reiff, Austin Reiff, Jaime married to Dave Bott , Kacie Hench and Lindsey Young; her siblings, Annabelle Auer of Columbia, Janet Blumenschein of Landisville, Emily Haberstroh of San Antonio, TX, Joanne Barr of Columbia and Bonnie Rudisill of Mountville. Rose was preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Sheets and Ethel Holtzinger and a brother, George Sheets, Jr.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 12 Noon at White Chimneys, 5117 Lincoln Highway, Gap, PA 17527. The family will greet relatives and friends from 11 AM until 12 noon. After the service, there will be a time of fellowship and a light meal. It was Rose’s wish that everyone dress in casual attire. Interment will be private.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Rose’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway E. Lancaster, PA 17602 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.