Brenda P. Swinehart, 69, passed away at her home on November 26, 2015.
Brenda was the loving wife of Paul L. Swinehart, Jr of 48 years. They were married October 14, 1967 at the Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church.
Brenda was born in West Grove, Pa on December 10, 1945, a daughter of the late William C. and Anna Brown Pugh.
Brenda enjoyed life on the Pugh farm, cooking, planting, canning, gardening and sewing along with a full house of family and friends.
Norman H. Griest Sr., 82, of West Grove PA, passed away on November 25, 2015.
He was the husband of Emma Livingston Griest. They had celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Norman had retired as an automaker at the Chrysler Automotive Plant, Newark, DE. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 1183. He had also served proudly in the US Army during the Korean War.
Born in Fulton Twp. PA, a son of the late Harvey C. and J. Pearl Ritchie Griest, Sr. Norman enjoyed working on cars and going to the mountains in Huntington Co., PA.
Charlotte Whiteside Adams, 88, of Kirkwood PA, passed away on November 28, 2015.
She was the widow of the late William F. Adams, Jr., who passed away in 1978.
Born in Kirkwood, PA, a daughter of the late Norman E. and Beatrice I. Montgomery Whiteside.
Charlotte was a 75 year active member of Union Presbyterian Church.
She loved her family and was loved by all. Charlotte doted on her grand and great grandchildren. Known as an excellent cook and baker, the house was always filled with cakes, puddings, and pies. She hosted countless family dinners, and was always the first to welcome any guest with food or drink.
Harold R. Wimer, Jr., 68, of New Providence, entered into rest on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at his home. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late, Harold R., Sr, and Mary Bussiere. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Elaine (Horst) Wimer.
Harold had been a self-employed drywall finisher. He was an avid pool player. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, reading about birds, gardening and bird watching.
Lewis E. Shoemaker Jr., 93, of Kirkwood, a retired farmer and warehouse foreman was called home by his Lord and Savior on November 26, 2015.
He and his wife, Colleen Hartman Shoemaker were married for more than 64 wonderful years. A dairy farmer for many years, Lewis became a foreman at the Oxford Grain and Hay Co. in Oxford from 1961 until his retirement. A life-long farmer at heart, he enjoyed coaxing delicious fruits and vegetables from his one-acre garden.
Lew also enjoyed fishing and hunting deer, turkey, and small game with family and friends. He was a member of the Black Stump Hunting Camp in Potter County where the family also enjoyed many enjoyable summer vacations. In the cold winter months, Lew, Colleen, along with other family and friends migrated to St. Petersburg, Florida to escape the snow and ice.
An avid Phillies fan, Lew also enjoyed cheering on the Penn State football and Duke basketball teams.
An active member of Union Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, Lew served his Savior for many years as a Sunday School teacher and Elder. He graduated from Quarryville High School in 1940.
Born in East Drumore Township, he was a son of the late Lewis Sr. and Bertha DeLong Shoemaker.
Horace Walter Pyle of Quarryville died on Friday, November 20, 2015. He was 89.
Mr. Pyle was born in Concord Township, a son of the late Ernest and Irene Bond Pyle. His family moved to Colerain Township in 1941.
He served with the U.S. Army Rangers in the Philippines during World War II. Wounded in combat, he spent 11 months in a hospital before being discharged.
"I was hit in the leg," he said in a 2012 interview.
He and his family farmed about 300 acres, bought and sold cows, and transported Amish neighbors. He and one of his brothers also bought a farm in Tioga County where they raised Christmas trees.
The family sold the farm in the early 1980s and Mr. Pyle moved to East Drumore Township. Some years later, he began working for Noble Rd. Milking, delivering milkhouse supplies.
He kept that job for nearly two decades, working five days a week. He gave up the job when he was 88.
Mr. Pyle was a member of the Pennsylvana Farm Bureau and the Disabled American Veterans.
Lillian Irene Ross, 89, of Quarryville, entered into rest on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
Born in Buffalo, NY she was a daughter of the late, Charles and Dora Henneman Acker.
Her husband, Howard J. “Bill” Ross died in 2014.
Lillian worked at the former Hamilton Watch in Lancaster for 33 years. She was a wonderful cook, baker and seamstress.
John Clayton Rohrer Groff, 84, of Quarryville went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Clayton and Mary (Rohrer) Groff. He was married to the late Verna (Herr) Groff. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Merlin Louise (Barrett) Groff.
Claire Germaine Burns, 67, of New Providence, entered into rest on Monday, November 9, 2015.
Claire was born in Brooklyn, NY. She and her husband, Edward G. Burns had celebrated 38 years of marriage in August.
Claire was social worker extraordinaire, working for the South Country School District in Bellport, NY. She attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Claire and her husband were big supporters of Solanco sports programs.
Nancy M. “Granny” Hertz, 83, of New Providence, entered into rest on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Born in Rawlinsville, she was a daughter of the late William and Blanche (Groff) Tomlinson.
Her husband, Daniel Hertz died in 2001.
Nancy retired from Alcoa in Lancaster. She was a member of the New Providence Mennonite Church.
She enjoyed her beach house in Rehoboth, playing Pinochle and most of all sharing her unconditional love and kindness with family and friends.