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Michael D. Barnes, 59
Michael D. Barnes, 59, of Lancaster, passed away at Hospice & Community Care on Sunday, January 1, 2017. Born in Rockville, MD, he was the son of the late Leonard and Helen (Matulis) Barnes. Michael was the loving husband of Debra J. (Wright) Barnes.
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John R. Benson, 89
John R. Benson, 89, of Willow Street, PA, and formerly of Baltimore, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016. He was the husband of Doris Wright Benson. Born in Oakland, California, he was the son of the late George A. and Emma Jenkins Benson.
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Joanne M. Boak, 73
Joanne M. Boak, 73, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 31, 2016. She was the wife of the late Kenneth G. Boak, Sr., who passed away in 1996. Born in Lancaster, she was daughter of the late Charles F. and Mary C. Markey Schlegelmilch.
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Duane J. Boynes, 38
Duane J. Boynes, 38, of Lancaster passed away at home on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Born in Lancaster he was the son of Joseph E. and Beverly A. (Johnson) Boynes.
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Rollie M. “Buster” Broadwater, Jr., 38
Rollie M. “Buster” Broadwater, Jr, 38, of Lititz, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
He was the son of Diane Lewis of Lancaster and the late Rollie M. Broadwater Sr.
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Bernard Joseph Bryan, 81
Bernard Joseph Bryan of Lancaster was called home to the house of the Lord on January 9, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by Delia, his beloved wife of 59 years.
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Maria Camerino, 94
Maria Camerino, 94, of Lititz passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 at Brethren Village. She was the wife of the late Michael Camerino with whom she immigrated to New York in 1949.
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Elizabeth R. “Betty” Chambers, 86
Elizabeth R. “Betty” Chambers, 86, of Lititz went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Landis Homes. Born in Lancaster she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Bigler) Ruof.
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Kenneth A. Cooper, 82
Kenneth A. Cooper, 83, died peacefully in his sleep on December 31, 2016, at Elderwood Senior Living, Lancaster. Born on August 19,1934, in Lancaster, PA, he was the son of the late Stanley J. and Nancy (Stewart) Cooper.
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Antonia Alvarado David, 98
Antonia Alvarado David, 98, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Lancashire Hall. Born in Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Sergio Alvarado and Vicenta David.
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Paul D. Dicely, 62
Paul D. Dicely, 62, of Mountville passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. He was surrounded by family members and loved ones. Paul is survived by his loving wife Susan (Rambish).
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Francis S. “Hamid” Dinkins, 54
Francis S. “Hamid” Dinkins, 54, of Lancaster., husband of Denise Smith-Wilson died January 10, 2017.
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William E. Dreier, 60
William E. Dreier, 60, of Lancaster, passed away on December 24, 2016 at his home unexpectedly.
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Sara A. Durborow, 83
Sara A. Durborow, 83, of Lancaster passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy. Born in Columbia, PA she was the daughter of the late George F. and Sarah Y. (Harry) Kline and the wife of the late James H. “Whitey” Durborow who passed away in 1990.
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James G. Ehret, 78
James (Jim) Ehret, 78, of Willow Street, PA died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 8, 1938 to the late Mary (Hoeffner) and Harold J. Ehret in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
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Thomas W. Evans, 75
Thomas W. Evans, 75, of Akron, PA, died January 8, 2017.
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Kathleen M. (Stoll) Fagan, 55
Kathleen M. (Stoll) Fagan, 55, of Ephrata, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at home. Born in East Patchogue, NY, she was the daughter of Elizabeth (Sharp) Stark of Chittenango, NY and the late Ernest G. Stoll. She was the stepdaughter of Peter Stark.
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Mary E. Fiorentino, 84
Mary E. (Geraci) Fiorentino, 84, of Lancaster, PA, joined her heavenly father in the afternoon of Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Mary was the loving wife of the late George F. Fiorentino, Sr., who passed away in 2015. She was the beloved mother to Cynthia A. (Fiorentino) Henry, wife of Michael E. Henry, of Lancaster and George F. Fiorentino, Jr., husband of Lori D. (Brubaker) Fiorentino, of Holtwood.
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Shelley Joan Freund, 70
Shelley Joan Freund passed away at Lancaster General Hospital on December 24th with her husband and children at her side.
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Martha E. Garrett, 94
Martha E. Garrett, 94, of Millersville and formerly of Conestoga, was called home on December 22, 2016 at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. She was the widow of the late George H. Garrett, who passed away in 2000. Born June 15, 1922 in Martic Township, she was the youngest child of the late William H. and Annie Eppeheimer Sellers.
