Evelyn M. Mowrer

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Evelyn M. Stettler-Mowrer, daughter of the late Elizabeth Gerhart Stettler and Leandore Stettler, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.

Evelyn was the wife of the late Kenneth R. Mowrer, who died on January 7, 1976.

A homemaker, she enjoyed embroidery. Evelyn cherished the nine years she spent socializing, playing BINGO, and crafting with the residents and staff of QPRC.

Evelyn is survived by two sons, Donald K. married to Ruth Ann (Johnson) Mowrer, and Ronald L. married to Patsy A. (Stauffer)Mowrer, all of Georgetown, two grandsons Darryl, married to Nikki (Segro) Mowrer and Darren Mowrer, and great grandchildren Daniel, Gregory, Dustin, Nathan, and Noria.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers and four sisters.

Evelyn’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the QPRC.

There will be a viewing on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 10-11AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11AM, with Barb McCardell officiating. Interment will follow in the Georgetown United Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Evelyn’s memory to the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Communities Kinsman Fund, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566.

Meredith Leigh Demko

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Meredith Leigh Demko, 18, of Lancaster, died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. She was the daughter of Christopher L. and Susan (Welsh) Demko.

Meredith graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High school in June and was looking forward to attending Ursinus College in the fall.

She was involved in many clubs at school including the Art Club, Diversity Club and the GSA.

She loved art and enjoyed jewelry and metalwork. She also loved fashion, accessorizing and spending time with her friends.

Meredith was a bright and beautiful girl who was taken from us far too soon. She will, however, always remain our “Shining Star.”

She was born May 8, 1996 in Newark, DE. In addition to Chris and Susan, she is survived by a sister, Samantha Demko of Lancaster; a brother, Garrett Demko of Philadelphia and her beloved dog, Vern.

There will be a Celebration of Meredith’s Life on Saturday, July 12, 2014, consisting of a greeting time from 1 PM until 3 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution to the Meredith Leigh Demko Diversity Scholarship, c/o Fulton Bank, PO Box 4887, Lancaster, PA 17604

Anna Darlene Dean

Anna Darlene Dean, 68, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of the late William John Dean, who died in 2006.

Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Fred and Mildred (Waddell) Sutherland. Anna Darlene was a Telecommunications Specialist for the United States Government.

She enjoyed helping friends, working as a secretary at the Hershey Mennonite Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, and singing in the church choir.

Anna Darlene is survived by a sister in-law, Elizabeth Dean, married to Christopher Olsen, of Vienna Va, a step son, William James “Jim” Dean, married to Danielle, of Marshall, Va, and grandchildren: Austin William Johnson, Isaac Timothy Dean, Mikaela Elizabeth Dean, Elijah William Dean, Jesiah Nathaniel Dean, Mattea Francis Dean, and Malise Sairah Dean.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Hershey Mennonite Church from 10 to 11am, the funeral service will take place at 11AM. Interment will follow in the Hershey Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hershey Mennonite Church Brotherhood Fund, 401 Hershey Church, Rd. Kinzers, PA, 17535 or Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604.

Mildred S. Herr

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Mildred S. Herr, 91, formerly of Gordonville, died at the Mennonite Home on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. She was the wife of the late Jacob C. Herr, who died in 2013.

She was a long time member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, where she served many years as Sunday school teacher of the Adult Women’s class. She was a member of Farm Women #14, and volunteered with Paradise Meals on Wheels, American Cancer Society, the Women’s Pavilion at Women and Babies Hospital and Critters Group at Woodcrest Villa.

After four years of serving in the Civilian Public Service during WWII, she assisted Jake in the poultry and Herr’s Bulk Bin businesses. In 1976, Jake and Millie founded J&M Food Services, from which they retired in 1988.

Born in East Lampeter Township, she was the daughter of the late Clarence C. and Blanche (Mowrer) Shenk. Millie is survived by three sons, Glenn married to Narci (Naas) Herr, St. Louis, MO, Raymond married to Jean (Hamilton) Herr, New Holland and Donald, husband of the late Tia (Fooks) Herr, North Carolina; a daughter, Evelyn married to Omar Zook of Lebanon; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and a brother, Clarence married to Marian Shenk of Lancaster. Millie was preceded in death by a son, Robert, two brothers, Melvin and The Rev. J. Clair Shenk and three sisters, Arlene, Evelyn and Miriam.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 3 PM in Eagle Commons at Woodcrest Villa, 2001 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster, PA. The family will greet friends following the service. Traditional interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery is private.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Millie’s memory to the Benevolent Care Fund, Mennonite Home Communities, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

John L. Irwin

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John L. Irwin, 84, of Strasburg, passed away peacefully into his Savior’s arms following a brief illness. He spent the last day of his life doing what he loved most, talking and being with his wife and children, as he enjoyed being surrounded by his family.

