Ione LeVan Dorwart

Ione LeVan Dorwart, 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 after a brief stay at ­Hospice of Lancaster County-Mt. Joy.  Ione was a lifelong resident of Lancaster.  She was the daughter of the late John J. and Miriam Thompson LeVan. Ione was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Lancaster.  She and her husband, Noel S. Dorwart, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on October 22, 2010.

Ione attended The Shippen School, McCaskey High School and graduated from Penn Manor High School in 1941. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health and Physical Education. Her first teaching job was at Elizabethtown High School in 1946 where Ione introduced girl’s field hockey into the sports program. From 1959 until she retired in 1985, Ione was a member of the Physical Education Department at Millersville University.  Along with her teaching duties, Ione coached the ­University’s Field Hockey and Girl’s Basketball Teams. In addition, for many years, she served as the advisor to Millersville’s Dolphin Club where she directed the ­annual synchronized swimming water shows. Ione was a USFHA official for high school and college field ­hockey games and was a member of the Lancaster Field Hockey team in the 1950′s. In 1957, she and her husband began Camp VAN DOR, a family- run local day camp for ­children which continued for 47 years at their residence on Dorsea Road.

As a community volunteer, Ione was involved with the Lancaster Red Cross where she served on the Board for a number of years. She was awarded a 50-year service pin for her active involvement with Water Safety Programs throughout the county. She also served on the Lancaster Library Board, the Hempfield Area Recreation Commission, and in 1993 she was the first woman to be named Honorary Chairperson of the Lancaster Recreation Commission Senior Games. In addition, Ione was a member of the Junior League of Lancaster where she served on many committees.

After she and her husband retired in 1985, they traveled throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.  Summers were happily spent with family and friends at their home in Stone Harbor, NJ.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Louise, wife of J. Scott Ulrich of Lancaster, and Sally I. ­Dorwart, wife of Quentin C. Clark of Mount Pleasant, SC; a beloved granddaughter, Kathryn, wife of William Tyler Lowry of Lancaster; and a sister, Janet, wife of Rolland King, Jr. of Millersville.   She was preceded in death by a brother, John J. LeVan, Jr.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service from Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 N. West End Ave., Lancaster, PA on Saturday, March 12th, at 10:30 A.M.  Friends may call at Bethany Presbyterian Church on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the caring staff at Homestead Village’s Gelhard House at Westvue and the staff at Hospice of Lancaster County.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Ione with a contribution to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.

Arrangements are by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 394-4097. To send an on-line condolence, please visit www.

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Alberta Kessinger Meadowcroft

Alberta Kessinger Meadowcroft, 99, passed away peacefully March 5, 2011 in Lancaster, Pa. She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Through all she was a musician who loved to create beauty through music and share her love of music through teaching and performing. She taught music, piano and organ for more than 70 years. She was the National Music Chairman of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, writing many songs for their songbook. She was the National Historian for Kappa Phi Club for Methodist College Women, and Editor of their Songbook. She was organist/choir director of Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.;  Fifth Street Methodist Church, Harrisburg, Pa.; Trinity Methodist Church, Havertown, Pa.; and Trinity Presbyterian Church, Berwyn, Pa. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. James A. Meadowcroft of Berwyn, Pa., and Dale E. Meadowcroft of Mechanicsburg, Pa., grandchildren James Ward Meadowcroft, Mark David Meadowcroft, Alison Katherine Meadowcroft and Christine Diane Hoffner and great-grandchildren Abigail Christine Hoffner and Joshua David Hoffner.

Private funeral services will be held 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 www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com

William H. Springer

William H. Springer, 92, a resident of Arbor View at ­Willow Valley died Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the home.

He was the husband of the late A. Rosella Himmelsbach Springer who died January 26, 2011.  Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Harry C. and Estella M. Wagner Springer.

Mr. Springer was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Mr. Springer was a tool and die maker and retired from New Standard Corp.  Prior to that, he had worked at RCA and Schick. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving is a son, William J. Springer of Myrtle Beach, SC.