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Alfredo Gonzalez, 78
Alfredo Gonzalez, 78, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 after a courageous 20 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Lares, Puerto Rico he was the son of the late Vicenta Rivera. He was the loving, devoted and caring husband of Carmen L. (Vargas) for 51 years.
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Rev. Victor M. Gonzalez, 81
Rev. Victor Manuel Gonzalez, Sr., 81, of Lancaster, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Born in San Juan, PR, he was the son of the late Jorge Gonzalez Cofresi and Rosario Rodriquez. He was the husband of Santa Juana Nival, of Lancaster.
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Theodore “Ted” J. Gottwald, 81
Theodore “Ted” J. Gottwald, 81, of Lititz, PA, passed away on January 9, 2017 at Maple Farm Nursing Center surrounded by his family. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Theodore and Mary (Grieger) Gottwald. Ted was the faithful husband to Geraldine “Gerry” M. (Schwartz) Gottwald and together they shared 48 years of happy marriage.
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Jack Graeter, Sr., 80
Jack Graeter, Sr., 80, of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at home under care of Hospice. He was the son of the late Paul and Lucreta Graeter. Jack was the loving husband of Jean Graeter, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary in December.
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John G. Griffin, 72
John G. Griffin, 72, of Lancaster passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at Conestoga View. He was born in New York, NY to the late Gerald and Evelyn (Goldsmith) Griffin. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Deborah (Hickey) Griffin.
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Edward E. Herbein, 75
Edward E. Herbein, 75, formerly of Oley Valley, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017. Born in Reading, PA, he was the son of the late Earl and Margaret (Peifer) Herbein. He was the husband of the late Alberta (Manmiller) Herbein.
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Robert “Bob” E. Himmelberger, 72
Robert “Bob” E. Himmelberger, Jr., 72, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully, Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Hamilton Arms Center. Born in Philadelphia, Bob was the son of the late Robert E. and Ruby Himmelberger. He was the loving husband of Debra M. (Rishell) Himmelberger, to whom he was married May 2, 1980.
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John C. Janisch, 32
John C. Janisch, 32, of Columbia passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Born in Mineola, NY he was the son of Jack C. Janisch and the late Donna (Wilber) Janisch and the stepson of Eneida Janisch.
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Thadeus J. Jaworski, 85
Thadeus “Ted” J. Jaworski, 85, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly at home, on Friday, January 06, 2017. Born in Summit Hill, PA, Ted was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Zwolenik) Jaworski. He was the loving husband of Marie A. (Porambo) Jaworski, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage.
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Jesse Edward Keyser Jr., 90
Jesse Edward Keyser Jr., 90 years old and a resident of Brethren Village in Lancaster, PA passed away peacefully and of natural causes at his home on Thursday January 12, 2017. He was the son of Hilda Angstadt Keyser and Jesse E. Keyser Sr. In 1955 he married Marion Larkin Keyser and was happily married for over 62 years. Marion was by his side when he passed.
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George W. Koelsch, Jr., 82
George W. Koelsch, Jr., 82, of Brethren Village Retirement Community, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at LGH. Born November 11, 1934, in Clarks Summit, PA, he was the son of the late George W., Sr. and Margaret (Hughes) Koelsch.
He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy R. (Houck) Koelsch with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 10.

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Iosif Kovacs, 89
Iosif Kovacs, 89, of Lancaster, passed away at Conestoga View on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. He was born in Oradea, Romania to the late Iosif and Rozalia Kovacs. Iosif was the loving husband of Ioana Ghimpu Kovacs for 62 years last September 8th.
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Alice E. “Scoopie” Lane, 86
Alice E. Lane, 86, a homemaker and loving mother, of Lancaster City, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at LGH. She was born in Lancaster and was the daughter of the late Nathaniel Lane and Catherine (Stewart) Speaks.
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Paul E. Leberfinger, 80
Paul E. Leberfinger, 80, of Lititz, PA, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Hollidaysburg, PA, he was the son of the late Godfrey and Catherine (Steiner) Leberfinger. Paul was the husband of the late DonnaMarie C. (Grimminger) Leberfinger with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage.
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Gary L. Long, 60
Gary L. Long, 60, of Mount Joy, passed away at Masonic Village on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. He was born in Lancaster to Betty Jane Swisher Long of Landis Homes and the late Howard M. Long. Gary celebrated 33 years of marriage with his wife Kristine L. Schumm Long last July 2nd.
