Mary Lou DuWell, 85, formerly of Somerset and Ft. Myers, Florida, died at home in Strasburg, PA on Saturday, May 17, 2014. She was the wife of William DuWell for over 64 years. Mary Lou graduated from Conemaugh School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse in Fort Myers, FL. She was also in charge of the Lee County School Nurse system for over two decades. During Bill’s deployment in Korea, Mary Lou served as a VA nurse. She and Bill were members of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg. Mary Lou loved flowers and was a certified Floral Designer who received many awards for her designs. Born in Altoona, she was the daughter of the late Percy and Nellie (Reighard) Beegle. In addition to William, she is survived by a son, The Reverend Ralph DuWell of Orlando, FL; two daughters, Saundra married to Duane Dewey of Jackson, MS, and Cindy married to John D. Achille of Lampeter; five grandchildren; two sisters, Goldie Beals of Davidsville, and Nellie Nevitt of Clairmont, FL; and a brother, Percy Beegle, a veteran of WWII, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by four brothers: Bobby Beegle, who was killed in action in WWII, Tom, Russell, and Ralph, all of whom also served in WWII. This made Mary Lou’s mother, Nellie Beegle, a WWII Five Star Mother. Services and Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Wesley United Methodist Church Building Fund, 40 West Main St. Strasburg, Pa 17579.
Ruth M. Landis, 99, formerly of Lancaster, went home to be with the Lord on May 10, 2014, after living at Fairmount Homes for over two years. She was the wife of the late Phares A. Landis, who died in 2000.
Born in Millersville, she was the daughter of the late Landis M. and Maud H. (Rohrer) Shertzer.
Ruth was a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church.
Most of her life, Ruth was a homemaker. In her earlier years she worked at Lancaster Central and Southern Markets, where she stood at the deli stand. In the 1960’s, she worked for her nephew, Harold Landis, at Landis’ Potato Shop.
Ruth also made many beautiful crafts, including small “Teasel” Christmas trees that were sold at the Philadelphia Markets.
Surviving are two sons, Gordon L. married to Marian (Benner) Landis and Marlyn S. Landis; a daughter-in-law, Patricia (Jones) Landis, all of Lancaster; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Duane and Dawn (Myers) Landis with Dana and Dustin Landis, both of Conestoga, Lori and Brent Fox with Bridget, Emmett and Wyatt Fox, all of Duncannon, Steven and Diana (Lawson) Landis with Calvin, Landis of Fort Worth, TX, Jeremy Landis with Emma Landis of Springfield, MO.
Ruth was preceded in death by a son, Barry Landis, who died in 2000; three brothers, Melvin, Rohrer and Paul Shertzer and two sisters, Irene Barr and Elsie Shertzer.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and the dedicated nurses at Fairmount Homes for their kindness and care.
There will be a viewing on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 10 until 11 AM in Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Joe Miller and Pastor Leon Oberholtzer officiating. Interment will follow in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Ruth’s memory to Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, PA 17522.
Jane Diem, 87, formerly of Chestnut Street, Gap, died Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Masonic Village. She was the wife of the late Paul Diem. She had also lived in Las Vegas for eight years.
She worked in retail for JC Penney and later for J&M Catering, Gordonville.
Jane was a member of Gap United Methodist Church.
She played in the Gap card club for over 40 years and enjoyed playing pinochle.
Born in Gap, she was the daughter of the late Elias and Lydia Ann (Wenger) Brackbill. Jane is survived by a son, Philip married to Marlene (Smoker) Diem of Gap, three daughters, Patti married to Carl Esh, Paula married to George Sigle and Pamela married to David Esh, all of Strasburg; ten grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great-great granddaughters; three brothers, James Brackbill, Raymond married to Sandy Brackbill and John Brackbill; and two sisters, Patricia Durs and Shirley Wertz. Jane was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Robert and Donald and two sisters, Mary Reeder and Dolly Edgar and a great grandson, Jared Ryan Sigle.
The viewing will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 10 until 11 Am in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Tim Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Bellevue Presbyterian Cemetery, Gap.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to the American SIDS Institute 528 Raven Way, Naples, Florida 34110. Kindly mark your donation in memory of Jared Ryan Sigle.
