Cathy E. Rodruan

Cathy E. Rodruan, 57, of Lititz PA, passed away on June 7, 2012 in her home. She was born on July 15, 1954 in Reading PA to John and Catherine (Moyer) Craley. She lived in Shillington, attending and graduating from Governor Mifflin School District. During her junior year, she began dating William C. Rodruan.
Cathy graduated from Millersville State College (now University) in 1977, and married Bill that same year. They began their life together living in Lancaster, with Cathy working for the School District of Lancaster, at Price Elementary. In 1981, Cathy and Bill moved to Charlotte, NC. During the two years there, Cathy volunteered her time at a local church pre-school.
Cathy and Bill returned to Lancaster County in April 1983, and Cathy promptly increased the family size by delivering Ross W. Rodruan on June 3, 1983. Cathy devoted her time to rearing Ross and volunteering at the family’s church home, Salem United Methodist in Manheim.
In 1992, Cathy and Bill moved again due to Bill’s work, this time to Montreal, Quebec. Cathy’s time was focused on supporting Ross in school and playing the “tour guide” to the various family members and friends that visited.
In 1994, Cathy, Bill and Ross moved back to Lititz. Cathy restarted her numerous volunteer activities, and began substitute teaching. She ultimately taught full-time at Rheems Elementary part of the Elizabethtown School District, where she worked until her retirement in 2005.
Cathy is survived by her husband of 34 years, Bill; her son Ross; her daughter-in-law Barb; her mother Catherine; her brother John (and family); as well as numerous other family and friends.
A woman of strong faith and beliefs, Cathy was well known for her caring and devotion to family and friends. She was also known for her dogs; Boomer and Micah. No dogs had better lives. Finally, Cathy and Bill had fulfilled one of their dreams by building a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach DE.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, PA with the Rev. Steven W. Rodgers officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Rodruan’s memory may be made to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 1281, Lancaster, PA 17608 or to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah, 84741

Nicholas W. Szkola

Nicholas W. Szkola, 61, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County. Born in Crisfield, MD, he was the son of the late Marion and Naomi Wilson Szkola. He was the wife of Deborah Bloom Szkola.

Nicholas worked as a plumber for various companies in the area. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lancaster.

In addition to wife, he will be lovingly missed by: 2 sisters, Pamela wife of Don Rund and Denise wife of Bob Uhlhorn, both of Maryland; several cousins, including Wayne husband of Zita Angelo of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held from the First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut streets, Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 5 PM. The family will visit with friends from 4 to 5 PM at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lancaster County P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or to First United Methodist Church 29 E. Walnut St. Lancaster, PA 17602

Barbara C. Andrews

Barbara C Andrews, 82, of Lancaster, died Friday, June 1, 2012.

Born in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Jessie MacKellar Christensen.

Barbara was last employed as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Lancaster Theological Seminary. Prior to that she had worked at Securities Service Network, Integrated Benefit Solutions, Barley, Snyder, Senft & Cohen and Blakinger, Byler & Thomas.
She was a 1946 graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School and graduated Cum Laude from Penn State University with a BachElor of Arts in Humanities. For over 25years she was a volunteer with the Lancaster Lebanon Literacy Council teaching English as a second language. She was fluent in five different languages. Barbara was a member of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Timonium, MD and the WLC 912 Club.
Her interests included the NY Times crossword puzzles, traveling, and politics. She enjoyed being a polling place volunteer and served as Judge of Elections for many years. Barbara was an avid reader and had a deep appreciation for history, both United States and World.
Surviving are three daughters, Carol A. Ray of Lancaster, Barbara A. wife of Bradford Bila of Lancaster, and Louise A. wife of Jay Galbraith of Irvine, CA; two sons, Martin husband of Laurie Andrews of Surfside Beach, SC, James husband of Diana Andrews of Inverness, FL. Also surviving are 13grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be hEld on Tuesday, June 12, 1012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. James Johnson officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the USO, P.O. Box 96332, Washington , DC 20090-6332 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Donald A. Stern

