Mabel I. Zimmerman

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Mabel I. Zimmerman, 83, formerly of Strasburg, died at the Mennonite Home on Monday, May 1, 2017. Mabel grew up on a farm in Chester County attending Conestoga Christian School in her grade school years. She attended a semester at Lancaster Mennonite School and a semester at Sarasota High School in Florida, where her parents spent the winter. In her late teens, she served her church volunteering at a mental health facility in Hagerstown, MD. Her marriage to Melvin M. Zimmerman in 1955, brought her to Blue Ball, where her husband’s family business was located. In 1962, moving to Strasburg, Mabel helped her husband relocate and open Zimmerman’s Hardware.

The interests of Mabel were varied; she grew a large vegetable garden, most of which was grown to be canned or frozen, as well as fruit. Flower gardening was also a favorite. She enjoyed cooking, and often entertained her family or friends. Mabel enjoyed quilting with her sisters, doing crafts in her spare time or sewing clothing. She loved taking care of her four granddaughters as children, and during their
growing up years, spending a week each summer going to a cabin in upstate PA.

In 1985, they hosted an Indonesian exchange student, an MCC trainee, who spent six months learning and would later go on to serve as a Pastor in Indonesia. Travel brought many memories, with special interest to Longwood Gardens and Hershey Gardens for the roses. Mabel and her husband traveled for business and leisure, to destinations throughout Europe, England, Mexico, Canada and many areas within the United States. In later years, her and her husband spent the first three months of the year in Sarasota, FL.

Mabel attended Christian Women’s Club, Farm Women Society #28 and participated in the No Longer Alone ministries. As a Red Cross volunteer, she served at the Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital for 25 years.

In addition to Mel, she is survived by her children: Robert (Lancaster), Marianne, wife of Doug Arndt (Strasburg) and was preceded in death by son, Douglas R.; her granddaughters: Laura Arndt married to Andrew Humphreville, (Lancaster); Ashley Zimmerman, (Colorado); Abby Arndt, (Florida) and Megan Zimmerman, (Lancaster). She was also preceded in death by her sisters Clara Stoltzfus, Alta Sharp and Erma Stoltzfus and a brother, Marvin Stoltzfus.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mennonite Home as well as the staff of Hospice & Community Care for their care and compassion.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in the Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Jon Carlson officiating. Interment will follow in Eby Cemetery.

Christian E. Brackbill

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Christian E. Brackbill, 89, formerly of Smoketown, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Garden Spot Village.

He enjoyed bird watching, hiking, going to the mountains in Tioga County and spending time with his siblings. For many years, he volunteered his time with the monthly breakfasts at the Kinzer Fire Company, doing grounds maintenance at the Hans Herr House, serving others through Paradise Meals-On-Wheels, Rough and Tumble, and at the Mennonite Historical Society.

Christ served in the US Army in Germany during the Allied occupation following WW II. While stationed at Mannheim, Germany, he visited the Brackbill family’s 17th century homestead in Trachselwald, Switzerland.

He retired in 1991 from Ford New Holland where he worked for 35 years, mostly as a welder. Christ was a member of the former Kinzer Mennonite Church.

Born in Salisbury Township, he was the son of the late Ellis and Alice Mae (Groff) Brackbill. He is survived by a sister, Grace wife of the late Charles Strubel of Ronks, and many nieces and nephews who adored his kind spirit, gentle heart, and wit. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Elam H. and Aaron B., Maurice G. and J. Harold Brackbill; and five sisters, Anna M. Brackbill, Mary E. Hershey, Ruth M. Brackbill, Rhoda E. Feister and Alice E. Lantz.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in the Hershey Mennonite Church, 401 Hershey Church Road, Kinzers, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Dwight Groff officiating, with the interment in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his memory to The Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr., Willow Street, PA 17584.

Ethel G. Danner

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Ethel G. Danner, 89, formerly of Strasburg, died at Garden Spot Village on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. She was the wife of the late Charles L. Danner, Jr., who died in 2015.

Ethel graduated from the Quarryville High School, Class of 1946.  She was a seamstress at Hershey Garment Factory and retired from Calvary Fellowship Home.

She was a long time member of Leacock Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school.

Ethel was a life member of Strasburg Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary; a member of the Auxiliary to the Keystone State Fireman’s Association and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Born in Holtwood, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Margaret J. (Cowden) Turner. She is survived by a daughter, Dori married to Ted Markley of Strasburg; a son, Dennis and companion Joyce Philips of New Holland; grandchildren Adrienne (Craig) Cauler, Adam (Melissa) Markley and Heather (Josh) Bender; great grandchildren Brody Cauler, Alexis and Caleb Markley and Micah, Cole and Cameron Bender; two sisters-in-law, Millie Eby of Lititz and Leoda Felsinger of Lancaster and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Catherine Delp, Louis Turner, Albert Turner, Mable Rankin, Romaine Turner, Woodrow Turner, Edward Turner and Howard Turner.

