Ronald (“Ronnie”) L. Prewitt, 70, passed away peacefully at his Oxford home early on Christmas morning. Ronnie had many loves in his life, including the town of Oxford, where he was the last of his siblings to be born in their Oxford family home on November 10, 1945. Born to the late Ivory and Arvilla (nee Lutman) Prewitt, and with the exception of his time with the Delaware National Guard (1968-1970), Ronnie lived and completed his life in Oxford. He was born in Oxford, went to school in Oxford, was a longtime Oxford general contractor, worked at the Peoples Bank in town, and retired from the Oxford Borough Maintenance Department in 2007. Ronnie loved his town. Swapping Oxford stories with friends over breakfast at the Post House restaurant on Old Baltimore Pike was the way to start the day off right.
While Ronnie was known to be a hard-worker, he didn’t lose sight of some of the things that make life worth living: hunting, fishing, crabbing, and (weather-permitting) snowmobiling. These activities created great smiles and brought out even more of his trademark humor. While some may vacation in exotic places or seek happiness in material items, Ronnie proved it was the simple things in life, like watching the deer come in and out of the woods near his farmhouse in Breezewood, which made the difference.
While he had many loves, his greatest love was that for his wife, Stephanie (nee Narcisi) Prewitt, with whom he shared 15 years of marriage and even longer together. They found solace and commitment together through their common love and belief in the Almighty and acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Together, they joined the congregation of the Wesley Church in Quarryville and remained active with it until Ronnie’s recent passing.
Dale E. Blevins, 91, Quarryville, died Friday, December 25, 2015 at Welsh Mountain Home. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Freda V. (Rinier) Blevins and his loving daughter Joyce E. Blevins.
Born in Helton, North Carolina he was the son of the late Verney and Allie (Pennington) Blevins.
Dale was a carpenter and skilled wood carver. He is a World War II veteran, having served in the Army under General Patton. He played minor league baseball with the Lancaster Red Roses until leaving to faithfully serve his country. He loved collecting and selling antique tools at his stand at Shupps Grove Antique Market in Adamstown. He loved his Philadelphia Phillies.
Colleen M. Bublitz, 74, of New Providence, entered into rest on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her home.
She was born in Yorkshire, England and was married to the late Frank J. Bublitz for over 27 years.
Colleen had been a Licensed Practical Nurse at Oak Leaf Manor and MediQuest Staffing.
She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 22 years.
She loved her cats, doing puzzles and spending time with family.
Dorothy J. Lopez, 52, of Peach Bottom, entered into rest on Monday, December 14, 2015. Born in Oxford, she was a daughter of Florence (Richardson) Adams and the late Carl Adams. She and her husband, Jose A. Lopez have been together for over 30 years.
Dorothy was a stay at home mom that loved her flower beds and collecting angels and owls. She attended Living Stones Fellowship Church.
Besides her husband she is survived by daughters Amelia and Sylvia Lopez and her special granddaughter, Madalyn Lopez, all of Peach Bottom. Also surviving are 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Dorothy was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Earl Raymond Shelley, 81, died on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Praxis Alzheimer’s Facility in Easton, PA.
Born in Mt. Joy, he was the son of the late Earl Vere and Evelyn (Rinehart) Shelley.
Earl and his wife, Dora (McGarvey) Shelley had celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Earl graduated from Mt. Joy High School and then “Bud” as he was known was drafted into the US Air Force serving from 1954 to 1958 with 13 months in Okinawa, Japan. After returning home, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville State College.
Earl taught science for 38 years in the Lampeter-Strasburg and Solanco school districts. In addition to his teaching duties he also served as a soccer coach, athletic trainer, and caving club supervisor. He had a special affection for his “cave rats”.
Eileen M. Huss, 72, of Drumore, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
Born in Truce, PA she was a daughter of the late Marvin F. and Minerva (Graham) Doulin, Sr.
She and her husband, Mike Huss had celebrated 53 years of marriage in July.
Eileen loved her family and also helped others as serving as a Nanny for several local families. She attended Bible Evangelical Methodist Church. Eileen loved antiquing and working in her yard.
Surviving besides her husband Mike are daughters; Robin, wife of Scott Fisher and Kelly A., wife of David Koch both of Holtwood. Also surviving are 2 grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter and a brother.
Esther E. Wenger, 96, of Lancaster PA, formerly of Peach Bottom and Drumore Center, went to be with her Lord on December 15, 2015. She was the widow of Caleb M. Wenger, who passed away January 11, 2003.
Esther was an active homemaker, and had worked with her husband as book keeper-secretary for the former C. M. Wenger, Inc.
She enjoyed family, flower and vegetable gardening, crocheting, playing games with friends, and traveling. She was a member of Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, Quarryville.
Esther was born in Elizabethtown, a daughter of the late Samuel G. and Ella H. Young Ober.
George L. Hanna, 70, of Strasburg, died December 14, 2015 at his home after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Born in Lancaster, he grew up in Nickel Mines, PA.
George was the son of the late George M. and Benarda Mae (Hukey) Hanna. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Evelyn (Witmer) Hanna.
He is also survived by 3 children: Quay Hanna (Shannon), Mitchell Hanna (Miki), and Becky Scheurich (Mark); nine grandchildren; Quay Jr., Oliver, Lexie, Violet, Danny, Taylor, married to Samantha, Grace, Maddie, and Ethan; and one great-grandchild, Isla. He is also survived by two sisters, Betty M. Mackey and Thelma S. Snyder and a foster brother, Jay Hanna. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Hanna and foster brothers, Charles and Scott Hanna.
Rebecca S. Merwin, 54, of Manheim, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 13, 2015.
Becky was born in Lancaster. She worked most of her life as a waitress.
Surviving are sons; Thomas Enochs and Ryan Merwin, both of Colorado along with 3 grandchildren. Becky has 3 sisters; Donna, wife of Wayne Hassel, Grace wife of Jeff Windle and Elaine wife of Kenneth Umbrell, all of Quarryville.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Wood and her mother, Margie (Peace) Wood.
Joseph H. Steckler, Jr., 72, of Willow Street, entered into rest on Monday, December 14, 2015 following a brief illness. “Bud” as he was lovingly known was born in Quarryville, a son of the late Joseph and Marguerite (Huhn) Steckler, Sr. His wife, Marinda (Lord) Steckler died in 2007.
Joe worked as an assistant supervisor for High Industries. A very handy kind of guy there was nothing he would not attempt and succeed in, such as woodworking, sewing, and auto body work, just to name a few. He was a baseball fan and also he enjoyed watching motocross. Joe’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family.