Rick Merle Wiggins, 64, of Lancaster, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Merle H. and Betty (Swinehart) Wiggins.
Rick and his wife, Connie Lee (Good) Wiggins had celebrated 43 years of marriage in August.
Rick was a faithful member of Grace Brethren Church at Willow Valley. He was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed working on puzzles and bowling and had a trophy named after him, “The Rick”.
Earla J. Lefever, 85, of Holtwood, entered into rest on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Earl H. and Mary (Phillips) Oatman. She was the loving wife of John Lefever.
Earla loved horses and enjoyed sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by 4 children: Yvonne Cairnes, Stanley Mattern, Dennis Doyle, and Robert Lefever. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren and a brother Rene Oatman.
Robert N. “Bob” Hastings, 81, entered into rest unexpectedly at his home in Quarryville on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Born in Colerain Twp., he was the son of the late John E. and Elizabeth (Groff) Hastings. Bob and his wife, Diane (Becker) Hastings had celebrated 7 years of marriage in February.
Bob was well known and respected in the community. He worked at the former Eastern States Store in Quarryville, then did service and delivery work for Leon C. Landis and went on to retire from Hasting Electric and Plumbing. Bob also served his community as a borough police officer and constable.
He was a an active member of Union Presbyterian Church, President of the Quarryville Fire Co. from 1963-1965, a member of the Quarryville Borough Authority, Washington Lodge #156 F&AM, Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, the Eagles Nest Hunting Camp in Huntington Co. and the No Score Four Golf Team. When not working Bob enjoyed NASCAR and was a sponsor of the Hasting Racing Team. He also liked all sports and watching his family participate in them.
Kelly Sheets, 27, of Quarryville, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Hospice and Community Care, Mt Joy, PA, following a courageous battle with cancer of the common bile duct.
Kelly was born in Lima, PA, the daughter of Allan and Karen Dobosh of Kirkwood, PA. She was the wife of Franklin Jesse Sheets.
Kelly graduated from Solanco High School and Hartford Community College. She had been employed by Willow Valley Communities for the Glen as a culinary services supervisor.
Sara Burkholder Hess Hess, 93, formerly of Quarryville and more recently, Millersville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 24. She was born April 20, 1923, in Manson, Iowa, the youngest child of the late John Wolf Hess and Lizzie Burkholder Hess of Akron, Pennsylvania.
In her early childhood, the family returned to Akron, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In 1942, she married Herbert Snavely Hess, of Oregon, Pennsylvania. The following year, they moved to Runnymede Farm south of Quarryville, where they farmed, raised seven children, and operated a bed and breakfast. They were active members of Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church. In 2005 they moved to Millersville and in 2015 to Oak Leaf Manor in Landisville. They celebrated their 73rd anniversary in November 2015 and Herbert passed away in May 2016.
Linda T. Poetzl, 53, of Pequea, entered into rest on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at her home.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Harry and ShirleyJean Stevenson. She was the loving wife of Dean Poetzl for 29 years.
Linda was a teacher with the School District of Lancaster. She was a member of Wesley Church in Quarryville and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, cooking, being with her family and following her daughters in sports.
Esther Mae Sample, 94, of Evergreen Estates and formerly of New Providence, entered into rest on Monday, December 19, 2016. Born in New Providence, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Mary (Kreider) Mull. Her husband, Harold L. Sample died in 1999.
Esther and her husband farmed and stood in Lancaster Market. She also worked in food service for the Solanco School District and went on to retire from the former Willow Valley Restaurant. Esther was a member of Lampeter Church of the Brethren.
When she was younger, Esther enjoyed traveling across the US; and despite being a wonderful cook, she liked to eat out. She collected Longaberger Baskets. A real people person, Esther enjoyed her family and friends and would often visit the sick and homebound.
Mary Elizabeth "Betty "Schwager Burnaford, died on December 21, 2016 at the age of 96 at the Brethren Village, Lancaster PA, where she was a resident for the past 16 years. She was the loving mother of six children: Gail Burnaford, Don Burnaford, Lois Hudson, Al Burnaford, Edward Burnaford, and William Burnaford, as well as the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
During her residency at the Brethren Village, Betty was well known for her musical contributions. She accompanied two choirs, as well as soloists and played often in the Brethren Village Chapel concerts and services.
Theda L. Abel, 95, of Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street passed away at her residence on Friday, December 16, 2016.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Daniel H. and Hattie McFalls Landis.
She enjoyed 70 years of marriage with her high school sweet heart John H. Abel who preceded her in death April 21, 2010.
Theda was a member of Grace Community Church, Willow Street.
Sandra Cramer Bender lived her life giving of her love; and on December 18, 2016, at the end of her life’s journey, she gave herself quietly, full of peace and gratitude, into the arms of God, while surrounded by her devoted family. We feel a great loss in the passing of this precious life.
Our beloved mother was born August 23, 1941 in Lancaster, PA to the late Franklin S. and Lillian E. Ulrich. She was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and called Willow Street her home for more than 50 years. Throughout her life, she was a dedicated school bus driver for Lampeter-Strasburg School District.
Sandra is preceded in death by her wonderful husband of 45 years, Harold E. Cramer. Together, they nurtured compassionate family values as the heart of their home.