Emily L. Thompson

Emily L. Thompson, 76, of Strasburg, entered into rest with her Lord on Thursday, November 14, 2013. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert L. Thompson and her son, Steven Thompson.

Emily is survived by her mother, Addie Gunkle of Narvon; two brothers, Richard married to Janet Kilgore and Donald married to Kathy Kilgore; two sons, Robert married to Cindy Thompson and Jeoffrey married to Deborah Thompson; a daughter, Tammy Brown of Texas; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Emily loved her cat, Princess, and enjoyed working in her flower garden and her house.

A celebration of Emily’s life will take place on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 10 Washington Street, Strasburg, PA. Family and friends are invited to drop in from 6 until 8 PM.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Emily’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.


Ethel M. Suter


Ethel M. Suter, 87, formerly of Millstream Rd., Lancaster, passed away at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community on Saturday, November 9, 2013. She was the wife of the late Earl F. Suter who passed away in 2004.

A homemaker, Ethel worked at several retail stores in downtown Lancaster as well as the umbrella factory and cigar factory in the 1940’s.

Ethel enjoyed her family very much, and looked forward to their visits. She kept up-to-date on politics and current events.  Her excellent cooking and baking skills afforded her family many delicious treats over the years.  Ethel enjoyed the change of seasons and the beauty of God’s show in nature. She enjoyed bird watching, and the pets that she and her husband had as companions.  She was creative in her household decorating skills and flower arranging.  She read her Bible and knew the Lord.  Ethel is now free from pain and is with Jesus in heavenly glory.


Ethel was born in Lancaster as one of five daughters to the late Phillip and Edith M. (Leonard) Edgerly.  Surviving is a daughter, Sandra L. “Sandy” Hershey, wife of the late Albert “Berd” Hershey of Gordonville; two sons, Terry L. Suter, husband of Marcia Adair Suter and Jeffrey L. Suter, husband of Carol Martin Suter, all of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Lisa Hershey Wilson, wife of David Wilson of Lancaster, Christopher Hershey of Gordonville, Jason Suter of Lancaster,  Jessica Suter of Manheim, and Kayley Suter Slaymaker, wife of US Marine Cpl. Joel Slaymaker of Camp Lejeune, NC; two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Luke Wilson of Lancaster; a niece, Jacqueline Fisher of Lancaster and a nephew, Butchie Fisher of Lancaster.  Ethel was preceded in death by her young son, Buddy, and four sisters.

The family would like to thank the staff at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for their loving care and support.

A family graveside service will take place from the Neffsville Brethren Cemetery, Buch Avenue, Neffsville, PA, on Friday, November 15, at 10:00 am with Pastor Tom Lefever, of High View Church of God,  officiating.

Henrietta Belle Long

Henrietta Belle Long of Lancaster, died at Landis Homes on Friday, October 25, 2013. She was the wife of the late George L. Long, who died in 2002.

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She worked for RCA Corporation as an assembler for over 30 years.

Belle was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. She had been a member of the former St. Stephens Lutheran Church, where she and her husband were active with the youth group.

She volunteered at Conestoga View for many years and she and George also volunteered at Luther Acres.

Belle loved spending time with her family and friends, her church and traveling with George.

Born in Houtzdale on February 3, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Blair and Lucy (Causer) Haywood.


Belle is survived by a daughter, Donna married to Kenneth Reeves of Lancaster, a grandson, Mark K. Reeves of Denver, CO, a granddaughter, Kathryn E. married to Robert Kapchinske of Lancaster, four great grandchildren and four nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin and Luther Haywood, a sister, Dorothy Hughes, a niece and a nephew.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 10 until 11 AM in the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. The funeral will be at 11 AM in the church with Pastor Mark Russell officiating. Private interment will be in Philipsburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Henrietta’s memory to VisionCorps (Formerly Susquehanna Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired ) 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Harriett R. Miller


Harriet R. Miller, 93, of Strasburg, died Tuesday morning, October 22, following a brief stay at The Mennonite Home, Lancaster. A former owner and editor of The Strasburg Weekly News, she was the wife of the late J. Franklin Miller, who died in 1996.

Born September 7, 1920 at 140 W. Main St., Strasburg, she was the daughter of the late Ezra Day Ressler and Mary Elizabeth Homsher Ressler.

A graduate of Strasburg High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in English from West Chester State Teachers College in 1942, and taught in the old Lampeter Elementary School. For many years Harriet wrote the well-read “One Hundred,” “Seventy-Five,” “Fifty” and “Twenty-Five Years Ago” columns for The News.

            Harriet joined First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg in 1935 and faithfully served in many ways: as an ordained elder and deacon, substitute organist, Sunday school teacher and choir member. Active on the Outreach Committee, she was a member of Presbyterian Women and the Rebecca Circle.

