Lois S. Dagen

Lois Susan Graybill Dagen, 94, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at her residence in Landis Homes, Lititz, Pennsylvania. Her husband, Paul Lefever Dagen passed away in 2015.  They celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary March 17, 2015.

Lois was born in West Earl Township, October 20, 1922.  Her parents were the late Henry Benner Graybill and Lena Musselman Martin Graybill.  She was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School, class of 1941.  She was a member of New Providence Mennonite Church.

Lois moved with her husband, Paul, and four small children from Lancaster County to Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1955 so Paul could attend Eastern Mennonite University.  Then, in 1958 they moved to Atmore, Alabama where they lived for 30 years. Lois actively assisted her husband with church planting and the development of voluntary service units in the Alabama and northwest Florida district of the Lancaster Conference of the Mennonite Church as part of the home mission efforts of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions.

After moving to Willow Street, Pennsylvania in 1988, Lois enjoyed volunteering at the Columbia Re-u-zit Shop and, in more recent years, at Landis Homes Retirement Community.  She enjoyed her life as a homemaker and being the mother of her five children.  Many miles were traveled to church related functions and to visit family and friends through the years, including multiple trips to Honduras.  Pastime activities included reading, word games and puzzles.

Lois is survived by her five children: Wilmer, husband of Miriam King-Dagen of Westover, Maryland, Rose, wife of Rich Frank of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Dan, husband of Kerri Arnall of Joplin, Missouri, James of Houston, Texas and Eunice, wife of Tim Beachy of Bremerton, Washington; six grandchildren: Sam, Henry, Rob, Ric, Abbey and Logan and four great grandchildren: Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Nicolas.

Also surviving are Lois’ siblings: Jacob Graybill, husband of Janet, Orpha Harnish, Eunice, wife of Jesse Enck and Marie, wife of Levi Hoover along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Paul and her parents, Lois was preceded in death by one sister: Mary and five brothers: Mervin, Paul, Arthur, Noah and Omar.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service 10:00 am, Saturday, October 21, in the West Bethany Chapel at the Landis Homes Community, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz followed by visitation with family.  A meal will be served following the memorial service in the Landis Homes Harvest Room.

Interment at the New Providence Mennonite cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Landis Homes Caring Fund or the Dagen Endowment Fund for Leadership Training by check payable to Gulf Coast District and mailed to 212 14th Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502, with Dagen Endowment in memo line.


Donna E. Simpson

Donna E. Simpson, 65, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was the cherished wife and best friend of Barry Simpson for over 28 years.

Born in Lancaster, Donna was the daughter of John E. Swinehart and Catherine (Goss) Snyder. Professionally, she worked as a product manager at T & K Manufacturing until she retired in 2000.

Donna’s first love was her children and grandchildren, whom she adored. She enjoyed planning birthday parties and family gatherings, and she especially went all out for holidays with her family. Among her favorite hobbies were sewing, baking, and shopping. Donna had a passion for gardening and loved designing floral creations of colorful cascading flowers in oversized planters. An accomplished angler, she was nearly always the first to catch a flounder on fishing trips. Donna felt a calling to the ocean and loved the shore. For hours, she would comb the beach in search of sea glass.

In addition to Barry, Donna is survived by her daughter, Dawn Kloepfer, and a son Derek Snyder, husband of Michelle, grandchildren Devyn Laser, husband of Kelli Jean, Dylan Laser, fiancé of Natalie Injaian, Dykota Kloepfer, and Derek and Preston Snyder, and her beloved Jack Russell, Cyler.

There will be a colorful and casual memorial service to celebrate Donna’s life on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 11 AM in Bachman Funeral Home 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, Pa 17579. Family members will greet friends from 9 AM until the time of the service. They encourage you to wear comfortable and colorful clothing—especially purple, as it became Donna’s favorite color as she fought her valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

In keeping with her wishes, Donna will be buried at sea off the coast of Delaware Seashore State Park. So, if ever you’re walking the beaches of southern Delaware and find a piece of red sea glass, please think of Donna and her lasting legacy of love and strength.

Helen M. Hess

Helen M. Hess, 89, formerly of Willow Street, died at Conestoga View on Friday, October 13, 2017. She was the wife of the late Harold S. “Bill” Hess, who died in March, 2017.