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Donna M. Marion, 68
Donna M. Marion, 68, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, January 5, 2017 in her residence. Born in Lancaster, she was the life partner of Henry “Hank” Navaroli of Lancaster, and the daughter of the late Harry Marion and Catherine (O’Neil).
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Ann G. (Taylor) McClintock, 81
Ann G. (Taylor) McClintock, 81, of Millersville, wife of the late Thomas L. McClintock, died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Lancaster General Hospital.
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Doris E. (Smith) Mease, 77
Doris E. (Smith) Mease, 77, of Hopeland, PA, passed away on December 21, 2016 at Lancashire Hall with her family by her side. Born December 3, 1939 and raised in Akron, she was the daughter of the late Claude & Pearl (Hicks) Smith. Doris was the loving wife of James P. Mease, to whom she was married 50 years this past July.
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Milagro I. Melendez, 60
Milagro I. Melendez, 60, of Lancaster, passed away on January 10 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Born in New York, NY, she was the daughter of the late Juan Melendez and Josefina Rivera Melendez.
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Marvin J. Metcalf, 85
Marvin J. Metcalf, 85, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Landisville & Reamstown, passed away on December 29, 2016 at Conestoga View Nursing Home. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Robert & Lena (Heittmiller) Metcalf.
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Evelyn Mohler, 90
Evelyn Mohler, 90, Beloved Angel and former travel agent, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at ManorCare. She was born in Hazleton to the late Alphonse and Nellie Duffy Doyle. Survived by loving husband John W. Mohler, Sr., 1 sister, 7 children, 26 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
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Alfred “Al” Month, 88
Alfred “Al” Month, 88, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at his home. He was born in New York, NY to the late Jacob and Rose (Schwartz) Month. He is survived by his wife, Hilde (Grossberg) Month to whom he was married to for 65 years.
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Charles A. “Chuck” Moore II, 66
Charles A. “Chuck” Moore II, 66, of Lancaster, formerly of State College and Waterville, ME, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 following a kayaking accident on the Susquehanna River. Born in Newbury, PA, he was the son of the late Charles A. and Margaret (Dieffenbacher) Moore, who were also formerly Lancaster residents.
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Loretta M. Newell, 81
Loretta M. Newell, 81, of Mount Joy, PA, passed away on January 1, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Earl & Margaret (Erline) Simms. Loretta was the wife to the late William E. Newell, previous owner of Newells Garage for 35 years.
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William Ortiz, 42
William Ortiz, 42, of Cherry Hill, NJ passed away January 12, 2017 at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Born in Bridgeport, CT he was a son of Rafael Ortiz of Puerto Rico and Esther (Diaz) Marrero of Mt. Joy, PA.
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Dr. George F. Palmer, Jr., 65
Dr. George F. Palmer, Jr., 65, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on December 24, 2016 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Olean, NY, he was the son of the late George F. Palmer, Sr. & Margaret (Wagner) Palmer. George was the husband of Christine (Seibert) Bass Palmer.
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Paul Petzold, 57
Paul Petzold, 57, of Lancaster, PA, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 surrounded in love by his closest family.
Paul is survived by his mother, Dolores “Dorie” Petzold; loving wife of 33 years, Brenda Petzold; 2 sons: Christopher Heller and his husband Ryan, and Craig Heller and his wife Nicole; sister Janet Wood; three grandchildren, Celia and the twins.
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Jeanne Hutton Preisendanz, 89
Jeanne Hutton Preisendanz, 89, of Lititz, PA, and formerly of Wilmington, DE, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Luther Acres. She was the wife of the late Edward Snyder Preisendanz, who passed away this past June 23, 2016. Born in DuBois, PA, she was the daughter of the late Cyrus and Edna Albert Hutton.
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Elizabeth (Betty) May Rabzak, 78
Elizabeth (Betty) May Rabzak, 78, of Lancaster passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Born in Reading, PA on April 20, 1938 she was the daughter of Clifford “Bud” and Elma Connell.
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Dolores Reilly, 86
Dolores Reilly, 86, of Lancaster passed away December 23, 2016 at Brethren Village. Hospice & Community Care helped to provide a peaceful passing.
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Jeanette Rossi, 95
Jeanette Rossi, 95, of Lancaster died December 24, 2016.
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Ronald L. Ruhl, 76
Ronald L. Ruhl, 76, of Lititz passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. Born in Manheim, he was the son of the late John H. and Katie Ruhl.
