Elsie S. Wirth

Elsie S. Wirth, 97, of ­Lancaster, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Conestoga View surrounded by her loving family and the caring staff. She was the wife of the late Herman W. Wirth who predeceased her in 1961. She was born in Etna, PA, daughter of the late Joseph J. and Kathryn (Micor) Hereda. She was a 1932 graduate of Arnold High School in Arnold, PA. She was preceded in death by six siblings: ­Elizabeth, Harry, Helen, Emma, Marie, and Lily.

Elsie was the long-time proprietor of Wirth’s Grocery and Hardware Store at the corner of First and Ruby Streets in Lancaster. She was active at the Rodney Park Senior Citizen Center, enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and spending time with her family. She was an ardent Philadelphia Phillies fan. She was always available as an emergency babysitter for the grandchildren and great grandchildren she so dearly loved.

She is survived by a daughter: Joanne L. Lefever; two sons: John P. Wirth and Harry W. (Joan) Wirth, all of Lancaster. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Kathy (William) Helm, Lancaster, Lisa Helm, Safe Harbor, Abby (Edward) Brevick, St. Clair, MI, Gray C. (Aileen) Wirth, Skippack, PA, and Gary H. Wirth, Bridgeport, PA. Also surviving are six great grandchildren: William Helm, Brittany Helm, Summer Helm, TJ Helm, Jordan Wirth, and Alex Wirth.

A memorial service will be held at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9th. The family will visit with friends from 10 to 11:00 a.m. before the service. Interment will be in ­Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lancaster Recreation Commission, Rodney Park Senior Center, Attention: Doris Wagner, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Rev. John “Wes” “Revie” Anderson

Rev. John  “Wes” “Revie” Anderson

On Sunday, May 1st, Rev. John “Wes” “Revie” Anderson passed away surrounded by his wife of 57 years, his 6 living children along with some grandchildren, a great grand child and close family friends. His life was truly a life well lived. He was the only child of John and Elsie Anderson. He was born December 17, 1927 in Audubon, NJ. After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 1953 with a degree in History. He and new wife Joan headed to Chicago, IL, where he graduated in 1956 from the McCormick Theological Seminary with a divinity degree. His first church was in Montoursville, PA, or as he referred to, “God’s quiet country.” He served the Montoursville church from 1956 until 1968 when he returned to Lancaster. Wes or Revie was the Pastor of the Bethany Presbyterian Church until his retirement from the active pastorate in 1993. In addition to his many church and ecumenical activities, he was a passionate supporter of the S. June Smith Center, the annual CROP walk, the Lancaster Epilepsy Service Unit and the Community First Fund. If not involved with a church activity, attending a meeting for a community organization, he could be found among the tomato plants or corn rows of his beloved vegetable garden. In his retirement, he served as an interim pastor at a number of churches, sang with the Franklin and Marshall Alumni singers and attended countless events that involved his grandchildren.

Wes is survived by his wife Joan. Together they have 7 children: Susan Jones, wife of Larry Jones, Dr. Christine Barnes, wife of Dr. Kevin Barnes (Mechanicsburg), Bruce W. Anderson (deceased), Mark Anderson husband of Karen, Gail Murray, wife of Jay Murray, David Anderson, husband of Lisa and Rodney Anderson. Joan and Wes are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and anxiously anticipating a new arrival in October.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 5th, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home,  141 East Orange Street, Lancaster. The memorial service with be held on Sunday, May 8th, at 2:00 PM at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 North West End Avenue, Lancaster. There will be visitation after the service. Burial will be a private family occasion. Please omit flowers; memorial gifts would be greatly appreciated, directed to the S. June Smith Foundation, 600 Eden Rd., Building 1,  Lancaster, PA  17601.

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Elsie S. Wirth

Elsie S. Wirth, 97, of ­Lancaster, passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Conestoga View surrounded by her loving family and the caring staff. She was the wife of the late Herman W. Wirth who predeceased her in 1961. She was born in Etna, PA, daughter of the late Joseph J. and Kathryn (Micor) Hereda. She was a 1932 graduate of Arnold High School in Arnold, PA. She was preceded in death by six siblings: ­Elizabeth, Harry, Helen, Emma, Marie, and Lily.

