Clair M. Ressler, 74, a resident of Calvary Fellowship Homes, was called to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 24, 2011.
Clair was married 54 years to Betty L. Millhouse Ressler. Born in West Lampeter Twp., he was the son of the late Clair R. and Martha Zimmerman Martin Ressler.
Clair began his working career by managing F.W. Woolworth Stores in Pennsylvania and Maryland for seven years. He then worked for 23 years at AH Hoffman Inc., where he advanced to Vice President of Sales. Following his time at Hoffman’s, he worked for two years at Kingsway Realty. He then spent the rest of his working career as Vice President of Sales at Novelty Manufacturing, before retiring in 1999.
Clair was a 1953 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School. He was a member of the Central Manor Church of God. Over the years, Clair served on the Advisory Council for the Churches of God, served on the Board of Directors for Calvary Homes, and Gideons International, Lancaster South Camp. Clair was also Board Member of the Winebrenner Seminary in Findley, OH, Eastern Conference, and a Board Member for the Hempfield School District.
Clair had a passion for music, and he made his tenor voice heard in operettas in high school, the church choir, several quartets, and in solo roles. He enjoyed landscaping and gardening, and traveling in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
Surviving besides his wife are three daughters: Brenda S. wife of Donald Shank of Harrisonburg, VA; Beth A. wife of Joseph Farnish of Landisville; and Beverly L. wife of Steven Cox of Mountville; a son: C. Steven husband of Kelly Ressler of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren; and four sisters: Rhoda, wife of Benjamin Landis of Strasburg; Martha, wife of Mervin Forry of Lancaster; Ruth, wife of Mervin Hoober of New Holland; and Norma, wife of James Bowman of Washington Boro. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Ressler, by twin elder sisters, Thelma Mylin and Elma Ament, and by a sister, Miriam Landis.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Central Manor Church of God, 387 Penn St., Washington Boro, PA, with the Rev. Stan Maughan, Rev. Wayne Boyer, and Rev. David Draper officiating. The viewing will be held at the church on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. There will be no viewing at the church on Saturday; however, the family will greet friends following the service. The interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will also be held at Calvary Fellowship Homes at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Central Manor Church of God, Calvary Fellowship Homes, the Winebrenner Seminary, Gideons International, and Hospice of Lancaster County. Arrangements by the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home, 397-6329
Clair M. Ressler, 74, a resident of Calvary Fellowship Homes, was called to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 24, 2011.
James R. Clark, 78, of Lancaster, died January 21, 2011 at Hospice of L a n c a s t e r County-Good Drive. Born in Kinzers, he was the son of the late Landis G. and Elva Usnser Clark. Jim was the husband of Evelyn Jackson Clark and had celebrated their 54th anniversary in June, 2010. Jim was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Lancaster, where he served as usher, Sunday School teacher, member of Church Council, member and former chairman of Worship Commission, communion steward and a Stephen Ministries Volunteer. He was a former member of Parkesburg United Methodist and Cochranville United Methodist Churches. Jim taught in the Octorara School District for 33 years, including 7 years as the Director of District Activities. He organized and supervised the Blood Mobile during the early 1980′s and received a “10 gallon” Pin recognizing his own blood donations. He organized “Hands around Octorara” Service and Support Club which taught students the importance of supporting their community through acts of good deeds. He was a member of PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association), NEA (National Education Association), and OAEA(Octorara Area Education Association.) Proud of his voting record, Jim never missed a primary or general election since he turned 21 years old. In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by a daughter, Kimberly A., wife of Roger Evans of Strasburg; a son, James Michael, husband of Danielle Clark of Narvon; four grandchildren, Dylan and Brooke Evans and Olivia and Madison Clark; and four sisters, Mildred Ream of Ronks, Kathleen Denlinger of Gap, Alice Richey of Cochranville and Anna Belle Underwood of Parkesburg, PA. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Viewing on Thursday, January 27th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 29th at 11:00 A.M. at First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut Sts., Lancaster, PA. The family will greet friends immediately following the service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. If desired, contributions in Jim’s memory may be sent to the Memorial Fund of First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17602. Arrangements are by Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home; 394-4097.
