Daniel W. Evans

After making this earth his home for 90 years, Daniel W. Evans was called to his heavenly home on September 18, 2019 where he joined his beloved wife of 63 years, Arlene G. Spotts Evans.  After serving his Lord and Savior all of his adult life, Dan is now in His presence along with the many other believers who preceded him in death. 

Born in Coal Township, Northumberland, he was the son of the late Jesse and Mary Otto Evans.  Dan moved to Lancaster County in 1954 where he was well known in the construction field.  He retired from Nauman and Sons after 18 years where he worked his way up to project manager and was responsible for the coordination of many commercial properties in the county.

Dan attended West Willow United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for 60 years to students of all ages until he stepped down this past summer at the age of 89. 

In his spare time, Dan enjoyed riding motorcycle, boating, fishing and was most known for his woodworking.  Those who knew him well have been blessed with handcrafted gifts ranging from vases, jewelry boxes, and bowls to large pieces of furniture. 

Dan is survived by a daughter, Joy of New Albany, married to David Harnish ; a son, Dan of Pequea, married to LuAnne (Barley) Evans ; six granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman and Lewis, and two sisters, Lillian Evans Heiser and Sandy Evans Henry. 

A Funeral Service to honor Daniel’s life will be held on Monday, September 23rd at 11:00AM in the West Willow United Methodist Church, 118 West Willow Road, Willow Street, PA, with Pastor Bob Garvey officiating. Guests will be received prior to the service starting at 10:00AM. Interment will be in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Daniel’s memory to Water Street Mission at 210 S Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice & Community Care at 685 Good Dr, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

W. Deane Barr


W. Deane Barr, 73, of Strasburg, PA, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2019 at Landis Homes. Born in Wilmington, DE, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anne (Mackenzie) Barr. Deane was the loving husband of Dawn M. (Cramer) Barr.

Deane graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1968. A veteran, he served in the Merchant Marines and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. He was a faithful member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and served as a Trustee, Deacon and Elder at Faith Presbyterian Church and Kirkwood OPC. Deane retired as an engineer with Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Company after 27 years.

In addition to his wife, Dawn, Deane is survived by his children: Lisa D. Bouder wife of Charles, Lynn M. Stiles wife of Benjamin, Matthew D. Barr husband of Janelle and Amanda G. Barr; grandchildren: Emma & Cora Stiles and Declan & Conlan Barr; siblings: Elizabeth J. Seqal , John D. Barr husband of Shirley and his sister-in-law Elynore F. Barr.

Deane was preceded in death by a brother, T. Carey Barr, Jr.

A Memorial Service will begin at 11 AM on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2151 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. Deane will be laid to rest at Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church; Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter, 2595 Interstate Dr, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Alice M. Shutt


Alice M. Shutt, 88, of Mount Joy, PA, passed away on September 12, 2019 in Lancaster, PA. Born February 26, 1931 in Liverpool, England, she was the daughter of the late James and Florence (Harper) Battle. Alice’s childhood was spent during a time of War in England and with the strength and love of family grew to graduate high school and earn an associate degree. Shortly thereafter she met an Air Force MP repositioned from active duty in Korea while stationed at RAF Burtonwood, and they fell in love. Alice married Jay Shutt in Harrisburg Pennsylvania February 16, 1957 most recently celebrating 62 years of marriage. Alice received her Citizenship to the United States on July 19, 1978.

Alice worked as a Teacher’s Aide and for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. She enjoyed sewing, music, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and visiting her brothers, sisters and friends in the US and the UK.

In addition to her husband, Alice is survived by 3 children: Tom Shutt husband of Jennifer, Karen Baltaoglu wife of Levent, and Jackie Stinson wife of Dennis; 5 grandchildren: Andrea, Jeremy, Alexis, Julie and Terry; and siblings: Lola Webb, Sammy Battle, Philip Battle, Frank Battle and Jimmy Battle. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alice’s name can be made to RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre fund to be established.

V. Maxine Meck

V. Maxine Meck, 90, of Phoenixville, formerly of Willow Street, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 31, 2019.  Born in Turbotville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Clay J. and Margaret E. Webb.  She was the loving wife of Virgil A. Meck, who died in 2015.  They were married for 66 years.

A 1946 graduate of Columbia High School, Maxine was a homemaker for many years before her career as a secretary began.  She was the executive secretary for Bud Mearig at his office supply company and then the president’s secretary of the Lancaster AAA until her retirement in 1994.

Maxine’s faith was strong; she was a faithful prayer warrior.  Her daily Bible reading and prayer life were the most important part of her life.  A longtime member of Boehm’s United Methodist Church, she was involved in many committees throughout the years.  She will be remembered most for serving as General Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee of Boehm’s Chapel in June of 1991, when they celebrated the 200th anniversary of the chapel and also celebrated the completion of the renovations.  Maxine also helped with the organization of the annual Apple Festival at the chapel.

Maxine’s hobbies included studying family genealogy and cross-stitching, crocheting, and knitting  She was also a collector of antiques and especially enjoyed collecting art glass cruets and old porcelain lemon dishes.  Following her retirement, she and her husband, Virgil, traveled extensively throughout the United States, but their favorite destination was the New England states.  Maxine was an avid reader of Historical fiction and non-fiction books.

Friends and family will forever remember Maxine’s passion for correspondence and will miss her letters, cards, and telephone calls.

