Donavin S. Gratz

Donavin S. Gratz, 93, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County. He was the husband of Gayle Amstutz Gratz for 71 years. Born in Bluffton Ohio, he was the son of the Late Homer S. and Edna Badertscher Gratz.
Donavin graduated from Bluffton, High School, attended Bluffton College where he later became a trustee, and then transferred to Ohio State University where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He was a member of First Mennonite Church Bluffton.
In 1939 he moved to Souderton, PA where he was employed by Groff Candy Company. He married Gayle Amstutz in 1940 and became a business partner with Newton Clemens of PA Dutch Products Co., Souderton, PA.
From 1944-1946 Donavin became a Naval Aerial Photographer in Pensacola, FL, going on to San Diego, CA aboard the U.S.S. Klondike until the end of World War II.
Returning to Souderton, he was a member of the Zion Mennonite Church, a 32nd degree Mason of the Mac Calla Lodge, an active member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary Club. An avid golfer, he was a charter member of the Indian Valley Club of Telford, PA and Doylestown Golf Club.
In 1954, Donavin and his family moved to Lancaster where he continued his partnership with PA Dutch Products and became Executive Vice President in charge of sales for Charles Potato Chips. He became a pilot, flying his own plane across the country acquiring and guiding 164 franchise dealers in 44 states. He was known as “The Chipper.” Donavin was a member and elder of First Reformed Church. In 1992 he became a member of the Neffsville Mennonite Church until his death.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. Donavin was a member of the Lancaster Country Club serving on The Greens Committee for many years and President from 1977-1979.
Donavin is survived by his wife, Gayle Amstutz Gratz, his daughter, Jane K., wife of George Knerr of Lancaster, PA; Daughter-in Law, Barbara A. Blake of Stone Harbor, N.J.; two sisters, Margaret Detwiler of Toledo, OH, Joan Slotter of Castle Rock, CO; 3 Grandchildren; seven Great-Grandchildren; and two Great-Great-Grandchildren.
Donavin was preceded in death by his son, Brett Alan; two brothers, Homer Jr. and Russell; and a sister Kathleen.
His family and friends are thankful for the life of this beloved man.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Lois Marion Mapes

Lois Marion Mapes, 88, passed away June 27th, 2012 at Willow Valley Retirement Community. Services will be private. Memorial Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County; P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to The Mathias J. Brunner Scholarship Fund; 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Charles W. Quick

Charles W. Quick, 95, a resident of Masonic Homes died Saturday, June 23, 2012.
He was the husband of the late Frances Fogel Quick who died in 1999. Born in Matamoras, PA he was the son of the late Charles B. and Helen Street Quick.
Charles retired from Cooper and Long Orthodontics where he had worked for 29 years. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #43.
A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Conestoga Memorial Park, 95 Second Lock Road, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Kenneth A. Creitz officiating.

Eileen B. Hossler

Eileen B. Hossler, 87, of Lancaster died Sunday June 24th at ManorCare of Lancaster surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late William H. Hossler Sr. Born in Johnstown, PA she was the daughter of the late William and Alice Buettner. She served in the US Army during World War II as a nurse. She was an avid card player and loved animals.

She is survived by 3 children: William H. Hossler Jr., Marjorie E. Sload and Patricia A. Humpherys, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Donald L. Trostle

Donald L. Trostle, 84 of Lancaster, PA passed away June 22, 2012 at Landis Homes surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Hanover, PA on August 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Jay Roger and Leona Mae Hamm Trostle.  He was the husband of Elizabeth Gottshall Trostle and had been married for 59 ½ years.

Don served in the U.S. Navy.  He graduated from Eichelberger High School in Hanover and Lebanon Valley College.  For over 29 years he worked in the public school system, 26 of them at J.P. McCaskey High School.  Affectionately known by his students as “Mr. T,” he directed the concert and marching bands, the orchestra and the stage band.

During 1962-1978 the McCaskey Marching Band gained national attention by performing televised half time shows for 10 N.F.L. football games.  The McCaskey Concert Band played for the opening of the New York World’s Fair in 1964.