Jodi Rinier-Butler, 49, formerly of Strasburg and Philadelphia, died unexpectedly of natural causes at Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
Jodi was a Paramedic with the Philadelphia Fire Department and worked in the Emergency Room at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She had worked as an EMT with West End Ambulance and volunteered with the Strasburg Community Ambulance.
Jodi enjoyed going to the beach and the Chesapeake Bay.
Born in Lancaster, Jodi was the daughter of Anna (Walls) Rinier of Lancaster and the late Richard W. Rinier. She is survived by siblings Connie married to James Rice of Lititz, Michael married to Joann Work of Arlington, WA, Daniel married to Christine Work of Lancaster and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jacqueline Andrews, mother to Tylor “Potata” and Meagan, with whom Jodi enjoyed spending time.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Jodi’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Marilyn J. Garver, 70, of Paradise, passed away unexpectedly into Heaven on Monday, April 28, 2014. She was the wife of Ralph R. Garver for over 47 years.
Marilyn graduated from PequeaValleyHigh School class of 1961.
She was employed for 28 years at the Gap Diner, where she had numerous friends, coworkers and customers, who will miss her.
Marilyn was a member of St. John’sUnitedMethodistChurch, Paradise.
She was an avid Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles fan. She enjoyed attending flea markets and yard sales. She especially enjoyed slots at DelawarePark and playing the lottery.
Born in Churchtown, Marilyn was the daughter of the late C. Ellis and Virginia May (Harsh) Spotts. In addition to Ralph, she is survived by her daughter Wendy married to Robin Fromm of Kinzers; a sister, Bev (Spotts) married to Kent Hillard of New Holland; three nephews, Johnny married to Christine Spotts of Swengel, EJ Hillard of New Holland and Andrew Garver of Paradise; a sister-in-law, Violet (Garver) married to Richard Cox of Lewes, DE; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Charles “Bud” Spotts.
A Viewing will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral will be at 11:00 AM in the funeral home. Interment will follow in CalvaryMonumentBibleCemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to the American Cancer Society 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603, or The American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA17603.
Vicki L. Brooks, 58, of Gordonville, died at LGH on Monday, April 28, 2014 following a brief illness. She was the wife of Richard E. Brooks, Jr.
She graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School class of 1973. Vicki worked at the former AMP Corporation, Strasburg, as a machine operator.
She enjoyed cooking for her family, watching Law and Order, going to concerts, music and dancing. Vicki loved spending time with her family, swimming, tennis, yard games, taking walks and playing bingo. She also enjoyed caring for her pets and feeding birds.
Born in Lancaster, Vicki was the daughter of the late Richard and Patricia (Coonan) Dunkle. In addition to Rick, she is survived by her children, Cheryl married to Seth Taylor of Strasburg, Andrew married to Melissa Brooks of Nickel Mines, Samantha married to Evan Hoover of Gordonville, Cole Brooks of Gordonville; five grandchildren, Owen, Aiden, Andrew, Jr., Reese, Nathen, and Wyatt, who is expected in August; and her sisters, Betty Jo Never and Tracy Fry.
A Memorial service will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Private interment following the service.
In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in her memory to The Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.
Mary Alice Baitzel, 93, formerly of Palmyra and Vincentown, NJ, died at Willow Valley Communities, Willow Street, PA on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was the wife of the late Gordon Baitzel, who died in 2006.
Mrs. Baitzel was a homemaker. She had also worked as a secretary for Mount Laurel Schools Board of Education, Mount Laurel, NJ.
She was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Mary Elizabeth (Woolley) Schaefer. Mrs. Baitzel is survived by her sons, G. William married to Kathleen Baitzel of Kinnelon, NJ, and Richard L. married to Eileen Baitzel of Shamong, NJ; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 11 AM in the Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, PA, with Pastor Ron Bohannon and Pastor Ryan Baitzel, her grandson, officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mrs. Baitzel’s memory to Berryville Special Education Preschool, Attn: Jennifer Hornbaker, 317 W. Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.
