Addie Liss


On January 20, Addie, 87, left this world and entered Life with her Savior, after a five-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Addie was a member of Harvest Presbyterian Church, Willow Street. She is the daughter of her late parents, Pender and Cora Lee (Blanton) Wells. She, along with her six siblings, grew up on a farm in a rural area near Wilmington, North Carolina. Her father's main cash crop was strawberries. Although she enjoyed working in the strawberry fields throughout her childhood and youth, she sometimes remarked that strawberries required attention 13 months of the year!

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Theodor, by two sisters, Estalene and Virginia, and by two brothers, Otho and Nathaniel. She was predeceased by two brothers, Samuel and Daniel. Addie lived in Wilmington, Delaware for 47 years before moving to Willow Valley in 2004.

Addie obtained a degree in education from Bob Jones University and also from the University of Delaware. She loved being a teacher and taught at the elementary level in both public and Christian schools, in special reading classes for dyslexic children, in Sunday school, in Child Evangelism Fellowship classes in her home or the home of others, in Pioneer Girls clubs (middle school age), and in adult women's Bible classes. She also served for a number of years as a guide at the Ashland Nature Center in Delaware.

From childhood on she had an appreciation for the beauty of flowers, and enjoyed arranging both wild and also domesticated flowers to decorate her home. The memorial service for Addie will take place on Saturday January 25th at 1:00 PM in the Spring Run auditorium at Willow Valley with Rev. Scott Johnston officiating. Please omit flowers. The family thanks the staff in the Glen at Willow Valley and also the nurses and staff at the Hospice and Community Care group for their diligent and loving care for Addie.

Alexander J. Kepiro


Alexander J. Kepiro, 87, of Lancaster, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 21, 2019. He was born in River Ryan, Cape Breton Island, Novia Scotia to the late Stephen and Mary (Bihary) Kepiro. Alex celebrated 37 years of marriage with his wife Judy A. (Fultz) Kepiro last January 31st.

A self-made man and entrepreneur, Alex owned a painting business for many years, as well as a used car lot and an antique business.

Having a compassion for older people, Alex loved to share his Faith in God with others. He worshipped at Calvary Church. Alex enjoyed a family trip to Mexico and a Caribbean cruise.

In addition his wife Judy, Alex is survived by his son Bob Kepiro, husband of Lori (Demming) of Smoketown, daughter Deb, wife of Rick Reinhart of Lancaster, daughter Linda, wife of Michael Martin of Lancaster and son Kevin “Kip” Lines, husband of Katy (Drage) of Indianapolis, IN; eight grandchildren, Jason Harmes, Shelley Hoover, Ryan Martin, Tara Jones, Sheldon Kepiro, Jill Nolt and Brian and Patrick Lines; 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Tebor and Stephen Kepiro. Alex was preceded in death by his granddaughter Kelly Kepiro, sister Pearl Veres and brother Joseph Kepiro.

Alex’s family will greet friends from 12 to 2 PM, followed by a celebration of his life at 2PM, with Pastor Paul Thompson officiating, on Thursday, December 26th at the Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579. Private interment will be in Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider a contribution to Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601 or to Christ’s Home Children’s Services, 3182 Lincoln Hwy. East, Paradise, PA 17562-9602 or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 1513 Cedar Cliff Dr., Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Sally Ann Miller, 62

Sally Ann Miller, 62, of Lititz, passed away, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy, following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was the loving daughter of the late John Henry Riker and Geraldine Virginia (Habel) Riker.  Sally was the loving and faithful wife of Michael K. Miller, with whom she celebrated 41 years of marriage.

Sally was a 1975 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School.  A homemaker, Sally loved making her home inviting and comfortable with her interior decorating skills.  She enjoyed gardening and floral arranging, antiquing, and traveling with Mike to Nantucket, Delaware and New Jersey shores, and Historical sites such as Williamsburg.  She found great joy in her dogs, Luke, a Yellow Lab, Sierra, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and Moose, a Chocolate Lab.  More than anything else, Sally loved her husband and family.

