John Drouillard



John Drouillard, 57, of Mountville, passed into the arms of his Savior, Jesus, on Thursday, January 9, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was the husband of Joyce J. (Robertson) Drouillard for over 39 years.

John was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, York.

Born in Toledo, OH, he was the son of the late Joseph and June (Clark) Drouillard. In addition to Joyce, John is survived by three sons, John W married to Cheryl Drouillard of Strasburg, Jayson J. Drouillard of Marietta and Rich A. married to Sabrina Drouillard of Mountville; nine grandchildren; four brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Family and friends are invited to greet the family on Monday, January 13, 2014, from 6:30 until 8:00 PM at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, corner of Penn Grant Road and Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA. There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 11 AM in Calvary Baptist Church, 2740 Roosevelt Avenue, York, PA with Pastor Gregory Wahlberg officiating.

George D. Sload

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George D. Sload, 82, of Lancaster, died at the Masonic Village on Friday, December 27, 2013. Born April 19, 1931, he was the foster son of Raymond and Edith Raber, late of Bainbridge.

He was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School, class of 1949 and the National School of Trust Banking at Northwestern University, Illinois.

His career spanned 26 years in the banking industry. He later served as CFO for two county corporations.

His greatest joy was his service to the Lord, having been a long term church member, serving as Sunday school teacher, board member and Minister of music for 41 years at various local churches. He was a member at El Redentor/St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Lancaster.

George was a member of Abraham C. Treichler Lodge #682 F. & A. M., Elizabethtown.

His hobby and passion was tending his roses and sharing them with others.

He is survived by his wife, Delores (Huggins) Sload of Elizabethtown; four children, Cheryl married to Donald Graybill of Ronks, Phyllis married to William Kepner of Lancaster, David married to Debbie Sload of Conestoga and John married to Crystal Sload of Lancaster; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and another on the way; a sister Charlotte Hill of Michigan, a brother Robert Sload of Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of George’s Life will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2013 at 11 AM  in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with The Reverend Brunilda Martinez officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 AM until the time of the service. Private interment will be in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his memory to Hospice of Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022


Clayton E. Heisey

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Clayton E. Heisey, 91, of Willow Valley Retirement Community, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013. He was the husband of May (Kohler) Heisey for 65 years.


He served in the US Army during WWII and received European African Middle Eastern Campaign and WWII Victory medals.

Clayton retired from Kunzler & Company, Inc. Following retirement, he worked part-time with Willow Valley Security.

Born in MountJoy, he was the son of the late Clayton B. and Fannie (Zerphey) Heisey. IN addition to May, he is survived by a son; William K. married to Susan (Bortzfield) Heisey of Rehoboth, DE. Clayton was preceded in death by a daughter, Candace L., a son, Todd Z., two sisters, Stella and Elsie and two brothers, Raymond and Norman.

Interment will be private.

Ellen L. Simpson

Ellen L. Simpson, 84, of Ronks and formerly of Springfield and Exton, died at home on Monday, December 23, 2013. She was the wife of the late A. Warren Simpson, Jr., who died in 1983.

Ellen was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School and Pierce Business College. Over the years, she worked as a Secretary for several Philadelphia area businesses.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg.

Born in Philadelphia, Ellen was the daughter of the late Leslie C. and Florence (Worrall) Gregg. She is survived by her children, Gail E. married to Arthur McColl of Australia, Donna J. married to Michael Elser of New Hampshire, W. Gregg married to Lois Simpson of South Carolina, Donald L. Simpson of Honey Brook and Patricia E. Simpson and companion Kathy Clauges of Peach Bottom; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a God daughter Joyce Lang of Bethlehem, and a sister, Geraldine “Jerry” married to Edmund Millham of Ronks and their four daughters. Ellen was preceded in death by a daughter in law, W. Beth Simpson and a granddaughter, Heather Simpson.

There will be a Visitation on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA.  The funeral at 11 AM with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. Interment will be private in St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery, Lionville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ellen’s memory to Knifty Knitters, c/o First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.

Paul W. Lefever


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Paul W. “Yite” Lefever, 93, of Strasburg, died Monday, December 23, 2013 at the Mennonite Home. He was the husband of the late Lucille “Tootie” (Harnish) Lefever, who died on April 29, 2008.

Paul graduated from the former Strasburg High School class of 1938.

