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.

Elsie R. Houser

Elsie R. Houser, 96, formerly of Lampeter, died at Landis Homes on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. She was the wife of the late J. Wilbur Houser, who died in 1992.

She was a homemaker.

Elsie was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church for over 74 years, where she taught Bible School and was active with the sewing circle.

She was President of the former Lampeter Fire Company No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary and Chairperson of the Restaurant Committee of the West Lampeter Community Fair.

Born in Paradise Township, she was the daughter of the late Elmer U. and Ada (Ranck) Stoltzfus. Elsie is survived by four sons, James W. married to Ruth (Nauman) Houser of Lampeter, J. William married to Judy (Miller) Houser of Hershey, Thomas E. married to Brenda (Smoker) Houser of Lowville, NY and Dwight R. married to Anna (Charles) Houser of Glenfield, NY; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Gladys S. Graybill and Melvin R. Stoltzfus.

There will be a viewing on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 6 until 8 PM in the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA and again on Monday, April 9 from 10 until 11 AM in the Willow Street Mennonite Church, Hans Herr Drive and Penn Grant Roads, Willow Street, PA. The funeral is 11 AM in the church with Pastor Joe Shearer and Pastor Bob Breneman officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elsie’s memory to the Missions Fund, c/o Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Rd., Willow Street, PA 17584