John had many interests throughout his life including driving and showing his antique and classic cars, researching parts for their restoration, and keeping with his love of transportation, he collected antiques and collectible model cars and tractors. He also enjoyed traveling and taking road trips to explore new places.

Following his own advice, “You only get out of life what you put into it,” he put a lot into life. He enjoyed his hobbies, visiting with family and friends and striking up conversations with complete strangers, who often turned into friends and adventures of their own.

He was a member of the Hershey Region Antique Auto Club of America (AACA), Model A Club, Red Rose Antique Car Club and the National Railway Historical Society.

John was a lifelong member of Middle Octorara Church where he served as a Deacon.

John served in the U S Navy.

He worked at the former Sperry New Holland, retiring in the 1990s.

John was the son of the late Jesse and Bertha (McGuigan) Irwin. He was the husband of JoAnn Mendenhall Irwin for 59 years.

John was proud of his family. He will live on forever in the memories of his loving wife, JoAnn of Strasburg; and his children: Ron married to Deb (Pleger) Irwin, Lancaster; Deb Wilkins, companion of Charles Childers, Lititz; Karen Stere married to Jeff, Lancaster; Cheryl Irwin-Bass married to Brad, Lancaster; and Randy married to Gloria (Gamble) Irwin, Lancaster; eight grandchildren: Mike married to Allison (Ihde) Irwin; John married to Melissa (Weinhold) Irwin; Eric married to Jade (Chapman) Wilkins; Nicole wife of Todd Byers; Chrissy wife of Joe Kihm; Ashley Stere, fiancée of Kirk Shertzer; Justine Stere; and Grant Irwin.  He will be missed by his six great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Jean, wife of George Crouse, Quarryville and a brother, Richard Irwin married to Mary, New Providence. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Irwin.


A viewing will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 6 to 8 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7  South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Funeral service will be held at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville, PA, on Monday, July 7 at 11 AM with Rev. Douglas M. Hileman officiating. There is a viewing one hour before the service. Interment in the Quarryville Cemetery immediately following the service.

Please omit flowers. The family encourages friends and family to make a donation to the charity of their choice in John’s name.

James Mowrer

James R. Mowrer, 73, of Lancaster, entered into rest at home on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of May (Thomas) Mowrer for over 21 years.

James worked for Wal-Mart for the past five years.

He loved the outdoors and wood crafting with his wife.

Born August 24, 1940, he was the son of the late William C. and Ada P. (Groff) Mowrer. In addition to May, he is survived by three sons, James D. Mowrer of Lititz, Steven P.married to Anita (Rathburn) Mowrer of Texas and David C. married to Ellen (Mattos) Mowrer of Lancaster; a step-daughter, Dawn M. Kohler of Ambler; grandchildren, Nicholas C, Mowrer of Lancaster, Brittany L. Mowrer of Lancaster, Zachary S. Mowrer of Texas and Joseph Mattos of Lancaster and a sister, Evelyn married to Robert Nolt of Lancaster.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Quarryville Cemetery, Park Avenue and Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA.

Ruth A. Widders


Ruth Arlene Widders, 85, of Strasburg went home be with her Lord June 19, 2014, at Arbor View at Willow Valley Communities. She was born on November 4, 1928, the daughter of the late Frank K and Anna Groff Hess. She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Irwin S. Widders.

Ruth was a member of the Strasburg Mennonite Church. Her dedication of praying for her husband, children, grandchildren and friends will be missed. Ruth loved “Old Hymns” which she beautifully played on her organ and piano.

Ruth and her husband Irwin were dedicated Lancaster Central Market produce stand holders once called “Widders Produce”. There are now six generations in the produce business. In 1975, Ruth and Irwin were awarded “Favorite Market Stand Holder” voted by customers at Lancaster Central Market. She worked hard at growing and marketing vegetables alongside her husband.

She is remembered by her family for beautifully set tables of china, flowers and delicious food prepared at her family gatherings.

