Penny L. Weitzel

Penny L. Weitzel, 67, of Holtwood, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Lancaster to the late Jesse Raon and Lula Amanda (Jones) Shumake.

Surviving Penny are her daughter, Ashley N. wife of Chris Stringer and their three daughters, Madison, Morgan and Makena Stringer, Holtwood; and her sister Judy, wife of Dwight Kauffman, Oxford. She’s preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Jeffrey Kirk Weitzel and their beloved son, Jeffrey Ryan “Whitey” Weitzel.

Penny was a caring homemaker for her family.  She enjoyed helping with the food bank and Kitchen Cupboard Ministry.  She was a rock-solid member of New Providence Baptist Church where she served on the Fellowship Committee.  

A visitation will take place 10-11 AM, followed by a celebration of her life at 11 AM, Saturday, February 29th at New Providence Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Rush officiating.  Private Interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NPBC Building Fund, 2411 Beaver Valley Pike, New Providence, PA 17560. 

Esther Nolt Kreider

Esther Nolt Kreider, 87, passed peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Garden Spot Village in New Holland where she had been a resident for the past year. Born in Earl Township on February 5, 1933, Esther was the daughter of the late Samuel O. and Anna Martin Nolt. One of eight children, Esther grew up in a conservative Mennonite home, but soon after her marriage and move to a beautiful farm in Gap, she traded her “plain” for “fancy”. She was known for always looking very stylish and for her fondness of all things sparkly.

Esther was the wife of her beloved Jacob L Kreider, who passed away in 2016. They had recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Esther was not only a farm wife for 50 years, but had also worked as an Amish Country tour guide, however she was mostly known for her 24 years spent as a waitress at Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant in Smoketown.

Family was very important to Esther, especially her five sisters. They spent hours on the phone together, planned memorable family gatherings, and were wonderful examples to those of us lucky enough to have known them. She was also a dedicated grandmother and great-grandmother, making sure there was plenty of ice cream and fun to go around.

Without question, Esther was a social butterfly and she loved to keep things light and fun. She was always ready with a smile and an easy laugh. Esther loved reading, playing her piano, doing puzzles, watching the hummingbirds at her feeder, and taking long walks, often with hands clasped behind her back. Esther and Jake also loved to travel, taking several memorable cruises with dear friends and family. Esther treasured their winters in Sarasota, FL, enjoying time with friends playing shuffleboard, cards and taking walks on Siesta Key Beach. Esther also loved music, and almost always had it playing wherever she was. She “had a song for every occasion” and often made up little tunes to entertain her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Esther was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola. She is survived by a son, Barry L. Kreider, Paradise and a daughter, Jacqueline B Nelson, wife of Donald J. Nelson, Ephrata, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A Viewing will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 5 to 7 PM at Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA 17540. Private interment will be in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery. A Memorial Service will take place at Forest Hills Mennonite Church on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11 AM.

Thomas W. Pfahler, Jr.

Thomas W. Pfahler, Jr., passed away at his Paradise, PA residence on Friday, February 14, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Born August 14, 1938 in Honey Brook, PA, he was the son of the late Thomas W. Sr. and Marian E. (Rudolph) Pfahler. Tom celebrated 56 years of marriage with his absolutely wonderful wife, Nancy (Jones) Pfahler, on January 4th.

In addition to Nancy, Tom is survived by three sons, Thomas W. Pfahler, III (Lori) of Blanchard, PA, Ronald L. Pfahler (Kelle) of Paradise, and Karl H. Pfahler of East Berlin, PA; as well as seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and his sisters, Sandra Collins of Parkesburg, PA and Dawn Sobel (Al) of Dunedin, FL.

Tom was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Paradise, and served as head of Trustees and as Church Treasurer.

Tom served in the PA National Guard from 1955 to 1958. He worked for Beloit Eastern in Downingtown and then owned and operated Keystone Motorcycle Sales and Service in Lancaster, Bridgeport and Paradise (1965-1975). Next, he worked at National Bearings Corporation in Lancaster.

He loved to travel and camp. Tom and Nancy travelled to Europe and most of the United States, as well as trips to Newfoundland to visit close friends.

Tom earned his commercial pilot’s license and flew his own plane. He also had a commercial hot air balloon license. He was a scuba diver, sky diver, and shot on the Pennsylvania 1,000 Yard Range in Bodine, PA for 20 years. In 2002, he won the International Benchrest Shooters Heavy Gun 1000 yards Championship. He collected, raced and rode motorcycles, especially European, German and Italian cycles, and collected Studebaker cars and trucks of various years including a 1963 Avanti and a 1947 M-5 pickup truck, both of which were his pride and joy. The pickup truck and his 1963 Avanti were show quality and won many awards. His son, Ron, led up the restoration team for both of these vehicles. Tom and Nancy traveled many thousands of miles in their 1961 Studebaker, two-tone blue, Lark. They traveled coast to coast to annual Studebaker International Meets. He also had a J-2X Laser kit car, replica of a J-2X Allard, which he and a friend built.