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Diana L. Santiago, 58
Diana L. Santiago, 58, of Lancaster City, died unexpectedly on January 5, 2017. She was the daughter of Expedito Santos Santiago and Elidia (Cabrera) Santos.
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Jean E. Saunders, 95
Jean E. Saunders, 95, of Willow Valley at the Lakes, passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. Born in East Orange, NJ, she was the daughter of the late George D. and Lydia M. (Belli) Emmons. She was the wife of the late Albert Saunders, Jr., who passed away in 2010.
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Victor D. Sauter, 87
Victor D. Sauter passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Moravian Manor, Lititz, PA. He was 87. Born in Jersey City, NJ, son of the late Victor E. and Gladys (Brown) Sauter, Victor was the beloved husband of Marion (Camillo) Sauter. They were happily married and best friends for 64 years.
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Payton Alexandria Scott
Payton Alexandria Scott, age 7 months, of Lancaster, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in her residence. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Leanne Murphy and Darien Scott of Lancaster.
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Johnnie Ruth (Smith) Seevers, 90
Johnnie Ruth (Smith) Seevers, 90, of Lancaster, died Monday, January 16, 2017 in her residence. Born in Chattanooga, TN, she was the wife of the late Franklin Seevers, who died in February, 1990. She was the daughter of the late William and Mae (Chambers) Smith.
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Harold Samuel Shaak Sr., 91
Harold Samuel Shaak Sr. passed away peacefully December 23, 2016, at Middletown Home, at the age of 91. He was the son of the late Samuel J. & Savannah M. (Dull) Shaak and the husband of the late Elva E. Shaak who passed away December 3rd.
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James G. Shaeffer, 87
James G. Shaeffer, 87, of Lancaster passed away in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. He was the husband of Ann H. (Mentzer) Shaeffer to whom he married June 29, 1963.
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Charlotte A. Slater, 67
Charlotte A. Slater, 67, of Lititz passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017. Born in St. Louis, MO, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Oma (Pope) Nichols. She was the wife of the late William J. Slater.
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Katherine M. Stoye, 93
Katherine M. Stoye, 93, of Denver, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at Ephrata Community Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Otto and Helen (Mykitin) Streib. Katherine’s husband of 56 years, Carl O. Stoye died in 2005.
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Robin J. Swiontek
Robin J. Swiontek, of Lancaster, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital with her family by her side. Born in Pine Bluff, AR, she was the daughter of the late Richard L. and Jane A. (Stahl) Swiontek.
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Anna Laura Thompson
Anna Laura (Neidert) Thompson peacefully passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy, PA. She was the wife of the late Lawrence M. Thompson who died September 2011. They lived at Luther Acres Retirement Community in Lititz, PA since 2000. Born in Reading, PA, she was preceded in death by her mother Laura W. (Spohn) Provencher, step-father C. Edward Provencher, and father, John A. Neidert.
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Harry H. Thompson, 97
Harry H. Thompson, 97, of Christiana, who was a faithful servant of our Lord, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017. Born in Carlisle, he was the son of the late Charles David Thompson & Margaret (Thomas) Thompson. He was the husband of Naomi (Walter) Thompson.
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Luciano “Chano” Tirado, 75
Luciano “Chano” Tirado, 75, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Born in Patillas, PR he was the son of the late Nicolas Tirado Padilla and Angelica Semidey Padilla. He was the companion of Maria Cruz for over 13 years.
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P. Myralene Tunis, 92
P. Myralene Tunis, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. She was born in Bluffton, IN to the late Loyal Lester and Maryellen VanZant Liddy. Myralene’s husband of 58 years, the late Archer C. “Bud” Tunis, Jr., died in 2009.
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Ethan William Van Aulen, 16
Ethan William Van Aulen, 16, of Mount Joy, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday December 22, 2016. Born in Lancaster on August 23, 2000, he was the son of Barbara A. Van Aulen and the late Scott A. Gibson.
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Anna B. White, 88
Anna B. White, 88, of Manheim, PA, died December 26, 2016.
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Lester J. Winebrenner, 71
Lester J. Winebrenner, 71, of Lancaster passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the husband of Tonya (Gochenauer) Winebrenner to whom he was married for 13 years. Born in Wrightsville, PA he was a son of the late James and Katherine (Kinzer) Winebrenner.
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George R. York, 89
George R. York, 89, of Lititz, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at The Gardens at Lititz. Born in Long Island City, NY, he was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Rudolph) York.
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