Obituaries

The most recent obituaries are listed below in alphabetical order.

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Ellen “Dolly” Barber, 110
Ellen “Dolly” Barber lived to the incredible age of 110 before she passed away at Brethren Village on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. She was born in Eden, Lancaster County to the late Daniel and Ellie Kemper. She lived in Lancaster for many years before moving to Brethren Village in 2003. Dolly’s husband J. Thomas (Tom) Barber, who was the editor of the Lancaster Sunday Newspaper, died in 1985.
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Betty J. Barley, 85
Betty J. Barley, 85, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Hamilton Arms. Born in Soudersburg, PA she was the daughter of the late Maurice Everett Harsh, Sr. and the late Frances Barbara (Dippner) Work. Her husband Earl Jacob Barley passed away on December 4, 2003.
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Dolores Theresa (Cozzone) Christmas, 68
Dolores Theresa (Cozzone) Christmas, 68, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of Rosalyn (DeLoretta) Warren, the late Quidie Cozzone, and the late Arthur Warren, Jr.
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Anthony F. Cioffi, Jr., 55
Anthony F. Cioffi, Jr., 55, of Leola, passed away unexpectedly from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was born on December 18th, 1958 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Anthony F. Cioffi, Sr. and Rose (Moschella) Cioffi.
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L. Vernon “Doc” Dochterman, 80
L. Vernon “Doc” Dochterman, 80, of Willow Street, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill due to complications from an auto accident in February. Born in Lancaster, he was the husband of Helen (Van Order) Dochterman of Willow Street, and the son of the late John Lloyd and Mildred (Rice) Dochterman.
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Paul W. “Sonny” Groff, Jr., 66
Sonny Groff, 66, of Mountville, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at LGH surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Paul W. Groff, Sr. and Katherine Groff. He was a companion of and married to Debra A. (Graybill) Groff for over 27 years.
Paul W. “Sonny” Groff, Jr.
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Suzanne M. (Schuler) Hammond, 70
Suzanne M. (Schuler) Hammond, 70, of Landisville, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital with her family by her side. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Eugene H. and M. Marguerite (Birley) Schuler.
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Miriam Witmer Harnish, 99
Miriam Witmer Harnish, 99, passed into the loving arms of Jesus at Calvary Fellowship Homes on June 30, 2014.
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Kenneth Ray Hertzler, 63
Kenneth Ray Hertzler, 63, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Lancaster Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Ken was a longtime resident of Keystone Human Services and is survived by many loving staff and family at Keystone.
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Rodney T. Holter, 79
Rodney T. Holter, 79, of Lititz, PA, went to his forever home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. He was in the prayerful arms of his family. He was the loving husband, and high school sweetheart, of the late A. Sandy Eckel Holter, who passed away in 2002. Born in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Dr. Willard Clyde and Josephine Emma Tibbins Holter.
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Roy R. Horst, 87
Roy R. Horst, 87, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Born in Blue Ball, he was the son of the late Harry S. and Elizabeth (Rutt) Horst. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Doris J. Horst.
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Sheree Kohler, 57
Sheree Kohler of Manheim Township, passed away after a second brave fight with ovarian cancer on July 13th. Sheree was born June 10, 1957 and recently celebrated her 57th birthday as well as her 27th wedding anniversary. She graduated from McCaskey in 1975 and attended PSU where on a whim, she purchased an MGB. This eventually led to dating and marrying her part-time mechanic, Philippe Carier. Together, they settled in Sheree’s native Lancaster and raised two wonderful daughters, Jacquelyn and Jillian, surrounded by family and friends.
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Thomas J. Llanso, 57
Thomas J. Llanso, of Lancaster, PA died peacefully at his home Sunday, July 13, at 4:20p.m., after an extensive illness. He left this life surrounded by his wife and family. He was 57 years old, born July 18th 1956 in an ambulance in front of Stewart’s Root Beer stand in Mountainside NJ.
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William C. McKinsey, 49
William C. McKinsey, of Landisville, age 49, born October 21, 1964, died on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Colin W. McKinsey, husband of Patricia, Lancaster, and Sandra L. (Schulz) McKinsey-Marks, wife of George, Landisville/Harrisburg.
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Helene Janet (Bachman) Miller, 77
Helene Janet (Bachman) Miller, 77, of Lancaster, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz, PA. Born in Norwalk, CT, she was the wife of John T. Miller of Lancaster, PA, to whom she was married 58 years. She was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Viola Bachman.
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Jean M. (Reese) Morrison, 84
Jean M. (Reese) Morrison, 84, a lifelong resident of Marticville/Martic Forge, passed away on July 15, 2014, at Brethren Village Retirement Community in Lancaster after an extended illness. She was married to Claude L. Morrison for 65 years.
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Betty Janet (Myers) Phelan, 94
Betty Janet (Myers) Phelan, 94, of Lancaster, PA and formerly of Grand Island, NE, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Calvary Fellowship Homes, Lancaster. Born January 27, 1920, she was the wife of the late John P. Phelan, who passed away August 16, 2009. They had been married 68 years. She was the daughter of the late John Edward and Minerva (Workman) Myers.
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Margarita Plaza, 59
Margarita Plaza, 59, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, Margarita was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed being with her family and enjoyed their activities together.
Margarita Plaza
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John P. Ruffino, 57
John P. Ruffino, 57, of Lititz, died on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. Born in Brooklyn, NY he was the son of the late Guiseppe and Anna Lina (Buffa) Ruffino. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Linda Ruffino.
John P. Ruffino
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James Simpson, 73
James Simpson, 73, of Lancaster, PA, died July 12, 2014.
James Simpson
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Nancy L. St. Clair, 89
Nancy L. St. Clair, 89, of Lancaster passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Hospice of Mt. Joy. She was born in Lancaster, PA to the late Howard and Emma (Reinhart) Fellenbaum. Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 45 years Roy P. “Pat” St. Clair.
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Catherine Stringas
Catherine Stringas, of the Mennonite Home, formerly of Woodcrest Villa, Lancaster, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, June 30, 2014. Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Victoria (Mookas) Bailos.
Catherine Stringas
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Peter Charles Vacca, 62
Peter Charles Vacca, 62, of Lancaster, went home to Heaven on Thursday, July 10, 2014, after a long, hard, and courageous struggle with cancer. He sadly leaves his loving wife, Karen; 2 daughters, Charlotte and Sarah, both at home; and a sister June Asci, of Middletown, CT.
Peter Charles Vacca
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Elmer L. Watson, 66
Elmer L. Watson, 66, of Intercourse, PA, died July 12, 2014.
Elmer L. Watson
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Jake “Billy” Williams, 66
Jake “Billy” Williams
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