Donald A. Stern, 84, of New Providence, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at his home.
He was the husband of the late Margaret Jones Stern who died in 1989. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Earl and Ida Morris Stern.
Donald retired from the Theodore Schwalm Watch Dial Co. after more than 30 years of employment. Prior to that he had been employed at Hamilton Watch. Donald was a veteran having served in both the U.S. Amy and the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the VFW in Millersville and the Retreads Motorcycle Club. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on anything that need repaired and riding his motorcycles.
Surviving is a longtime companion, Ann Payton ; a son, Wayne D. Stern both of New Providence; and a sister Helen wife of Gerald Foultz of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by brothers Bill and Norm Stern.
A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Linford D. King officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park with full Military Honors.. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638.

Philip G. Lafferty

Philip G. Lafferty, 83, of Lancaster passed away Saturday, June 2nd at ManorCare Health Services. He was the husband of the late Joan Helen Lafferty. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Philip G. and Catherine McMinnimen Lafferty.

He graduated from Philadelphia West Catholic High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Korea, and later worked as a customer engineer for IBM from where he retired in 1995. Philip was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and simply being on the water, the beach, watching Notre Dame Football and spending time with his family. He was also an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams.
He was a proud member of the American Legion, former President of the American Order of Otters, as well as the AmVets.

Surviving are his 7 sons; Philip G., of Mount Joy, Patrick M., Andrew W., husband of Justina M., Kevin A., Joseph T. and Martin E., all of Lancaster, and Vincent D., husband of Audrey L., of Denver; 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are 2 sisters; Christine Jaskowiak and Catherine Holveack. He was predeceased by a brother John Lafferty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 with the Rev. Michael E. Messner as Celebrant. A viewing will take place 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

James R. Fetter

James R. Fetter, 80, of Lancaster, died Sunday, June 3, 2012 at Conestoga View.
He was married 55 years to the late Gloria A. Fisher Fetter who died April 15th.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Russell M. and Grace C. Harnish Fetter.
James was employed for many years as the executive director of the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau. He was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster. James was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict . He was a member of the American Legion. A member of the Shale Bank Hunting Camp in Milroy, he enjoyed spending time at his cabin, hunting and fishing.
Surviving is a daughter, Sharon E. wife of William Harris of Lancaster; a son, J. Michael Fetter of Denver, CO; two grandchildren, six great grandchildren; a sister, Jean D. Hansen of Ft. Worth, TX; and two brothers, Jere husband of Dawn Fetter of Stillwater ,MN and Joel husband of Claudia Fetter of Etters, PA. He was preceded in death by a brother John G. ”Jack” Fetter. He was be missed by his dog, Molly.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, June 18th from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment with Military Honors in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602.

Dorothy Lou Brandt

Dorothy Lou Brandt, 84, of Millersville, passed peacefully into God’s embrace on June 2nd, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County; with her adoring family and loving husband Matthew C. Brandt Jr. sharing in an attentive vigil of several days.

Dot was born December 17, 1927 in Belle Vernon PA, the second daughter of the late Frank James and (Ethel) Virginia Zundel Lewellyn. She spent her early years living with her family on her grandparents’ farm where she learned to cherish the out-of-doors and animals of every kind. Dot spent her professional career as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone in the Washington D.C. area.

Dot treasured her family. She cared deeply about people, and her dogs; and her home was always open for guests. She was an avid reader, loved camping with Matt, and watching birds in her backyard. Dot was a lifelong member of the Methodist church, and part of the Grace United Methodist Church family, in Millersville, for the past 15 years. Dot will be remembered as being spry, fun-loving, young-at-heart, and a friend to all. She was kind, generous, and always there to listen, to laugh, give a hug, or share a glass of iced-tea. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two devoted daughters; Susan, wife of Mike Liebig, of Lancaster, PA, and Sandra Brandt of Lititz, PA; 3 grandchildren, Travis, Kristen, and Virginia; 3 nieces, 1 nephew, and many grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Phyllis Foster.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service, 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 5th, at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602 with the Reverend John Laughlin officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Those who wish to attend; an interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or on-line at www.hospiceoflancaster.org.

