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Joseph G. Ransing, 97

Joseph G. Ransing, 97, of Lancaster, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012 at Hospice of Lancaster County’s Essa Flory Hospice Center.  Born in Lancaster, Joe was the son of the late Henry E. and Anna (Hauser) Ransing.  He was married to the late Henrietta W. (Wolpert) Ransing, who died in 1983.

A 1932 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, he was a member of the school’s first football and basketball teams.

Joe served in the US Army during World War II with the US Medical Admin. Corps where he served as adjutant of the 3rd field hospital in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. After he was discharged as a major, returned to Lancaster and took a position as business manager and purchasing agent with Science Press, where he worked until his retirement in 1978. While working at Science Press, Joe also served as choir director at St. Anthony’s Church from 1955 through 1966. In 1966, Joe accepted a similar position at Sacred Heart and, after retiring from Science Press in 1978, also accepted the position of Business Manager until his retirement on June 30, 2000.

Joe was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

Surviving Joe are his children, Josephine M. Rice, of Lancaster, Gerard A. Ransing, husband of Maxine J. of Lititz, Stephen J. Ransing, of Lancaster, 14 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents and wife, Joe was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Linn P. Rice, and siblings, Rev. Bernard E. Ransing, CSC, Marie Lowell, Richard Ransing, and Carolyn Ransing.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 27, 2011 at 11 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 558 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603 with Rev. Michael Messner as Celebrant.  The family will receive guests from 10 until 11 AM at the church.  Interment will take place in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.  Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to LCHS Music Dept., 650 Juliette Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601.  To send an online condolence please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 717-393-9661

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Josie, Steve and family,

   I’m so sorry to hear of your incredible loss. Joe was a fascinating person with a heart of gold. I spent some time with Joe over the past few years and listened to his experiences from the past. He captivated my attention with the details of every story he told. He told me stories from the Depression that made me realize how much his generation experienced. He also told me several stories about my mother that I had never heard. How she got everyone dancing at the school socials was one of my favorites. The way he told a story and his vocabulary always impressed me. He also took care of my Great Dane on several occasions. Gabby  was always happy when she realized where she was going. He had such a gentle caring way with animals.  Joe will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. I’ll miss my visits with him and having a Yuengling while we visited. Here’s to you Joe!

I’ll miss you Joe.

Love, Janie

To my Lancaster cousins and families….

My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Uncle Joe will be missed, but fondly remembered.

Love from Allentown,
Kathy (Trauger) Whittaker and family

Please accept my condolences of your grandpa’s passing.  Mr. Ransing was THE most thoughtful, peaceful person I ever had the pleasure of knowing.  He and your grandmother always accepting me into there home as if I was one of there own.  It’s been a long wait, but your grandparents are finally together again.

To All of Joe’s children, grandchildren, and family members please accept our deepest sympathy. "Uncle Joe" will forever be remembered as a kind,gentle man with a beautiful deep voice that could fill the room. He made everyone feel special. Pete and I are praying for all of you. I will always treasure the childhood memories I have of him.

In Sympathy,
Maria and Pete Shumar

Steve (R) and family we are so sad to hear of your loss. Your father was great man in life and is now with our almighty savior Jesus Christ. There are so many thing that can be said but all that really matters is that you know he is in a better place. This will happen to us all but that does not make the end any easier. He had a good life and a great family not all can say that. So in closing please know our hearts are sad and our prayers are of you and yours through this lonely time.             

Tom & Barbara Moyer and family

I just learned of Mr. Ransing’s death. I have very fond memories of the wonderful voice he had. I so appreciated his leading the music at Masses at Sacred Heart Church. I remember how the Knights of Columbus mens’ choir, sang at my wedding in 1969. My parents, Francis and Anne, always spoke so highly of the Ransings. I send to all his extended family, my sincere condolences. May he be at peace with Our Lord.
Mary Susan Ziegler Pegan

Dear Jerry and Maxine, We here in Texas love Jerry very much and want to present our condolence during this difficult times to you and your family.
sincerely. 
Linda C. Bove

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