Gloria A. Fetter, 80, of Lancaster, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Lancashire Hall.
She was married 55 years to James R. Fetter. Born in York County, she was the daughter of the late Melvin and Margaret Horn Fisher
Gloria had worked as a weather reporter for WGAL Channel 8 for 17 years and was also employed as an administrative assistant at International Paper.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, where she had been a Sunday School Teacher. Gloria was a graduate of Donegal High School. Her interests included playing the piano, walking, flower gardening, going to the shore, golfing and playing bridge. She was the happiest in life when she was in the company of her family.
Surviving besides her husband is a daughter, Sharon A. wife of William Harris of Lancaster; a son, J. Michael Fetter of Denver, CO; two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother Samuel M. Fisher.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Deacon Augustus Mauro officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602.
Gloria A. Fetter, 80, of Lancaster, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Lancashire Hall.
Gary Lee Plummer, 63, of Lancaster, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
He was married 38 years to Bonnie D. Zellman Plummer. Born in Latrobe, he was the son of the late Earl W., Sr. and Mary Lubec Plummer.
Gary retired as a procurement agent working with the United States Department of Defense.
Gary was a member of the Abbeyville Road Christian Church in Lancaster, and also attended Grace Community Church in Willow Street.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Abbeyville Road Christian Church, 551 Abbeyville Road, Lancaster, PA. Friends may greet the family following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Plummer’s memory may be made to Abbeyville Road Christian Church.
Gregory D. Hoover, 50, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly Monday, April 16, 2012 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Ralph K. and Elizabeth J. Hartstein Hoover of Lancaster.
Gregory was a pipe fitter and had been employed by Pro Tech. He was a 1980 graduate of J. P. McCaskey High School and a member of the Pearl Street United Methodist Church. He was a member of the 8th Ward Club, the Active Club and the Alert Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and following Penn State Sports.
Surviving besides his parents is a daughter, Katherine Hoover of Spring Hill, FL; two grandchildren Sophia and Chloe Elizabeth Hoover; a brother, Eric E. husband of Angela J. Hoover of Lancaster; a sister, Anne L. wife of James R. Ford of Rising Sun, MD; and two nephews and one niece.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Debra J. Schreiber officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:30 P.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 Mr. Hoover’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Elizabeth W. Martin, 86, formerly of Kearny, NJ died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Brethren Village, Lancaster, PA. Born in Kearny, NJ she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Olga E. Bischoff Waugh. She was married for 67 years to the late Norman A. Martin.
Betty worked for the department of the Navy during WWII. She also worked for the Prudential as a data entry clerk and retired from the Internal Revenue Service as an administrative assistant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Kearny, NJ, where she worked on Christmas bazaars and a pastor search committee. She was an assistant Brownie and Girl Scout Leader. She was a member of the Roosevelt School PTA and served as Treasurer and Secretary. Betty enjoyed traveling, playing shuffleboard and bocce ball and socializing with friends.
Surviving are: 2 daughters, Karen E. wife of Robert DeBell of Gaithersburg, MD, Barbara M. wife of George Droz of Lancaster, PA; 2grandchildren, Daniel R. and Dana E. Droz; 1 brother, Charles H. wife of Patty Waugh of East Hanover, NJ. She was preceded in death by a sister, Olga J. wife of Michael Casey.
Funeral Services will be held from the First Baptist Church, 650 Kearny Ave., Kearny, NJ on Monday, April 16 at 11 AM with interment following in Arlington Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 10:30 to11 AM on Monday. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the First Baptist Church, 650 Kearny Ave., Kearny, NJ 07032
Pauline (Pat) T. Witmer passed away peacefully Wednesday night, April 11, 2012 in Lancaster, PA. She was 97.
Born in Ebenezer, PA on September 17, 1914 to the late Ralph L. Thrush Sr. and Anna Morrison Thrush, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to many.
Pat was a 1932 graduate of Steelton High School and worked in Harrisburg at the Telegraph Newspaper before moving to Lancaster with her husband, Frank C. Witmer Jr., who died in 1976.
Always a stylish woman, she shared her love of fashion and jewelry with others while working as a personal shopper in the Advertising Department of Watt and Shand Department Store.
An avid traveler, she enjoyed seeing the world and experiencing new places. Throughout her life, she traveled extensively across the United States, Europe and Central America and cherished time spent with her family relaxing at the beach.
