Ronald W. Brown

Ronald W. Brown, 83, of Strasburg, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Lancaster General Hospital. He was born in Albany, NY, to the late Henry W. and Anna Elizabeth (Heath) Brown. Ron celebrated 58 years of marriage with his wife Sandra A. (Relyea) Brown last November 12th .

A graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Ron drove a milk truck for John S. Ewell Trucking in Blue Ball and then he and Sandy purchased an old home in Rochester, VT, and operated a B&B before moving to Strasburg.

Ron was an easygoing man who was always pleasant toward others. A parishioner of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, he was involved with the BBQ and Monte Carlo night when Fr. McDonald was the priest.

He loved to vacation in New England, especially Maine, and in Hawaii.

In addition to his loving wife Sandy, Ron is survived by their three sons, Jeff Brown, Pittsfield, VT, Jody Brown, husband of Sandy, Glens Falls, NY and Josh Brown, husband of Melissa, Conestoga, PA; and three grandsons, Tucker Brown, Hunter Brown, Husband of Veronica and Cooper Brown.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 AM Friday, July 19 th at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602, with The Rev. Daniel P. O’Brien as Celebrant. Ron’s family will greet friends from 10-11 AM at the church. Private interment will be in Saint Elizabeth Catholic Cemetery, Rochester, VT.

Mabel “Christine” Spinks

Our beloved mother Mabel “Christine” Bauman Spinks suddenly joined our Lord in Glory on June 27, 2019. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, George W. Spinks. As a longtime resident of Jensen Beach, Florida she was an active member of Morningside Church in Port St. Lucie and a member of the Jensen Beach Garden Club. She was born in Sharon, CT. Then eventually she moved to Miami Florida, with her siblings Gerald Bauman, Nancy (Bauman) Marks, Betsy (Bauman) Purnell. She graduated from Miami High School in 1947.

Chris's summers were spent in Blowing Rock, North Carolina while George was alive. Then she enjoyed returning to New Jersey for summer family reunions. She loved singing, gardening, songwriting and writing poetry for which she won awards.

As a credit specialist for Sears she retired as a valued employee with administrative gifts. She courageously traveled in her golden years to Israel, Turkey, Greece, Hawaii, and Alaska. Her inside and outward beauty, generosity, love of the LORD and life were appreciated by many.

She is survived by her four children with first husband, Ernest H. Ryder, Jr: Ernest H. Ryder III (Stasha), Deborah A. Macy (Edgar), Robert W. Ryder (Deborah) and Valerie L. Engelman. Christine loved George’s children, “Buddy”, Donna & Kathleen and their children as her own. Her beloved grandchildren are John R. Knox (Sharon), Leslie Ryder-Jett, Ernest H. Ryder IV (Tanya), Sean L. Corbin (Kathryn), Paul J. Corbin (Rachel), Jerome Sheldon, Rebecca Connor (Nate), Danielle Shields (Tim), Naomi Malham (Corey), Henry Paul Ryder. She was blessed to enjoy her great-grandchildren: Christian Knox, Dustin Knox Sanchez, Cherish, Hannah, Danielle, Lynnlee, and Pauly Corbin and Noah Kubitcz, Cory & Javon Jett, Brianna & Brayden Ryder, Baron & Bishop Malham, Elaine Shields. Grandchildren by marriage: Jacob & Elijah Hawkins. Recently she traveled to New Jersey and held her great-great-grandson, Cory Jett.

She was looking forward to celebrating her 90th birthday with all her family in NJ. “Grandma Chris” will be dearly missed by all her family. We are looking forward to greeting her again in Heaven, where she knew eternal life through Jesus Christ, her Savior.

Services will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Morningside Church, 2180 SE Morningside Blvd. Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952. Burial will take place Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Longenecker’s Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, 604 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602.

In Lieu of flowers, donations toward student mission scholarships can be sent in honor of Christine Spinks to Morningside Church 2180 SE Morningside Blvd. Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952.

Ruth E. Lange

Ruth E. Lange, 94, formerly of Smoketown, PA, passed away at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA, on Friday, June 21, 2019. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, to the late Arthur R. and Frances (Long) Uhlig. Ruth marked 63 years of marriage with her husband William A. “Bill” Lange before his death on April 6, 2010.

She graduated from Forest Hills High School, Queens, NY, in 1943 and was a great homemaker for her family. Ruth enjoyed flower gardening, was a wonderful baker, she did embroidery and she had a great sense of humor.
Ruth was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Lancaster, PA, and she enjoyed baking for the church bazaar.

Ruth is survived by two daughters, Carole A., wife of William Pacula of Garden City, NY, and June A. Lange of Strasburg, PA, as well as two grandchildren, David Pacula, husband of Kristin and Amy, wife of Paul Andrews, and her granddaughter Noelle Pacula. In addition to her husband Bill, Ruth was preceded in death by her sister Grace Uhlig Zimmerman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 AM Monday July 1, 2019, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17601. A viewing will be held on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 South Decatur Str., Strasburg, PA 17579. Private interment will take place in St.
Charles Catholic Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Marie C. Poley

Marie Catherine Poley, 66, of Strasburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Ralph G. and Marie C. (McNelis) Woodland. Marie is survived by her husband Alan G. Poley, of Strasburg. They were married on August 19, 1972.

She graduated from Souderton High School, Souderton, PA and also attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Minneapolis, MN and Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. Marie and Alan were longtime members of Highland Baptist Church of Parkesburg. She enjoyed the ladies bible study group and cherished the friends she made through her church involvement.

She was a photographer, enjoyed horseback riding and loved spending time with her family, they were her greatest joy. In her early years she was known by many to be an athlete and loved playing softball and basketball. She loved art, poetry, and was a published writer. Marie published a children’s story called Some Special Day in a Christian reading curriculum book.

In addition to her husband Alan, she is survived by three daughters, Cristi Getz, wife of Michael, of Leola, Camie Miller, of Strasburg, Coleen Frazier, wife of Daniel, of Lancaster, eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister Carol Berkey, wife of David, of Pottstown. She was preceded in death by a brother, Karl Woodland.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11AM at Highland Baptist Church 1 E. Highland Rd. Parkesburg, PA 19365. A visitation will be held from 10AM-11AM at the church. After the memorial service there will be a light luncheon to follow. Interment will be held on Monday, June 24th at 11AM at Limerick Garden of Memories 44 Swamp Pike Limerick, PA 19468. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Baptist Church.

Bernard Palmeri

Bernard Palmeri went to be with The Lord on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community where he has resided since November of 2016. He and his wife, Linda (Dierking) Palmeri, celebrated 54 years of marriage on May 1.

Bernie was born in Brooklyn, NY, the only son of Salvatore and (Anna Fanelli). In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by two sons, Mark (Val Nace) and Jeffrey (Amy Strausner) and a grandson, Matthew.

He served in the Army Reserves from 1961 until 1962.

Bernie and his family moved from Staten Island to Ronks, PA in 1972.
Bernie was a faithful member of Marticville United Methodist Church. His greatest enjoyments – church affiliation, family, friends, neighbors and anybody he met.

There will be a Celebration of Bernie’s Life at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (TOMORROW) in the Ellingsworth Auditorium at QPRC, 675 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA with Chaplain Lawrence C. Roff officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.  Interment is Private.


Marjorie Aierstock Betts

Marjorie Hagans Groh Aierstock Betts went back to our Lord on May 6, 2019.  She was born and raised in Strasburg, the daughter of Marguerite Sophia Dailey and Robert Earl Groh.

Marjorie graduated from Strasburg High School. Her father, then president of the Strasburg Board of Education, presented her diploma. She graduated from Linden Hall Junior College where she had been elected president of her class. In subsequent years she attended George Washington University. In 1941 she married Jacob Paul Aierstock, Sr., a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.