A Christian Prayer Service will be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Norman C. Hohenwarter, Jr. officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10:30 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 929 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

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Barbara Stauffer McElfish

Barbara Stauffer McElfish, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Visalia, CA.  She was born February 20, 1920 in Leola, PA, a daughter of the late Claude and Dorothy Frey Stauffer. A member of First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, Barbara had been active with the Junior League and the Lancaster Symphony before her move to California.  She was retired from Bell Telephone Co. of PA.

She is survived by her daughter, Constance McElfish Offutt wife of Ray Offutt of Visalia; three grandchildren, Andrew Spain and his wife, Jennifer and their son ­Jeremiah,  Ashley McLelland and her husband Nathan, and Jonathan Offutt; a great-grandson, Charlie Noah McLelland; and a sister, Joan Stauffer Sowers. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter C. McElfish; a daughter, Judith Miller; and a sister, Virginia Stauffer Brinser.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery, S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA on Monday, March 28th, at 10:00 A.M.

Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions in her memory may be sent to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 29 E. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Arrangements by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 394-4097. To send an on-line condolence, please visit

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Glenn E. “Ed” Howry

Glenn E.  “Ed” Howry of Lititz peacefully passed away at the Heart of Lancaster surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Glenn E. and Emma Wilson Howry. He was the husband of Linda Shade Howry with whom he celebrated 35 years of marriage on 10/11/2010.

His last place of employment was Yerger Brothers in Lititz where he was a tow motor operator. Mr. Howry’s extraordinary 30-year battle with scleroderma more than exceeded all expectations which included hospice care in 1998, 2004, and 2007. He was an amazing man who fought so hard to live.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #56 and served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jared G. Howry, at home, who was a super son and caregiver. He is also survived by a daughter, Megan A. wife of Krish Murthy; 2 grandsons, Prashant and Chandra Murthy of Connecticut; and a sister, Sandy Howry McCann, wife of Richard McCann of Hummelstown, PA. He was predeceased by a brother, Gary Robert Howry.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Monday March 7th, at 2:00 P.M. Family will greet friends at the funeral home on Monday from 1:00 P.M until the time of service.  Private interment at the ­convenience of the family.

Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 717-394-4097. For further information or to send an online condolence please visit:

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Edith Mae Miller

Edith Mae Miller, 78, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2011 at home.

Born November 13, 1932 in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Aldus and Leota Coble Kreider.

Edith retired from Kemp Foods in 1997 where she had been employed in the purchasing department. She also worked as a marshall at Overlook Golf Course.

She was a graduate of the former West Lampeter High School. Edith was an avid golfer and bowler and  loved to bake and work in her yard.  She was the happiest when spending time with family and friends, and her grandchildren always held a special place in her heart.

Surviving is a son, Dale P. husband of Diane Miller of Denver, CO; a daughter, Wendy E. Valle of Mountville; three grandchildren, Kim Miller, Kacie Miller and Alex Valle; five sisters, Earla wife of Ronald Deiter of Lancaster, Frances wife of John Gamber of New Providence, Patricia wife of F. Abram Rhoads of Strasburg, Viola wife of ­Clifford Herr of Willow Street, and Geneva Bleacher of Lancaster; three brothers, Mervin husband of Janet Kreider of Conestoga, E. Glenn Kreider of Manheim, and Aldus husband of Marion Kreider of Lancaster.  She was preceded by sisters, Rosalie Smith and Janeth Wissler, and by brothers, Nelson Kreider and ­Preston Kreider.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 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 Edith’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA  17603. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

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Dr. Dominick J. Fanani

Dr. Dominick J. Fanani, 94, died Sunday, February 27, 2011 at Arbor View at Willow Valley.  Dr. Fanani was born in Mt. Hope, WV on September 12, 1916 but grew up in Windber, PA.  He graduated from Windber High School in 1934 in the middle of the Great Depression. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from Edinboro University (PA) in 1942, his Master’s Degree in Guidance and Personnel from Rutgers University in 1954 and his Doctor’s Degree in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University in 1964.

During World War II, he went overseas as a Medical Administration Officer. His medical unit was attached to a B29 bomber squadron on Tinian Island in the Marianas. It was on Tinian that the two atomic bombs that ended the Pacific War were assembled and on Tinian that the two B29′s carrying the bombs were based.