Paul served in the in the 397th Bomber group, US Army Air Corps, during WWII. He was a tail gunner in the B-26 Bomber the “Draggin Lady.”  Draggin Lady

It was shot down December 23, 1944 over Germany  (he died 69 years later on Dec. 23, 2013). The airplane crashed near Steineberg and Paul was captured as a prisoner of war.

He was liberated on April 29, 1945 by an Army battalion led by General George Patton.

As a Master Carpenter, Paul worked for Roy Zimmerman Contractor of Strasburg and later retired as a Foreman from T.A.H. Construction Company.

Paul was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, where he served many terms as a Trustee and also served on the Pulpit nominating committee.

Paul was a member of the Conestoga Chapter of American Ex-POW’s and the former Paul R. Strubel VFW Post #8710, where he was instrumental in establishing Ambulance service in Strasburg through the VFW post.

He enjoyed woodworking, hunting in Tioga County and watching the Phillies. He also enjoyed spending time vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland.

Born in Strasburg Township, he was the son of the late Harry M. and Blanche (Witmer) Lefever. Paul is survived by a son, Jeffrey S. married to Lesa (Korns) Lefever of Strasburg; two daughters, Tessa L. wife of the late Lloyd D. Lefever, Jr., of Lancaster and Tamara D. married to Alan W. Scheurich of Lancaster; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter and two sisters.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM, in the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment in Strasburg Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Paul’s memory to First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Earl R. Simmons

Earl R. Simmons, 86, of Pioneer Road, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at home. Born in Paradise Township, he was the son of the late Elnora Singer.

Earl farmed most of his life.

He is survived by two nephews, Ronald L. Simmons and Robert N. married to Rose Simmons, all of Lancaster.

There will be a viewing in Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Interment will follow in Hershey Mennonite Cemetery, Hershey Church Road, Kinzers, PA.

Paula L. Weidman


Paula L. Weidman, 62, of Lancaster went home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2013 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  She was the wife of Cleon Weidman, III, for 42 yrs.

Paula was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for children; especially raising her own two children.  She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and playing card and board games.  She always maintained a positive outlook on life even though she struggled with many health issues.

Paula is also survived by her mother Joan C. Bleacher of Lancaster, a daughter Karin, wife of Jeffrey E. Swope of Strasburg, a son, Douglas A. Weidman of Lancaster, and a sister, Sherry wife of Alvin C. Gant, III, of Lancaster; two granddaughters, Autumn V., and Olivia R. Swope of Strasburg, a step-granddaughter Veronica S. Dippner, of New Holland, PA, and step-grandson Brian E. Swope, of Philadelphia, PA, and two step-great grandsons, Ethan and Landon Dippner of New Holland, PA. She was preceded in death by her father John R. Bleacher, and a granddaughter, Johanna M. Swope.

A Viewing will be held Sunday December 15, 2013 from 2-3pm at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Rd. Lancaster PA.  The Funeral will start at 3pm with Pastor John Hostetter officiating.  Food and fellowship will be held following the service.  A Graveside service will be held on Monday December 16, 2013 at 11:00am at Riverview Cemetery, on the 1000 block of South Duke St., Lancaster PA.

Donations can be made in Paula’s memory to either United Disability Services (UDS) at PO BOX 10485, 1901 Olde Homestead Lane, Lancaster, PA 17605, or COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Rd., Leola, PA 17540.

Elvin Hess, Jr.

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Elvin Hess, Jr., 86, died at LGH on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, following a long illness. He was the husband of Velma (Landis) Hess for 66 years.

Elvin and Velma operated a dairy farm in Strasburg Township.

He served as a Strasburg Township Supervisor and Township Roadmaster for many years. He also served as Judge of Elections in the township. Recently, he worked at A & C Diffenbach Auctions in New Holland.

Elvin was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church for over 52 years.

He served on many local and state Agriculture Boards and was a Past President of the PA State Holstein Association. He was also a 4-H leader.

Elvin was very active with the Strasburg Lions Club and received a Melvin Jones Fellowship, Lions’ Highest Award, from the club He proudly served as District Governor for Lions Club District 14­D.

Elvin was active with and a life member of the Strasburg Fire Company No. 1.

He enjoyed golf, hunting and snowmobiling in the mountains at his own cabin. He was a member of the Green Laurel Hunting Club and the Smoketown Do-Nothing Club.