In her early years, Helen worked at the former Zimmerman’s Garment factory, and later in custodial services for the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. She had also worked with Bill on the family farm in Strasburg.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning.

Born in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late John, Sr., and Jennie (Eisenberger) McCullough. Helen is survived by her sons, Dale R. married to Rosemary (Witmer) Hess of New Providence and Raymond M. Hess Willow Street; four grandchildren, Matthew, Randal, Andrew and Lauryn; her brothers, Harold married to Geraldine McCullough of Colorado and Robert McCullough of Willow Street. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Cari (McCue) Hess, a sister, Mary Ann Andrews and brothers, Paul, Raymond and John McCullough, Jr.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Refton Brethren In Christ Church, Refton, PA from 10 until 11 AM. The funeral is Wednesday at 11 AM in the church with Pastor Mike Anderson and Pastor John Meck officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Helen’s memory to Refton Brethren In Christ Church, 110 Church St., Refton, PA 17568.

J. Donald Miller

J. Donald Miller, 81, passed away peacefully in The Glen at Willow Valley Communities, on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  Don was born on August 24,1936, in Refton, PA, son of the late Claude and Ada Miller.  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth (Weaver), daughter Lou Ann Lehman, wife of Scott Lehman, Dover, PA, grandchildren Lamar, Dover, PA, and Erin Hartman, wife of Dr. Stuart Hartman, Bloomsburg, PA.  Also surviving is great granddaughter Olivia Hartman and great grandbaby Hartman, expected December, 2017.  In addition, Don is survived by sisters Jean Weaver, wife of Jack Kraft and the late Harry Weaver and Darlene Herr, wife of the late Lloyd Herr, brothers and sisters in-law, and many special nieces and nephews.  Don was preceded in death by sister Joyce Glick and brother C. Darwin “Sam” Miller.

 Don grew up on a farm in Refton, stood market with his parents, and later worked at Lampeter Manufacturing.  He retired from the Kunzler Meat Packing Co. after 32 years.  He and Ruth were also past co-owners of the D & J Campground, Kirkwood.  Don was a member of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, Quarryville, and past member of the Strasburg Jaycees.  He was also an active member of the Lampeter Church of the Brethren and enjoyed joining other members volunteering at the Water Rescue Mission and New Windsor World Relief Organization.  Don and Ruth moved to the Willow Valley Communities in 2014 and were residents in the Manor facility.

 Don enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, and was a loyal friend to many.  He also was an avid Phillies fan and his presence at the 1980 World Series victory was a special memory.

 Family and friends are invited to attend the Celebration of Life service at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lampeter, PA, at 11:30 AM on Friday, October 13, 2017.  A viewing will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service.  Officiating will be his pastor, John Hostetter, and retired Reverend Earl Ziegler.  Burial in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions in Don’s name may be made to Lampeter Church of the Brethren-Building Fund, 1900 Lampeter Rd., Willow Street, PA  17584 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.

Emil Louis Meyer

Emil L. Meyer, 72, of New Providence, passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 following a long illness. He was the husband of Frances (Gagliano) Meyer for over 52 years.

Born in San Francisco, CA, he was the son of the late Austin and Theresa (Costa) Meyer. In addition to Frances, he is survived by three daughters, Theresa married to Troy Seachrist of Willow Street, Diane married to William Lewis of Willow Street and Laurie married to Sean Armstrong of Quarryville; seven grandchildren, Sabrina married to Ryan Seeley, William II, married to Christine Lewis, Alicia married to Steven Mahan, Cody Seachrist, Tyler Seachrist, Seana Armstrong and Morgan Armstrong; a great-grandson, William Lewis III; and a sister, Susan married to Richard Squitieri of Florida.

A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Emil worked as a patternmaker and grader for Sam Landorf & Co., New York, a children’s dress house. He then became the proprietor of his family’s business, Papa Joe’s Pizza and Steakhouse. Following the sale of Papa Joe’s, he worked as parts manager for LHB Appliances.

Emil volunteered with the Willow Street Fire Company and the former Willow Street Ambulance. He enjoyed playing baseball and was an avid Mets, Jets and Knicks fan.

There will be a Celebration of Emil’s Life on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Father Mark Speitel officiating. Inurnment in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Emil’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004.

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.