Jessie A. Griest, 88, of Peach Bottom, entered into rest on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital.
Born in Little Britain, she was the daughter of the late James P. and Margaret (Anthony) Brown. She was married to the late Russell M. Griest who passed away on June 26, 2014.
Jessie was a member of Eastland Friends Meeting and was also part of the Quaker Ladies group. She had worked for Penn Manor High School as an administrator for many years. She was also a member of the Solanco Historical Society and enjoyed bowling and playing shuffleboard at the former Quarryville Legion.
Roy M. Glackin, 79, of New Providence, formerly of Quarryville, PA, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital.
Roy was the husband of the late Sandra Bard Glackin, who passed away in 2018.
An electrician by trade, Roy had worked for over 30 years as a maintenance supervisor for Strasburg Pallet Co., and was self employed for 15 years as an electrical contractor.
He had honorably served in the United States Air Force.
Roy was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Quarryville.
Ralph H. Smith, 78, of Nottingham, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at home. He was the husband of Joan Webb Smith with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Bel Air, MD he was the son of the late Roy and Bertha Brown Smith. Ralph resided in the Oxford and Nottingham area all of his life.
He was a longtime self-employed truck driver and was recently employed with Kunkel Auto Parts, Rising Sun, MD as a deliveryman. Ralph was an avid sports fan and enjoyed NASCAR, Penn State University football, fishing, hunting and traveling.
Samuel Bradley Zerphy, of Quarryville, passed away while surrounded by his family on November 20, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital. Sam was born to the late Samuel H. and Susan Bradley Zerphy on September 13, 1927 on his parent’s farm in Salunga, PA. Sam attended Hempfield High School where he played on the junior and senior high basketball teams. He also served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947. Sam and his wife, Betty Jane Rohrer, celebrated their 72nd anniversary on October 11th. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Elsie Bradley Hosler and Goldie Bradley Groff, and a great-grandson, Cole.
Sam and Betty Jane owned and operated Horseshoe Dell cattle and pig farm in southern Chester County for ten years. After farming, Sam became a well-known masonry and general contractor in the Solanco area. Sam built and repaired many homes in the Solanco area. He also built several churches in the area.
Charles P. Morrison, Jr., 64, of Nottingham, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Pocopson Home, West Chester. He was the son of the late Charles P., Sr. and Marian Harris Morrison.
Charles was the former owner of AJ’s Arcade and Billiards, Oxford and formerly employed with Flower’s Baking Company, formerly Tasty Baking Company, Oxford.
He loved all Philadelphia sport teams especially Phillies baseball and enjoyed coffee, reading the newspaper and playing pool.
John Charles Groff, 67, of New Providence, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at his home. He was the loving husband of the late Gwen M. Groff, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage at the time of her passing in 2017.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Victor and Irene Groff and the late Ann Buch.
John was a graduate of Solanco High School, class of 1971. After high school, John found employment with Mount Airy Lumber Company and learned all positions in the operation there, retiring with over 30 years’ service.
John was a very simple man and humble in his ways. With his iconic fishing hat donned on his head, he would do things with his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, and take them to activities and cheer them on at sporting events. John had a huge heart and always put others first while not wanting anyone to worry about him. John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Sandra Frey Thomas, 60, of New Providence, went home to be with her Lord unexpectedly, due to natural causes, on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Dorothy Jean (Hoober) Frey of Willow Valley and the late Jay Mowery Frey, Jr.
Sandra was a 1977 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School. She owned Legacy Landscape Materials and Silvermine Cattle Company. She attended Grace Community Church of Willow Street where she sang on the worship team, attended women’s bible study and volunteered for numerous activities.
Sandra enjoyed singing on the worship team and volunteering for a variety of community causes. Semi-retired, she and David Haines, her beloved companion, worked together in the garden canning and preserving their produce, traveling, spending time with family, and caring for animals on the farm with her grandchildren.
Carlton L. “Bud” Rintz, 86, of Millersville, passed away peacefully on November 15 surrounded by his family after a valiant 15 year battle with cancer. He was the husband of Judi Jackson Rintz, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on September 13, 2019.
Born in New Providence, PA on October 11, 1933, he was the son of the late Arnol Lefever Rintz and Pearl Stively Rintz. In December 1941, Carl lost his father, then aged 32, to a fatal heart attack. It was shortly thereafter that a decision was made which would change the trajectory of his life. His mother enrolled him at Girard in Philadelphia, a school for fatherless boys, from which he graduated in 1951. While there, he caught the attention of a coach during a mandatory gymnastics class who invited him to try out for the team. Excelling almost immediately, he was urged to continue with gymnastics in college, and chose Michigan State because of their excellent engineering program. During his four years at Michigan State, Carl won nine Big Ten individual gymnastics championships and two Big Ten all-around titles in 1954 and 1955. He captured the NCAA national championship on the pommel horse, his best event, in 1954 and three additional NCAA titles in three events in 1955. In 1992, Carl was inducted into the Inaugural Michigan State Sports Hall of Fame, joining an exclusive group of 29 other members considered to be the finest athletes in their respective sports. Carl was always grateful to Michigan State, which offered him a full scholarship and the chance to earn a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Carl often commented that gymnastics gave him the ability to earn a college degree, an opportunity he would never have otherwise had.
Lane E. Jackson passed away in his sleep, the morning of November 13, 2019 after a battle with cancer.
He was born in West Grove, Pennsylvania on July 26, 1938 to the late M. Anita (Wason), a skilled artisan and scouting advocate, and Everitt Jackson, a cattle dealer.
Lane was raised on his family's farm in Nottingham and graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1956. He was drafted into the army in 1961 and was stationed in Verdun, France until 1963. While in Verdun, Lane earned a Sharpshooter badge for his rifle skills. Upon release, he traveled Europe in his VW bug and then returned to the states to People’s Bank of Oxford where he continued for 29 years. As Vice President of Operations, Lane took pride in creating bank efficiencies through the innovative use of computers and automation. Later, he began Jackson Enterprises where he built over 60 homes for local families. Through the years he was a member of and held a variety of roles in the Oxford Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Athletic Association, the local Learn to Swim Program, Redman’s Lodge and West Nottingham Township.
Margo Joy (Armstrong) Farneth, 59, of New Providence, died peacefully at home on November 14, 2019.
She was the daughter of Hugh A. Armstrong and M. Joan (Ressler) Armstrong.
Born in Lancaster, PA on December 26, 1959, she was a member of Rawlinsville UM Church for more than 50 years and a graduate of Solanco High School as well as Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster General School of Nursing, and St. Joseph Hospital Nurse Anesthetist School. Prior to falling ill, she worked at Ephrata Community Hospital for over 17 years.