Don was musical director for over 1069 performances of Broadway musicals for 16 organizations.  Along with the many Fulton Theater productions he worked with theaters in the York, Harrisburg, Lebanon and Lancaster areas.

In 1964 Don was appointed director of the Philadelphia Eagles Sound of Brass. The band entertained at all of the Eagle’s games.  As arranger for the band he wrote special arrangements for Gene Krupa, Ella Fitzgerald and many other guest artists who were featured during the half time shows.

After retirement from McCaskey, Don formed the Concert Band of Lancaster. The band was composed of 40 professional and classically trained musicians.  The group was best known for their series of free Sunday night concerts in the Lancaster Square.

Well known in Central Pennsylvania as both a classical and jazz pianist, he was the director of both the Don Trostle Big Band and the Don Trostle Jazz Quartet.

When Don was a student at Lebanon Valley College, he established the first Jazz Concert in the school’s history.  He had returned to present a series of Jazz Reunion Concerts made up of LVC alumni and the LVC Alumni Chorale.

Don was founder and director of Sound Reflections, a vocal group consisting of 4 singers that were featured with Don’s big band and his concert band. They performed at the White House twice and sang the National Anthem at 2 Phillies baseball games.  They also sang at a gala honoring Carol Channing.

He served as director of the Lanchester Chorus of Lancaster and Chester Counties.  The chorus presented several concerts at Longwood Gardens.  They also performed a concert at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in addition to 5 Christmas concerts at the White House.

For over 50 years, Don has served as choir and orchestra director at many area churches.  He most recently served at St. Paul’s Manheim and St. Paul’s United Methodist in Mountville.  He was a member of Lancaster Church of the Brethren.

One of Don’s biggest pleasures of his musical career was teaching his many piano students and watching them grow musically.  Many of his students went onto music schools; others are performing professionally.

He was a member of several civic and professional associations including the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, honorary life member of the Lancaster Kiwanis Club and a life member of the American Federation of Musicians.

In addition to his wife, “Liz,” Don is survived by two sons, David L., husband of Noreen Trostle of Manheim, and James A. Trostle of Lancaster; two daughters, Donna J., wife of Douglas Barnes of Lancaster and Barbara J., wife of David Bachman of Palmyra, PA; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Susan Ward of Doylestown, PA;  He was predeceased by a brother, William D. Trostle.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service from Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, Pa on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 2:00P.M.  The family will greet friends immediately following the service. Private interment will be held in the Memorial Gardens of the church at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be sent to:    Music for Everyone “MFE in the Schools Program”; 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603.


Ruth Miriam Kirchner Remley

Ruth K. (Dolly) Remley of Lancaster passed away on June 17th at Moravian Manor Nursing Home in Lititz, PA. Born in Lancaster on Jan 25, 1917, she was 95 at the time of her death. She was the daughter of the late Philip A. and Ruth S. Kerchoff Kirchner of Lancaster, and the wife of the late J. Frank Remley, Jr. of Lancaster who died in 2008. Surviving are two sisters, Regina K. Garreth of Lancaster, and Corinne K. Ortega of Chicago; and one brother, Lawrence Kirchner of Lancaster, as well as Sister-in-Law, Dorothy Kirchner of Lancaster.  She was preceded in death by brothers Louis and Philip Kirchner.


Ruth graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1936. She worked briefly at the Hamilton Watch Co along with her husband, Frank who spent his career with Hamilton. Together they made their life-long home in the Hamilton Park area of Lancaster, and devoted themselves to raising their sons. She was an avid reader, and a frequent visitor of the Lancaster Public library and other area libraries. She is survived by her sons J. Frank Remley, III, Newbury, MA, husband of Cheryl E. Remley; and Dennis M. Remley, Lancaster, husband of Edith L. Remley; four grand children including Jonathan F. Remley, husband of Dr. Laura Avery of Boston, MA; Anne J. Remley, Newbury, MA; Dr. Michael J. Remley, Clarkston, MI; and Joshua Remley of Lancaster. She has two great grandsons, William F. and Jonathan O. Remley of Boston, MA.


