Allen Sweigart

Allen Sweigart, known to many as “Turtle,” formerly of Paradise, died Tuesday, December 5. He was a resident of Hamilton Arms Center. He was 90. Allen was the husband of the late Betty (Horn) Sweigart, who preceded him in 2006 after 56 years of marriage.

He served with the Merchant Marine during WWII. He was a fireman on several Liberty Ships.

Allen was a heavy equipment operator, and worked for the former McMinn’s Asphalt Co. for 50 years.

He enjoyed family, playing Bingo, and flirting with the ladies.

Born in Smoketown, he was the son of the late Frederick P. and Mary Ann (Englert) Sweigart. He is survived by two daughters, Judy Bracken of Fredonia and Debra married to Lance McLane of Peach Bottom; grandchildren, Jody Sweigart, Cindy Phillips, Heather Haines, Wendi Belan and Greg Rehkugler; great-grandchildren, Jody Allen Sweigart Jr. and Jonathan Sweigart, Tristan and Lilliana Rehkugler, and Evan and Seth Haines; and his siblings, Kenneth William Sweigart of Lancaster, June M. Kohler of Smithville and Nancy Sweigart of Smoketown. He was preceded in death by his son, Allen Sweigart Jr. and his siblings, Floice Taylor and Gene Sweigart, Sr.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 1 until 2 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Bird-In-Hand UM Cemetery.




Janet M. Voss

Janet M. Voss, 65, of Lancaster, died of natural causes at home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

She graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University as a Registered Nurse. She worked for Lankenau Medical Center, LGH and VNA.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harry G. and Catherine (Chiarlone) Dallas. Janet is survived by a son, Eric married to Carrie (Donovan) Voss of Ronks and two grandchildren, Paisley and Donovan Voss. She was preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Dallas.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

James B. Green

James B. “Jim” Green, 59, of Strasburg, died of natural causes in Venice, Florida, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. He was the husband of Kathleen B. “Kathy” (Borst) Green for over 37 years.

Jim was a graduate of Pequea Valley High School, Class of 1976. He worked as Operations Manager for MPC Industries.

He enjoyed going to the mountains, traveling and Philadelphia sports teams. Jim devoted his life to his wife, children and grandchildren.

He was a Mr. fix-it and loved helping others.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of Michiko (Yasaka) Green of Narvon and the late William D. Green. In addition to his wife Kathy, he is survived by his children; Elizabeth married to James Montague of Lititz, Pamela married to Michael Ford of Wake Forest, NC, Steven married to Bethany (Ammerman) Green of Strasburg and Julianne married to Adam Dommel of Lancaster; eight grandchildren; his siblings, Patricia Logue, Carol Wallace, Jeanette Graybill, Douglas Green, Cynthia Eberly and Mark Green.

There will be a viewing on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. There will be a Celebration of Jim’s Life at 7:00 PM. Interment will be private.


Donna M. Harnish

Donna M. Harnish, 62, of Strasburg, died unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Monday, October 23, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Warren H. and Betty J. (Hermess) Harnish.

Donna worked as a receptionist for several different businesses., most recently for Lancaster Arms.

She was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.

She is survived by Aunts and Uncles, numerous cousins, many, many friends and her dogs, Hope and Jackson.

There will be a Celebration of Donna’s Life on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Mark Kopp officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Donna’s memory to Red Rose K-9 S.A.R. Team c/o Allen & Patti Means, 431 Weaver Road Strasburg, Pennsylvania 17579.

J. Freeland Chryst

J. Freeland Chryst

Athlete, Coach, Father, Educator, Scholar, and Founder of the Jay Group


J. Freeland (Jay) Chryst of Lancaster passed away on October 19, 2017 at home with his family. Jay lived 90 remarkable years, leaving a legacy of extraordinary accomplishments and significant contributions to his community. Jay has enriched so many of our lives with his wit, wisdom, and kindness– in fact, the adventures of his life have been the inspiration for many legendary stories!

When Jay graduated from McCaskey High School (class of 1944), at the age of 17, he convinced his dad to help him enlist in the Navy where he joined his two brothers fighting in World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the south pacific theatre. Jay’s experience in the Pacific was foundational and forged much of his philosophical perspective for the remainder of his life.