Born in Strasburg Township, Elvin was the son of the late Elvin W., Sr., and Anna (Amand) Hess. Surviving in addition to his wife are their children: Ken married to Mary Jane Hess of Willow Street, Carol married to Alan Diffenbach of New Holland, Donna married to Steve Jones of Lancaster, Ed married to Shirley Hess of Strasburg, Randy married to Sherri Hess of New Providence and Jeff married to Shawna Hess of Strasburg; nine grandchildren;  four great-grandchildren; a sister, Eileen married to John Thomas, Jr., of Millersville, and brothers, J Robert married to Evie Hess of Lancaster and Jim married to Ginny Hess of Quarryville. Elvin was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Makenzie Hess, and a brother, Richard H. Hess.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hamilton Arms Center for their loving care.

There will be a Viewing on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at 11 AM in the Neffsville Mennonite Church, Neffsville, PA, with Pastor Dwight Rohrer and Pastor Alan Miller officiating. There will be no viewing on Saturday; however, the family will greet friends following the Memorial service. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery is private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elvin’s memory to the Neffsville Mennonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Clarence D. Neff


Clarence D. Neff, 90, formerly of Little Britain Road, Quarryville, died at Landis Homes on Sunday, December 8, 2013. He was the husband of the late Mabel (Widders) Neff, who died in 1998.

He was a retired dairy and chicken farmer.  He thoroughly enjoyed his life on the farm with Mabel by his side.  In his retirement years, Clarence was an avid volunteer at Main Street Closet consignment store, and in various activities at Landis Homes such as driving shuttle service, and pushing wheelchairs.  He loved seeing his children and grandchildren and enjoyed family gatherings as well as get-togethers with his extended family.   He was a wonderful Dad and father, and will be greatly missed by his children and grandchildren.


Clarence was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church.

Born in Lancaster, Clarence was the son of the late Harry Keener and Katie (Denlinger) Neff. He is survived by a son, Barry L. married to Sandra A. Neff of Quarryville; three daughters, Barbara A. married to Nelson L. Dagen of Leola, Jeanette E. married to James R. Kraybill of Elkhart, IN, and Karen L. married to Randy Phillips of Seattle, WA; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Ellene Lefever, Marian Martin, Betty Martin, Grace Reitz, Harry D. Neff, Alma Martin and Evelyn Hostetter.  He was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth L. and J. Clarence, and his dear friend Elva E. Martin

There will be a viewing on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6 until 8 PM and Friday, December 13, 2013, from 9 until 10 AM, both at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA. The funeral will be at 10 AM in the church with Pastor Joe Martin and Pastor Leon Oberholtzer officiating. Interment will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of Clarence D. Neff to The Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Andy Arnold


Andrew M. “Andy” Arnold of Lancaster, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, December 6, 2013. Born in Lancaster on September 17, 1979, Andy was the son of David A. Arnold, Sr., of Lancaster and Linda (Brendle) Arnold of Strasburg.

Andy graduated from Lampeter Strasburg High School in 1998 and Delaware Area Community College, where he was on the Honor Roll. He also attended West Chester University.

For the last six years, he was employed at the ACME Distribution Center in Denver. A hard worker, Andy took great pride in his job. In the beginning of his career at ACME, he was named employee of the month. Most recently, he was named trainer of the month with his team.

A loving and caring person, Andy cherished his friendships, which spanned his lifetime. Andy was a loyal friend and willing to help those in need.

He enjoyed playing ball with his nephews Billy and Beau Heyser, and spending time with his niece, Bella Heyser, all of whom he loved very much. Andy cherished his time with his family, especially birthdays and holidays and eating at Red Lobster.

He enjoyed the outdoors and playing and watching sports. He loved going to his Grandparent’s cabin to fish with his friends. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan.

Andy will be greatly missed by his mother and father; his sister, Holly married to Bill Heyser of Strasburg; his two brothers, David A. Arnold, Jr., of Lancaster and Matthew M. Arnold of Strasburg; his maternal grandmother, Miriam (Smoker) Brendle of Strasburg,; and his uncle, Glenn M. married to Karen Brendle of Gap; his cousins, Anna married to Steve Kennedy of Lancaster; Ian and his companion Barbie Marshall of Strasburg ,his best friend and roommate, Shawn Sullivan,  his cat, Daisy and all of his wonderful friends and extended family.

Andy was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Martin M. Brendle, who he loved spending time with, and paternal grandparents, Miles and Sarah Arnold.

Andy’s legacy will endure forever in the hearts of those he touched.

Interment in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

A Celebration of Andy’s Life will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the home of his mother, 19 Prospect Road, Strasburg.  Drop in from noon to 9pm to enjoy some food and share your memories of Andy.