There will be a visitation on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in the Chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 South Kinzer Avenue, New Holland, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the Chapel with Chaplain Chet Yoder officiating. Interment in Paradise Presbyterian Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ethel’s memory to the Strasburg Fire Company No.1, P.O. Box 64, Strasburg, PA 17579.

Alice D. Kuhn

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Alice D. Kuhn, 80, formerly of New Holland, passed away on April 16, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Carl. F. “Charlie” Kuhn for over 61 years.

Early in her life, Alice managed the family hardware store and a cafeteria for Pequea Valley School district.  She later worked as a CNA with Gentiva Health Services, Inc.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland and formerly a member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg.

She and Charlie enjoyed traveling the US and abroad. She was a member of the Counted Cross Stitch club at Garden Spot Village and enjoyed knitting and crocheting as well as teaching her craft to others.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Alice (Biegner) Kretschmer. In addition to Charlie, she is survived by two sons, Jeffrey C. married to Debra (Geesey) Kuhn and Russell P. Kuhn married to Debbie Longacre (Gerhardt); two daughters, Debra A Poling and Karen married to John Piascinski; four grandchildren, Jason Kuhn, Joshua Kuhn, Jordan Piascinski and Joseph Piascinski, a great-grandson Audie Kuhn; and two brothers, Karl married to Janet Kretschmer and William F. Kretschmer. She was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Kretschmer.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 until 11 AM in the Chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Avenue, New Holland. PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the chapel with The Reverend Herbert A. Lohr officiating. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Alice’s memory to American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17601 or the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, 2012 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Ethel Leaman Mellinger

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Ethel Leaman Mellinger, 97, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Mennonite Home, where she resided since 2008.  Born in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late Amos H and Mary (Leaman) Mellinger.  She graduated from Eastern Mennonite HS and later, at the age of 40, attended Eastern Mennonite University and received a BS in Education.

After High School, she served as a full time worker at Vine Street Mennonite Mission, Lancaster, for 15 years, then moved with her parents to Sarasota, FL.  She taught at the Sarasota Christian School for 23 years.  In 1990 she moved to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community where she resided until her move to the Mennonite Home.

She was a member of the Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA

Ethel enjoyed sewing, knitting prayer shawls, crocheting, and travel.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Eileen Mellinger, two nieces and five nephews. Preceding her in death are two sisters, Kathryn M. Metzler, Mary L. Huber, a brother, Ira L. Mellinger, and a niece.

The funeral service will be held at the Mennonite Home Chapel, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, Saturday April 1, 2017, with Dennis Ernest officiating.  Visitation will be at 10:00 AM, service at 10:30 AM.  A private burial will be held at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Sarasota Christian School, 5415 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, FL 34232

Harold L. Fisher

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Harold Lloyd Fisher, 87, of New Providence, passed away at home on Friday, March 24, 2017.

He was born in Lampeter, PA to the late Harry McLaughlin and Laura E. (Landis) Fisher on April 12, 1929.

Harold attended Lampeter school and went on to serve in the US Navy.

On October 5, 1949, he married Rose A. (Minney) Fisher and they celebrated 67 years of marriage this past year.

Harold, affectionately known as “Pap”, believed in hard work and this served him well in his time spent as a butcher, truck driver, and finally, a stable hand where even the bulls were no match for him.

In his early years, Harold fulfilled his love of being outdoors with wildlife through hobbies of fishing and hunting. He loved the challenge of a good puzzle, and a crossword book was always within reach.

In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by five children; Susan (George) Brown of Columbia, SC, Nancy Warren of Strasburg, William Fisher of Dauphin, Gary (Sheryl) Fisher of Manheim, and Joseph Fisher of Lititz, nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by sisters; Harriet Benedict, Dorothy Rittenhouse, and brothers; Charles and Paul Fisher.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 29, from 12 pm until 2 pm in Bachman Funeral Home, Inc. 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579. The funeral service will begin at 2 pm, in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

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

Harold S. “Bill” Hess

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Harold S. “Bill” Hess, 89, formerly of Willow Street, died at Conestoga View on Saturday, March 25, 2017. He was the husband of Helen (McCullough) Hess. They would have celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary on April 7.