Maxine is survived by her three children:  Steven Meck, husband of Diane (Brady), of South Bend, IN; David Meck, husband of Cheryl (Hagens), of Lancaster; and Virginia Frey, wife of Gerald B., Sr., of Phoenixville; eight grandchildren: Christine DeVore, wife of Mark, of Indiana; Andrew Meck, husband of Ana, of Indiana; Kimberly Kaser, wife of Adrian, of Indiana; Todd Meck, husband of Karen, of Lancaster; Tyler Meck, husband of Michelle, of Lititz; Meg Stocking, wife of Mitchell, of Wake Forest, NC; Layne Freedline, wife of Gregory, of Royersford; and Gerald Frey, Jr., husband of Elizabeth, of Phoenixville.  She is also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren. Funeral Services for Maxine will be held at 11AM, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Boehm’s Chapel, 13 W. Boehm’s Rd., Willow Street, PA 17584, with the Rev. Chris Eden officiating.  Family and friends will be received at the church from 10AM to 11AM.  Maxine will be laid to rest beside her husband in the adjoining church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Maxine’s memory may be made to Boehm’s United Methodist Church at the above address.

John Jeffrey Crooke, Sr.

John Jeffrey Crooke, Sr, 70, formerly of Long Valley, NJ, passed away at his Lancaster County residence on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Born in Summit, NJ, he was the son of the late Philip S. Crooke, Jr. and Emma (Kaucky) Crooke.

He shared 48 years of marriage with his wife Paula C. (Lamprecht) Crooke.

Jeff worked as an instrument mechanic for Allied Chemical and then continued there as the company became Honeywell. A 5th generation firefighter, Jeff was a life member of the Long Valley Volunteer Fire Company where he served for 30 years.

Jeff and Paula vacationed in Lancaster County for many years before retiring to the county 15 months ago. He enjoyed volunteering at Rough & Tumble Engineers Museum in Kinzers for 5 years, where he was known as the sausage steamer extraordinaire. He was also an avid collector of kerosene lanterns.

Above all else, Jeff was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his loving wife Paula, Jeff is survived by their three children, John Jeffrey Crooke, Jr., husband of Dolores (Kearns) of King William, VA, Christina Beth, wife of Samuel Hall of Columbia, MD, and Paul Philip Crooke, husband of Ellen (Tappen) of Salt Lake City, UT; five grandchildren, Dylan Michael Hall, Brooklyn Marie Hall, Conor Tappen Crooke, Emily Tappen Crooke and Patrick Tappen Crooke; and his brother, Philip S. Crooke, III, husband of Barbara of Nashville, TN.

A viewing will take place from 12 to 1 PM, followed by a funeral service at 1 PM with The Rev. Mark J. Thiboldeaux officiating, Monday, August 26, 2019, at the Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579. Interment in Zeltenreich U.C.C. Cemetery, New Holland, PA.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a contribution in John Jeffrey Crooke Sr.’s name to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125, https://www.hospiceconnect.org/appeal

Alma Koser Rinier Rebman


Alma A. Rebman, 86, formerly of Mount Joy and resident of Oak Leaf Manor North, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Hospice & Community Care. She was born in Elizabethtown to the late Irvin I. and Anna (Shenk) Koser). Alma’s first husband Harold J. Rinier died in 1959 and her second Kenneth E. Rebman died in 2002.

Alma was a wonderful homemaker for her family while also working for ARK Products. She was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ. She loved her children and grandchildren, going on family cruises and vacationing in Ocean City, MD.

She really enjoyed shopping, with Dollar Store being one of her favorite stops. Boscov’s is going to miss her! Alma bowled in the Strasburg Community League with husband Ken and daughter Vickie.

Surviving Alma are her daughter Vickie L. (Rinier), wife of David M. Jenkins of Lancaster, her son Gregory S. Rinier, companion of Elizabeth James of Hummelstown, five grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; as well as her sister Rachael, wife of Paul Cramer of Mount Joy. In addition to her parents and husbands Harold and Ken, Alma was preceded in death by her seven siblings. Greg and Vickie and their families are very grateful to the staff of Oak Leaf Manor North and Hospice & Community Care for the great care given to Alma.

Alma’s family will receive friends from 10-11 AM, followed by the funeral at 11 AM officiated by The Rev. Ron Bohannon, on Friday, August 2 nd at Willow Street U.C.C., 2723 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA 17584. Interment in Quarryville Cemetery. Please omit flowers and kindly consider a memorial contribution to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Robbie Jean Brandon Golston


Robbie Jean Brandon Golston, 89 years young, passed away on August 4, 2019 at Garden Spot Village in New Holland. Robbie was born on October 29, 1929 in Quanah, Texas to Ernest and Willie Ola (Barbee) Brandon. Being born on Black Tuesday was ironically quite fitting for Robbie because throughout her life she had an amazing ability to address any obstacle with fearless determination, courage and grace and she always emerged triumphant. This was how Robbie lived her life and inspired her family and friends to do the same.

Robbie was very proud of her Texan heritage and loved to share stories from her childhood adventures on the family farm with her sisters and brother and her knowledge of Texas history. After finishing business school and marrying her husband Jack, Robbie and her young family traveled across the United States following Jack’s entrepreneurial spirit. They eventually settled in New Holland and created The Amish Village in Strasburg, which they successfully owned and operated for over 40 years.

Robbie was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Strasburg and a proud member and past president of the Society of Farm Women of Lancaster County. She enjoyed spending time with her family and provided them with an abundance of love and countless memories that will continue her legacy. Robbie will always be remembered for her quick wit, feisty spirit and fierce dedication to her family.

Robbie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, one brother and her son. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Wilma Nolan and her husband John; her brother Jerry Brandon; many nieces and nephews; 6 granddaughters and 15 great-grandchildren.

A service will be held at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557 on Wednesday, August 7th at 2 pm. Family and friends will be received from 1:30 pm to 2 pm. Services will also be held in Quanah, Texas on Monday, August 12th. Robbie’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to all the staff at Garden Spot Village for their attentive and loving care. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Robbie’s name to the Benevolent Fund at Garden Spot Village.