During the early 1950′s, he was a Training Director, a   GS-9 Federal Civil Service position in Belle Mead General Depot in New Jersey.

He taught art in grades 1 through 12 in public schools of Westfield, NY, Fairfield, CT and North Allegheny, PA. In 1961, he joined the Art faculty at Millersville University, where he specialized first teaching Pottery and then in teaching Jewelry. He established the Jewelry program there.

He was active in faculty governance, service as President of the Millersville Faculty Association, as a Faculty Senator and as a member of several campus-wide faculty committees. He was also active on the state level, becoming President of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. He retired from Millersville University in 1982 after 20½ years of service.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in ­Lancaster.

Surviving is a brother, James R. Fagnini of Flourtown, PA; two sisters, Jeanette Grisin of Windber and Amelia Alba of Philadelphia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Orr Auditorium at Willow Valley Manor, 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Charles Cummings officiating. The family will greet friends following the service.  Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Fanani’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125.  Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 394-4097. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

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Stella Louise Spiese

Stella Louise Spiese, 90, of 2115 Lynn Avenue, Lancaster, PA, passed away on Sunday, February 27th, at the Mennonite Home. Born in Powellville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Mary Amanda Bailey Holland.

Married for nearly 46 years, she spent her life as a loving wife to George C. Spiese Jr. Mrs. Spiese was a homemaker who enjoyed quilting and crocheting in her spare time.

Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mary Katharine Hildebrand of Acworth, GA and Patricia Mountain of Columbia, PA; two sons, David Niblet of Salisbury, MD, and Levin D. Collins Jr. of Omaha, NE.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, as well as 6 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a sister, Marian D’Antonio.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service from the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Thursday, March 3rd, at 2:00 P.M. The family will greet friends from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service. Interment at Conestoga Memorial Park. For other information or to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

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Herbert L. Rogers

Herbert L. Rogers, 81, of Lititz, died Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Lancaster ­General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Henry L. and Emma B. McCune Rogers.

Herbert was a graduate of Manheim Township High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and Drexel University where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. He retired from General Electric after working for them in ­Schenectady, NY and King of Prussia, PA. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

Herbert loved the outdoors and was a member of the Buckeye Rod and Gun Club.  He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing at Middle Creek and hunting in Potter County.

Surviving are two sisters, Evelyn Anderson of Ephrata, and Roberta Rogers of Lancaster; a brother, Kenneth Rogers of Franklin, VA; and nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in Riverview Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at:

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Harry Stehman Mumma

Harry Stehman Mumma, 95, died peacefully in his sleep, February 12, 2011, at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Born in Landisville, PA, the youngest child of the late Harry Landis and Lizzie Stehman Mumma. He was married to the late Helen Brubaker Snyder, who died in 1995, for 56 years. He was also preceded in death by his second wife Janet Smith. He was a member of the Landisville Church of God, and in later years, the Lititz Church of the Brethren.   Harry grew up on the family farm and began his farming career as a Guernsey breeder and was active in the Lancaster County Guernsey Breeder’s Association. He was pleased to be selected by the extension office to host a number of international visitors to view farming methods practiced  in Lancaster County. Harry and Helen started an antiques and refinishing business. Later in life, he learned to create CDs from his record collection. Harry enjoyed driving around the rural farmlands, as well as traveling to Alaska, Finland, Russia, Europe and Mexico. He is survived by his five children, Linda Hagerty (William) of Morgantown, WV; Robert Mumma (Martha) of  Chambersburg; Mary Ellen Harwood (Jerry) of Oxnard, CA; Susanne Doughty (Howard) of Harrisburg; and Kay Louise Weber (Timothy) of Lititz. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Rohrer and Bertha Miller; and brother Clyde Mumma. The family wishes to especially thank the staff and caregivers of Landis Homes and particular thanks to Harold Groff who spent many hours playing checkers with Harry during recent years. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service from the East Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA on Thursday, February 17th at 10:30am. Friends may call at the East Bethany Chapel on Thursday from 9:30am until the time of service. Private interment will be held in Landisville Mennonite Cemetery. Please omit flowers. If desired contributions in his memory may be sent to the Mennonite Disaster Service, 538 Airport Rd.,  Lititz, PA 17543. Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home.