Obituaries

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Elsie Sniffen, 93
Elsie Sniffen, 93, of Lititz, wife of the late Thurlow Sniffen, passed away on Monday, September 8, 2014.
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D. Clair Alwine, 83
D. Clair Alwine, 83, of Lititz, PA, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Johnstown, PA, he was the son of the late David C. and Edith (Thomas) Alwine. Clair was the husband of Marian E. (Marsh) Alwine with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage.
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Violet Virginia Bloom, 96
Violet Virginia Bloom, 96, of Lancaster died Monday, September 15, 2014 at Conestoga View. Born in Lancaster she was the daughter of the late George and Eutica (Eshelman) Shay. She was the wife of the late Edward J. Bloom.
Violet Virginia Bloom
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Roberta (Bertie) Burch, 69
Roberta (Bertie) Burch, 69, of Douglasville, GA passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014. She was born in Lancaster, PA on December 20, 1944 to the late Christine Calloway and Robert Dorsey.
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Ronald E. Coldren, Jr, 54
Ronald E. Coldren, Jr., 54, of Lititz, died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of June M. Eckman Coldren, with whom he lived, and the late Ronald E. Coldren, Sr.
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Michael W. Cuskey, Jr., 95
Michael W. Cuskey, Jr., Rehoboth, DE, formerly of Lancaster, PA, passed away peacefully at Beebe Hospital surrounded by his family on September 19, 2014. He was 95 years old. Michael was the son of the late Michael W. Cuskey, Sr. and Catherine E. Wilent Cuskey. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Ethel H. Taylor Cuskey; siblings Marguerite Cuskey, Catherine “Kay” Cuskey and Robert Cuskey; and his daughters Colleen Anne Cuskey and Rosemary L. Fulmer.
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Robert A. “Bobby” Ference III, 29
Robert A. “Bobby” Ference III, 29, of New Holland, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Chester County. Born in Trenton, NJ, he was the son of Donna Sweeney and her husband Russell of New Holland, and Robert Ference, Jr. and his wife Regina of Honey Brook.
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Hector Luis “Chino” Galarza, 32
Hector Galarza, 32, of Lancaster City, passed away on September 10, 2014 in Jamestown, NY. He was the son of Elvin Galarza and Virgen Santos. He was born on August 17, 1982 in Guayama, Puerto Rico.
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Darlene M. Goretzke, 76
Darlene M. Goretzke, 76, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on September 16, 2014 at Moravian Manor, Lititz. She was the daughter of the late J. Lloyd and Sarah (Welk) Barge, and wife of the late Jay R. Goretzke, Jr.
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Donald Martin Groff, Sgt. Major US Army (Ret.), 79
Donald Martin Groff, Sgt. Major US Army (Ret.), 79, of New Providence, PA, died Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA. Born in New Providence, he was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Mary A. (Young) Groff. Donald shared 50 years of marriage with his wife Carol J. (Bressler) Groff.
Donald Martin Groff, Sgt. Major US Army (Ret.)
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Esther H. Hartman, 96
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Helen M. Kaminski, 87
Helen M. Kaminski, 87, of East Lampeter, Lancaster, PA passed away on September 18, 2014. Born in Coatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Generoso and Rosaria DiMarco Gaspari. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Edward Kaminski, in 2012.
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David H. Maxfield, 74
David H. Maxfield, 74, of Lititz, PA, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014 at Hershey Medical Center. During his battle with AML, he participated in studies to help support research for AML. Born in Cincinnati, OH, he was the son of the late Frank Hiram Maxfield and Marian Lucille Ulrey. David was the husband of Jane A. (Kistler) Maxfield whom he married on May 30, 1964.
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David Alan Melville, 51
David Alan Melville, 51, of Lititz, PA, ended his earthly journey suddenly on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Born August 12, 1963, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Dave was the beloved son of the late Ralph and Daveena Melville. He was the husband of Andrea(Cousineau)Melville and is also survived by his daughter Toria Elizabeth who carries on their passion for the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Francis P. Miller, 92
Francis P. Miller, 92, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on September 20, 2014 at Brethren Village Retirement Community. Born in Lancaster, the son of the late Peter and Josephine (Gaupmann) Miller. He was married for 54 years to Bertie E. Miller, whom he wed on April 9, 1960.
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David Paul Myers, 78
David Paul Myers, 78, of Manheim Township, Lancaster, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 16, 2014 after a long illness. Born in Lancaster on July 12, 1936, he was the only son of the late Paul H. Myers and Helen (Renninger) Myers. He was the loving husband of Charlotte (Shenk) Myers, his best friend. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary this past July 9.
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Charles I. Pratt, Jr. DDS, 90
Charles I. Pratt, Jr. DDS, 90, of Lancaster, died Saturday, September 14, 2014 at Brethren Village. Born in Coatesville, he was the husband of Marie (Russell) Pratt of Brethren Village, and the son of the late Charles Ira Pratt, Sr. and Ellen (Swartz) Pratt.
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Cherré M. Ranck, 53
Cherré M. Ranck, 53, of Lititz joined her soul mate on Friday, September 19, 2014. She was the wife of the late Kevin T. Ranck, with whom she would have celebrated 29 years of marriage with this past May 14th. Born in Landstuhl, Germany she was the daughter of Lester A. and Irmgard (Greinus) Stephenson.
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Phyllis “Fifi” Schmucker, 89
Phyllis “Fifi” Schmucker, 89, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on September 9, 2014 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community surrounded by her family. Born in Tiffin, OH, she was the daughter of the late Albert William and Erma Katherine (Marks) Franklin. Phyllis was the wife of the late Frank J. Schmucker who died in 1987.
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Ray D. Shenk, 74
Ray D. Shenk, 74, of Lititz, entered into his Heavenly Home on Friday, September 19, 2014. Born in Lititz, he was the husband of Miriam J. (Moyer) Shenk of Lititz, and the son of the late Willis and Mabel (Stauffer) Shenk.
Ray D. Shenk
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Kathleen B. Sloss, 87
Kathleen B. Sloss, 87, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at Hospice and Community Care of Lancaster, Mt. Joy. Born in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Catherine (Gallagher) Boland. She was the wife of the late Carl H.T. Sloss who died in 1991.
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Mary Rose Trauger, 92
Mary Rose Trauger, 92, of Lancaster died Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Cecilia (Miller) Wolpert. Mary Rose married her high school sweetheart John in 1946 and enjoyed a wonderful fun-filled relationship until his death in 2005.
Mary Rose Trauger
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John Trendler, 67
John Trendler, 67, of Lancaster, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 in his residence. Born in Middletown, NY, he was the husband of the late Gail A. (Gerhard) Trendler, and the son of Doris (Hobart) Trendler of Red Bluff, CA, and the late John P. Trendler.
John Trendler
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Robert “Bob” White, 86
Robert “Bob” White, 86, of Mount Joy, PA passed away on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born in Lancaster Co., PA he was the son of the late Wesley and Mary White. He was the husband of the late Dorothy M. (Metzger) White who passed away in 1996.
Robert “Bob” White
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Timothy Andrew Wilk, 54
Timothy Andrew Wilk, 54, formerly of Lancaster, died Monday September 8, 2014, at his Renovo, PA home. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Stanley A. Wilk of Ephrata and Sandra Putt Wilk of York County. Tim was the husband of Nancy Peck Wilk.
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