LaVera “Ellie” Trout Groff, age 98, formerly of Bart, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Lancaster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was married for 56 years to the late Melvin L. Groff who passed away on January 29, 2002.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Enos and Sarah Trout Trout.
Janet Marie Heidelbaugh, 81, of Quarryville, entered into rest on Friday, September 23, 2022, surrounded by her family at home.
She was the daughter of the late John and Florence (Holaman) Fuller and the loving wife of the late Milton J. Heidelbaugh who passed on May 15, 2000.
Janet had worked in the kitchen at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community for many years. She was a member of Providence Church and was an active volunteer at New Hope Community Closet and Solanco Neighborhood Ministries. She enjoyed mowing her yard, flower gardening and crocheting.
Rebecca Lea Johnson of Faith Friendship Villa of Mountville, Pennsylvania, passed away on September 22, 2022, at the age of 74 of metastatic breast cancer.
Rebecca graduated from Solanco High School, Quarryville, and worked for Hewlett Packard and Agilent.
Rebecca was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy Mae Johnson and Carl M. Johnson, Sr. of Quarryville, and brother-in-law John F. Hershey.
She is survived by siblings: Carl Johnson Jr. and wife Lorene of Lancaster, Carolyn Hershey of Quarryville, Mary Anna Page of Edenton, North Carolina, and Lois Higgins of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held at Wesley Church Cemetery, 7 Wesley Road Quarryville on Saturday, October 1st at 2 P.M. Pastor Blake Deibler will be officiating.
Natalie Jo Absher, 54, of Conowingo, MD, formerly of Holtwood, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, with family by her side.
Born in Havre de Grace, MD, she was the daughter of John Hughes, of Conowingo, and the late Nancy (Taylor) Hughes.
Natalie was a graduate of Perryville High School, class of 1986. Over the years she received training for CNA and phlebotomy, as she worked as a health care provider.
Jeffrey Alan Dull of Quarryville passed away unexpectedly Tuesday September 20, 2022. He was the husband of Melissa Dull.
Born in Lancaster, PA , he was the son of the late J Richard Dull Jr and Carolyn McVey Jamison.
Jeffrey graduated from Solanco High School. He worked as a carpenter for many years, was employed by Tasty Kake as a machine operator, and most recently as a taxi for local amish.
Jeff loved his Harley, fishing, his music, and his friends and family. Many of his close friends were made in elementary school.
Donna M. Treese, 83, of Quarryville, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Lancaster General Hospital.
She was the loving wife of the late Garland E. Treese, with whom she shared 38 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 1995.
Born in Philipsburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leroy M. and Verna Mae (Horton) Waite.
Donna was a graduate of Willamsburg Community High School, class of 1956. Following high school, Donna married Garland and they started a family. Once her children were older, Donna went back to school and earned a real estate license. After working in real estate, Donna found employment in the commercial insurance industry with Devco Mutual Association, retiring after several years.
Every summer Donna enjoyed planting a flower garden at her home. She was a faithful wife, mother, and grandmother to her family.
Ellen M. Shenk, 95, formerly of Willow Street, departed this life on Monday, September 19, 2022 at Mennonite Home.
She was the loving wife of the late Carl K. Shenk, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage at the time of his passing in 2017.
Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Abram R. and Violet (Barrett) McClune.
After attending high school, Ellen found employment at Hamilton Watch Company, where she met Carl. Ellen went on to marry Carl and raise a family. She loved caring for her family and her home, and was known for being fastidious with cleaning, even dusting her room until recent days. Ellen enjoyed reading and also enjoyed drinking a good beer with pizza or spaghetti.
Philip E. Probst, 25, of Quarryville, PA was reunited with his mother in the presence of Jesus, September 16, 2022.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Harold S. Probst, Jr. and the late Jean E. Antes Probst.
Philip rang up his first sale at twelve years old and remained an employee at Play It Again Sports for 12 years. He got great satisfaction in making sure a customer had the correct sports gear for their purpose. In 2021, Phil chose to enter the home health care field where he felt he could put his compassion and caring to better use.
Phil was an avid sports fan with a passion for baseball from an early age. After graduating from Solanco High School in 2015, Phil continued playing baseball and softball in numerous local leagues. A devout Philadelphia Phillies fan, he looked forward to annual trips to spring training in Clearwater, FL. He was a gentle giant who got great joy in gifting things he would find at local thrifts, whether for his sister, mother or a pair of baby Jordans for the newest members of his extended family.
Clare Ann Metzler, 71, formerly of Holtwood, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 19, 2022, at The Gardens at Stevens in Denver.
She was born at home in Holtwood to the late Clayton H. and Irene G. Metzler.
Clare was a 1970 graduate of Solanco High School.
She is survived by her siblings: Clayton J., husband of Florence L. Metzler of York; Blanche M., wife of Leroy Church of Holtwood; Esther M., wife of Wayne H. Toller of Walsenburg, CO; Evelyn L Metzler, Josephine G. Metzler, Pauline G. Metzler, and J. Francis Metzler all of Holtwood and many nieces and nephews.
Clare was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene M., wife of David Livengood and Mary M., wife of Homer D. Carpenter.
Howard E. Hamm, 85, of Oxford, PA passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at home.
He was the husband of the late Ella Rose Dunn Hamm with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.
Born in Creston, Ashe County, NC he was the son of the late Walter and Hazel Arnold Ham.
Howard retired as a mushroom grower, Nottingham and was also employed with Coldiron Construction, Oxford as a drywaller.
He enjoyed antique cars, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his one son, Dennis Tester of Mt. City, TN; six grandchildren, Nickie, Joey, Johnny, Dustin, Brandy and Candace; twelve great-grandchildren; three brothers, Larry Ham, Kenny Ham and Bobby Ham all of NC; two sisters, Lois Riley and Mary Brackins both of NC; and several nieces and nephews.