John G. Groff, Sr., 80, of New Providence, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at his home. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Kathryn (Suter) Groff.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Rose Teresa (Santiago) Groff.
John had been a truck driver since the age of 19. He started driving for Mt. Airy Lumber Co. and eventually retired from Yellow Freight. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and the Lancaster Research and Recover Club, where he was a metal detector operator.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He was known as a jokester and always had a good story to tell.
MaShelle L. Neuhauser, 53, of Lebanon PA, formerly of Cochranville, passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Born in Lancaster PA, a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Virginia Trimble Roten. She enjoyed gardening, baking, crafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by 2 children, Angela Neuhauser, Joel Neuhauser, 2 grandchildren, brothers, Brian Roten, and Joe Roten, and faithful dog Roxie.
John W. Haneman, 58, unexpectedly went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2019 at his home in Quarryville, while enjoying one of his many hobbies. Born in Ephrata, PA on December 30, 1960, he was the son of the late Ralph and Thelma (Fisher) Haneman.
John is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Deena (Sipe), his son Brent (Brianne) Haneman, daughter Katelyn (Derek) Shelley, two grandchildren, Ian Shelley and Piper Richwine, along with two brothers, David (Sherry) Haneman and Glenn (Connie) Haneman and his three beloved dogs, Lucy, Lester, and Chester. John’s most cherished possession was his family. His love for them was evident in the time he spent with them and the way he spoke about them to others.
Duncan “Sock” Higginbotham, 86, of Quarryville, passed away at his home on Friday, February 22, 2019. He was the husband of Mary Jane Miller Higginbotham. They had celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Born in Calahand, FL, he was a son of the late Duncan and Mabel Bear Higginbotham.
In his early career Sock work as a truck driver. He then went to work in construction, retiring from Wickersham Construction Co., Lancaster.
An avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman, he enjoyed being outdoors. Watching baseball occupied much of his time. Sock always enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends, and the many foster children he raised.
Ralph M. Williams, Sr. 79, of Oxford passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Jennersville Hospital, West Grove.
He was the husband of Diana Toy Williams with whom he shared 50 years of marriage.
Born in Shamokin, he was the son of the late Russell Sr. and Eleanor Kramer Williams.
Ralph retired from the United States Post Office in Aston, PA after 40 years of service.
He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
His Favorite thing to do was spend time with his grandchildren and he attended every sporting event and school functions they were involved in.
Beverly Jean Miller (92) of Blacksburg, VA, and most recently of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
She was born on January 22, 1927, in Norfolk, VA, to the late Charles H. and Josephine (Davis) Dickerson. She was a member of Draper’s Valley Presbyterian Church, a member of the Gideons Auxiliary and served in several local Presbyterian churches as a Bible teacher and example of faith. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, painting, gardening and spending time with family at their cabin.
Warren R. Hambleton, “Woody", of Holtwood died Monday, February 4, 2019, at Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy. He was 52.
Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of Evelyn J. (Church) Hambleton and the late William “Wild Bill” Hambleton, Sr.
A jack of all trades, Mr. Hambleton worked for Frey’s and Mt. Airy Lumber yards, and also Amycel Spawnmate in Kennett Square as a driver, and Donnelly Printing at the Greenfield Plant. He was knowledgeable in woodworking and electrical skills.
Mary Ann Marchesani, 55, of Quarryville, entered into rest on Monday, February 18, 2019. Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of Clyde H. Lewis of Creston, N.C. and Mary (Miller) Lewis of Quarryville. She was the loving wife of Larry Marchesani for 25 years.
Mary Ann was a member of Wesley Church, where she worked for the past 10 years. She also taught art classes at Bethany Christian School in Oxford. She was an artist and an animal lover. Mary Ann also enjoyed reading and gardening at her home.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by 2 daughters, Molly and Katie, both at home and her 3 four-legged friends: Brom, Tobin, and Aithne. Also surviving is a brother, Joe Lewis.
Chris C. Cote, 63, of Lancaster, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his home.
Born in Union County, he was the son of Doris A. (Stahlnecker) Williams of Mifflinburg and the late Russell P. Chilcote.
Chris was an active member of Victory Church in Quarryville. He was a missionary, serving all around the world, but mainly in Swaziland in Southern Africa, which he called his second home. He had a huge burden for the next generation, which is why his ministry always had a youth focus. Chris founded Project Earth International and was a talented artist who enjoyed painting and music. He was known for his large collection of M&M’s memorabilia. He had done stage acting at Sight and Sound in the past.
Shirley L. Mitchell, 73 of Gralan Drive, Lancaster passed away peacefully of unexpected natural causes on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital. She and her husband Ray N. Mitchell were 1 day shy of celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. Born into a large loving family in New Providence she was the daughter of the late J. Landis and Ruth E. Herr Kreider.
Shirl kept the books for Bird-In-Hand Potato Company and spent 25 years delivering mail as a substitute rural mail carrier.
Shirl showed compassion for all who knew her whether they were immediate family, relatives, neighbors, friends, or fellow members of Smithville Church of God. Her faith in Christ radiated in the way she lived by her caring, loving nature. Her gentle, caring, and accepting nature shone through whenever she joined company. There were many family traditions that Shirl made sure to preserve; the holiday dinners, the summertime corn-shucking, family birthday parties, and the attendance to the grandchildren’s sporting events, among many others. When Shirl hosted gatherings, the table always provided more than could ever be consumed by those attending. Her genuine love for all was hard to match but an example for all to see.