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.