He was a member of Christiana Lodge # 417 F&AM. Tom’s club memberships included: Studebaker Driver’s Club and Keystone Region Studebaker Club since 1970 (served as President and Tour Master of Keystone), The Antique Studebaker Club and the Avanti Owners Association, several other Studebaker clubs around the US, Allard Club, Vintage Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA), Mid-Atlantic VMCCA, Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), Hartford Region AACA, BSA Gold Star Club, local regional Hudson Club, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Motorcycle Association and Experimental Aircraft Association. He also was a member of the Paradise Township Lions’ Club.

Tom was an exciting and adventurous man who loved to try new things and was always learning. He loved maps. Often when telling a story or trying to describe something to friends or family in a restaurant, he would turn over the placemat and draw illustrations to better explain what he was talking about. He had friends from all walks of life and from all over the world. Tom was so proud of his family and loved time with all of them.

We have lost a one-of-a-kind. He will be so missed.

Thanks to all of the helpers from Hospice & Community Care, especially purple team members, Gina, Cathy with a C, Kathy with a K, and Katie.

Viewings will be held Friday, Feb. 21st from 5-7 PM and Saturday Feb 22nd from 10-11 AM. On Saturday, Christiana Lodge # 417 F&AM will conduct Masonic services at 11 AM, followed by the Funeral with The Rev. Eugene Errikson officiating. All events will take place at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 3001 Lincoln Hwy. East, Paradise, PA 17562. Private interment will be in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

We ask those who wish to drive their Studebakers, classic cars, motorcycles, especially British, Italian and German makes, to please do so in Tom’s honor.

Please omit flowers and kindly consider a contribution to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, with “In memory of Thomas W. Pfahler, Jr.” in the memo.

Nancy E. Bachman

Nancy E. Bachman, 83, of Strasburg, died Sunday, February 16, 2020, at the Mennonite Home. She was the wife of the late Ellis R. Bachman, who died in 2003.

Nancy was a 50-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. She enjoyed singing in the chancel choir and had served as a Deacon.  Together with her husband, she also sang with the Ephrata Cloister Chorus. 

She was a Past Worthy Matron of Order of the Eastern Star, Lancaster Chapter 501, and The Order of the Amaranth.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of Sanford Ellsworth and Helen (Eager) Eckman.  She was preceded in death by her sisters Emma Shearer and Helen Bruckart.  Nancy is survived by her children, Robert E. married to Deborah (Wetzel) Bachman of Strasburg, John D. and his fiancé’ Carol Gibson of Strasburg, and Karen S. Bachman married to William L. Rouse of Lancaster, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.We would like to ask that those interested could make donations in her memory to The First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg Chancel Choir.

Gary Burke Nicholson

Gary Burke Nicholson, 75, of Eden Township, PA, passed away at ManorCare Health Services, Lancaster, PA on Monday, February 10, 2020.

He was born in Carnegie, PA, and graduated from Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, PA. Gary then served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Gary earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from Harvard. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for several years.

Gary attended St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Quarryville, PA. A lover of dogs Gary enjoyed spoiling his two dachshunds and German Shepherd Lab mix. He attended Next Gen Senior Center in Quarryville, and enjoyed going out to eat, going for drives, the Christmas Season and Holiday decorations, and cheering for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Surviving Gary is partner Antony “Tony” L. Harris.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 11 AM to 12 PM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM with The Rev. Nodestus Ngwu as Celebrant, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 955 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566. Farewell and Commendation will be in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Cemetery.

Contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Rose A. Fisher

Rose A. Fisher, 88, formerly of Lampeter, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 2, 2020 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Harold Fisher, who died in 2017.

She was born in Lancaster, PA to the late John L. and Mary Elizabeth (Simmers) Minney. She attended the former Strasburg School.

Rose was a homemaker. She was a charter member of Lampeter United Methodist Church and a longtime volunteer at Refton Fire Company.

Rose is survived by five children; Susan (George) Brown of Columbia, SC, Nancy Warren of Strasburg, William Fisher of Dauphin, Gary (Sheryl) Fisher of Manheim, and Joseph Fisher of Lititz, nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Dorothy Frymyer of Lebanon. Rose was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold, her parents, and her siblings; Richard Minney, Anna Weaver, Mary Hagen, Jean Fair, and Ronald Minney.

There will be a viewing on February 6, 2020 from 9:00 – 11:00AM at Lampeter United Methodist Church, at the corner of Village and Book Roads, Lampeter, PA. The funeral service will start at 11:00am at the church. Interment will follow at Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice For All Seasons Foundation at 280 South Hill Dr., Grantville PA 17028.