A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA.  The family will receive relatives and friends at the church on Friday, July 6, from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.  She will be laid to rest in St. James Memorial Gardens next to her husband Frank.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be sent to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 (

Sara R. Taylor

Sara R. Taylor, 79, of Lancaster, passed away June 17th with her closest family by her bedside.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Phares H. and Elsie M. Gaul.  Sara’s employment included Schick Inc.,  Schwalm’s Watch Factory and various retail stores.  After retirement, she worked at Amelia’s Grocery Store.

Sara’s hobbies were shopping, crocheting and keeping house.  She was an avid fan of the WWE, the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies, and Penn State.  Her greatest joys were being a mom, grandmother and watching after her dog Ginger.

Sara was a member of the former  St. Stevens Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

She is survived by her children, Randy H., husband of Vickie Sload of Conestoga, Torreen A., wife of Charles Leibold, Jeffrey C. Taylor, and Tracy R., wife of Merle R. Eller all of Lancaster; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister Mary Ann Van Aulen, and two grandchildren, Derek E. Leibold and April L. Taylor.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral from Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, PA on Thursday, June 21st at 11:00 A.M.  Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 A.M.  Interment will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125


Peter J. Pichler

Peter J. Pichler, 63, of Lancaster, passed away at home on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Peter Pichler and Joan Wiegand Emerick.

Peter was a painter, and enjoyed woodworking. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog, Petey.

He is survived by: a sister, Joan L. Gentry of Lancaster; 3 nieces; 1 nephew; 1 great-niece; 3 great-nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Aaron G. Fisher

Aaron G. Fisher, 85, of Lancaster, was called to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 15, 2012.

He was married 57 years to the late Malinda Stoltzfus Fisher who died in 2006.  Born in Gap, PA he was the son of the late Benjamin J. and Lena Glick Fisher.

Aaron was a member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church in Bird-In-Hand and the Gideons International.  He had various occupations throughout his life and was last employed by Ressler’s Mill for 10 years where he enjoyed being a tour guide.  He enjoyed socializing with people of all walks of life and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

Surviving are four daughters, Lena wife of Bob Sloyer of Lancaster, Ada, wife of John Stoltzfoos of Silver Spring, Naomi, wife of Mervin L. Glick of Lancaster, and Rose, wife of David Shenk of Ronks; a son, Aaron, Jr. husband of Dawn Eberly Fisher of Prospect, VA; 17 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; five brothers, Elmer husband of Mary Fisher of Strasburg, Menno Fisher of Lancaster, Ben J. husband of Emma Fisher of Gap, John, husband of Anna Fisher of Rebersburg, and Alvin husband of Anna Fisher of Friedens.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Esh and by brothers, Leon, Christie and Jesse Fisher.

Everyone is invited to attend the Funeral Service which will be held at the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, 2900 Church Road, Bird-In-Hand, PA on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:00 A.M.  A viewing will be held at the church Sunday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 P.M. and on Monday from 9:45 A.M. until 10:45 A.M.  Interment in the adjoining church cemetery.  Please omit flowers.  If desired contributions in Aaron’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125 or to the Gideons International,  P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Gary L. Mulcahy

Gary L. Mulcahy, 65, of Landisville, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 14, 2012.
He was married 23 years to Mary Kay Burkholder Mulcahy. Born in Erie, PA he was the son of the late Robert and Henrietta Hensel Mulcahy.
Gary retired from the Hempfield School District where he had been employed as a school psychologist for 20 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Grove City College and his Master’s degree from Edinboro University. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lancaster. Gary served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Gary’s interests included golfing, bowling and following the Philadelphia sports teams.
Surviving besides his wife is a son, Michael R. Mulcahy of Los Angeles, CA.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 West Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Kurt S. Strause officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Memory Gardens , Ephrata, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603.