Strasburg’s historian, Harriet was a charter and life member of The Strasburg Heritage Society, for which she had been general chairman of the annual Heritage Day, and served on the committee creating The Strasburg Heritage Cook Book.

The first woman elected as Director of the Lampeter-Strasburg School Board, Harriet was a member of the Strasburg Auxiliary to Lancaster General Hospital and served as Secretary of the Strasburg High School Alumni Association for many years. She was often the local fundraising chairman for many charitable organizations. Her volunteer efforts included delivering food for Paradise Meals-on-Wheels and playing the piano weekly for the children of Sunshine Corners.

            She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Miller Schreiner of Wynnewood, and her son, Henry Day married to Holly Leber Miller of Strasburg; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Her grandchildren will remember her boundless love, wonderful gingerbread-house-making skills, and delicious shoo-fly pies.

            A Service of Resurrection will be held Tuesday, October 29, at 11 a.m. (visitation begins at 10 a.m.) at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., with the Rev. Robert K. Bronkema officiating. Interment will be in Strasburg Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Harriet’s name to First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg PA 17579, or to The Clinic for Special Children, PO Box 128, Strasburg PA 17579.

Douglas M. Hoffer, Jr.

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Douglas M. Hoffer, Jr., 32, of Picadilly Hill, Quarryville, passed away from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Saturday, October 19, in Washington Township, Franklin County, PA.

He graduated from Solanco High School in 2000, and LCCTC-Willow Street, where he received the Outstanding Senior in Automotive Technology award. Doug was a member of FFA at Solanco.

Doug worked as a petroleum transport driver for Eby Oil Company, New Holland. He enjoyed time spent working on Steepside Farms for the Hollinger family, who nicknamed him “Weekend Doug.”

He was a Firefighter with the Quarryville Fire Company. Doug, or “Picadilly” as he was affectionately called by his firefighting brothers, joined the Quarryville Fire Company (QFD) in March 2001.  Doug became a very active and dedicated member of the QFD and served as Lieutenant in 2008-2009.  Doug’s true fire service passion was driving.  He was trained on, and became very proficient with, all QFD apparatus. Doug was known for his infectious smile, kind demeanor and pleasant personality.

Doug was a fan of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and enjoyed collecting memorabilia. He also enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and liked country line dancing at Low Places and detailing and maintaining his “Cowboy Pickup” and his family’s vehicles.

Born in Lancaster, Doug was the son of Douglas M. Sr., and Nancy (Lowe) Hoffer of Quarryville. He is also survived by a son, Blake Douglas “Dougie” and a daughter, Brooke Danielle “Sissy” Hoffer.

Thank you Jeffrey “Jeff” Hollinger for being a good friend and big brother to Doug. Thank you also to the EMS, Police and Chief, Firefighters and Auxiliary of the Quarryville Fire Company, and Bachmans for your continued help and support.

“Nothing Runs Like A Deere. Go Green and Yellow!”

The funeral service will be held on Saturday morning, October 26, 2013 in the Quarryville Fire Company-Station 57, 217 East State Street, Quarryville, PA. The family will receive friends beginning at 9 AM until a time when the service begins (hopefully around 12 Noon) with Fire Company Chaplain Mike Wagner officiating. There will be a Firefighters Procession after the service.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Doug’s memory to the Quarryville Fire Company, PO Box 143, Quarryville, PA 17566.

Helen Patterson

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Helen E. Patterson, 90, formerly of Ronks, died at Harrison Senior Living, Christiana, on Friday, October 18, 2013. She was the wife of the late Elmer “Pat” Patterson, who died in 1997.

Helen worked at the in the candy store at the Choo Choo Barn and as a greeter on the Strasburg Rail Road luxury railcar The Paradise Car.

Helen will be fondly remembered for her love of animals.

Born in Lancaster, Helen was the daughter of the late Chester R. and Blanche Irene (Schlemm) Axe. She is survived by two sons, Patrick married to Barbara (Risk) Patterson of Lancaster and Shawn married to Lori (Christian) Patterson of Ephrata, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

The viewing will be on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1 until 2 Pm in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is on Monday at 2 PM from the funeral home. Interment will be in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in Helen’s memory to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602

Dorothy E. Bowman

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Dorothy Elizabeth Bowman currently residing at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown Pa, died on October 8, 2013 at the age of 90.  She was the wife of the late Albert F. Bowman who died on June 15, 2013 at the age of 92.  They were married for 68 years.

Dorothy worked for Franklin & Marshall College in the book store for 18 years, retiring in 1989.  She was a graduate of J.P.McCaskeyHigh School class of 1941.

