Wilma S. Ramsden

Wilma S. Ramsden, 86, a resident of Willow Valley Manor, died Monday, May 21, 2012.
She was married 64 years to David H. Ramsden. Born in Philadelphia she was the daughter of the late George E. and Florence Payton Smith.
Mrs. Ramsden was a Registered Nurse who had a deep love of nursing. Her employment as a Registered Nurse included work at Germantown Hospital, school nurse at Lower Moreland and work as an industrial nurse at Bell Telephone. She was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church in Willow Street. Her interests included Bible Study and reading. She enjoyed volunteering at the visitor’s desk at Willow Valley Manor.
Surviving besides her husband are two sons, David H., Jr. husband of Dawn Ramsden of Ottsville, PA, and John G. husband of Carol Ramsden of Huntingdon Valley, PA; a daughter, Janis May wife of Gus Orr of Phoenixville, PA; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at The Orr Auditorium at Willow Valley Manor, 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Steven R. Bowser officiating. Friends may greet the family following the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Ramsden’s memory may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 E. Penn Grant Road, P.O. Box 635, Willow Street, PA 17584-0635.

Violette Ruth Delp Johnson

Violette Ruth Delp Johnson, 89, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at Pleasant View Retirement Community after a short illness.

She was born in Lancaster, PA on October 13th, 1922, to the late Mary Elizabeth Murry and the late Mahlon S. Delp.

Violette grew up in Manheim Township where she enjoyed spending her childhood outdoors. She graduated from Manheim Township High School in Neffsville, PA. As a student she was an excellent athlete, earning high school letters in field hockey, basketball, and baseball. After high school she attended Linden Hall School for Girls, in Lititz, PA.

Upon graduation, Violette worked in the Judges office of the Workmen’s Compensation Bureau in Lancaster. She later moved to North Jersey where she was the National Personnel Director for Safeco Insurance Company, a position she dearly loved.

Violette was very active in organizing the Junior Group of the Women’s Republican Club in 1944 which was the largest group in the entire state. She also helped in setting up “The Store” in conjunction with the Heritage Center Museum where she served as a volunteer sales person.

She was a member of Cliosophic Society, Lancaster Historical Museum, Women’s Republican Club, Lancaster Aero Club, Lancaster Heritage Museum, the Devon Horse Show, where she served as Chairman of Hospitality for 25 years; the Lancaster Horse Show, and the Pittsford, New York Horse Driving Competition where she served for 25 years as Assistant Secretary.

In 1942 she received her pilot’s license and in 1944 flew in the first International Air Race from Montreal, Canada to Miami, Florida.

She is survived by a niece, Mary Elizabeth Walsh of Raleigh, NC; and a nephew William F. DeLong III of Manheim Township.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Dorothea M. DeLong; her brother, Mahlon Delp; as well as husbands, Walter A. Blair and Edwin G. Johnson.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at St. Peters United Church of Christ at 816 Buchanan Avenue Lancaster, PA 17603, (the corner of Buchanan Avenue and College Avenue) on Friday May 25th, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with the Reverend Bonnie Hollinger officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Interment will be private at Conestoga Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Peters United Church of Christ.

Robert C. Zahm

Robert C. Zahm, 78, of Lancaster, died Monday, May 14, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County.
He was married 58 years to Doris J. Alexander Zahm. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late James W. and Helen C. Hable Hollinger.
Robert retired from Herr & Sacco in 1999 where he had been employed as a maintenance electrician for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Robert was a former leader in Boy Scouts Troop 25 and had been a member of the former Lancaster Bureau of Police Auxiliary. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving besides his wife are four sons, James R. husband of Marvel Brubaker Zahm of Strasburg, Charles A. husband of Patricia Rogers Zahm of Mount Joy, Dennis E. husband of Amy Louise Rogers Zahm of West Hempfield, and David L. husband of Sherry Landis Zahm of Lancaster. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Charles A. Deutsch officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and the Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Jane Hollinger Kaufhold

Jane Hollinger Kaufhold passed away on May 14 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community.
Born in Rohrerstown, Pennsylvania, Jane was the daughter of John Witmer Hollinger and Emma Nissley Forrey Hollinger. Her husband, Jack Kaufhold passed away in 1982. A beloved grandchild, Christopher Kaufhold, also predeceased her in 1995.

Jane was a member of The First Presbyterian Church since 1940. She retired in 1982 after working for R.R. Donnelly Printing Company for twenty-four years.

Jane enjoyed attending Penn State football games and traveling with her husband. She loved talking about her grandchildren and especially her great grandchildren. Living in the north end of Lancaster for over fifty years, she loved the city life of Lancaster and later, the wonderful caring community of her second home at St. Anne’s. No words can express the appreciation the family feels for the staff and personnel at St. Anne’s Retirement Community.

