Dorothy “Dottie” Sweater Tomlinson, 88, of Quarryville, Wife, Mom, Grammy, Grammy Dot, Aunt Dot, and a Friend to all that knew her, left us on Saturday, March 27, 2021, because her work here is done. She received the call; the call for an offer she accepted a long time ago, one that she couldn’t refuse, and was for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This calling comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time. Her new mission took her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, serving ice cream cones, milkshakes, and those yummy cheese steak sandwiches. She will be playing cards, organizing concerts, and volunteering to her heart’s content.
Janet S. Wheatley, 83, of Quarryville, formerly of Cochranville, was surrounded by her family when she went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
She was the daughter of the late Cox W. and Edith (Baker) Shepherd of Oxford.
Janet had over 62 joyful years of marriage to the love of her life, John R. Wheatley.
She graduated from Coatesville Hospital School of Nursing in 1958 and spent the next 55 years caring for her patients, family and friends. Janet later retired from the Coatesville VA after 18 years as a psychiatric nurse.
Bruce Spiegelberg passed away from the ravages of Parkinson’s disease on March 24, 2021.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Aug. 20, 1935.
He died at the age of 85, having lived in Mount Nebo, PA for over 50 years.
He grew up in Brooklyn, training in his youth at various gymnastics clubs, and began attending Brooklyn College. But his studies were interrupted when he was drafted and became a soldier during the Korean War. Returning a veteran, he resumed his studies and met and married his wife, Barbara.
William H. “Bill” Otto, 53, of Strasburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 22, 2021 at Lancaster General Hospital.
Born in Landsdale, Montgomery County, he was the son of Jack and Mary-Beth (Hughes) Otto.
He was the loving husband of Sonja (Landes) Otto for over 27 years.
Bill valued education and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and School Administration from Eastern University and Penn State University. He worked as a school psychologist for IU-12 at the Devers Elementary School in York. Bill loved helping children with special needs succeed.
Iona Martha Maria Farkas, 85, of Oxford, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford.
She was the wife of the late Stephen A. Farkas with whom she shared 59 years of marriage.
Born in Uppsala, Sweden she was the daughter of the late Paul and Marthe Lindquist Wolters.
Iona loved traveling, gardening, swimming, skiing, baking, chocolate and taking walks.
She is survived by her one daughter, Madeleine M. Henry (Leslie) of Oxford; two sons, Stephen P. Farkas (Jaime) of San Diego, CA and Paul A. Farkas (Keisha Bramwell) of Gyor, Hungary; seven grandchildren, Blake Farkas, Rowan Farkas, Dylan Howe, Amanda Howe, Stevie Farkas, Andor Farkas and Erik Farkas; one brother, Emile Wolters (Katti) of Uppsala, Sweden; one sister, Lolo Sylvan (Ulf) of Stockholm, Sweden; and many nieces and nephews.
Ryan Smith, 21, of Willow Street, PA died at his residence on Monday, March 22, 2021 after a 19 month courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of K. Craig and Kimberly Bjornson Smith.
He was a 2018 graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School where he was a standout basketball player, scoring over 1000 points in the course of his high school career. Following high school, he continued his love of basketball at East Stroudsburg University, where he received the PSAC Freshman Basketball Player of the Year Award (2018-2019). He also was an academic standout there, being on the Dean’s List in all of his semesters.
Ryan received the Lancaster County Sports Hall of Fame “Inspirational Athlete Award” (2020).
He enjoyed all sports, especially golf, and hanging outside with his cousins and friends.
Elizabeth Ann Kastor, age 93, of New Providence, went home to be with her Lord on March 20, 2021.
She was born in Lindenwold, New Jersey, daughter of the late William “Duke” and Frances Smith Brinley.
She worked at the Lancaster Newspaper-New Era as a proof reader and advertisement layout. She was a former member of Clearfield United Methodist Church where she was a choir director and played the organ for 55 years. She was a member of Colemanville United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the United Methodist Women’s Club.
Verna S. Stoltzfus, 2 month, 21 day old daughter of Ephraim K. & Mary S. Stoltzfus Stoltzfus of 150 Davis Road, Coatesville, PA, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hosptial for Children.
She was born at the Reading Hospital.
Levina S. Stoltzfus, 96, of 56 Lancaster Ave., Christiana passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at her residence.
Born in Bird-in-Hand, she was the daughter of the late John and Barbara Smoker King.
She was the wife of the late Isaac F. Stoltzfus who passed away in 2001.
She was homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Geraldine “Gerry” Ann Hensel, 66 of Rising Sun, MD, passed away Monday, March 22, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Lancaster, PA, on July 10, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Kellenberger, Sr. and Myrtle (Gregg) Kellenberger.
Gerry retired from Clean Enterprises, Quarryville, PA where she worked as a press operator.
In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bingo, Scrabble, board games, bowling and cards.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 49 years: William Warren Hensel, Sr.; one daughter: Tabatha Hastings (Kent) of Kirkwood, PA; one sister: Evelyn Walton of Lancaster, PA; one brother: Steven Kellenberger of Holtwood, PA; 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.