Elsie was the long-time proprietor of Wirth’s Grocery and Hardware Store at the corner of First and Ruby Streets in Lancaster. She was active at the Rodney Park Senior Citizen Center, enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and spending time with her family. She was an ardent Philadelphia Phillies fan. She was always available as an emergency babysitter for the grandchildren and great grandchildren she so dearly loved.

She is survived by a daughter: Joanne L. Lefever; two sons: John P. Wirth and Harry W. (Joan) Wirth, all of Lancaster. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Kathy (William) Helm, Lancaster, Lisa Helm, Safe Harbor, Abby (Edward) Brevick, St. Clair, MI, Gray C. (Aileen) Wirth, Skippack, PA, and Gary H. Wirth, Bridgeport, PA. Also surviving are six great grandchildren: William Helm, Brittany Helm, Summer Helm, TJ Helm, Jordan Wirth, and Alex Wirth.

A memorial service will be held at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9th. The family will visit with friends from 10 to 11:00 a.m. before the service. Interment will be in ­Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lancaster Recreation Commission, Rodney Park Senior Center, Attention: Doris Wagner, 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603. To send an on-line condolence, please visit: www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com

 

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Gene A. Haggblom

Gene A. Haggblom, 69, of Lancaster, PA passed away of lung cancer at Hospice of Lancaster County late Friday April 29, 2011, surrounded by his wife and daughters.

Born in Hingham, MA, he was the son of the late Alfred and Vieno (Nissila) Haggblom.

Gene enjoyed music of many different genres, and was a dedicated musician. Having chosen the trombone as his instrument in high school, he was involved with and played in numerous musical organizations throughout his life.  Most recently in Lancaster County he played with Malta Band for over 40 years, serving as its president for the past 5 years, Bob Troxell’s Big Big Jazz Band, Sound of Roses and the Ephrata Band.  He last played at this past Easter morning service at First Reformed Church in Lancaster.

After graduating from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in Physical Sciences, Gene worked at Armstrong World Industries, focusing on production planning, development and implementation. After 26 years with Armstrong, he retired as the Manager of Technology and Professional development.  Gene was a certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM) and a past president of the American Production and Inventory Control Society. He served as  Adjunct Professor in the 1970s and 1980s at York College and Elizabethtown College.  For the past ten years he has enjoyed working part time at Hatter Harris & Beittel.

Gene is survived by his wife of 46 years Molly        DeYoung Haggblom; two daughters, Cindy and her husband John W. Butler of Midlothian, VA, and Amy Haggblom of Quincy, MA; two grandchildren, Hannah and Andrew J. Butler; and two sisters, Jana V. and her husband Jerry Miller of Georgetown, SC, and Dagmar J. and her husband James T. (Tim) Frye of New Market, VA.  He was preceded in death by a brother Frederick (Fred) A. Haggblom.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 2:00pm, at Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA, with the Reverend Kent Kroehler officiating. The family will receive friends at a viewing one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Private interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125, or American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 71603.  To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com

 

Norma E. Faith

Norma E. Faith, 86, of Leola, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital.  Mrs. Faith had suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis since she was 12 years old.

She was married 63 years to Rev. Joseph R. Faith. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Leona Sayre Gaskell.

Mrs. Faith was a homemaker and earlier in life had worked at Rohm and Haas Labs in Philadelphia. She was a graduate of Camden High School and attended the ­University of PA.

Norma was a member of First Baptist Church in Lancaster and had been active as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader. She was a strong advocate for support of missions and was involved with the American Baptist Church of PA and DE. Norma had an interest in Biblical Archeology and had traveled to several Middle Eastern countries.  She enjoyed flower gardening, reading historic novels, traveling across the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa, family vacations at the Jersey Shore and camping.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, J. Mark husband of Denise Faith of Clinton, MS, and Joseph S. husband of Jane Faith of Philadelphia; a daughter, Rev. Christy wife of Rev. David Meneely of Kittanning; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren; and a brother, Roy husband of Wini Gaskell of Morristown, NJ.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. at First Baptist Church, 612 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Richard S. Hill officiating. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service.  Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Lower Merion Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, 612 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

Evelyn Mae Horst

Evelyn Mae Horst, 89, of Ephrata, PA entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,  on April 26th at Ephrata Manor Nursing Home.   Born in Lititz, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Esther Peiffer Neidermyer. She retired from Shady Maple Smorgasbord after many years of employment at the age of 87.