She is survived by her children, Barbara A. McCrary, wife of the late Nickolaus McCrary, Lititz, PA and Frank C. Witmer III, husband of Cindy Leeds Witmer, Ocala, FL, four grandchildren, Timothy Richard McCrary, Kansas City, MO, Julie Elizabeth McCrary, Lititz, Frank C. (Curt) Witmer IV, Ocala, FL, and Ashly Leeds Witmer, Jacksonville, FL, two great-grandchildren, Brady Nickolaus Spielman, Lititz, and James Kailen McCrary, Topeka, KS.
Also surviving are two siblings, Phyllis Hackman of Camp Hill and Ralph L. Thrush Jr., husband of Polly of Mechanicsburg, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four sisters, Hazel Ulrich, Inez Davis, Ione Miller and Hope Lindenberger and one brother, Bernard Thrush.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate Pat’s life on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 3 PM at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 N. West End Ave., Lancaster. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment in the Hummelstown, PA Cemetery will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Pat’s memory to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 N. West End Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603, where Pat was a member for over 63 years.
Family and friends were always a priority, and she will be lovingly missed by many.
The Rev. Fred H. Irwin, Jr., 81, died on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. He was the husband of Etta Hess Irwin, with whom he celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in December.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Susan Vogel (Gary), Malvern; Ann Becker, Richland; Dr. Frederick H. Irwin, III (Jane), Summit, NJ. He also is survived by four grandchildren, Benjamin Becker, Katie and Ryan Vogel and Hunter Irwin. A sister, Barbara Gravel (Arthur), Maple Glen, and many nieces and nephews also survive. He was a member of First Reformed United Church of Christ, Lancaster.
Rev. Irwin, born in Philadelphia to Edna and Fred H. Irwin, Sr., received a Bachelor’s degree from Catawba College, Salisbury, NC. He also received a Bachelor of Divinity degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. His first parish was a four-church charge in Centre Hall, PA, where he served for five years. He then became pastor of Willow Street UCC, serving 18 years, during which time the present sanctuary was built. He later served eight years in Womelsdorf, PA, from which he retired. Immediately upon retirement, he became Interim Pastor at Leesport UCC. The last parish he served as interim was Zeltenreich UCC in New Holland for eight years.
Fred’s greatest joy in life was serving his Lord, and the joy of his family. He served on the Board of Directors at Annville Home during his Willow Street tenure, and later completed his work for chaplaincy. He, with other area pastors, created the Willow Street Ministerium.
He always took pleasure in gardening, both vegetables and flowers, and was an enthusiastic fan of the Phillies. Singing, piano and organ playing also were among his many interests.
A memorial service will be held at First Reformed United Church of Christ, 40 E. Orange St., Lancaster, Tuesday, April 17, at 2:00 P.M., with the Rev. Bill Worley officiating.
Family will receive guests immediately following the memorial service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to First Reformed UCC, 40 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA, 17602.
Wayne P. Greenawalt, 45 of Lancaster, passed away suddenly on April 7, 2012. He was the son of Linda D. Greenawalt and the late James A. Greenawalt, Sr.
He will be lovingly missed by his sister, Kandra L. Madonna, Conestoga and two brothers, James A. Greenawalt, Jr., Willow Street, and Eric C. Greenawalt, Lancaster; nieces, Jennifer Paniagua and Lisa M. Greenawalt, Lancaster; nephews Jeff, Jarod, and Jerry Madonna, Kenneth Speece, Jr. and Eric C. Greenawalt, Jr.; an aunt, Bonnie Buell, New Jersey, and an uncle, Quentin Hart, Lancaster.
He was an avid fan of the San Diego Chargers and he loved to cook. He was always there to help anyone with anything. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a viewing at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Helen M. Landis, 97, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, April 8th, 2012, at Hamilton Arms Nursing Center. She was the loving wife of the late John D. Landis and was married in April of 1937.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Magdalena Edwards Myers.
She graduated from Hempfield High School and spent much of her professional career as a Bank Teller at both the Landisville and Rohrerstown branches at what is now Citizen’s Bank.
