Joseph “Joe” F. Kurjiaka

Joseph “Joe” F. Kurjiaka, 47, of Landisville passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the husband of Lynn Forney Kurjiaka and in June, 2010 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Kenneth A. and Rose Schinzing Kurjiaka of Mt. Joy.

He was a 1981 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and a 1986 graduate of Penn State University. He was COO of Manheim Township School District, served on the Hempfield School Board, and was a member of Hempfield Rotary Club. He was an avid Penn State, LA Dodgers, NY Giants fan and a golfer.

Joe was a member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, loved his wife and daughters, and vacationing with his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his two daughters, Kari and Kristin, at home; a brother, David Kurjiaka; two sisters, Kris Kurjiaka, wife of Brian Chudzik, and Mary Kenee; two nieces and a nephew.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA on Friday, May 13th, at 11:00 A.M. The family will greet friends immediately following the Memorial Service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

If desired, contributions in Joe’s memory may be sent to Lancaster Hempfield Rotary Club, P.O. Box 121, Landisville, PA 17538.

Almadine McDonnell

Almadine McDonnell, 86, of Lancaster, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at the Golden Living Center.

She was the wife of the late Paul R. McDonnell, Sr. who died in 1993. Born in Marietta, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Martha B. Barrick Kibler.

Mrs. McDonnell had worked many years at Central Paper and Box and then in retirement worked part-time in the bake shop at Ferguson and Hassler in Quarryville.

Surviving are two sons, Paul R., Jr. husband of Marie McDonnell of New Providence, and Emanuel S., Sr. husband of Edith McDonnell of Lancaster; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, a brother and a grandson.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at Riverview Burial Park, S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Donald H. Iredale

Donald H. Iredale, 81, ­former resident of Lancaster and Shillington, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at National HealthCare Center, Bluffton, SC.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Harold B. and Mable Groff Iredale. He was the husband of Ruth ­Snyder Iredale, and on September 29, 2010, they had celebrated 59 years of marriage.

He was a graduate of ­Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Iredale was the owner/operator of Iredale Funeral Home in Shillington, PA from 1969-1992. He was a past member and president of the Lancaster and Berks Counties Funeral Directors Associations prior to his retirement.

He was elected to the school board of the Governor Mifflin School District in 1973, serving for six years including one year as president toward the end of his tenure.

He was a Rotarian in both Lancaster and Shillington and proudly earned 25 years of perfect attendance.

He was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head, SC, where he and Ruth have resided since 2002.

In addition to his wife, Don is survived by a son, Philip H. Iredale, of Galen Hall, PA; a daughter, Lynn L., wife of John Eanes of Galveston, TX, and three grandchildren, Austin P. Iredale of North Hollywood, CA, Danielle P. Iredale of Chapel Hill, SC and Clinton W. Iredale of Shillington, PA. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice M. Iredale.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral at the Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:30 A.M. The family will greet friends from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Conestoga Memorial Park. If desired, memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Joseph “Joe” F. Kurjiaka

Joseph “Joe” F. Kurjiaka, 47, of Landisville passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the husband of Lynn Forney Kurjiaka and in June, 2010 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Kenneth A. and Rose Schinzing Kurjiaka of Mt. Joy.

He was a 1981 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and a 1986 graduate of Penn State University. He was COO of Manheim Township School District, served on the Hempfield School Board, and was a member of Hempfield Rotary Club. He was an avid Penn State, LA Dodgers, NY Giants fan and a golfer.

Joe was a member of Hempfield United Methodist Church, loved his wife and daughters, and vacationing with his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his two daughters, Kari and Kristin, at home; a brother, David Kurjiaka; two sisters, Kris Kurjiaka, wife of Brian Chudzik, and Mary Kenee; two nieces and a nephew.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA on Friday, May 13th, at 11:00 A.M. The family will greet friends immediately following the Memorial Service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

If desired, contributions in Joe’s memory may be sent to Lancaster Hempfield Rotary Club, P.O. Box 121, Landisville, PA 17538.

For further information or to send an on-line condolence, please visit: www.KASnyderFuneralHome.com

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.

To send an on-line ­condolence, please visit: www.kasnyderfuneralhome.com

 

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.