Robert Dexter Frey, Jr.

Robert Dexter Frey, Jr., 66, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

He was the husband of Carol A. Brubaker Frey.  Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Arlene Young and the late Robert D. Frey, Sr.

Mr. Frey was a graduate of Clemson University and had been an architect most of his life.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Adam Frey and Wesley Frey;  a step-daughter, Meredith wife of Matt Lawrence; a step-son Jamie Mannix; two step-grandchildren, Matilda and Madelyn Lawrence; and a sister Barbara MacBride.

Services and Interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

Evelyn M. Risser

Evelyn M. Risser, 82, of Lancaster, passed into the safety of the arms of Jesus on Friday, July 13th after a courageous battle with cancer at Country Meadows of Lancaster. Born Nov. 26, 1929 in Centerville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary (Wissler) Holbein. She was the beloved wife of the late Jay F. Risser to whom she was married for 60 years.

She was a charter member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, where she taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School for 35 years, sang in the choir, and attended evening prayer meetings. She loved the Lord with all her heart and served Him faithfully in too many ways to count. She continued her ministry to others at Country Meadows as well. She had many friends that she cherished along her life’s journey.

Evelyn cherished her family and was especially fond of children. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She also extended her unconditional love to spouses and partners of all family members. Her grandchildren will always remember their birthdays being celebrated with their grandmother by a shopping trip for a birthday gift. She will be greatly missed by all.

Surviving are: 2 sons, Theodore husband of Kimberly Risser of Millersville, and Timothy husband of Kathryn Risser of Manheim; a daughter, Susan wife of Thomas Bair of Wrightsville; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clyde husband of Margie Holbein; 2 sisters, Mary wife of the late Richard Kahler and Rosie wife of Fred Joost. She was preceded in death by a brother Herbert Holbein.

The family would like to extend a warm thank you to all of Evelyn’s caregivers.

A memorial service will be held from Hempfield United Methodist Church 3050 Marietta Ave. Lancaster on Wednesday July 18, 2012 at 11 AM. The family will greet friends immediately following the service. Private interment will be held in Silver Spring Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Lancaster County P. O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or to the Country Meadows Co-Workers Foundation 830 Cherry Dr. Hershey, Pa 17033.

Donald E. Adams

Donald E. Adams, 83, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday July 9th, 2012 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Ira and Bernetha Martin Adams. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. Surviving are 5 siblings, 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joseph F. Kabrhel, Jr.

Joseph F. Kabrhel, Jr., 67, of Lancaster, formerly of East Stroudsburg, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Joseph F. Sr. and Julia Barta Kabrhel. He was married for 44 years to Susan Linton Kabrhel.

Joe worked as a Industrial Arts teacher for the East Stroudsburg School District, retiring in 2001. As an Eagle Scout, he was active with his sons in the Boy Scouts of America. He built his own workshop in his Lancaster basement, where he enjoyed carpentry and woodworking. A farmer at heart, he spent many hours in his gardens, planting flowers and growing vegetables. He also enjoyed model railroading.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Stephen, husband of Jessica Kabrhel of Baltimore, James, husband of Amy Kabrhel of Wisconsin, and a grandson, Nathan Kabrhel.

A memorial service will be held from Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home 141 E. Orange St. Lancaster, PA on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 3 PM. The family will visit with friends from 2 to 3 PM at the funeral home on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association 610 Community Way Lancaster, PA 17603 or to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association 3544 N. Progress Ave., Suite 205 Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638.


Gregory A. Kramer

Gregory A. Kramer, 55, of Lancaster, PA, died Saturday, July 7th at home. Born in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Richard S. Sr., and Ruth Lamborn Kramer. He was employed by McCombs Supply Co.

He is survived by 2 brothers, Richard S. Jr., husband of Vivian Kramer, Glenn A. Kramer, Sr.; sister-in-law, Sally Kramer; several nieces and nephews.

