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.