Jay N. Forrey

Retired Lancaster County Bailiff, Jay N. Forrey, died May 28, 2012 at the Regional Hospital after an illness. Born in 1932 he was the son of the late Oliver and Alma Stief Forrey. He was survived by a sister, Violet Erb of Lititz, seven nieces and nephews, and his long time friend and companion Josephine Smith of Lititz. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Risser and Helen Moyer and a brother, Warren Forrey.
Jay served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict where he was a cook and attained the rank of Airman 1st class. He was graduated from Manheim Township, Class of 1950. Jay served as Bailiff with the Lancaster County Courts for 12 years from which he retired and earned the honorary title of Bailiff Emeritus. Prior thereto, he worked for First Federal Savings and Loan, sold real estate and operated a service station. He was a Past Master of the Lamberton Lodge 476 F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection . Jay loved to attend sales, garden, cook and joke around with his family and friends.
At Jay’s request there will be no viewing or funeral services. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to his favorite charity, the Billett Triplet Trust, Union National Community Bank, 1275 S. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Rosanna B. Creasy

Rosanna B. Creasy, of Lancaster, died Saturday, May 26, 2012. She had resided at Woodcrest Villa for the past 15 years.

Born August 29, 1926 in Bloomsburg, she was the daughter of the late Drew H. and Mabel Speary Broadt. She was married 46 years to the late C. Wayne Creasy who died in 1995.

Rosanna graduated from Bloomsburg State Teachers College and taught in the Penn Manor School District for 25 years. Following her retirement she enjoyed extensive traveling. She volunteered for over 25 years at St. Joseph Hospital and then Lancaster Regional. She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.

Surviving is a daughter, Ann Walton; a grandson Alan Walton; cousins and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Alan Wayne Creasy who died in 1980.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family with interment in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Penn Manor Band Booster Club c/o Penn Manor High School, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville, PA 17551. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.KASnyderfuneralhome.com
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Edward S. Gast

Edward S. Gast, 92 of Lancaster, PA residing at Willow Valley passed away May 23, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Mary Louise Hook Gast. Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late Earl M. and Mary Arnold Gast.

A decorated WWII veteran, commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the US Army Air Corps he was assigned to the 367th squadron of the 306th Heavy Bombardment Group of the Eighth Air Force. As lead bombardier and navigator, Ed was shot down on his ninth mission June 22, 1943 and was a Prisoner of War in Stalag Luft III for two years. He was promoted to 1st Lt. and then Capt. of the US Air Corps Reserve.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College in June, 1948. Ed was employed with the sales division of Armstrong World Industries until the sales packaging division was sold to the Kerr Glass Mfg. Corp. where he retired as an account executive in 1983. As a resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ Ed won numerous sales awards including “Man of the Year” by the Buyers, Importers, Manufacturers and Salesmen (BIMS) servicing the toiletry, fragrances, and cosmetic industries.

Upon his retirement in 1983, Ed returned to Lancaster and served for 10 yrs. on the steering committee of Lancaster Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authority for ManorTownship. He also served for 8 years on PA. Board of the Selective Service System.

An avid golfer, Ed leaves behind a son, James E. (Dorothy) of Seaford, NY; daughter Jody L. Ruff (Brian) of Charleston, SC; sister, Gladys B. Meisenberger, brother Paul J, Four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Earl, sister Dorothy Gast Wittlinger Boas, and brother Samuel A.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 2111 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Michael E. Messner as Celebrant. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Final commendation and farewell in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Gast’s memory may be made to the Disabled Veterans, 1634 “Eye” Street, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20006 or to the Wounded Warriors at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.