Two sons, Dr. John Kaufhold of Gastonia, North Carolina and Mike Kaufhold of Millersville; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, survive her. Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Please omit flowers. All contributions could be sent to St. Anne’s Retirement Community, 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia, PA 17512-9715.

Ella Frasch Stadel

Ella Frasch Stadel, 89, a resident of Brethren Village, died Sunday, May 13, 2012 at the home.
Born in Constantinople, Turkey she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Alvina Frasch Stadel.
Ella was a housekeeper for many years at J.C. Snavely & Sons, Inc. in Landisville. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in East Petersburg.
Surviving is a sister-in-law, Ann Johnson of East Petersburg, and ten nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1905 Broad Street, East Petersburg, PA. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 1:30 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Brethren Village Benevolent Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17606.

Dr. Arch K. Meserole

Dr. Arch K. Meserole, D. O., died Friday, May 11, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County in Mount Joy.
Dr. Meserole was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 12, 1917. He was the son of the late Archibald K. Meserole II and Merle (Briggs) Meserole.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Y. (Yackly) Meserole, 1944-1966, wife Paula E. (Krause) Meserole, 1967-1976, and by his daughter Kathleen (Meserole) Myers.

Among family and friends, he will be remembered for many things. Among these are his generosity, open-mindedness and sense of fair-play, a wry sense of humor, love of tennis and photography, for the novel he wrote following retirement, and for his belief in a holistic lifestyle and diet.

Arch grew up in northern New Jersey, primarily in the Ramsey area. After attending high school in New York City, he and his brother attended William & Mary College, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, partly to play on their tennis team. He did his pre-med studies at UNC and then graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy in 1942. He was a member of the first class of interns at Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital and subsequently served two terms of residency.

Returning to New York, he worked in the medical office of his grandmother, Dr. Clara Briggs and assisted in surgeries at the Manhattan General Hospital Clinic, while attending classes at Columbia University.

He, with his wife, Jean and son, Don, returned to the Lancaster area in early 1948, beginning private practice which lasted until his retirement in 1997. In those years, he delivered nearly 400 babies. During the 1980s and 1990s, he served as a Deputy Coroner for Lancaster County under Dr. Barry Walp, D.O. and Dr. Whitlaw M. Show, D.O.

Arch was an avid sailor for most of his life. Competing in the National One Design Class, he won numerous club championships with the Susquehanna Yacht Club and in 1963, won the Eastern States Championship held locally on Lake Clarke. Later, he and his family sailed PaceShip sloops for many years out of Oxford, Maryland. Dad taught the sail course classes for the local Red Rose Chapter of the U.S. Power Squadron. He was recognized in 2009 for 50 years of membership and service with the organization.

Surviving is his companion, Jeannine Brant of Lancaster; two sons, Donald of Marietta, and Stephen husband of Beverly of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Larisa wife of Robert Garpstas, Jr., of Lancaster, Craig husband of Aja Meserole of Marietta, Julie wife of Darren Boyer of Marietta, Heather wife of William O’Neill, Jr. of Atglen and Neil Myers of Denver, CO; seven great-grandchildren, Paige and Kayla Garpstas, Jackson, Archer, Wyatt Meserole, and Chase and Brady O’Neill; a brother, Walter B. Meserole of Whidbey, Island, WA; a sister-in-law, Isabell Yackly of Lititz. Also surviving are two step-daughters and six nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. at the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA with the Rev. James Day officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Ruth L. S. Dickson

Ruth L.S. Dickson died Tuesday April 3, 2012. She was born in Birdsboro, PA to Martha and Walter Sherer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years the Rev. Robert G. Dickson and her sister, Elsie S. Shenk. She is survived by her daughter Deborah D. Barnes and husband Victor G. Barnes (Rod), her granddaughters Sara Gordon Stellges and husband Brandon N. Stellges and Jennifer Kay Jones and husband Ronald B. Jones, her great grandson, Parker B. Jones, her brother in law Willis W. Shenk, nephews John David Shenk, David H. Dickson and wife Paula, Peter D. Dickson and wife Janet, John S. Dickson and wife Mary and Andrew T. Dickson and wife Lori.

A graduate of East Hempfield High School, Rider University, and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Banking, Ruth was employed by New Brunswick Savings Institution and later as Treasurer of the Particular Synod of New York, Reformed Church in America. Ruth was an ordained elder in the Reformed Church in America and served in the Reformed Church in many capacities with a particularly interest in the role of women in religion and life.