Surviving are family members including a son, Dr. Irvin E. Widders husband of Romelia Polanco of Lansing, Michigan; two daughters, Rose wife of Robert S. Meck Strasburg, Marilyn, wife of Jay R. Denlinger, Strasburg; 10 Grandchildren and 25 great Grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother J. Paul Hess of Greenwood NY. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a brother Roy G. Hess and a great grandchild who died at birth.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of Arbor View at Willow Valley Communities and Hospice & Community Care who lovingly cared for our Mother.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 6 until 8 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA and again on Monday, June 23, from 10 until 11 AM in the Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Stephen S. Weaver and Pastor John D. Meck officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

Richard J. Mentzer

Richard J. Mentzer, 62, formerly of Strasburg, died at the Lebanon VA Medical Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was the son of Richard E. and Ruby (Adams) Mentzer of Strasburg.

Rick served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

He worked as an environmental machine operator for Weston Corporation.

Rick is survived by a son, Jace Mentzer of Mountville; a sister, Cathy married to Russ Ressler of Brownstown and two, brothers, Alan “Tate” married to Doris (Groff) Mentzer and Curt married to Cindy (Halter) Mentzer, all of Strasburg; and nieces and nephews Russell, III, and Christopher Ressler, Hunter Mentzer and Chelsea Mentzer.

The family would like to thank the Lebanon VA Hospice Unit for the wonderful care Rick received during his stay.

Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Memory of Richard J. Mentzer to Lebanon VA Medical Center CODE 10V, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon, PA 17042. Please write “ATTN: Hospice Unit” on the memo line of the check.

Glenn L. Esbenshade

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Glenn L. Esbenshade, 87, formerly of Strasburg, died at Willow Valley Communities on Monday, June 16, 2014. He was the husband of Anne (Coyle) Esbenshade for over 65 years.

He graduated from the former Strasburg High School. He worked for ALCOA Corporation and later Lorillard Tobacco Company.

He served in Trinidad in the US Army during WWII and was Honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant.

Glenn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg for 65 years, where he had served as a Deacon.

Glenn was a life member and former Commander of the Paul R. Strubel VFW Post #8710, Strasburg. He was a member of Strasburg Lodge #361 Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lancaster Lodge #43 F.&.A.M., Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest #27.

Born in Strasburg, Glenn was the son of the late Lloyd Musser and Ivie (Lefever) Esbenshade. He is survived by a daughter, Glenna A. married to John Kirchner of Strasburg; two sons, Mike married to Beth E. Esbenshade of Elizabethtown and John married to Brenda K. Esbenshade of Ronks; grandchildren, Heidi married to Bill Payne of Lancaster, Hans married to Kelly Kirchner of York, Brett Esbenshade married to Maggie of Lititz, Abbey married to Vlad Sidorov of Mount Joy, Jack Esbenshade of Lancaster and Daniel Esbenshade married to Kiley of New Holland and five great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Glenn’s Life on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11 AM in the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg with Pastor Bob Bronkema officiating. The family will greet friends after the service. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

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

Dorothy L. Sheaffer

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Dorothy L. Sheaffer, 90, formerly of Strasburg, went home to be with her Lord on June 14, 2014. She was the wife of the late C. Richard Sheaffer, who died in 2010.

A graduate of Strasburg High School, Dorothy was a homemaker and actively involved in church life as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. During her life she was active in Wesley Methodist Church in Strasburg, The Worship Center and Church of the Word in Lancaster.

Dorothy was a lover of nature; especially flower gardening and watching birds and butterflies. She enjoyed good music, scrapbooking, compiling the family genealogy, attending auctions, and corresponding with her “pen pal”, Ilse Moritz of Holland, since 1938.

Born in Eden Township, she was the daughter of the late Roy K. and Harriet (Graham) Herr. Dorothy is survived by a son, Steven L. married to Jenny Sheaffer of Wallingford and a daughter, Sandra Sheaffer of Strasburg; two grandsons, Christopher of New York City and Matthew of Mt. Pleasant, SC;  She was preceded in death by brothers, John G. and Roy J. Herr and sister Catherine Martin.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 10 until 11 AM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA immediately followed by the funeral with Pastor James Day officiating. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider sending a contribution in Dorothy’s memory to support the ministry of Christopher Alam at Dynamis World Ministries, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster PA 17601.