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

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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.

Mary Russell

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Mary Ruth (Frackman) Russell, 89, Willow Street, entered into her Savior’s glory on September 16, 2013.

Mary was the daughter of the late H. William Frackman, Sr., and Ruth M. (Welk) Frackman. She was married to the late Earl Russell, who died in 1995.

Mary is survived by sons: E. Donald husband of Bonita, Leola, William R. husband of Joyce, Quarryville, Larry K. husband of Joanne, New Providence, and daughter Linda J. married to Randy Kellenberger. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, a brother Harry W. Frackman, Jr., Paradise, and a sister Nancy Schlemm, Quarryville.

Mary enjoyed homemaking, family and reading. She was a 47 year member of BEMC.

Services will be on Monday, September 23, 2013. Viewing from 10 until 11 AM with the funeral at 11, at the Bible Evangelical Methodist Church, 2 Kay Drive, Lancaster, with Pastor Jack Hilton officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Please consider sending a contribution in Mary’s memory to Bible Evangelical Methodist Church, 2 Kay Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603, or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Arlene B. Esbenshade

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Arlene B. (Rutt) Esbenshade, 93, formerly of Willow Street, died Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Landis Homes. She was the wife of the late A. Wilmer Esbenshade, who died in 1979.

A homemaker, Arlene farmed in Willow Street with her husband.

She was a long time member of Strasburg Mennonite Church.

She was a member of Farm Women and enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and, for the past 15 years, cutting patches for quilts donated to MCC.

Born in W. Donegal Township, she was the daughter of the late Norman L. and Mary Franck (Brubaker) Rutt. Arlene will be dearly missed by her children, Reba Buckwalter-Kreider married to Noah Kreider, Jr. of Manheim, Ruth married to David Warfel of Leola, Rhelda married to Wilmer Conrad of Lititz, Clair married to Deb Esbenshade of Beaver Springs, Clyde married to Peggy Esbenshade of Lancaster, Rita Esbenshade of Leola and Rosa married to Glenn Nolt of Strasburg; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and three sisters, Martha B. Garber of Lancaster, Esther E. Rutt and Miriam B. Hess, both of Manheim and a sister-in-law, Betty (Ebersole) Rutt of Elizabethtown. Arlene was preceded in death by siblings, Edwin B. Rutt, Frank B. Rutt, Harold B. Rutt, Norman B. Rutt and Leroy B. Rutt.

A viewing will be held on TUESDAY, September 17, 2013 from 6 until 8 PM in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA. An additional viewing will be held on THURSDAY, September 19, 2013 from 9 until 10 AM at Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. The funeral service will be held on THURSDAY at 10 AM in the church with Pastors John D. Meck and Stephen S. Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Arlene’s memory may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

John E. “Bull” Wenger

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John E. “Bull” Wenger, 71, of Gordonville, died Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center, Mount Joy. He was the husband of Shirley (Rynier) Wenger, who died in 2010.

Bull was a career over-the -road Truck driver. He retired from L.M. Prange Trucking, Kirkwood.

He enjoyed a daily visit to Jennie’s Diner. Bull liked to watch Westerns and Action movies and enjoyed word puzzles.

Born in Ronks, he was the son of the late John E. and Blanche (Fisher) Wenger. Bull is survived by a daughter, Kimberly married to Larry Gentry of Gap, a granddaughter, Kathryn Gentry of Gap; two sisters, Shirley married to Arthur Miller of Lancaster, Susan married to John W. Mitchell of Kinzers and a brother, Robert married to Debbie Wenger of Smoketown.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 7 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor Sam Masteller officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 PM until the time of the service. Interment in St. John’s UM Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in his memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Lester V. Lefever

Lester V. Lefever, 78, of Leola, passed away peacefully at LGH on Thursday, September 5, 2013 following a brief illness. He was the husband of Tanya J. (Overly) Lefever for 45 years.

He was a US Air Force Veteran and was Honorably discharged in 1960.

Les was a welder for Case New Holland, retiring after 25 years.

An avid sports enthusiast, He loved attending his children’s sporting events and watching sports on TV. He looked forward to Wednesday morning coffee with his brothers and sisters.

He was a member of Conestoga American Legion Post #662, New Holland.

Born in Colerain Township, Les was the son of the late Lester V., Sr. and Esther (Roop) Lefever. In addition to Tanya, Les is survived by a daughter, Julia married to Robert Fricke of Denver, Guy married to Devon (Plotnick) Lefever of Lancaster, four grandchildren, Hailey and Abigail Fricke, Owen and Cole Lefever; his siblings, Dottie Derr of Lititz, Guy married to Wanda Lefever of Quarryville, Gene Lefever of New Holland, Richard married to Doris Lefever of Quarryville and Darlene married to Dennis Bond of York, and his beloved Cocker Spaniel, Mopsy.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, September 8, 2013 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Monday, September 9, from 10 until 11 AM. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Interment in St. John’s United Methodist Cemetery, Paradise, will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send a contribution in his memory to The Love Fund, Leola UM Church, 7 W. Main St., Leola, PA 17540