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.
Elsie Sniffen
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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.
D. Clair Alwine
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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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Marlene H. Evans
Marlene H. Evans, of Brethren Village, Lancaster, formerly of Clarks Summit, PA died peacefully on Sept. 1, 2014 at the Courtyards in B.V. Born in West Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma (Selig) Harris. She was the wife of Ned L. Evans and recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
Marlene H. Evans
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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.
Robert A. “Bobby” Ference III
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Robert P. Fischer
Robert P. Fischer, husband, father, grandfather, scientist, and Catholic died on Labor Day, 2014 surrounded by the loving family that he guided during his 81 years of life.
Robert P. Fischer
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Gordon H. Fries, 89
Gordon H. Fries, 89, of Lancaster, entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 at The Glen at Willow Valley. He was the husband of Ruth “Rusty” C. Fries, with whom he shared 68 years of marriage this September. 21st. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Thomas R. and Hallie Hatz Fries, who many may know from the family business, Fries Flowers.
Gordon H. Fries
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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.
Hector Luis “Chino” Galarza
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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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Thomas J. Harnish, 77
Thomas J. Harnish, 77, of Lancaster passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at LGH. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Thomas J, Sr. and Mary E. (Peters) Harnish. He was married to Kathleen (Brockie) Harnish for over 54 years.
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Edward “Dean” Hockenberry, 84
Edward “Dean” Hockenberry, 84, of St. Paul, Kansas (formerly from Lancaster, PA) passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness, September 5, 2014.
Edward “Dean” Hockenberry
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Elsie M. Iamurri, 81
Elsie M. Iamurri, 81, formerly of Lititz, died Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Blanche Peters McInerney. Elsie’s husband of 57 years Fred A. Iamurri died in May of 2008.
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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.
David H. Maxfield
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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.
David Alan Melville
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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.
Charles I. Pratt, Jr. DDS
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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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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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Monsignor Thomas H. Smith, 83
Monsignor Thomas H. Smith, 83, Pastor Emeritus of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA, and resident of St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Columbia, PA died on August 31, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born on May 19, 1931 on a farm near Hanover, PA he was the son of the late Mark S. and Anna M. (Keagy) Smith.
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William H. Smith, 79
William H. Smith, 79, resident of Brethren Village Lititz, Pennsylvania passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Born in Unicoi, Tennessee, Bill was a long time Erwin, Tennessee resident. He was the son of Cora Smith. Bill was married to Pauline S. Smith for 53 years.
William H. Smith
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Henry J. Snyder, 90
Henry J. Snyder, 90, of Lancaster died Monday, September 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Sunbury, PA he was the son of the late Henry J. and Verdia F. (Roush) Snyder. He was the husband of E. Theresa (Kilduff) with whom he was married to for over 59 years.
Henry J. Snyder
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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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Anne Van Brookhoven, 92
Anne Van Brookhoven, 92, of Brethern Village in Lancaster, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy.
She was the wife of the late Lawrence Van Brookhoven, Sr., who passed away in 2004. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Mary Kuhns Smith.
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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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