Stuart H. Raub, 77, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Stuart and Marie T h o m s o n Raub. He was married for 54 years to Sarah “Sally” Hartman Raub. Stuart graduated from the former PA Military College as a 2nd Lt. in the U. S. Army. He worked in several positions at Raub Supply from 1956 to 1982. He then opened his own business in 1982, Industrial Piping Systems. From 2003 until 2010, he participated in a clinical trial for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. He was a member of the Hamilton Club and St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster. In addition to his wife, he is survived by: 3 daughters, Christine Wardrop of Lancaster, Corinne Collins of Wilmington, DE, and Marie Burst of Lancaster; 7 grandchildren, Natalie and Andrew Wardrop, Erin and Blaine Collins, and Heather, Caroline, and Madeline Burst; a brother, Peter T. Raub; a sister, Mimi Raub. A memorial service will be held from the St. James Episcopal Church 119 N. Duke St. Lancaster, PA 17602 on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 AM. The family will visit with friends from 10 to 11 AM at the church. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. James Episcopal Church or YMCA 572 N. Queen St. Lancaster, PA 17603. 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
Isabel Thomson Rambo passed away at her home on Friday, June 24, 2011. She was born May 25, 1922 to Mary Ellen Angeny Thomson and Kenneth Thomson. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sister, Bette; brother Ken; and husband, Hall Harrison Rambo. She is survived by daughter, Lee Rambo Robinson; son-in-law, Warren L. Robinson, Jr., and granddaughter, Paige Robinson. She led an active and independent life including a variety of interests. She trained as
a lab technician at Hahnemann Medical College and worked at Germantown Hospital. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for many years, loved animals and raised cats, poultry, sheep, and llamas. She enjoyed swimming and diving and worked as coach, official, and pool manager. She competed in the Lancaster Senior Games and won many gold medals. At age 60, she graduated from Bowman Technical School and worked for Hamilton Watch Co. and independently as a horologist, repairing clocks and watches. She served as secretary for Chapter #7 of the National Association of Watch and
Clock Collectors for many years and volunteered for their museum. Final arrangements and interment will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at: www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com
John Ward Willson Loose, 85, of Lancaster Township, passed from this life on January 14, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County. Jack was the son of the late I.H. Loose and Anna Willson Loose. He is survived by a sister Dorothy Boardman of Aiken, SC, a brother-in-law Patrick Boardman of Aiken, SC; a nephew Rick Boardman of London, England; and a niece Karen Snowden of Lexington, KY. Jack was a noted historian of Lancaster County serving on the board of the Lancaster County Historical Society from 1948-1992, as secretary from 1948-73, president from 1973-1992, and president emeritus from 1992 until his death. He was named a Fellow of the Lancaster County Historical Society in 1992 and served as the editor of the Journal for the past 55 years. He belonged to numerous historical organizations, national, state-wide, and local, among them: The Organization of American Historians, Society of Historians of the Early Republic, the Society for Industrial Archaeology, General Society of the War of 1812, the Pennsylvania Historical Association, Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution, the Heritage Center Museum, and the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society. Jack was a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and trustee of Lodge #43 of the Free & Accepted Masons. He was a member and served as the historian of the Unitarian- Universalist Church of Lancaster since 1952. He was a graduate of McCaskey High School and Millersville University with a M.A. in History and taught at Donegal High School from 1957-1992. He was a committee man for the Lancaster County Republican Party from 1956, historian of the party from 1952, and was honored this past fall for his more than 50 years of service. Few Americans have done as much to spark an interest in the history of their local community; Jack Loose was one such man. A service celebratingJack’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA. Friends may call at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. A Masonic Service will be conductedby the members of Lodge #43 F.&A.M. at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. There will be no viewing at the church on Wednesday prior to the service. Interment in Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Columbia, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Centers for Children, Inc., 213 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603-3519. To send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com
