Bruce Daniel Herner, III


Bruce Daniel Herner, III, 55, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on November 3, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by friends and family. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Lonnie (Keeler) Barnes and the late Bruce Daniel Herner, Jr.

Bruce graduated from Conestoga Valley high school. He loved his old cars, motorcycles, his music and trying out new recipes. He was a jack of all trades and was there for anyone who needed help. Bruce will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Wendy; son, Jesse; siblings: Lisa Good and Chris Herner; his mother, Lonnie, and his paternal grandmother, Nora Resch.

Family and Friends will be received from 9-11 AM with a Celebration of Bruce’s Life to begin at 11 AM on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA Lancaster Center, 848 S. Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Virginia M. Groff


Virginia M. Groff, 88, of Paradise Twp., passed away Monday, October 28, 2019, at Lancaster General Hospital with her family by her side. Born in Paradise Twp., she was the daughter of the late Andrew Rhea and S. Elizabeth (Porter) Brown. Virginia shared 65 years of marriage with her husband George E. Groff before he died in 2015.

She graduated from Paradise High School in 1949. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, Virginia worked as a waitress at the former Dutch Town & Country Inn, Paradise, then she managed The Bay Window gift and sub shop in Vintage and lastly as a cafeteria lady and custodian for Pequea Valley School District

Virginia was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. She always cared for others and enjoyed her family, especially when her grandchildren and great-grandchildren visited. Virginia enjoyed embroidery and sewing, and cheering for Penn State, the Phillies and the Steelers.

Surviving Virginia are her five children, George E. Groff, Jr., husband of Linda (Feister) of Carlisle, Gary L. Groff, husband of Beth (Book) of Willow Street, Bonnie L. (Groff) Wanner, wife of the late C. Allen Wanner of Gap, Gerald F. Groff of Lancaster and Dennis R. Groff, husband of Sondra (Gregg) of Paradise; and her 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her sister Doris Hatz preceded Virginia in death.

Virginia’s family will receive friends for 10-11 AM, followed by a celebration of her life at 11 AM with Rev. Eugene Errickson officiating, on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 3001 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17652. Private interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider mailing a contribution in Virginia’s memory to Gordonville Fire & EMS Co., P.O. Box 23, Gordonville, PA 17529, with “Ambulance Fund” in the memo.

Lois Jane Pietropaolo

Lois Jane Pietropaolo, 93, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on October 17, 2019 at Conestoga View. Born in Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Olivette (Housemann) Lenning. She is survived by her 94-year-old husband, Americo Pietropaolo and her 6 children: Sherrie Grimes and husband, Michael Grimes, Wendy Lord and husband Linwood Lord, Bonnie Brady and husband, David Brady, Rickie Sue Kendall and husband, Richard Kendall, Tim Whitmyer and wife, Ann Whitmyer, and Ted Whitmyer. Lois leaves behind a legacy of 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

“She was loved and will be missed by many.”

A Drop-In Memorial Gathering will be held from 12-4 PM on Sunday, October 20 at Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579.

To leave an online condolence, please visit BachmanSnyder.com.

Barbara S. Meek

Barbara Shelpeck Meek, 86, of Strasburg Pa was welcomed into her heavenly home on Monday, September 30, 2019. Born at Germantown Hospital of Philadelphia to Paul and Helen (Chepress) Shelpuk, the doctor declared that she was the most beautiful baby ever born in that hospital!  Barbara had three beautiful sisters: Helen Highley of Glenside Pa, Doris Fisher (deceased) and Paula Maines (deceased).

Barbara was the faithful and loving wife of Harold Eugene Meek “Gene” with whom she celebrated 65 fabulous years of marriage.  Theirs was a storybook romance from start to finish and he will miss her greatly! She graduated from Olney High School in 1951, and worked at Philadelphia Electric where she made many life-long friends. Barbara was a woman of great faith which kept her going throughout the years.  She attended Baptist Temple where she met the love of her life.  It was truly Love at first sight!

