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.
Mary Louise Boomsma, nee Senave of Peach Bottom, died at her home on September 17, 2022. Mary was the wife of the late George L. Boomsma. She was 92.
Born in Detroit, MI, April 7, 1930, she was the daughter of Arthur Senave and Rachel Vandenabeele who emigrated from Belgium to Detroit in the 1920s.
Mary and George had four children; Diane Boomsma of Lancaster, wife of Mervin Sands; Louis Boomsma of Peach Bottom, husband of Tracee Boomsma; Michael Boomsma of Lancaster, husband of Donna Boomsma and Victoria Aslan of Philadelphia, wife of Elazar Aslan. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
Mary graduated valedictorian from St. Philips Neri High School, Detroit, MI in 1947. She attended Michigan State University where she met her future husband, George, on a blind date. She graduated in 1952 with a BA in Music Education.
In 1953, Mary and George exchanged their vows in Frankfurt, Germany where George was serving in the U.S. Army. While living in Germany, Mary began her career in education which she pursued for a total of 35 years teaching in Michigan, Germany, Venezuela, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Following her husband’s military service, the couple moved to Caracas, Venezuela for George's work. While living in South America, they traveled extensively through Central and South America and the Caribbean. Mary and George returned to the States in 1959 and settled in Paramus, NJ where they began raising a family.
Kenneth Charles Allen, 69, of Providence Twp., entered into rest at his home on Thursday, September 15, 2022, after a brief illness. He was surrounded by family and friends who loved him dearly.
Ken was the son of the late Darlington Allen and Elizabeth Walizer.
Ken enjoyed sitting on his front porch with his faithful companion, Kitty and having coffee and conversation with his neighbor, Gary. He was a car enthusiast and had a love for late model automobiles, especially Dodges. He also had a passion for woodworking and bringing old tables and chairs back to life.
Ken retired from a career he enjoyed at R.M Crossan in Toughkenamon, PA, after 24 for years of service.
He is survived by 3 brothers, Don of Topeka Kansas; Bill and wife Mary of Anchorage Alaska; and Michael. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
William S. Perdue, 77, of Dry Wells Road, Quarryville, PA passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, September 16, 2022.
He and his wife Ruth Hensel Perdue celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Born in Sabine, WV he was the son of the late Woodrow “Wilson” and Dema Mae McMillian Perdue.
He retired from Lukens Steel Company where he had been employed as a grinder.
A proud US Army veteran, he served his country honorably during the Vietnam War.
He was a life member of Quarryville VFW and the Steelworkers Union.
He enjoyed fishing, doing puzzles, but most of all he enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Goldie R. Smith, 100, of West Grove, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2022 at Newport Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Christiana, PA.
She was the wife of the late William G. Smith with whom she shared 74 years of marriage.
Born in Cream, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Samuel and Bertha Iona Cochran Gray.
She attended the First Baptist Church of Oxford.
Goldie enjoyed reading, gardening and cats.
Joseph P. Fisher, 83, of Oxford, PA passed away unexpectedly Friday, September 9, 2022 in Quarryville, PA.
Joseph was born in West Grove, PA on April 15, 1939 to the late Joseph C. and Florence Taylor Fisher.
He was a lifelong resident of Oxford, graduating from Oxford Area High School in 1957. In school, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. Upon graduating, Joseph worked as a welder, prior to taking over the family dairy farm business, which he continued to run for 40 years. Upon his retirement from farming, Joseph found great pleasure in the relationships he formed while working for Noble Road Milking Equipment Company until his death.
In 1965 Joseph married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Gayle Cummings, and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this past May.
P. Clifford Boyd, age 73, of Peach Bottom, PA, passed away at his home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
He was the husband of Grace R. Spangler Boyd, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage with on October 21st.
He was born in Lancaster, son of the late Paul and Ruth McVey Boyd.
He attended Calvary Monument Bible Church of Paradise. He graduated from Solanco High School. Cliff served in the Army during the Vietnam War serving in Germany. In the past he drove fuel truck for Alger Oil Company.
He enjoyed sports especially watching and playing golf.
Verna D. Beard, 83, a resident of Nottingham, PA for 48 years, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Lawrence B. Beard with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.
Born in Houtzdale, PA she was the daughter of the late Alberta Phillips.
She is survived by two sons, Terrance L. Leair of York and William R. LeFevre of Mingoville; one daughter, Lauren D. Beard of Nottingham; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bill Leair of OH.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Phillips and sister, Donna Sharpless.
Barbara Herr, age 75 of Willow Street, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2022.
She was born in Lancaster and was the devoted daughter of the late Aldus J. and Dorothy V. Kirsch Herr.
Known as Bobbie to her family and Barb to her friends, she was a graduate of Penn Manor High School, where she then worked for 34 years in the business office. She enjoyed collecting Longaberger Baskets, Boyds Bears, and other keepsakes throughout her life. She loved decorating for every holiday and season, especially her many Christmas trees. She spent much of her time knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, and making clothes for her nieces. She loved shopping for her friends and family all year-round and was known for finding unique treasures on QVC and the Home Shopping Network.