Eric B. Dorsey, 62, of Landisville, a great husband and father, died Friday, January 14, 2011 at Hospice of L a n c a s t e r County in Mount Joy. He was married 36 years to Angie C. Cucuzella Dorsey. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Muriel Parmer Dorsey of Lancaster, and the late Charles Dorsey. Eric was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local from 1969 until his illness. He was last employed as a foreman by Novinger’s Inc. in Harrisburg He was a 1966 graduate of Lampeter Strasburg High School. For many years he had been involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. He was a former member of Highland Presbyterian Church. His interests included playing ice hockey, gardening, camping, fishing and hiking. Surviving besides his wife and mother is a son, Bryan Dorsey of Landisville; two daughters, Danita Dorsey of Charlotte, NC and Erika Morant of Lancaster; two grandchildren; four brothers, Michael Dorsey of Gordonville, William Dorsey of Conestoga, John Dorsey of Ohio, and Matt Dorsey of Lancaster; and two sisters, Melanie Buch of Landisville, and Allison Mallin of Willow Street. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, PA with Rev. Thomas Dodge and Rev. Ann Osborne officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service. 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. Arrangements by the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 394-4097; to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at: www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com
Elsie Landis Lehman, 92, died at Landis Homes, Lancaster County, on January 13, 2011. She was known for her love and affection for family and friends, an ability to connect with people of all ages, and her delight in good conversation. To the end of her life she retained a keen intelligence, a level sense of practicality, and equanimity and poise even in the face of life’s hardships.
Born on a farm near Elizabethtown on July 7, 1918, Elsie was the youngest of Simon Bossler Landis and Alice Ebersole Landis’ nine children. She graduated from Elizabethtown High School, attended Messiah College, took practical nurse’s training, Faith at Work training, and, in later years, attended Lancaster Theological Seminary, under care of the Donegal Presbytery.
Elsie was a licensed practical nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lancaster, from 1958 to 1979; an Instructor of Home Health Nursing courses at Willow Street Vocational Technical School; President of the Lancaster County Association of Licensed Practical Nurses; a speaker at conventions for licensed practical nurses; and workshop leader for the PA Association of LPNs. Moving to Landis Homes in 1991, she worked as a part-time nursing assistant and then volunteered her services after “retirement.”
In addition, Elsie was a staff member and field representative for Faith at Work (S.E. Pa.); served as a chaplain at Wilmington (Del.) Medical Center from 1980 to 1984; was a visitation minister for Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, from 1984 to 1986; and, from 1986 to 1991, assisted her nephew, Rev. Eugene Herr, at the Hermitage pastoral retreat center in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Elsie is survived by her sister Alice Schellenberg and a sister-in-law, Getrude Steudler Landis, both at Calvary Homes, Lancaster; and by six children: Harold Lehman and his partner Bonnie Eisenfeld, Philadelphia; David Lehman and his wife, Gwen, Harrisburg; Peter Lehman and his wife, Tjitske, Kimberton; James Lehman and his wife, Frances, of Claremont, CA.; Cynthia Lehman and her husband, Dan Heacock, of Marysville; and Timothy Lehman, of Szentes, Hungary. Surviving grandchildren are Scott, Karin, Ben, Ezra, Tamme, Max, and Sophie Lehman, and Fintje Lehman Carpenter. Great-grandchildren are Odette, Kieran, Emily, Charlize, Loic, Sienna Rose, and Isaac Lehman, and Milo Carpenter. Elsie’s husband from 1938-1968, Harold R. Lehman, Sr., died in 1997, and their daughter Mary died in 1986.
A memorial service in Elsie’s memory and in celebration of her life will be held at her church, Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 East Roseville Road, Lancaster, on Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 11:00 A.M. The family will greet friends following the service. The family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Caring Fund of Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.