In addition to her husband, Barbara is survived by her daughter Leslie, wife of Dr. David Laughlin of Felton Pa; daughter Susan, wife of Rev. Strother Gross of Temple Pa; and son David, husband of Pamela Plueddemann Meek of Cochranville Pa.  Barbara and Gene had 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by grandson James and great-grandson Peyton.

Barbara’s greatest gift was making every member of the extended Meek and Shelpeck families feel special. She always sent personal notes to her loved ones to let them know that they are one-of-a-kind. She was the family historian and enjoyed capturing every special moment thru the lens of her camera. More than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her husband in their Summer and Winter retreats. Burial will be held at 2PM, Saturday October 12 at Conestoga Memorial Park in Lancaster Pa. Memorial Services will be held at 11AM, Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg Pa. 17579.  A visitation will be held from 10AM to 11AM.

R. Clay Green, III


Clay Green, 77, of Conestoga, PA passed away at his home on September 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Abington, PA to the late Raymond C. Green, Jr. and Ruth H. Finley Green. He was the loving husband of Maureen (Rene) Green to whom he was married for 55 years.

Clay was a graduate of Jenkintown High School and Drexel University.

He was employed by Safeguard Business Systems as a Regional Sales Manager in Maple Glen, PA before being transferred to Gaithersburg, MD. From there he was promoted to General Manager and transferred to Richardson, TX for 6 years. The family returned to Doylestown, PA in 1982 where he continued with Safeguard for 2 more years.

Since his youth, Clay always had a passion for motorcycles, classic cars, and especially brass era antique cars. When the opportunity arose to purchase a local auto salvage yard in 1984, he jumped at the opportunity and became the proud new owner of Pipersville Auto Recycling. Clay, along with his son David, successfully ran the business for 20 years before his retirement.

In retirement, Clay continued to expand his car collection both restoring and repairing his beloved vehicles as well as sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise with his many friends in the hobby. He logged more than 40,000 miles touring the country in his 1909 Pierce Arrow. He was a member of many classic and antique car clubs including DVCC, HCCA, AACA, as well being the founder of the very popular BBC (Beautiful Brass Cars) Tour which has been enjoyed by many for over 15 years. He could be seen every year at the AACA Fall meeting and car show at Hershey holding court at “Clay’s Corner”, and at the Carlisle events.

Clay is survived by his wife Maureen (Rene) and son David and his wife Denise, as well as sister Barbara (Green) Bookman. He was preceded in death by his son Eddie.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Willows at Historic Strasburg at 1500 Historic Drive, Strasburg, PA 17579 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

Please omit flowers. Contributions can be made in Clay’s memory to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and/or the American Cancer Society.

Ethel S. Meck


Ethel S. Meck, 94, entered into her eternal reward in Christ at Harrison House, Christiana, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. She was born in East Lampeter Twp. to the late John M. and Mary (Groff) Sollenberger, and shared 32 years of marriage with Parke Shaubach Meck before his death in 1978.

She had a deep faith in God. A member of Lampeter Church of the Brethren, Ethel served as a Deaconess, Bible School teacher and sang in the choir

Ethel enjoyed life while working beside her husband Parke and children on their family farm. Ethel cherished her grandchildren.

Ethel found joy in flowers, crafts, quilting, and crocheting for Project Linus. She was a selfless, strong and energetic woman.

Later in life Ethel worked at various local restaurants and bakeries.

Surviving Ethel are her daughter Debra Lynn, wife of David Zimmerman, Kinzers, son Pastor John Dwight Meck, husband of Deborah (Dombach), Willow Street, 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and her sister Grace, wife of Daniel Rohrer, Jr., Lititz. In addition to her parents and husband, Ethel was preceded in death by her son James LeMar Meck in 2017; as well as 3 brothers Ivan, Lloyd and Clyde Sollenberger; 3 sisters, Alice Graver, Ruth Nolt and Dorothy Harnish; and 1 grandson and 2 great- granddaughters.

Funeral services will take place 11 AM Tuesday, October 1st at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, PA 17602, with Rev. Christopher Shelly and Rev, John D. Hostetter officiating. Viewings will be held 6-8 PM Monday Sept 30th and 10-11 AM on Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

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.