John C. Meixell, 73, of Quarryville, passed away on Monday, October 26, 2020, at his home. He was the beloved husband of Lorah T. (Trechel) Meixell, with whom he shared 6 years of marriage.
Born in Bethlehem, PA, he was the son of the late Milo D. Meixell, Sr. and Mary Ehman Meixell, and the adoptive son of the late Sarah E. Sanislo.
John was a graduate of Dallastown Area High School in York County, class of 1964. After high school, he earned an associates degree in aeronautic engineering from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York. Early in his life, John was employed by the Schick Company, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Boeing Vertol. He then changed careers and sold sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay, as well as being a sailing instructor. He went on to work for the Dodge Cork Company, using his engineering and sales skills. Eventually he became a co-owner of Donegal Hydraulics in Mount Joy. After selling his company and retiring, he concentrated full-time on buying and selling antiques, primarily at the Black Angus Antiques Mall in Adamstown. Along with antiques he also made custom furniture and restored antique furniture.
Donald N. Waite, age 91, formerly of Cochranville, passed away at the Ware Presbyterian Village of Oxford on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
He was the husband of the late Anna M. Engel Waite, who passed away on November 12, 2012.
He was born in Homeville, son of the late David W. & Florence Cochran Waite.
In the past he was a member of the Parkesburg and Andrew's Bridge Mennonite Churches. Don was a lifetime plumber owner/operator of Don's Plumbing & Heating and then working within the Oxford School District. He was an avid Phillies and 49ers fan. He enjoyed traveling and going to the mountains.
Shirley A. Mendez, 68 of Kirkwood, died Sunday, October 25, 2020. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Ella Church Hawthorne.
She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Quarryville.
Shirley was employed as a licensed beautician and also worked part-time at the former Ferguson and Hassler Grocery Store in Quarryville.
She enjoyed painting, reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and grandchildren and she especially enjoyed meeting people.
Ellis T. Ferguson, 70, of Lancaster, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at his home.
Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late E. Truman and Helen Mae (Jenkins) Ferguson.
Ellis graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy and Salem College in West Virginia. Ellis was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed spending time with his friends at Hildy’s Tavern.
Margaret Ann (Peggy) Graber went to dance with the angels on October 20, 2020 at the age of 79. Peggy was born to William S. and Margaret C. Butler (both deceased) November 22, 1940.
She is survived by William (Bill) Graber Jr., who she married December 27, 1958. Peggy is also survived by their son, William (Lauren) Graber III, and daughters Karen Graber and Amy (Loren) Zook. Peggy’s legacy and love lives on in her eleven grandchildren and all the children whose lives she touched as Sunday School director at St. James and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Churches.
Joseph “Randy” Fisher died unexpectedly in his home in Oxford, Pa. on October 10, 2020 at the age of 51.
Randy is survived by his parents, Joseph and Gayle Fisher; wife, Christine Blithe Fisher; children, Joseph and Matthew, all of Oxford, Pa; and sister Vicky Sherman, of Chadds Ford, Pa. Randy is also survived by many aunts and uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.
Dr. Larry Austin Schmuck, 85, of New Providence, entered into rest on October 22, 2020 under hospice care.
Born in Windsor, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Austin Harry and Fairy Viola (Bubb) Schmuck. He was married to Barbara J. (Murray) Schmuck for 21 years.
Dr. Schmuck completed his pre- vet education at Penn State University and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He served the Southern Lancaster County farming community for over 42 years. He was an active member of Calvary Independent Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee. Dr. Schmuck enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and dogs.
Isaac L. Fisher, age 88, of East Earl, PA, passed away at the Ephrata Hospital on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. He was the husband of Amanda Lantz Fisher with whom he celebrated 63 years of marriage with on February 19th. He was born in Ronks, son of the late Amos S. & Fannie D. Beiler Fisher.
He was a member of Twin Valley Bible Chapel of Narvon, where he served as Elder and went on many missions trips. He was a carpenter for 26 years working for Stoltzfus Enterprises. He enjoyed doing puzzles, gardening, being outdoors and was an avid Phillies fan. He was known for his sense of humor, generosity and his amazing presence to his extended family and friends. He had a beautiful mischievous quality and a huge heart.
John J. Sabatine, 62, of Holtwood, entered into rest on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at his home. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Joseph G. and Patricia H. (Deaver) Sabatine. He was married to Deborah L. (Millhouse) Sabatine for over 40 years.
John was a Penn Manor graduate and had worked for PennDOT. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast and loved tinkering with muscle cars and trucks. In his later years, he enjoyed running remote control cars.
In addition to his wife and parents, John is survived by two daughters, Shanna, wife of Brad Byers of Quarryville and Adrian, wife of Jesse Crnkovic of Holtwood. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren: Bree and Bryson Byers and Caleb and McKenna Crnkovic; along with 2 sisters, Brenda Landis and Deborah Eckman.
Tobias Dwight Leaman, 18, of West Lampeter Township, passed away at Hershey Medical Center on Saturday, October 17, 2020, following a 16 month battle with cancer.
A lasting legacy for Tobias will be how he fought his cancer with a strong faith and spirit, and without complaint. It is a testament to the young man he was before becoming ill, which has inspired others to live more intentional Christian lives. Known for his easy smile, Tobias was most content in the presence of those he loved.
He was born Dec. 30th, 2001, in Frederick, MD, the first born to Dwight N. and Sheila J. (Siegrist) Leaman, with whom Tobias lived.
Tobias graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 2020 and recently started classes in Automotive Technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. While at L-S, Tobias was involved in FFA, played on the golf team, sang in the choir and played French horn in the band, as well as being a National Honor Society student.