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

Hilda M. Heisey

Hilda M. Heisey, 91, of Lancaster, passed away on July 7th, 2012 at the Mennonite Home. Born in Lancaster, PA, She was the daughter of the late Isaiah and Miriam Glick Sneath. She graduated from Manor High School and spent her professional career working as a co-owner of Manor View Dairy with her loving husband, the late Clayton N. Heisey who died in 1994.
Hilda enjoyed quilting, reading and spending time outdoors, specifically while bird feeding and watching. She loved spending time with her family and volunteering for many organizations including the Blind Association and Meals on Wheels.
She was a proud member of the Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church.

Her survivors include her children; Bruce, husband of Linda Heisey of Lancaster, Paul Heisey of Washington Boro, Edward, husband of Janet Heisey of Lancaster, and Audrey, wife of Jody Hemler of Lancaster; 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother Gordon Sneath. She was predeceased by 2 brothers Glenn and Dick Sneath, 1 sister Gladys Frey and a grandson Mark.

A Memorial Service will be held at Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church, 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, PA 17551 on Thursday, July 12th, at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Helen L. Adams officiating. Friends and family may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church at the address listed above.

Ronald K. Waltman

Ronald K. Waltman, 69, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Glen and Helen Seidel Waltman. He was the husband of Judith Wilson Waltman.

Ronald worked for Armstrong World Industries and retired in 1994 as Supervisor of the Rotogravure Lab at Product Styling and Design. He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster. His hobbies included skiing, baseball and playing softball, photography, and gardening. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: 3 sons, Brian husband of Dawn Waltman of Intercourse, Scott husband of Sonja Waltman and Mark husband of Nikki Waltman, both of Lancaster; 9 grandchildren, Sara, McKinley, Rollins, Luke, Taylor, Matthew, Megan, Malia, and Micah; 2 sisters, Elaine wife of Greg Weems and Glenda Waltman.

A memorial service will be held from Westminster Presbyterian Church 2151 Oregon Pike Lancaster, PA on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society 314 Good Drive Lancaster, PA 17603 or to Hospice of Lancaster County P. O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

John S. Keister

John Shenk “Jack” Keister, 86, a former vice president of marketing for Sperry-New Holland Machine Company, and longtime Lancaster resident, died of natural causes June 30 at his home in Moravian Manor in Lititz.

Mr. Keister spent his entire career with New Holland Machine Company. He joined the company’s sales force in 1948 and served as a district sales manager and a regional sales manager. He was appointed vice president of marketing of both the North American and European divisions and spent several years in Belgium.

Mr. Keister was born March 6, 1926, in Shippensburg, Pa., to B. Jane (Shenk) and Guy Keister. He graduated from Shippensburg High School and attended Franklin and Marshall College before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He fought in the Pacific theater during World War II and, after the Japanese surrendered, was assigned to a group of Marines that occupied northern China.

Returning home, Mr. Keister married Martha Heim in 1947. He graduated from Peirce School of Business Administration before joining New Holland Machine Company.

In 1981, Mr. Keister began a long and enjoyable retirement, spending summers at his beach house in Avalon, N.J. He often bicycled around the island, played a lot of tennis and organized bocce games on the 68th Street beach.

In addition to his wife of almost 65 years, survivors include two sons, Stephen, married to Jill Levine of New York City, and Kim of Washington, D.C.; and two daughters, Kerry Kadushin, married to Steve of Lancaster, and Jill McBride, married to Gary of Atlanta. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kelly Westcott, Andrew Miller, Matthew Keister, Julia Keister, Kinsey Close, David McBride, David Kadushin, and Laura Parsons; and three great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brother, Richard Keister and a granddaughter, Amanda McBride.

Mr. Keister’s memberships included St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Manheim Township and Shriners International.

Memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 50118, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018, or to Moravian Manor, 300 West Lemon St., Lititz, Pa. 17543.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Klein Chapel in Steinman Hall, Moravian Manor., 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA. on Thursday, July 5th at 10:00 A.M. A visitation will be held in the Klein Chapel on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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.