Robert Fryer, 79, of New Holland and formerly of Paradise, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at LGH. He was the husband of Donna E. (Mellinger) Fryer for 61 years.
A graduate of ParadiseHigh School class of 1952, he worked for over 40 years as a brick mason for E.C. Witmer, Jr. and Carl Ragan Masonry. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was a member of the Paradise Sportsman’s Association and the Turtle Club. Bob enjoyed spending time at his cabin, Lazy Acres, in JuniataCounty.
Bob and Donna attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, New Holland.
Bob was actively engaged with many projects in and around Paradise. He helped build the tennis courts at the ParadisePark, the cabins at the Girl Scout Camp and was instrumental in planning the Paradise Bicentennial celebration.
Born in Drexel Hill on August 6, 1934, he was the son of the late Clifton S. and Mary (Gourley) Fryer. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters; Sandra, married to Vincent D. Phillips of West Chester and Donna, married to Charles Hershey of Ronks; four grandchildren, Vincent married to Amy of Alexandria, VA, Kelly married to Eric Eckman of Lancaster, Susan Phillips of West Chester and Kevin Hershey of Lancaster; three great-grandchildren, Amber and Emily Osborn and Max Eckman, and a brother, Clifton J. married to Mary (Reinhart) of Phillipsburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 150 Water Street, New Holland, PA with The Reverend Pang J.S. Tcheou as Celebrant. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Mt. EdenLutheranCemetery, Quarryville
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Bob’s memory to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2080 Linglestown Road # 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Geraldine F. “Jerry” Millham, 81, of Ronks, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of Edmund R. Millham for 62 years.
Jerry was a homemaker, and she also worked for the DowningtownSchool District.
She and Ed were founders, and life members, of the Uwchlan Ambulance Corps.
Jerry enjoyed puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Leslie C. and Florence (Worrall) Gregg. In addition to Ed, Jerry will be missed by daughters Barbara Launi married to Ralph Powers of Chester Springs, Janet Hronetz and fiancé Gary Davis of Wadsworth, OH, Carol married to Greg Wiestner of Gilbertsville, Linda married to Pat Trenkle of Sinking Spring; nine grandchildren: Matthew married to Allie Launi, Eddie & Robert Hronetz, Tony Davis, Andrew & Jill Palski, Christopher & Nikki Stewart, Max Trenkle; two great-granddaughters, Harper & Kiya. She will also be missed by many loving nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Ellen Simpson, who died in December.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Private interment at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Uwchlan Ambulance Corps 70 West Welch Pool RD., Exton, PA 19341 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA17604-4125.
Rebecca R. Sellers, 87, formerly of Gordonville, went home to be with the Lord on April 3, 2014 at Audubon Villa. She was the wife of the late Howard E. “Howdy” Sellers, who died in 1999.
A homemaker, Becky had worked at the former: Hershey Garment Factory, Hamilton Watch Company, Precision Time, Inc. and Victor F. Weaver, Inc.
She was a member of CalvaryMonumentBibleChurch.
Becky enjoyed crocheting and loved to travel.
Born in Springville, Becky was the daughter of the late Harry Elmer and Lucy Rebecca (Wallace) Myers. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Lee Sellers of Gordonville, one son, Walter T. “Tom” Sellers of Intercourse, a grandson, Jonathan A. Sellers of Safe Harbor; six sisters, Betty Wimer of Kinzers, Eva McCracken of Lititz, Sarah married to William Landau of Lancaster, Martha married to Art Weitzel of Austin, Alice Fisher of Bedford and Edna Mae Danz of Willow Street; one brother, Allen married to Jane Myers of Iva. Becky was preceded in death by four Brothers, Kenneth, Robert, Harry and Wiley Myers.
There will be a viewing on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and a viewing on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 10 until 11 AM in CalvaryMonumentBibleChurch, 1660 Mine Road, Paradise, PA17562. The funeral is Monday at 11 AM in the church with The Reverend Robert M. Reid officiating. Interment in the adjoining cemetery following the service.
Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA17604-4125 or to the church at the above address.