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.

Charles J. Lefever

Charles J. Lefever, 83, of Willow Street, passed away at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Resident of Legends of Lancaster for 3 years, he was born in Lancaster to the late Willis C., Sr. and Mildred (Harple) Lefever.

He was a graduate of West Lampeter High School, Class of 1955, and worked as a mechanic for Armstrong World Industries, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Strasburg.

A 32 Degree Mason, Charles was a member of Christiana Lodge #417 F.&A.M., Harrisburg Consistory A.A.S.R. and Zembo Shrine A.A.O.N.M.S.

He was a life member of Strasburg Sportsman Association, as well as Nimrod Hunting Club and 4 of A Kind Hunting Camp. Charles was past president of Willow Street Fire Company, and was known for his chicken corn soup.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy E. (Trout) Axe Lefever; his daughters, Rochelle Lefever of Stewartstown and Cynthia Lefever of Lancaster; his son Charles R. Lefever, husband of Sharan of Lampeter; stepchildren, Joanne, wife of Chip Mathias of Elizabethtown, James Axe of Mountville and Jodie Byrd, fiancée of Cam Berge of Lewisburg; 9 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Park Lefever, husband of Sara of Lancaster and Florence, wife of Clayton Metzler of Willow Street; and his sister-in-law Margaret Lefever of Columbia.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife Faye (Reinhart) Lefever in 1992, and his brothers Richard Lefever and Willis Lefever, Jr.

A viewing will take place from 9 to 10 AM, Masonic Service by Christiana Lodge #417 F.&A.M. starting at 10 AM, followed by the celebration of Charles’ life on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, with The Rev. Robert R. Wegehoft officiating. Interment in Middle Octorara Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care. P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125 or to St. Michael’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 40 E. Main St., Strasburg, PA 17579