Dorothy H. Bowers, 91, of Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Sadie T. Winterbottom Hartsock. She was the wife of the late Cyrus M. Bowers. Dorothy was a 1942 and 1943 skating member of the Ice Capades. She was a life member of the Lancaster Kennel Club, a member of the Basset Hound Club of America, and a founding member of the Susquehanna Basset Hound Club. Dorothy is survived by: a sister, Sara M. Cullison of Hanover; nieces, Susan Bissett of Lansdale, Michele Crumrine of Hanover; nephews David Schlomer of Harrisburg and Michael Cullison of Cleveland, OH. Funeral services will be private and 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
Rev. Larry L. Lehman, 74, of Luther Acres, Lititz, died Monday, January 3, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mt. Joy.
He was married 52 years to Marjorie Tritt Lehman, whom he dearly loved. Born October 6, 1936 in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Mary Shultz Lehman.
Lehman was former pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster. He served the congregation at Trinity for over thirty years, retiring in 1997 after fifteen years as senior pastor. He then served as interim pastor of St. James Lutheran Church in Hellam until 2002. Earlier in his career, he was pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Altoona, Christ Lutheran Church in Bellegrove and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Annville, PA.
During his ministerial career, Lehman served for many years on the board of directors of the Lancaster County Council of Churches and on the board of directors of Lutheran Social Services in the Allegheny and East Regions. In 1991, during his pastorate at Trinity, he led efforts for a major renovation of the church’s Fisher Parish House.
Lehman was a member of a community advocacy committee for the introduction of ethnically inclusive history textbooks in the Lancaster public schools. He was active in the work of Trinity’s King-Clemente Scholarship Fund and in a variety of community agencies. He was active with the group Demonstrate against Drug Dealers, organizing a number of “Trinity Days with DADDs.” In 1985, Lehman was among clergy from throughout the nation recognized by President William Clinton at a White House Breakfast. In 1997, he received a community service award from Lancaster’s Crispus Attucks Community Center.
He was an avid student of history, and in 2006, at the age of 70, he earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Millersville University. Ordained in 1961, he held a Master of Divinity Degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and was a graduate of John Harris High School, Harrisburg.
Surviving in addition to his wife Marjorie are sons, Michael A., husband of Sally Lutton Lehman, Lancaster, PA, and David M., husband of Theresa Sachs Lehman, Collegeville, PA; grandsons, Christopher and Matthew; granddaughter, Chloe; and by his sister, Mary Lehman Rimkunas of Baltimore, MD.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service from Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA on Sunday, January 9th, at 3:00 P.M. Family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17603 or Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Owl Hill Rd., Lititz, PA 17543
Aaron J. Brubaker, 90, a resident of Woodcrest Villa, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at the Mennonite Home.
He was married 69 years to H. Arlene Neff Brubaker. Born March 14, 1920 in East Hempfield Twp., he was the son of the late Levi H. and Anna G. Brubaker. A lifelong farmer, Aaron’s passion was the love and respect of the land. He had also been employed as a Pioneer Seed salesman for many years. Aaron was a member of the Potato Growers Association in Potato City, PA, and Rough and Tumble in Kinzers, PA. He had been involved with various committees at the Farm and Home Center and had been a member of the former Lancaster County Poultry Association. Aaron was a lifelong member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church where he had served as a trustee, a Building Committee Chairman, was past Chairman of the Stewardship Committee, and had served on the Cemetery Committee for many years. His hobby was repairing and restoring old tractors. Surviving besides his wife is a son, J. Roy husband of Donna Brubaker of Amity, OR; three daughters, Ruth A. wife of Lamar Zimmerman of Manheim, Betty E. wife of Steve Martin of Ephrata, and Dottie L. wife of Abe Landis of
Manheim. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; a brother, J. Lester husband of Lois
Brubaker of Lititz; and a sister-in-law, Frances Brubaker of Lititz. He was preceded in death by a brother L. Paul Brubaker. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, 601 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA with Pastor Dennis Ernest and Pastor Millard Garrett officiating. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Rohrerstown Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Brubaker’s memory may be made to Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, 601
Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. The family would like to thank the staff of the Mennonite Home and Hospice of ancaster County for the wonderful care given to Aaron over the last months of his life. Arrangements by
the Richard A. Sheetz Funeral Home, 397-6329; to send an online condolence to the family, visit our website at www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com