She was a lifelong member of the former Rohrerstown Church of God and received many accolades from the church. She held a variety of responsibilities some of which included: being an active member of the Ladies Life Line Class, playing piano, creating the church bulletins, and singing in the choir. In addition to her responsibilities at church, she enjoyed preparing meals for family gatherings.
Helen is survived by a daughter Nancy, wife of Lester Hess of Millersville PA; a son John “Fred,” husband of Pat Landis of Lancaster, PA; two Grandsons, and 6 Great-Grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters Ruth and Katherine, and a brother Art.
The family would like to send a “special thank you” to the caring staff at Hamilton Arms Nursing Center. Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment in Rohrerstown Lutheran and Reformed Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Landis’ memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 3544 N. Progress Ave, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9638.
Louise Arlene Hanan McCurdy, 94, entered into eternal life on March 29, 2012 at the Hospice House, Sherrills Ford, NC.
Born February 27, 1918 in Ravenna, Ohio, Louise was the only child of Joseph Bradford Hanan and Elsie Orlinda Shirtliff. She graduated from. Buchtel High School, Akron, OH, attended Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University, and graduated from Kent State University with a B.A in Nutrition. During her years in Akron, she was an active volunteer with the Children’s Concert Society, the American Red Cross, and her churches, Westlawn Methodist & Christ United Methodist. Later years were spent in
Fairfield, IA; then York, PA, where she was a volunteer at York Hospital and a member of both P.E.O. and Welcome Wagon; and finally in Lancaster, PA, living 26 years at Homestead Village Retirement Center. There, she was active in P.E.O., Church of the Apostles, the Homestead Library Committee and Homestead Auxiliary until failing eyesight prevented this.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Baker McCurdy; daughter-in-law, Gloria F. McCurdy; son-in-law, Zachary A Coles; and grand-daughter, Cathleen Coles Rasnick. She is survived by daughter, Lyneen M. Campbell (Edward) of Lincolnton, NC and two sons, Robert W. McCurdy (Myrna) of Ada, OH and James R. McCurdy of San Rafael, CA; grandchildren, Amy L Coles, Albemarle, NC; Debra L. Coles, Charlotte, NC; Robert A. Coles (Marietta), Cary, NC; Sharon C. Johnson (Anthony), Greensboro, NC; Christopher R. McCurdy (Bonnie). Oxford, MS; Elizabeth M. Retherford (Steve), Kenosha, WI; Bradford A. McCurdy (Shannon), Campbell, CA.; Laura A. M. Gregory (Ryan), Napa, CA, and 15 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA. Private interment will be in Susquehanna Gardens, York, PA. Memorials may be made to Cottey College (Scholarships), 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772; Hospice House, 7473 Sherrills Ford Rd., Sherrills Ford, NC 28673; Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603; or Homestead Village, P.O. Box 3227, Lancaster, PA 17604.
Ruth Mayer Speedy, 94, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She resided at Willow Valley Retirement Community, Willow Street,
Pennsylvania for the last 25 years.
Ruth was predeceased by husbands Gerald A. Speedy in 2008, and Noel S. Mayer in 1979.
Ruth was born in Fowler, Kansas on December 4, 1917 to Ina and Arthur Waldrop. She graduated from
Emporia, Kansas High School and from Business College in Missouri. After several years of secretarial
work in Kansas City, she married and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. She served as a County 4H Leader in the Stillwater, Minnesota area and was active in the United Methodist Church there. She attended the
University of Minnesota with her oldest son, Ralph and received a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1965.She taught second grade in the Suburban St. Paul School System, and later substituted in the Albuquerque, New Mexico district when she moved there with her husband, Noel.
She has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster since 1987. She was also a member
of the League of Women Voters and Common Cause.
Ruth will always be remembered as the petite, lovely, sweet woman she was -living life to its fullest until the end.She was, indeed, a special lady in every role she held during her lifetime and will be dearly missed by those who knew her well.
Ruth is survived by her three sons: Ralph S. and his wife Janis; Stephen A. and his wife JoAnne; and
Donald Mayer, all of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two grandsons, Thomas and James Mayer, and great-
grandchildren, Lucy, Mason, Frances and Helen, and a sister Josephine Clark ofHebron. Nebraska. Also
surviving are step sons, Robert Speedy of Lakewood, NJ, and Richard Speedy of Hopewell, N J, and their families.
A memorial service is being planned for early May. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Speedy’s
memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA