Parke H. Ranck

Parke H. Ranck, 83, of Paradise Township, died peacefully at home and went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

He was the husband of Emma (Hostetter) Ranck, with whom he celebrated 60 years of
marriage in March.

Parke was a dedicated dairy farmer for over 36 years; after which, he hauled cattle and
operated an Amish taxi service. He enjoyed years of maintaining the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery and serving as church custodian.

He was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, where he served as trustee. He enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, fishing and playing Rook. Parke was devoted to his family.

Born in Paradise Township, he was the son of the late Harry H, Sr. and Anna (Harnish) Ranck. Parke is also survived by his children, Patricia married to Raleigh Rhodes, Peggy married to Michael Nolt; Parke, Jr. married to Sheila (Nolt), Pamela married to Leslie Nolt and Petrina married to Paul Westfall; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and his
sibling, Ethel Miller of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by a sister Helen (Ranck)
Lehman, and a brother Harry H. Ranck, Jr.

The Funeral Service is at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Strasburg Mennonite
Church with Pastor John D. Meck officiating. The family will greet friends from 9:00 – 10:45 AM. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.


Norman L. Houck

Norman L. Houck Jr., 80, of Paradise, died of natural causes at home on Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was the husband of Carole M. (Sweigart) Hershey Houck for over 15 years.

Norm spent his career in the US Navy as Chief Warrant Officer, in aviation ordnance. Later, he retired from the maintenance department of Pequea Valley School District.

He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Narvon.

Norm volunteered with Christ’s Home and enjoyed actively serving his community.  A handyman, he also enjoyed woodworking.

Born in Honey Brook, he was the son of the late Norman L. Houck, Sr. and Julia (McConaghy) Houck. In addition to Carole, Norm is survived by two sons, Norman L., Houck, III, of Florida and Raymond E. Houck of Narvon; a step-daughter, Marie married to Eric Weaver of Lancaster; two granddaughters, Lauren and Kayla Weaver; his siblings, Ray married to I. Louise Houck of Towson, MD, Alda married to James Hagy of New Holland and Robert Houck of Bowmansville. He will be missed by many friends and extended family and his beloved bulldog, Mack.

There will be a Celebration of Norm’s Life on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Mt. Zion UM Church, 753 Mt. Zion Rd, Narvon, PA with Pastor Keith Blackwell officiating. The family will greet friends from 2:00 until 3:00 PM. Interment will be private.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in his memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

William D. Trowbridge

William Donald Trowbridge Jr., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2018.

William was born to William Donald Trowbridge Sr. and Betty (Brown) Trowbridge in Reading, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Sinking Springs and graduated from Wilson High school. This is where his passion for playing and coaching athletics began. He was right guard of his high school football team and catcher for the baseball team. He was also in National Honor Society.

He went on to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he met his wife Caren (Hurley)Trowbridge and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Later he received a Master’s degree in Psychology at Millersville University. After graduation they relocated to Lancaster Pennsylvania and they married on March 18, 1972. This is where they started their family.

Bill was very active in the Mental Health field, working with adults that had mental and physical disabilities. He dedicated his life to helping those in need and giving them a purpose and a meaning in life.

He enjoyed cooking and baking where he loved trying new recipes and putting his own spin on the recipe. He was a man that when there was a problem around the house whether it be fixing a broken appliance or building a sun room or deck, he could get the job done. He was the original DIY-er (and this was before the internet).

His true passion was coaching his children and his grandchildren as they grew up playing baseball. He was a coach for the SWS program for 27 years. He was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest fan, always dependable and reliable in any situation.

His last years in life were spent battling cancer with dignity and courage. He was strong willed and handled his disease with unwavering hope and optimism.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Shannon (Trowbridge) Spahr, wife to Christopher; son W. Shane Trowbridge; son Jesse Trowbridge, husband to Mary; grandchildren Jordan, Laiken, Ashton, Treson, Maya, Colin, Ethan, Jeluna, William, Veda, and brother Rick Trowbridge.

There will be a Celebration of Bill’s Life on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Lampeter United Methodist Church,  corner of Village Road and Book Road, Lampeter, PA, with The Reverend Dr. John G. Smith officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. We ask that you enjoy wearing casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of William Trowbridge to the LG Health Foundation, P.O. Box 3555, Lancaster, PA 17604-3555. Please note on your check: ATTN: Anne Barshinger Cancer Institute.

Patricia A. Powell

Patricia A. “Pat” Powell, 83, of Paradise, Pa. died May 1, 2018.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Albert Powell.

She enjoyed working at Good Harvest Farms, assisting customers with their plants and flowers.

Additional survivors are her son, Christopher and his wife, Cindy, and their children, Luke, Madeline and Abigail; daughter, Lisa, and her husband Rob Gabelmann and their son John; and son David and wife Cathleen and their daughter, Lauren. She is predeceased by her sister Alice Reap Coleman and brother James Reap. She is survived by her sister-in -law Ann Reap, brother Joseph Reap and his wife Judy, brother-in-law Joseph Coleman, brother-in-law, Gary Powell and his wife Diane, many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Pat’s Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA with Pastor Mark Thidoldeaux officiating. The family will greet friends from 10 until 11:00 AM. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Red Rose Veteran Honor Guard, P.O. Box 8601, Lancaster, PA 17604-8601

Richard M. Lewis

Rich Lewis, 74, of Strasburg and formerly of New Jersey, passed away at Wellspan Ephrata Hospital on Friday, April 27, 2018. He was the husband of Sheila (Downs) Lewis.

He was self-employed, operating a credit reporting company. He and Sheila recently retired to Strasburg, PA.

Rich and Sheila enjoyed spending time with many friends at the Fireside Tavern, Strasburg.

Friends are invited to visit with Shelia and their family on Sunday, April 29, 2018 beginning at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home. A Celebration of Rich’s Life will begin about 2:30 PM.


Esther M. Getz

Esther M. Wolf-Getz, 87, formerly of Lampeter, went to be with the Lord on April 17, 2018, at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Elvin M. Wolf, who died in 1989, and the late Norman E. Getz, who died in 2014.

Esther worked for RCA Corporation in her early years. Later, she operated a Beauty Salon at her home, until retiring.

She was a member of Lampeter United Methodist Church, where she was active with the United Methodist Women.

Esther loved flower gardening, taking walks and going to the beach. She enjoyed reading and crocheting.

Born in Refton, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Bleacher) Ragan.  She is survived by her children, Judy married to Edwin Herr of New Providence and Robert married to Jennifer Wolf of Millersville; four grandchildren, Jessica, Michele, Brandon and Amanda and four great-grandchildren, Whitney, Nathan, Coltyn and Katelyn and a sister, Sylvia Mummah of Mifflintown.

There will be a Celebration of Esther’s Life at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Lampeter United Methodist Church, corner of Lampeter Road and Book Road, Lampeter, PA with The Reverend Dr. John G. Smith officiating. The family will greet friends from 12 Noon until 1:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Lampeter United Methodist Church, 1101 Village Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, or Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Hwy, Quarryville, PA 17566.

James C. Neff

James C. Neff, 83, formerly of Quarryville, died in Acworth, Georgia on Sunday, April 8, 2017 He was the husband of Violet M. (Rineer) Neff for over 50 years.

Jim attended the former East Lampeter High School.

He attended Bascomb United Methodist Church, Woodstock, GA.

He volunteered with Eden Fire Company in the 1960’s.

In the 1960’s, he operated a Mr. Softee Ice Cream Truck. Jim later retired from C&D Power Technologies.

He enjoyed spending time with his family. Jim loved telling jokes and making people laugh.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Franklin and Margaret (Petrie) Neff. Jim is also survived by a son, Jamie R. married to Erin W. Neff of Ronks; three daughters, Lee Ann Stichler of Sebring, FL, Diane married to Michael Gassert of Myerstown and Julie Watkins of Acworth, GA; a daughter-in-law, Susan Neff of Killeen TX; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard married to Martha Neff of Leesburg, GA; and four sisters, Betty Klinedenst of Marietta, Joann married to Donald Leayman of Lancaster, Joyce married to Sherwood Miller of Leola and Judy married to George Hansalic of Lititz.  Jim was preceded in death by a son, David Neff.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Brad Steele officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Monument Bible Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Mr. Neff’s memory to Christs’ Home, 800 York Rd., Warminster, PA 18974.