After the war, Jay attended Millersville State Teachers College, graduating with a B.S. Degree in Secondary Education. In addition to exercising his passion for football,(he served as captain of the team) Jay also discovered his love of history while at Millersville.  History became a lifelong interest which ultimately led him to a few summers of study at Oxford University. He was also a member of the Civil War Round table, a testimony to his having read at least a hundred books about the conflict.

Jay began his professional career as a Teacher and football coach at Curwensville High School in western PA. After one year, he was recruited by Armstrong Cork Company to represent their Industrial Products Division in Detroit MI. After nice successful years with Armstrong, Jay wanted to return to Lancaster.  An acquaintance in Detroit, the Hall of Fame baseball great, Charlie Gehringer suggested to Jay that he go home to his beloved Lancaster to “work with them, not for them” (referring to Armstrong).  Jay did just that, working a short time with American Advertising, and then founding Jay Advertising Sales Promotion in 1965 (later The Jay Group).  The business, now being led by his daughter Dana, has been the platform that allowed Jay and his family to actively engage in local civic and philanthropic endeavors. One of Jay’s favorite axioms was, “to whom much is given, much is expected”, a variation on the Biblical verse. He tried to live that vision every day and reinforced this philosophy with his family.

As the leader of the Jay Group, Jay’s operating philosophy was underpinned by the idea that employees were the engine that made the business great. He sought out and engaged his employees. The relationships that he established over the years, in many cases, extended well beyond the confines of any business relationship. Jay took a genuine interest in the people, wanting to understand their backgrounds, ambitions, and personal challenges. It was not unusual for him to offer a “leg up” when he thought the situation warranted. Jay knew that life had presented him with tremendous opportunity and he endeavored to extend those same opportunities to others.

Jay was a generous supporter of generations of students at both McCaskey High School and Millersville University. At McCaskey he established the J. Freeland Chryst Football Scholarship and with his daughter Dana, funded the construction of Chryst Pavilion. At Millersville he established a scholarship to support student athletes, contributed to the renovation and re-dedication of what are now Chryst Hall and Chryst Field and was the Chairperson and a key contributor in two campaigns that raised significant capital for the university. In 1998 he was recognized by Millersville with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

While Jay was born into humble circumstances, this award (one of many bestowed) and his strong traditional values, high expectations of himself and others, determined work ethic and loyalty to family, friends, and business associates are testimony to a life full of energy, dedication, ambition and significant success.

J. Freeland Chryst, the fifth child of John and Effie Chryst is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his sister Nancy Wolfer

and his daughters Christine Currie and Dana Chryst and their families.  He has five grandchildren including grandson Blake Chryst Dudek, the 3rd generation family member involved in The Jay Group. He also had tremendous affection for his many nieces and nephews.

Semper Fortis !  The unofficial Navy motto, meaning Forever Strong, very fitting for this extraordinary man!

Services will be held:

Monday, October 23: Viewing: 5:30 – 7:00 pm  in the Bachman Funeral Home

7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA

Tuesday, October 24: Viewing: 9:00 – 10:30 am; Funeral: 10:30 am

Willow Street Mennonite Church, Penn Grant & Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA

Graveside service immediately following

Mabel L. Dickel

Mabel L Dickel, 88, went to reside in her heavenly home prepared for her by Jesus on Friday, October 20, 2017. Born in Edisonville, PA, she was the wife of the late John L Dickel. She was a faithful member of Lampeter United Methodist Church. Known by
many as the “Believe Lady”, she decorated her home with numerous plaques and signs that proclaimed her motto of Just Believe.

She is survived by two daughters: Barbara Huber (Larry) of New Holland and Brenda Arment (Don) of Gordonville, and a son, John Dickel (JoAnn) of Gap. She was Nan to six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is survived by two sisters: Joyce Graham (Raymond) and Violet Neff (Jim) and is preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

The Funeral service will be held at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, on Monday, October 23, with viewing from 9-10 a.m., followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. Interment in Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery.

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.