He was a lifelong farmer in Strasburg Township, farming into his early 80’s.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending public auctions.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Clarence and Gertrude (Stauffer) Hess. Harold is also survived by Dale R. married to Rosemary (Witmer) Hess of New Providence, Raymond M. Hess Willow Street; four grandchildren, Matthew, Randal, Andrew and Lauryn; two sisters, Mary Wietzel of Millersville, Gladys Kreider of Leola and three brothers, Glenn married to Wanda Hess of New Providence, Charles married to Janet of Drumore and Donald married to Jane Hess of Leola. He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Cari (McCue) Hess and a sister, Dorothy Dommel.


There will be a viewing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Thursday, March 30, from 10 until 11 AM in the funeral home. The funeral is Thursday at 11 AM from the funeral home with Pastor John Meck officiating. Interment will follow in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Harold’s memory to the Refton Community Fire Company, P.O. Box 7 Refton, PA 17568.

Amos L. Sheaffer, Jr.

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Amos L. Sheaffer, Jr., 91, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Ephrata Community Hospital. He was the husband of Edna (Hall) Sheaffer for 71 years.

He was honorably discharged as a US Army Veteran of WWII, Sergeant, 121st Infantry. He was captured and became a prisoner of war in Germany for nine months. Amos was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in Keraudren, France, a Bronze Star for meritorious achievement in ground operations during the Northern France Campaign and a Purple Heart.

After his service to his country, he farmed in southern Lancaster County and later owned and operated a gas station in Providence Township. He then operated A.L. Sheaffer Excavating and Paving for over 35 years and then worked at Lapp Electric until retiring at age 85.

He enjoyed fishing, reading the funny papers, eating crabs and gardening. An accomplished woodworker, he made many items and especially enjoyed crafting birdhouses and other items for his family. He dearly loved working.

Amos was a member of Community United Methodist Church.

Born in East Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late A. Landis and Anna (Leaman) Sheaffer. In addition to Edna, he is survived by a son, Harry Hall Sheaffer; three daughters, Frances Louise Sheaffer, Mary Lou Kreider, all of Lancaster, and Barbara Ann married to William Litzenberger of Ephrata, 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a brother, Franklin D. Sheaffer and three sisters, Johanna Zander, Myrtle Walker and Nancy Wood. Amos was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lindsay Gorsuch and his siblings, Jacob, John, Ralph, George, Charles, Mary Lou, Esther Ruth, Elizabeth and Mildred.

There will be a visitation on Tuesday. March 28, 2017 (TOMORROW) from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM in Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, PA. The funeral is 2:00 PM in the church with Pastor Harry Kaufhold officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Amos’ memory to The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Raymond J. Haas


Raymond J. Haas, Jr., 87, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 23, 2017. He was the husband of Marie L. (Caldwell) Haas for over 61 years.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Raymond J., Sr. and Mary (Galuska) Haas. Ray graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School. A proud veteran, Ray served the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed exercising, specifically walking and weightlifting. Ray was also loved watching the Eagles and the Phillies. He worked for the former Hubley Toy Company for 32 years and later retired from Armstrong World Industries.

In addition to his wife, Ray is survived by a son, Gary, husband of Melody (Polk) Haas, of Quarryville, a daughter, Donna, wife of John Lesher, of Woodbury, MN, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a brother, Gerald, husband of Debbie (Plank) Haas, of Lititz.

There will be a memorial service on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 11:00 am. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Ray’s memory to Hospice and Community Care 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Hope Y. Bachman

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Hope Y. Bachman, 80, formerly of Strasburg, passed away on March 17, in Cedar Acres. She was the widow of Donald A. Bachman, who died in 2013.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Phillip J. and F. Gladys (Killian) Emmerich. She graduated from J.P McCaskey High School. A homemaker, she also worked several jobs at; RCA, Brooks Body Shop, Strasburg Railroad, Millstream Restaurant, and Don’s business: Bachman Fire Equipment. Hope volunteered as the secretary for the Lancaster County Fireman’s Association for many years. She was also a longtime member of the Strasburg Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Hope was an avid Disney collector, enjoyed reading, and spending time with her family. She loved all animals, especially her finches and Dobermans.

She is survived by four children; Donald N. Bachman, of Willow Street, Brian K., husband of Diane Bachman, of Maytown, Michael S., husband of Ellie Bachman, of Omura, Nagasaki, Japan, Barbara N., wife of Robert C. Zimmerman, of Lancaster, a granddaughter Dawn N. Mount, of Garnet Valley, and two great-grandchildren, three sisters; Louise Canan, Carol Moore, both of Rock Hall, MD, and Phyllis Hernandez, of Palm Springs, CA. In addition to Don, she was preceded in death by a sister, Faith Archer.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579 with Pastor Steve Doutrich officiating. Interment in Strasburg Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Hope’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County 2195 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602.