Evelyn  is survived by her children, Joyce E. Ballard of Myrtle Beach, SC, Jeanette M., wife of Harvey Z. Burkholder of Ephrata, PA, Mary K., wife of Raymond E. Groff of Rothsville, PA, Michael P. Shober of Ephrata, PA, and Marian J., wife of Les Altman of Richmond, VA; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

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

James F. McGee

James F. McGee, 73, died peacefully at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mt. Joy on Monday, April 25, 2011. He was born in Mt. Carmel, PA to the late John and Irene McGee.

Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara,  and his cat Oreo; his daughter, Tammie McGee and two grand cats, Tom & Jerry;  two  brothers Tom and his wife Rosemary McGee; and  Vince and his wife Shirley McGee; his sister Lorraine Myers; and his sister-in-law, Roberta Myers, along with  several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers William, Michael and Joseph, and a nephew “Butch” Ploppert.

He retired from Asplundh Tree Expert Company after 37 years of service. In his retirement he delivered fire trucks for Glenn Usdin and freight for Phoenix Courier.

As a member of the Wheatland Fire Department, he served as firefighter, chief engineer, and chairman of the new truck committee. After Wheatland merged to become Lancaster Township Fire Department, he drove the ladder truck, served as assistant engineer, and driver trainer.  He loved the fire department dearly.

Jim enjoyed many hobbies through his life. He owned horses, rode motorcycles around the U.S. with his wife, and made many nice woodworking pieces for family and friends. Life was never dull with Jim McGee around.

A memorial service will be held at Hamilton Park United Church of Christ,   1210 Maple Ave., Lancaster, PA on Saturday, May 7th at 11:00 A.M.  Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.  The family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Lancaster Township Fire Department Building Fund, 1250 Maple Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.

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Cecil Rolin Busler, Jr.

Cecil (Bud) Busler, Jr., 87,    of Willow Valley Manor North, Lancaster, PA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday,  April 23, 2011. Born in Williamsport, PA, he was the son of the late Cecil R., Sr. and Hannah Davis Busler. He was the husband of Dorothy Jane (Aderhold) Busler.

Bud was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster. He served on the Vestry and was head usher at times. Bud was employed at PR Markley (14 years), Poorbaugh Grain (22 years), and McGeary Grain (8 years) as a grain merchant. He loved his family/others and was lovingly called “Mr. Willow Valley.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Terrance and Timothy Busler, and eight grandchildren, Shaun Busler, Brad Busler, Cheyenne Busler, Rebecca Busler, Christine Busler, John Leed III, Alex Leed, and Logan Leed. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cynthia Sue Busler.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Johnson Auditorium of Willow Valley Manor North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bud’s memory be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, or American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17603. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Morris W. Minnig

Morris W. Minnig, 89, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011 at the Mennonite Home. Born in Tremont, he was the son of the late William F. and Iva Fehr Minnig. He was married to the late Fay Adams Minnig who died in January of 2010.

Morris served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII.  He worked as an electrician for the former RCA, Lancaster, retiring in 1983 after 35 years of service. He was a member of Millersville #496  F. &A.M.; Tall Cedars of Lancaster; Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Harrisburg Consistory; and the Ephrata Elks.

Surviving are:  a daughter, Karen Minnig of Lancaster, a son, Gary M. husband of Nadine Minnig of Northbrook, IL; 3 grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

A private interment service will be held in Riverview Burial Park at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home. For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at

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Patricia B. Keene

Patricia B. Keene, 80, died at the Willow Valley Retirement Community on Friday, April 22.  She was the daughter of the late Edgar Harrison and Edith Gorsuch Bicknell.

Dr. Keene was a teacher in the Penn Manor School District, and an adjunct professor for a time at both Franklin and Marshall College and Penn State University.  She was a graduate of Millersville University, Temple University and Pennsylvania State University.  A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, she volunteered in numerous local organizations and was a world traveler.

She was predeceased by her former husband, Richard K. Keene, Sr., and her son, Richard K. Keene, Jr.  She is survived by her sons, Michael C. Keene and Douglas C. Keene; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private and at the discretion of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive,  P.O Box 4125, Lancaster PA  17604-4125.

Arrangements by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home; 394-4097.  www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com