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.

Christine Ann Ross


Christine Ann Ross, 53, of Wauseon, OH, was tragically taken from her family and friends suddenly and without warning on Friday, July 19, 2019.  Born in Bridgeport, CT, she was the loving daughter of William Sterbinsky, of Shelton, CT and the late Joyce (Curcio) Sterbinsky who died in 2012.

A proud mother and grandmother, she loved her family and put them before anything else. She was a selfless person who desired to please everyone.  A free spirit, she enjoyed spending time riding with her fiancé, Jim, on his motorcycle. She also had an adventurous appetite and was always looking for a new place to dine with Jim.  She dabbled in woodworking and enjoyed cooking and caring for her home.

Christine will be forever missed by her fiancé and longtime companion, James Lower; children: Brian Jacyszyn, husband of Erika, of Lancaster; Christopher Jacyszyn, of Lancaster; Sarah Johnson, wife of Andrew, of Willow Street; Kathryn Walsh, companion of David, of Lancaster; and Heather Sterbinsky,
fiancé of Ryan, of Schuylkill Haven; 15 grandchildren; and sister, Lisa Yulo, wife of Vincent, of Hamden, CT.  Christine’s loving daughter, Autumn Ross, girlfriend of Marcquale, also passed away in the same incident.

Funeral Services for Christine will be held at 7PM, Friday, July 26, 2019 at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.  Extended viewing hours will be held at the funeral home from 3PM to 7PM.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Christine’s memory be made to Mental Health America of Lancaster at https://www.mhalancaster.org/donate-now/.

Fred T. Young, Jr.

Fred T. Young, Jr. transitioned peacefully to his final home on July 20, 2019, surrounded by his children. Fred enjoyed the simple things in life: fishing, boating, hunting, water & snow skiing and motorcycling.  An athlete at Solanco and beyond, he enjoyed watching football and baseball later in life. He served in the Army. Fred loved animals and owned a dog most of his life. More recently he enjoyed interacting with his neighbors’ farm animals. He was a machinist by trade and was able to build and repair most anything in his home and shop.

Fred, resident of East Lampeter Township, was 85. He was the son of the late Fred T. Young, Sr. and the late Esther Grubb. He is survived by siblings:  Linda Lyall (Walter); George Young (Barbara); Charles Young; and Michael Young (half-brother). He is also survived by his son, Fred T. Young, III and daughter, Deborah Denlinger (John). He has five grandchildren, Jenelle Young, William Castor (step grandson), Jeremiah Denlinger (Kristine), Jonalyn Denlinger (Jon), and Julie Bushong (Tyler). He has five great grandchildren:  Isaac, Lucas, Mila and Lydiana Denlinger and Jackson Bushong. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
 
Friends and family are invited to a time of visitation from 10 am – 11:00 am on Saturday, July 27th at the Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579. A service of remembering will be held at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Mennonite Disaster Service to help purchase materials to rebuild and repair homes damaged by natural disasters https://mds.mennonite.net

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.