Since retiring back to Lancaster County, she has been a docent at Landis Valley Farm Museum and North Museum, a volunteer tax preparer with the VITA program, and a member of the Board of Directors of Quest for Learning. She and her husband co-chaired the Library Committee at Homestead Village and she continued in this role after her husband’s death until this past year. She was a member of the Iris Club and an associate member of First Reformed United Church of Christ.

A memorial service celebrating Ruth’s life will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, May 18, 2012 at Homestead Village, 1800 Village Circle, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. David Longenecker officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be given to Homestead Village Endowment Fund, The Library Fund at Homestead Village, Lancaster, PA or First Reformed United Church of Christ, Lancaster, PA.

Carole J. Luttenberger

Carole J. Luttenberger

Carole J. Luttenberger, 78, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, May 8th at Calvary Fellowship Home.  She was the wife of John H. Luttenberger and the late Robert Dale Coble who died in 1973.  Born in Lancaster, PA she was the daughter of the late Harvey A. and Helen Campbell Herr.

She graduated from Manheim Twp. High School and attended William and Mary College, Franklin and Marshall College, and received a paralegal certificate from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Mrs. Luttenberger worked for the County of Lancaster as a paralegal for Judge David L. Ashworth for the past six years, former President Judges Paul A. Mueller, Jr. and the late D. Richard Eckman for seventeen years.  Previously she worked for ten years as a paralegal for attorney Richard J. Blakinger.

A life long member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, she served several terms on the Congregation Council including President of Council and secretary for fourteen years.  She also served as president of Lutheran Church Women, Chairperson of Worship and Music Committee, Chairperson of Memorial Garden Committee, a member of the choir, church school teacher, and lay assistant.  She also served on various call committees and task forces for the congregation.

She was formerly active in the Lancaster Woman’s Club where she served as secretary and parliamentarian, the Woman’s Republican Club as secretary and editor of the newsletter, Meals on Wheels and the Girls Scouts of America, the Manheim Twp. Alumni Association, and the Hamilton Club.

For many years she taught piano lessons.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Holly Michele married to Donald R. Jenkins, Cincinnati, OH, Stephanie Lynn married to Charles E. Lower, Jr., Lancaster, and Lori Jean married to R. Sean Powell, Dutton, VA; two step-children, John H. Luttenberger, III, Philadelphia, and Janice Marie Luttenberger, Lancaster; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren; a brother, Barry A. Herr married to Sandra Wilson of Reno, NV.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Rd., Lancaster, PA, 17602 on Monday, May 14th at 7:00 P.M.  Family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service followed by a Mother’s Day Tea Reception for all who would like to celebrate her life. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at the address above.

 

Dorothy Rose Smith

Dorothy Rose Smith, 84, passed away Saturday May 5, 2012, at Homestead Village. Born in Huntingdon, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold M. Rose and Olive Reynolds Rose. She was married to the late G. Aaron Smith.

Growing up in Wilmet, IL, she attended New Trier High School and graduated from Wellesley College and Northwestern University. Her music career included performing as a principal with the Lancaster Opera Workshop, later serving the same organization as its artistic director for 17years, forming and directing the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, and serving as Director of Music at Highland Presbyterian Church for 29 years. She was an active member of the international community in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she lived with her husband and children for 9 years, directed the choir at Christ Church, and helped found the American International School, where she also taught music and English.

She is survived by her four children, Debra Lenssen, Hallie Polt, Andrea Folan, and Evan Smith, as well as seven grandchildren, and her sisters Nancy Mellem and Peggy Dunn and brother Carl Rose.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 East Roseville Rd., Lancaster, on Thursday, May 10 at 2:00PM. The family will visit with friends following the service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be sent to OperaLancaster (OperaLancaster.org).

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Shaffer

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Shaffer, 87, of Conestoga, died at home on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Prior to moving to Conestoga, Betty had resided in Millersville for 59 years.
She was married 66 years to Burton T. Shaffer, Jr. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John Dull and Bertha Mae Brenner Dull Deets. She was the stepdaughter of the late Robert Deets.
Betty was a graduate of Penn Manor High School and a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Millersville, where she had been a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher for many years. Betty was a past Worthy Matron with the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #315. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and playing the piano.
Surviving besides her husband is a daughter, Linda E. Shaffer of Conestoga, and a son Burton T. Shaffer III of Lancaster.
A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 12:00 Noon at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 W. Frederick St., Millersville, PA with the Rev. John Laughlin officiating. Friends may call at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the service. An Order of Eastern Star Service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park. If desired, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 163 W. Frederick St., Millersville, PA 17551.