Helen Margaret Hill

Helen Margaret Hill of Lancaster, PA passed away on September 4, 2012 at Lancaster General Hospital.
Born in Quilmes, Argentina, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Margaret Santoro Plumbo.
She was the widow of Ronald C. Hill who died February 20, 2005.
Mrs. Hill is survived by a son, Dr. Scott F. Hill and a daughter, Dr. Robyn A. Hill and her grandchildren, Brandon D., Jaclyn M., Gavin B., and Adam S. Hill.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Jeanne G. Dombach

Jeanne G. Dombach, 84, of Lancaster, PA went home to be with the lord on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at her home. She was the loving husband of Richard D. Dombach. Born in Columbia, PA she was the daughter of the late Martin H. Nolte and Margie Bard Trayer.
Jeanne spent much of her life as a homemaker as well as a receptionist for Eye Associates where she worked for 10 years.
She was a proud member of Salem United Church of Christ Church in Rohrerstown, PA where she served on consistory and was involved with a variety of committees.
In her spare time Jeanne enjoyed needlework, playing golf, traveling as well as gardening. However what she enjoyed most was spending time with her loving family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons; Douglas, husband of Marilyn Dombach of Leola, and Kevin, husband of Nancy Dombach of Millersville; 6 grandchildren, Teresa, Melissa, Matthew, Andrew, Daniel, and Elizabeth; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Sienna.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Salem United Church of Christ, 2312 Marietta Avenue Lancaster, PA on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. with the Reverend Lavern Dinino officiating,. Interment will be private in Habecker Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made in her memory to Salem United Church of Christ or to Hospice & Community Care P. O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Robert M. Ford

Robert Merl Ford in his 88th year went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 2nd at Lancaster Regional Medical Center. He was the son of Freeman and Ruby Fernburg Ford and was married to the late Annette M. DeSallier Ford.

He is survived by 3 sons, Ronald of Lancaster, and twins Barry of Alabama and Gary of Columbia. He also had 2 sons, Henry and Albert who are deceased. He also has 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He is survived by sisters, Blanche of Conestoga, Romaine, wife of Gordon Sneath of Willow Street, Doris wife of Ronald Heisey, and Annette Kurtz, all of Mountville, and a brother, Freeman “Pete” husband of Janet Ford of Palmyra. Sisters, Caroline and Esther, and a brother, Charles “Chub” preceded him in death.

He is survived by his long time companion Mildred K. Kolp, and her two children Charles E. Murray, III and Jodi Lynn Minnick; and her 5 grandchildren.

An auto mechanic all of his life, he worked at various garages in Lancaster, mostly in front end alignment and frame straightening. A real fan of racing, he loved the sprint cars and NASCAR stock cars.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had a big heart and was always willing to do anything for anybody.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Grace E. C. Church, corner of Shippen and Locust Streets, Lancaster on Thursday, September 6th at 10 AM with Pastor Mark Ammerman officiating. The family will visit with friends from 9 to 10 AM at the church on Thursday. Interment will be at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be sent to Hospice and Community Care P. O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Leonard G. Stapf

Leonard G. Stapf, 76, of Ronks, died Sunday, September 2, 2012 at Hospice and Community Care in Lancaster.
He was married 15 years to Joyce B. Givler Stapf. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late Rosalie Kieffer Stapf.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Leonard L. and Mary Stapf.
Leonard retired from Kerr Glass where he had been employed as a setup mechanic for over 35 years. He enjoyed fishing and camping.
Surviving besides his wife is a son, Steve husband of Vicky Stapf of Crofton, MD; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; a step son Robert K. husband of Cheryl Wenditz of Conestoga; a step daughter Kathy L. wife of Kerry Richers of Florence, TX; four step grandchildren; one step great grandchild; a sister Susan wife of Earl Cramer of Conestoga; and a brother, Wayne Stapf of Elizabethville. He was preceded in death by a sister Joan Stapf.

Services and interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Stapf’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Ruth A. Held

Ruth A. Held, 78, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at the Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Clair F. and Luella McLaughlin Fitz.

Ruth received her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and her Master’s Degree from Millersville University. She was a teacher for the School District of Lancaster, retiring in 1994. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels, the PSAR and participated in a variety of school retirement groups. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Lancaster and the Kappa Delta Sorority.

She is survived by her daughter, Kim wife of Bill Wagner of Marietta, GA and 2 granddaughters, Erin and Leah Wagner of Marietta, GA. She was preceded in death by a brother, Clair Fitz, Jr.

Funeral Services will be held from the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home 141 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 3 PM. The family will visit with friends from 2 to 3 PM at the funeral home on Saturday. Private interment in Mount Rose Cemetery, York, will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Water Street Rescue Mission 210 S. Prince St. Lancaster, PA 17603 or to the American Heart Association 610 Community Way Lancaster, PA 17603.

Madelyn “Mandy” E. Becker

Madelyn “Mandy” E. Becker, 92, of Lititz, passed away on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at Audubon Villa. She was the loving wife of the late Alfred M. Becker who passed away in 2003.

Born in East Weissport, PA, she was the daughter of the late Elmer E. and Beulah S. Israel Messersmith.

Madelyn spent her life serving as a homemaker, church organist and was a long time employee at Bavarian Pretzel at Park City.

She was a proud member of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in East Petersburg, PA where she served as church organist until the time of her passing.

She is survived by a son Donald A. Becker, of Newmanstown, PA; and two daughters, Susan M. Bowman and Sheryl L. Kresge both of Lititz. She was preceded in death by three brothers; George F., Paul R., and Elwood E. Messersmith.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service at Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, at 6067 Carpenter Street, East Petersburg, PA 17520 on Tuesday, September, 4th, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Pastor Jerry Berrier officiating. There will be an evening viewing Monday, September 3rd, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 P.M at Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home, 2024 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 as well as at the church from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service on Tuesday. Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Audubon Villa, 125 South Broad Street Lititz, PA 17543 or to Chronic Disease Fund at 6900 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 200 Plano, TX 75024.

 

Verna B. Flower

Verna B. Flower, 92, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at her son’s home in Arlington, VA. She was born in Gap, the daughter of the late Rev. Omar and Ada Ranck Buchwalter, and was the wife of the late Rev. George E. Flower. Her life was one of love for, and service to the Lord Jesus Christ, as a young girl in church, a Pastor’s wife, and an Executive Secretary in the national office of the Assemblies of God. She was an accomplished vocalist, an avid gardener, and a person of great creativity, making quilts, afghans, ceramics, etc. as gifts of love to her family.
Surviving are: a son, the Rev. Roswell T. Flower and wife Sandra of Arlington, VA; a daughter, Elizabeth Quayle and husband Thomas of Richland, WA. Preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters, she was “Grandma” to eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
A committal service will be held at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery 1514 Village Road Strasburg, PA on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 10 a.m. A memorial service will be held at the Victorian Chapel at Willow Valley 2416 Willow Street Pike Lancaster, PA 17602 on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the George E. Flower Memorial Scholarship fund, Valley Forge Christian College, 1401 Charlestown Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Robert F. Bell

Robert F. Bell, 74, of Lancaster, PA went to be with the Lord on August 26, 2012.  Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of the late Marvin and Edna Bell.  He was the loving and faithful husband of Jean Susanne Bell.

A graduate of Trenton State College, NJ, he received his Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Vermont and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Education Administration from Castleton State College, VT.  He also served in the United States Air Force in Europe in the early 1960s.

He spent 20 years as principal of Rutland Town Elementary School, in Rutland, VT and raised his family in the Green Mountains.  Much time was spent at hockey rinks, on ski slopes and at campgrounds throughout New England.  Later, he became Superintendent of the Epping, Chester and Fremont School District in southern New Hampshire.  He completed his professional career as Director of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program.

A history buff, lifelong baseball fan and avid beach-walker, one of Bob’s greatest pleasures was spending time with his loving family.  He also loved to study God’s Word and served as an Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four sons, Thomas, husband of Jennifer Bell and their children Hannah and Caroline of Arlington, VA; Matthew, husband of Kristin Bell and their children Luke and James of Signal Mountain, TN; Daniel Bell of Lancaster, PA; and Gregory, husband of Amy Bell and their children, Samuel and Ethan of Yorktown, VA; and a brother, Jack, husband of Cathy Bell of Hamilton, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a worship service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Saturday, September 1st at 11:00 A.M.  with the Rev.  Dr. Michael A. Rogers officiating.  Friends may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service.  Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery.

Parke K. Harnish

Parke K. Harnish, 87, formerly of Willow Street, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Landis Homes.  Born April 8, 1925, he was the son of the late Enos C. and Ella (Kreider) Harnish.  Parke is survived by his wife of 64 years, Kathryn (Widders) Harnish, of Landis Homes.

Parke operated an IGA store in Willow Street in his early years, worked in excavating with Ben Groff, drove school bus, and retired from Andrews Excavating after 25 years of driving truck.  In his retirement years he delivered parts for E. M. Herr Farm and Home and John E. Landis, Inc.  He was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church, where he served as janitor for many years.  He enjoyed puttering in the yard and garden, hosting corn roasts, and spending time with his family.  He was a fun-loving, easy-going husband, father and grandpa who will be sorely missed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and their wives: Robert L. married to Brenda (Moser) Harnish of Castorland, NY, and Herbert L. married to Ruth (Breneman) Harnish of West Willow; and two daughters and their husbands: Kathy H. married to David E. Landis of Lampeter, and Debra J. married to J. Edwin Kilheffer of Millersville.  He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Jennifer K. (Straley) married to Dwight L. Rohrer, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Parke was preceded in death by a son, Steven L. Harnish ; five brothers: Aaron K. Harnish, Amos K. Harnish, Clayton K. Harnish, Enos C. Harnish, Jr. and Lloyd K. Harnish; and three sisters: Elizabeth K. Weaver, Anna Mary Peifer, and Esther Mae Dagen.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, PA with the Rev. Robert A. Breneman and the Rev. Dwight E. Rohrer officiating.  Friends may call at the Willow Street Mennonite Church on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.  Interment in the adjoining church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA  17543.

Harry E. Mentzer, Jr.

Harry E. “Butch” Mentzer, Jr., 59, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Anna Goss Mentzer of Lancaster, and the late Harry E. Mentzer, Sr.

A graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School, he had worked for Woolworths in Lancaster. More recently he had worked for Anvil International in Columbia.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by 3 sisters, Patricia Ann wife of Randy Beard and Claudia M. wife of Stanley Gantze, both of Lancaster, Sharon L. wife of Richard Kauffman of Bird-in-Hand; a brother, Rick husband of Diane Mentzer of Florida.

Funeral Services will be held from Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home 141 E. Orange St. Lancaster on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 2 PM with interment following in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 2 PM at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society 314 Good Dr. Lancaster, PA 17603.