Jerre Groff, formerly of Strasburg, passed from this life on August 4, 2020 at Oak Leaf Manor, Millersville, PA at 92 years of age. He was born in Lancaster, PA on May 29, 1928 to the late R. Charles and Verdna (Welk) Groff.
Jerre worked on several farms in the Strasburg area as a young man, including for his
Uncle Lloyd (known as Bud) Welk and then as a baker for Brueninger's Bakery in Strasburg. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 years old. He had completed all of his required high school credits early so he enlisted during the school year to join the war effort. He was given leave after basic training so he could graduate with his classmates at Strasburg High School. He proudly served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Randolph in the Mediterranean Sea area, escorting the hospital ship U.S.S. Hope immediately after WWII.
After being discharged from the Navy, he worked for Hildebrand Meats in Strasburg, and then started his own painting business. Jerre had a paint, flooring and kitchen store on West Main Street in Strasburg for many years. During that time he served as a Justice of the Peace from 1960 to 1965. Lastly, he worked as a clerk at the Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores in the Manor Shopping Center and Quarryville.
Ira L. Herr, Jr. age 93, formerly of Strasburg and more recently residing at Fairmount Homes, passed away at the Ephrata Hospital on Tuesday, August, 4, 2020.
He was the husband of the late Nora Metzler Herr, who passed away on November 17, 1987.
He was born in Willow Street, son of the late Ira L. Sr. and Mary I. Stauffer Herr.
He was a member of Calvary Monument Bible Church of Paradise.
In the past Ira worked as a tractor trailer driver for Herr Foods of Nottingham. He enjoyed driving, being outside, and exploring things. He really loved ice cream!
Ruth A. Furches, age 91, of West Grove and formerly of Oxford, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at the Twin Pines Health Care Center.
She was the wife of the late Joseph D. Furches, Sr. who passed away on March 26, 1999. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Marcus and Edith McNiss Pless.
In her free time, Ruth loved flower gardening and crocheting.
Travis R. Work, 34, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Benjamin L. and Dorothy S. Work, of Quarryville.
Travis was a 2004 graduate of Solanco High School. For the last ten years he was employed by UTZ Quality Foods.
Travis was an avid modified softball player and he also enjoyed playing golf. He was a devoted father to his children and he treasured the time he spent with them. Travis will be dearly missed by his family and all who knew him.
Daniel M. Stoltzfus, age 93, formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Fairmount Homes.
He was the husband of the late Barbara C. Stoltzfus who passed away on August 3, 2010. Born in East Petersburg, he was the son of the late M.S. and Mary Martin Stoltzfus.
Dan was a farmer for 23 years, a substitute letter and mail carrier for Parkesburg, and later became the full time letter carrier for Coatesville, retiring in 1996. Dan mowed lawns during his time at the Post Office and continued mowing until 2014. He was a member of Parkesburg Mennonite Church. Dan was also a life member of the Keystone Valley Fire Company and Keystone Valley Ambulance. He was a supervisor for West Sadsbury Township where he served as the treasurer and secretary for many years. Dan enjoyed working, going to the mountains, and going to Camp Hebron.
Frances E. Griest, age 90, of Paradise, PA, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mary, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
She was the wife of the late Charles L. Griest, Sr. who passed away on June 3, 2018.
She was born in Lancaster, daughter of the late Roman B. & Marian Brown Wilson.
She graduated from Oxford High School. In the 1970’s, Fran and her husband, Charlie, owned and operated Griest’s Hilltop Garage and Motel. She also escorted oversized loads hauled by her husband and had worked in several cafeterias of the Solanco School District.
Fran enjoyed bird watching and reading and was a kind and patient teacher to her family.
James Earl Mundy, 68, of Rising Sun, MD, entered into rest on July 25, 2020 at Temple University Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James and Nora (Pennington) Mundy. Earl and his wife, Bonnie had celebrated 29 years of marriage in March.
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Earl retired with over 25 years from Yellow Freight as a truck driver. He was a member of the North East VFW and also the Moose Lodge. Earl loved kids and enjoyed coaching baseball for the Solanco Little League. Earl also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to turkey shoots.
Shirley Jean Chew, 90, of Quarryville died Saturday, July 25 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community
Shirley Jean Chew, 90, passed on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at her residence at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community.
She was born on November 13, 1929, in West Point, PA. Her parents Enos Howard and Geneva Lillian Ricker Vaughn preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy – Chew Brown (David) of Nottingham, PA; 1 granddaughter Madison Brown of Yardley, PA; and her niece Hope A Strauss.
She was preceded in death, her husband George and her sister Phyllis (Willard) Kleintop.
She was married on May 6, 1950 to George G. Chew. George passed away at a very young age. Shirley devoted herself to her family.
She graduated with the class of 1945 from Upper Gwynedd High School. She enjoyed many interests throughout her lifetime, home decorating, antiques, and gardening.
Esther M. Schneider, 96, of Quarryville, died Monday, July 20 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community
Esther M. Schneider, 96, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (QPRC) after a long life well-lived.
She was born on September 19, 1923 in Providence Township to the late Charles G. and Lillie (Miller) Frick. She was the loving wife of 56 years of the late Lloyd L. Schneider until his passing in 1998.
Esther was one of the sweetest and kindest ladies to ever grace this Earth. Everyone who knew her just loved her, and she will be sorely missed.
She was a lifelong member of the New Providence Church of God and taught Sunday school there for many years. She loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with all her heart.
Esther was a member of the Robert Fulton Chapter of Eastern Star and volunteered at the Solanco Food Bank for 9 years. Her hobbies were sewing and reading and she enjoyed taking daily walks. She had several jobs in her life, including working at Tidy Products in Quarryville during WWII, being a waitress for her sister-in-law, Nora, at the Dutch Dell Restaurant near Truce, and working for her brother, Charlie, at Frickie’s Store in New Providence. However, the greatest job she ever had, and the one she excelled at the most, was being a wonderful mother and “Gram” to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Ronald S. Summers, 71, of Pond Road, Quarryville, PA died Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy, PA.
He and his wife, Bonnie E. Wimer Summers celebrated 40 years of marriage.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Samuel and Alta Bonwiser Summers.
Ron retired from Penn DOT where he was employed on the road crew.
He attended Mt. Eden Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quarryville.
An avid sports enthusiast, he was a Phillies and Eagles fan, enjoyed bowling, and collecting baseball cards. He also enjoyed model trains, traveling, and his cat “Theodore” and his dog “Winston”.