Shirley L. Pickel Wasson

Shirley L. Pickel Wasson, 82, of Paradise, passed away at Conestoga View on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Born in Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, PA, she was the only daughter and the youngest of four children of Clarence E. Pickel and Martha I. Miller Pickel. Her older brothers were Raymond E. Pickel, Clair N. Pickel and Lloyd W. Pickel. The family eventually moved to Strasburg then Lancaster. She spent her adult life in Paradise. 

She is survived by John W. Sweigart, Jr., her companion of over 60 years; her daughter Regina and husband Bob Meck; four grandchildren, Carrieanne and husband Don Graybill, Lorrie and husband Ryan Moyer, Larry Dean Rubincam and Shannon Evans, and Caitlyn Rubincam; five great-grandchildren, her sister-in-law Elda Sweigart and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Shirley worked in various occupations including retail management, assembly line worker, customer service and helping on the family farm. She attended J.P. McCaskey High School.

Her hobbies and interests over her lifetime included: Roller skating; Rocky Springs Amusement Park; ponies and her favorite vacation spot Chincoteague, Virginia, house pets including her last dog, her beloved black lab Shadow; all types of animals including but not limited to chickens, geese, ducks, guineas, her childhood pet groundhog, dogs, cats, goats, ponies and the squirrels that lived in her walnut trees and peeked through the window at her.

As a couple, Shirley and John for many years attended Rough and Tumble Thresherman’s Reunion in Kinzers, PA, selling their collectibles at the open-air flea market. 

Shirley was very involved with helping raise her four grandchildren and was always ready to do whatever was needed.  She was extremely loved and greatly appreciated. 

We thank you, Nan, for your lifetime of love and devotion to us all. Memorial contributions may be  made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4215, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Mark Medura

Mark Medura, 57, of Lancaster, passed away on March 15, 2020.

He was the husband of Kathleen  Molczan  Medura, with whom he shared 29 years of marriage.  Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edward C. Medura and Geraldine Medura.

Mark was Vice President, Relationship  Manager, working since the fall with Summit Trail Advisors. He had also worked for the PA Liquor Control Board for the past 40 years. Prior to Summit Trail, he had been Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor with Wilmington Trust.

He earned a BS in Business Administration from Temple University.

Mark loved the outdoors and was an avid sports fan, but he most enjoyed time spent with his family and friends. 

In addition to his wife Kathy, Mark is survived by his children:  Brianna C. and Eric R., both of Lancaster, his mother-in law, Mrs. M; his sister-in-law, Patty Molczan and his brother- in- law Ken, married to Hazel Guinto; his nieces Colleen and Emily. There will be a gathering to celebrate Mark’s life in the coming weeks, for which an announcement will be published. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to a cause important to Mark, Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, Attn. Membership Dept., 2121 Ward Ct NW, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20037

Dane R. Rapp

Dane R. Rapp, 95, formerly of Ronks, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Brethren Village. He was born in Lancaster to the late Charles and Bertha (Kramer) Rapp. Dane was married to Ruby E. (Bishop) Rapp for 61 years before her death in 2009.

He worked at the Armstrong flooring plant for 44 years, and then made ice cream at Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant. Dave loved his family and time spent with them. He had a great sense of humor. He was a baker of cakes for birthdays and weddings, and he enjoyed tending his flower and vegetable garden.

Dane loved Jesus. He was a member of Lancaster Grace Brethren Church, where he and Ruby taught Sunday school for many years.

Surviving Dane are his daughter Lois Marie, wife of Randy R. Maxson of Winona Lake, IN, son Kerry E. Rapp, husband of the late Deborah (Kern) of Lebanon, 6 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and his sisters, Evelyn Rineer of Strasburg and Stella Rapp of Paradise. Dane was preceded in death by his brothers, Vernon Dale, Wayne W., Sr., Louis and Myles “Boot” Rapp.

Private interment in Georgetown U.M. Cemetery. A future memorial service at Lancaster Grace Brethren Church will be announced. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, Development Office, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

Fred M. Van Gaasbeek

Fred M. Van Gaasbeek, 97, formerly of New York City and Bedminster, New Jersey, died at Lakeside at Willow Valley Retirement Community on Thursday, March 5, 2020. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jane Van Gaasbeek.

Fred was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corps, an architect who practiced for over 50 years in the New York City area, a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. As vice president of Welton Becket and Associates, he was responsible for several major urban redevelopments most notably the award- winning Worcester Center in Worcester, Massachusetts and the downtown plan for Richmond, Virginia. After retirement at the age of 81, Fred continued practicing and learning about architecture by donating his services to several non-profits and attending architecture tours and lectures. He also loved reading, organ music, arguing politics, travel and the railroads. His travels included celebrating his 92nd birthday with a trip to Belgium and Holland, a train trip across Canada the following year, and local trips to family and friends. 

Born in Bronx and raised in Queens, NY, and Valley Stream, NY, Fred was the son of the late Frederick Collins Van Gaasbeek and Doris Augusta (Cunningham) Van Gaasbeek. He was Presbyterian. Fred is survived by a son, David married to Carol (Bowman) Van Gaasbeek of Ohio, a daughter, Jane married to Thomas Didona of Connecticut, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several nieces and a nephew. He is also survived by his friend and companion, Lynette Olson. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, James and George Van Gaasbeek and two nieces.

Private Interment took place at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. A future Memorial Service this Summer will be announced.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Fred’s memory to Willow Valley Fellowship Fund, 300 Willow Valley Lake’s Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584.

John “Jack” Baker

John “Jack” Baker of Strasburg, 86, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at the Lebanon VA Medical Center Hospice Unit, following a lengthy illness. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Nathan Hale and Jennie (Steele) Baker.

Jack was the husband of Yvonne Yunginger Baker, with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on May 19. They enjoyed spending summer vacations in Maine for many years.

A graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Jack was a U.S. Navy veteran. He served on the U.S.S. Salem and the U.S.S. Leyte. He worked at American Hardware. An avid sports fan and golfer, he loved history. Jack was a member of the VFW and 8th Ward Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, John S. Baker of Brattleboro, VT; Carol A. Kasprowicz (Ernie) of Cherry Hill, NJ; and Melissa M. Schwartz (Bryan) of Strasburg. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Baker Fuller (Joe).

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Alexander and Lauren Kasprowicz, Johnathan and Oliver Baker; and Liam Schwartz; and two step-grandchildren, Morgan Miller and Brandon Schwartz, as well as a sister, Nancy Baker Vital. Nine siblings preceded him in death: Dolly Baker, Mary Schober, Dorothy Kurtz, Betty Heaps, Hale Baker, Pat Baker, Dawn Herr, Sarah Thatcher and Barbara Colson.

Jack’s family will receive friends from 10-11 AM, followed by a celebration of his life at 11 AM, on Saturday, March 14th at Zion United Church of Christ, 900 Winter Hill Road, Strasburg, PA 17579. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603.