Charles L. “Charlie” Welton

Charles L. Welton, 63 of Lancaster, died Sunday, June 25, 2017. He was the husband of Carol (Vaught) Welton for over 39 years.

Born in Philipsburg, he was the son of the late Charles L. and B. Cleo (Keith) Welton.

Early in life, Charlie was an avid skier and was part of the National Ski Patrol in western New York. A motorcycle enthusiast, he loved riding on long trips and always owned at least one motorcycle. Charlie enjoyed card games, camping, fishing, and spoiling his pets. He absolutely adored his granddaughter.

After 40 years, he retired from Norfolk Southern.

In addition to his wife, Charlie is survived by three sons; Brian, of Downingtown, Bruce, of Truckee, CA, and Benjamin, of Lancaster, a granddaughter, Bailey, and a brother, Richard (Judy), of Hiram, GA.

There will be a viewing from 9AM until 11AM on Thursday, June 29, 2017 in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St. Strasburg, PA 17579. The funeral will begin at 11AM, in the funeral home. Burial in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Charlie’s memory to Justice Rescue, PO Box 112 Woodlyn, PA 19094 or

Harry H. Ranck, Jr.

Harry H. Ranck, Jr., 80, of Strasburg Township, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, June 18, 2017 following a brief illness. He was the husband of Dorothy (Groff) Ranck for over 56 years.

Harry was a dairy and poultry farmer most of his life. He enjoyed helping his adult children in their various projects. In recent years, Harry provided transportation for members of the Amish community. In his free time, he enjoyed jig-saw puzzles. One highlight of his life was traveling to the Philippines to visit his daughter, who was serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators. He also enjoyed being an active part of his grandchildren’s lives.

He was an active member of the former Lincoln University Mennonite Church for 40 years and present member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. He served as a church treasurer and trustee.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Harry H., Sr. and Anna (Harnish) Ranck. Harry is also survived by his children, Dale married to Miriam (Deiter) Ranck, Nancy Ranck, Carl married to Mary Beth (Eby) Ranck, all of Lancaster, Darrell married to Tina (Wagner) Ranck of Ronks and Fred married to Connie (Nolt) Ranck of Strasburg; 13 grandchildren and his siblings, Ethel Miller of Lancaster and Parke married to Emma (Hostetter) Ranck of Ronks. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen (Ranck) Lehman.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM in the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA and again on Friday, June 23 from 9 until 10 AM in the church. The funeral is 10 AM Friday in the church with Pastor John D. Meck officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Harry’s memory to Water: MCC U.S., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.

Minnie Lou Dobie Musser

Minnie Lou Dobie Musser, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown on June 1, 2017.  She was the wife of the late William M. Musser, Jr. of Lampeter for 66 years.  Born in Stony Creek, Sussex County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Mac Howle and Beatrice Wilson Moss Dobie.

After her graduation from the College of William and Mary, she did historical research for the Rockefeller Foundation in Colonial Williamsburg.  Following World War II, she and her husband moved to Lancaster, and she did volunteer work for the Rock Ford Foundation, the Visiting Nurses, the Red Cross, Lancaster General Hospital, and served on the Board of the Junior League.  She was a former member of the Lancaster Country Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine, of Harrisburg; two sons, William M., III, married to Elena Tsoy, of Oceanside, California, and John Henry, II, married to Judy Flynn, of Basalt, Colorado; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Musser was preceded in death by her husband and by a grandson, John A. Coyle, II.

There will be a Graveside Ceremony on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 11 AM in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, 604 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA with Sam Eshelman officiating. Following the graveside ceremony, there will be a Celebration of Life luncheon held at The Barn at Stoner Grille, 605 Granite Run Drive (Overlook Park), Lancaster, PA 17601

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Mrs. Musser’s memory be made to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Lancaster, 116 S Water St, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Carola E. Arnau; Bellailani Arnau and Noah W. Arnau


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Carola E., Bellailani and Noah Arnau passed into the arms of their Savior on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Carola and Miguel A. Arnau were married for 21 years and were the proud parents of Bellailani “Bella” for 10 years and Noah for four years.

Carola earned a B.A. in Education and a Masters in Archaeology. She was working as a Program Assistant with the I.U 13. She loved outdoor activities, camping, water sports and traveling.

Bella was looking forward to attending the 4th grade at L-S School District. She loved reading, going to the ocean, aquariums and farm animals. She especially loved taking care of her organic garden.

Noah was going to attend pre-K. He was an active four-year-old who loved tractors, playing soccer and eating pizza.

The family attended Victory Church, Strasburg Campus. Bella and Noah enjoyed visiting other churches in Strasburg for Vacation Bible school and many other programs.

Born in Argentina, Carola was the daughter of the late Alberto Fragosa and Maria E. Carril of New Jersey. Carola is also survived by a brother, Marcos Fragosa of North Carolina and a sister, Maria Andino. She was preceded in death by a brother, Hugo D. Fragosa.

Family and friends will be gathering for a time of visitation on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA 17579 with the funeral service to follow at 2:00 PM. Pastor Steve Crutchfield will be officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will follow the service.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in memory of them to Victory Church, 1827 Freedom Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601

Betty H. Rineer

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Betty H. Rineer, 90, formerly of Neffsville, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 5, 2017 at Brethren Village. She was the widow of Donald K. Rineer, who died in 2010.