Dorothy was a former member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church in LancasterPa for over 50 years.  While there she served as vice president of the Tuesday afternoon fellowship group and was also a member of the Lutheran Church Women, chairman of the Memorial Fund and served on the alter guild.


She is a breast cancer survivor and belonged to the Breast Cancer Support Group.  One of her hobbies was crocheting afghans for them to be auctioned off at various fund raisers.  She participated in the Relay for Life in MillersvillePa.

At the time of her death she was a member of St. Paul LutheranChurch in MillersvillePa.  During her active years, she served on the alter guild and also did some volunteer work at the church.

Dorothy’s hobbies included crocheting afghans for her children and grandchildren and making many photo albums of family photos throughout the years.  She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

She is survived by three children.  Her daughter Linda Jeanne wife of Stanley Klaniecki of Milton Florida, her oldest son Thomas Albert Bowman of York Pa and her youngest son Richard Wayne Bowman of Coal Township, Pa.  She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  She was the daughter of the late Ervin J. Witmer and Anna Fern Book Witmer of Strasburg Pa.

Dorothy was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold B., Richard B., and Robert B. Witmer and one sister Kathryn I. Burkhardt.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 16, at 11:00 am in St. Paul LutheranChurch, 222 N. George St. Millersville, PA, with The Reverend Constance Mentzer officiating.  Interment will take place immediately following the service in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

Anna M. Stauffer

Anna M. Stauffer, 99, formerly of Paradise, died at Landis Homes on Monday, September 30, 2013. Born in Bart Township, she was the daughter of the late Elvin and Stella (Ressler) Stauffer.

Anna worked as a seamstress in the sewing factory in Paradise and later as a sales clerk for the former Watt & Shand Department store.

She was a long time member of the former Mt. Pleasant Mennonite Church and later attended Grace Point Church of Paradise.

Anna is survived by a brother, Harold Stauffer of Strasburg; a sister, Helen Buckwalter of Landis Homes and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Landis and Clarence Stauffer and sisters, Irene Stauffer and Reba Nissley.

There will be a viewing on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 10 until 11 AM in Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Joel Buffington officiating. Interment in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Anna’s memory to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon RD., Lititz, PA 17543.

Bette Ellis


Elizabeth “Bette” Ellis, 92, of Mennonite Home Communities and formerly of Gap, went to her eternal home surrounded by family on Friday, September 27, 2013. She was the wife of the late Norman M. Ellis, who died in 2001.

Bette worked as Assistant Cashier for the former State Bank of Paradise.

She was a long time member of Bellevue Presbyterian Church where she served as Elder, served with the Presbyterian Women, sang in the choir, and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She also served as Treasurer for Donegal Presbytery.

Bette was active with the Gap Fire Company Auxiliary. She was a member of Chris Penn Chapter #455 O.E.S., Christiana.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Harry B. and Caroline S. (Stoecker) Conway. Bette is survived by three daughters, Joyce K. widow of Ronald Shaffer of Stevens, Janet L. married to David S. Kennedy of Lititz and Jean E. married to Richard J. Adams of Tannersville; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a brother, Robert married to Roberta (Rose) Conway of Ephrata. Betty was preceded in death by siblings, James, Harry, Charles, John and William Conway and Doris Mowery, Ruth Tennant and Hazel Marsh.

There will be a private family graveside service.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at 3 PM in Bellevue Presbyterian Church, Gap. The family will receive friends from 2 PM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 810 Newport Avenue, Gap, PA 17527, or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Mae E. Winters

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Mae E. Winters, 82, formerly of Willow Street, died at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. She was the wife of the late Bernard Dale Winters for 53 years. He died in 2007.

Mae graduated from Salisbury School. A homemaker, she also co-owned a Trucking business with her late husband.

She attended Refton Brethren In Christ Church. She enjoyed Change of Pace South Bible Study.  Mae actively volunteered with the Refton Fire Company Auxiliary.

Mae was a member of Southern Lancaster County Historical Society and Widows-to-Widows.

She enjoyed vacationing at their home in Chincoteague.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Leroy H. and Evelyn (Landis) Kreider. Mae is survived by her children, B. Dale, Jr. married to Beth Reed Winters and June married to Richard McGlothlin, Sr., all of Holtwood, Jean James of Lancaster and Dennis married to Shelley Eshleman Winters of Willow Street; 11 grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jacob married to Esther (Nolt) Kreider of Gap and two sisters, Edith married to David Yoder of Lakewood, CO, and Doris married to Clyde Martin of Lititz. Mae was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Kreider.

There will be a viewing on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, and a viewing on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 10 until 11 AM in the funeral home. The funeral is on Tuesday at 11 AM with Pastor Mike Anderson officiating with interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Mae’s memory to Refton BIC Benevolent Fund, 110 Church St., PO Box 68, Refton, PA 17568.