William Michael Windle

William Michael Windle, 52, of Smoketown, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, with his wife, Michelle L. (Cornelius) Windle by his side, and surrounded by his family.

Born in Harford, County, Maryland on October 12, 1965, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Josephine (Earheart) Windle.

Affectionately known as “Mike,” he was a carpenter by trade.

Mike is survived by two sons, William J. married to Davina Cornelius of Leavenworth, Kansas and William “Michael” Windle, Jr. and companion Jazlyn Marie Ressler of Smoketown; two daughters, Katherine “Darnell” Windle of Ronks and Jacqueline Corrine Windle; seven grandchildren, Hailee Fisher, Aubrey Lefever, Aniyah Windle, Brayden Hegeman, Brentley Windle, Austin Duff, Alexys Windle and a grandchild due in July; four sisters, Rebecca married to William Shultz of York Haven, Debra married to Ron Ross of New Kensington, Brenda married to Allen Wyatt of Delta and Linda Simmons and companion Thomas Shenk of Joppa, MD; and a brother, John married to Tina Windle of NY. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Lee Windle.

There will be a viewing on Monday, June 4, 2018 from 6 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Tuesday, June 5 from 10 until 11:00 AM. The funeral is Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor ___ officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in memory of William M. Windle to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

James W. Frey, Jr.

                      

James W. Frey, Jr., 92, of Strasburg, died at the Mennonite Home on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was the husband of Janice (Guie) Frey for over 49 years.

He was a graduate of JP McCaskey High School class of 1944, the Lancaster Business School, and the Reisch American School of Auctioneering in August 1966.

Jim enlisted in the US Navy at age 17. He served during WWII on the 300 ft. Escort Carrier USS Roberts (DE749) for 30 months. He earned five Battle stars, including the invasion on Okinawa. Then, during the Korean War, he served on the 900 ft., 15,000-ton Escort Carrier Toledo (CA133) for 15 months, including radar jamming during the invasion of Inchon, Korea.

He was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg.

He retired from Armstrong World Industries at age 56, where he worked in the data processing center and later in the property accounting department.

He was well known Antique Dealer, Appraiser and Auctioneer. He collected fine antiques, especially stoneware and red-ware. He loved going to auctions.

Jim was an active member, and Past-President, of the Strasburg Lions Club for over 56 years, a member of the Berks County Antique Dealers Association and the Strasburg Heritage Society.

Jim was a life-long Phillies fan, since the days of Joe DiMaggio. He always went to Clearwater, FL, to see them in spring training. He enjoyed eating at Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant and watching Turner Classic Movies.

Jim enjoyed reading and traveling to Canadian Rockies, Ireland, London, England, and Bermuda several times. He made a trip to San Diego by rail to reunite with his Navy Chief.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late James W., Sr. and Edna Frey. In addition to Janice, he is survived by a son, Keith Frey of Selinsgrove; grandchildren, Tracy Reed, and Michael James Frey, both of Lancaster; great-grandchildren and several cousins. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Frey.

There will be a Viewing on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 7:00 until 9:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA.

The Funeral service will be on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:00 in Wesley United Methodist Church, Strasburg, with Pastor David Alderson officiating. There is a viewing at the church from 10:00 until 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Jim’s memory to Wesley UM Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Strasburg Lions Club, PO Box 281, Strasburg, PA 17579.

Donald R. Berkstresser

Donald R. Berkstresser, 79, of Nottingham, died at LGH on Saturday, May 19, 2018. He was the husband of Mary Ann (McVay) Berkstresser, who died in 1995, and for over 20 years to Gladys G. (Jones) Berkstresser.

He worked as a Clerk for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Johnstown. Most recently, Don worked at Buck Hardware.

He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Born in Johnstown, he was the son of the late Leonard and Lois (Laidig) Berkstresser. In addition to Gladys, he is survived by Beth Snyder of Ebensburg, Kevin married to Lottie Berkstresser of North Carolina, Kyle married to Dr. Kristie Berkstresser of Lancaster and Robert Evans of Lebanon; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a brother, Leonard Berkstresser of California. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Amy Kessler and Kathy Lee.

There will be a Celebration of Don’s Life on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur street, Strasburg, PA. The family will greet friends from 4:00 until 5:00 PM. Interment will be in Johnstown, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Don’s memory to American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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