Born in Quarryville, Betty was the daughter of Norman and Ethel (Rineer) Hackman. She was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School where she served as class president.

Betty loved preparing holiday meals for her three brothers and their families. She enjoyed gardening, camping, traveling the United States and Europe, and trips to the hunting camp in Potter County, all with Don. Betty was a lifetime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

A homemaker, Betty later retired as bookkeeper for G & E Construction in Mountville.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the love and care provided by Betty Weaver and the staff of Brethren Village.

Betty is survived by her two sons; Ted Rineer of Lancaster and Tom Rineer of Lititz, a brother, Fred Hackman, of Willow Street, and her nieces and nephew. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Robert R. and Norman K. Hackman.

Burial in the Strasburg Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Betty’s memory to Otterbein United Methodist Church, 20 East Clay Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Dexter B. Tucker, Jr.

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Dexter Burton Tucker, Jr.,98 of Willow Street PA, passed beautifully, peacefully and quietly into our Lord’s Presence on June 1, 2017 with his wife of 74 years, Muriel Annie Bell, by his side.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Janice Dubois of Scarborough, ME, Shirley Tucker of Lancaster, PA, and Beverly Detwiler of Rustburg, VA, 11 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his three siblings, Dorothy McGill, Astrid Snow, and Irma MacLeod, and his youngst daughter, Alison Tucker Adams.

Dexter Tucker was born on April 28, 1919 in Framingham, MA, to parents Dexter Burton Tucker and Margaret Ada MacDonald Tucker. He was a captain in the Air Force during WW II, serving as a navigator on B-29 aircraft. He graduated from Northeastern University in 1951 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He moved to Buffalo, NY and accepted a position as an engineer in fire safety with Industrial Risk Insurers, where he worked for more than 33 years. Post-retirement he and his wife moved to Willow Valley Retirement Community in Willow Street, PA.

Dexter firmly believed in the promises of God in the Bible. He was a true testament to how he lived every day, giving God absolute control of everything; he was a Christ-follower above all. Dexter wanted everyone to know how much God longs to redeem us.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7 at 1 pm at Spring Run Auditorium, 950 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584.  The family will greet guests immediately following.   Please kindly omit flowers.  Donations in his memory can be made to Christian Aid Ministries, P.O. Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610. Bibles can be given in Dexter Tucker’s memory through Gideons International,

James F. Graybill

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James F. “Jim” Graybill, 86, of Paradise Township, died on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Jennersville Hospital. He was the husband of the late Janet (Metzler) Graybill, who died in 2007.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War. When he returned for the war, he worked as the town Blacksmith. He later went to work for Trojan Yacht Corporation. He retired from BJ Baldwin Electric.

He has a collection of 14 antique garden tractors and many hit-or-miss engines, that he restored and showed. He enjoyed woodworking and fixing things.

Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late David and Mary Louise (Zimmerman) Graybill. Jim is survived by a daughter, Gina L. Graybill of Holtwood; five grandchildren, Andrea, Nathaniel, Danielle and Dustin Kreider and Angela Schlagnhaufer; six great-grandchildren, Michaela, Alyssa, Graydon, Evan, Eva, Kira and Lucy; three sisters and a brother. Jim was preceded in death by a daughter, Ginger Kreider.

There will be a visitation on Monday, June 5, 2017 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM in Calvary Monument Bible Church, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 11:30 AM. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Kristen Rose Macchione


Kristen Rose Macchione entered this world on December 11th 1981.  She was, among other things, an amazing person, beloved daughter and sister, and loyal friend.  Unfortunately, Kristen could not find peace in this world and chose to leave us on May 8th, 2017.

Kristen is survived by her loving father Ray, brother Vinnie, and sister, Nicole.  She also leaves behind a number of close friends and family members who similarly mourn her loss.

Kristen will be missed tremendously, remembered fondly, and loved unconditionally.

The family thanks everyone for their kind wishes and remembrances.  In lieu of cards or flowers, we encourage everyone to make a donation to the Penn Medicine Friends Fund by visiting the following URL;

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Service Announcement for Kenneth M. and Dorothy G. Heisler

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 with The Reverend Daniel P. O’Brien as Celebrant.

Final interment will follow at 10:30 AM in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery, 1514 Village Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579.


Click here for a link to Ken’s obituary

William B. “Bill” Smeltz



William B. “Bill” Smeltz, 95, died Saturday, May 6 after a brief illness at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Benjamin Ezra and Mary (Dearoff) Smeltz.

Before retiring in 1983, he was a custodian for the L.S. school district. He also worked for the Strasburg Township road supervisor and spent many years as a farmer, managing the family’s farm along White Oak road.

Bill was an active member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church of Strasburg and, more recently, Mt. Eden Lutheran Church, Quarryville.

An avid gardener and fruit grower, Bill’s passion was hunting. He was a member and one of the original owners of White Oak Hunting Camp located in Tioga County, PA.

Bill is survived by two sisters; Ida L. Shiffler, of Lititz, and Mary, wife of John Ross, of Strasburg. He was preceded in death by a sister, Verna Clark, and three brothers; Robert, James, and B. Ezra, Jr.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, services and burial in Mt. Eden Lutheran Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Bill’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.