During World War II she accompanied her husband to training schools in Norfolk, Boston, New York City, Miami, and San Francisco.  She gave birth to her son, Jacob Paul Aierstock, Jr., in 1944, and her daughter, Susan Groh Aierstock in 1947.

During the Korean War she and her children accompanied her husband to Tokyo, Japan where her husband served for nearly four years as the briefing officer for the Far East Commander.  During this period Marjorie served as the President of the Headquarters Wives Club.

After the Korean War, her husband was assigned to service in the Pentagon and the family moved to Arlington, VA.  Marjorie served four years as Registrar of the Law School at George Washington University.  From 1959-1964 she was a Licensed Real estate agent.  From 1961-1976 she was the Administrative Assistant to the President of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), an international behavioral science organization.  During that period she assisted the HumRRO president in the planning of the American Psychological Association Headquarters building in Washington D.C.

During her years in the Washington area she served as the founding president of the Arlington VA. Chapter of Pilot International, a service club for professional women modeled after Rotary International.  She subsequently served as Lt. Governor and Governor of District 17 in the Northeastern United States. She also sang with the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus.

In 1977, Marjorie married Dr. Lee Betts and acquired two stepsons, Jon and Tim Betts. The family moved to Hesston, KS, where Lee was directing a nationwide educational program based at Hesston College.

Marjorie was an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  For over 30 years she has been a member of P.E.O., a national, philanthropic educational organization for women. She also served on several boards, including the Muscatine Art Center (IA), the Maryland Opera in Frederick (MD), and the Advisory Board of Little Children of the World, Inc., a Christian relief organization serving impoverished children and their families, primarily in the Philippines.

From 1980 to 1986 she served as the wife of President Lee Betts of Muscatine Community College, IA.  From 1986 until 1998 Marjorie and Lee lived in Frederick, Maryland.

In 1989 Marjorie and Lee played a major role in introducing the community college movement to Eastern Europe colleges and universities.  Immediately after the Iron Curtain came down in 1989, Marjorie and Lee, together with other college educators, traveled to Eastern European colleges and universities, introducing the community college concept to European educators.

During their lives, Marjorie and Lee traveled the world from the Far East to Europe. Upon their retirement in 1998, Marjorie and Lee Betts returned to Strasburg, PA. In December 2007, the Betts moved to Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA.  Dr. Betts passed away November 23, 2010.

Marjorie is survived by a son, Paul Aierstock and wife Annie; Stepsons Jon Betts and wife Maria, Tim Betts and wife Cindy; grandchildren; Kimberly Owens and husband Mark, Thomas Cook and wife Darla, Paul Aierstock III and wife Jennifer, Janice Miller and husband Jeff, Clara and Alex Betts, Jordan and Jessica Betts; and 7 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Groh Aierstock Rynier.

A Celebration of Marjorie’s Life will be held on at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in the Ellingsworth Auditorium at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA. The family will receive friends after the service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Marjorie’s final interment and committal service on Sunday, June 16, 2109 at 1:00 PM in the Strasburg Cemetery, 20 West Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Marjorie’s memory to Little Children of the World, Inc., P.O. Box 37,Barnesville GA 30204












Alan E. Moyer

Alan E. Moyer, 70, of Strasburg died Tuesday, May 7, 2019. He was the husband of the late Linda C. Moyer.

Alan was an avid gardener and devoted much of his life to the fostering of troubled dogs. He was a self described curmudgeon and had a quick sense of humor.

Born in Freeburg, PA, he was the son of the late Gerald C. Moyer and Faye Mengel Moyer.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, wife of Richard Klein of Willow Street, PA; his son Ryan, husband of Lorrie Rubincam Moyer of Lancaster, PA; five grandchildren; and his sister LuAnn, wife of Mark Hufnagle of Selinsgrove, PA.

There will be a viewing on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6 until 7:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA.

Services will also be held at George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Freeburg.