In addition to her husband, Sally is survived by two sisters: Susan M. Krall, wife of Howard, of Oley, and Barbara L. Martin, of Cornwall.  She is also survived by eleven nieces and nephews.  Sally is preceded in death by her precious daughter, Abby Mae Miller, who died in 2005, and her parents-in-law, Charles E. and Anna M. (Gibbons) Miller.Funeral Services for Sally will be held at 11AM, Friday, December 27, 2019, at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.  Family and friends will be received at the funeral home from 9:30AM to 11AM for a time of visitation.  Interment will follow at Middle Octorara Cemetery, Quarryville.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in Sally’s memory be made to: The SPCA, The Ronald McDonald House, or to the American Cancer Society.

Rhoda B. Metzler

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Rhoda B. Metzler, 103, formerly of Randolph and Dennis Port, MA and Englewood, FL, passed away at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA on Friday, November 22, 2019. She was born in Salisbury Township, PA, to the late Clayton and Ella (Buckwalter) Hershey. Rhoda shared 66 years of marriage with her husband A. Raymond Metzler before his death in 2002.

A wonderful homemaker for her family, Rhoda was the best cook, especially her lasagna, chicken corn chowder and delicious treats at Christmas. She loved to knit, having knitted over 400 caps for babies and cancer patients. Rhoda also enjoyed quilt knotting and sewing.

Rhoda volunteered at local church thrift shops in Yarmouth, MA and at Landis Homes, as well as for Meals on Wheels. She was a long-time member of Randolph (MA) Congregational Church and Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA.

Rhoda is survived by her daughter Nancy M., wife of Roger Gale, Woodstock, CT, her son Steven K. Metzler, husband of Patricia (McCarthy), Lawrence, KS, and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, Rhoda was preceded in death by her son Eric C. Metzler in 2012 and her eight siblings, Clyde Hershey, Grace Hersey, Paul Hershey, Ruth Denlinger, Marian Witmer, Amy Groff, Elsie Hershey and Clair Hershey.

A future memorial service for Rhoda will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a contribution in Rhoda’s memory to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543.

Mary E. Herr


Mary E. Herr, 101, formerly of Paradise, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services, Lancaster. She was born in Strasburg to the late Arthur W. and Mable R. (Welk) Harsh. Mary was married to Samuel Harlan Herr for 57 years when he died in 1996.

She was a self-employed seamstress, sewing and altering clothing. Mary enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels.

Mary and Harlan enjoyed many family outings to their cabin on Hennery Island on the Susquehanna River. Mary was always interested in what her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren were doing. She was an active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir and enjoyed the United Methodist Women’s group.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Dale E., wife of James W. Bowman, Ronks, Anne L., wife of John King, Bird-In-Hand, and Cheri R., wife of Glenn Reinhart, Narvon; as well as 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband Harlan, Mary was preceded in death by their daughter, Joan M.
Leaman and sons, James L. Herr and Richard N. Herr; and her siblings, Harry W. Harsh, Dorothy Barron and Rosene Huber.

A viewing will take place 3 to 5 PM, Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s U. M. Church, 3001 Lincoln Hwy. East, Paradise, PA 17562 or to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Stephen Eugene Smoker


On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Stephen Eugene Smoker, loving husband and father, of Paradise, PA, passed away, after a brief battle with cancer, at the age of 68. He died at home, surrounded by his family.

Stephen was born on June 17, 1951, on the family farm in Morgantown, PA, to Melvin Zook Smoker and Sadie (Stoltzfus) Smoker.  He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1969 and completed a year at Lincoln University, Oxford, PA. He was married to Sheryl Darlene (Weaver) Smoker on February 12, 1972. They were married for 47 years. 

In 1973, Stephen founded S.E. Smoker, Inc., a successful residential/commercial General Contracting firm located in Strasburg, PA, which he would own and operate for 43 years.  He was also known for his commercial real estate development projects in Strasburg and other parts of Lancaster County. 

Stephen was proud of the many churches he built, his many professional relationships, and his charity work which included numerous missions trips, building several “House of Blessings” homes, sitting on the board of Steve Wingfield Ministries, and his sponsoring of the medical ship, Logan’s Clinic, named after his grandson. 

Stephen enjoyed riding and collecting motorcycles, golfing, and spending time wintering in University Park, Florida. He was known among friends for his stories which seemed to grow better every time he told them. 

Stephen was preceded in death by his mother, Sadie, and grandson, Logan Clark Stoltzfus, and is survived by his wife, Sheryl, his two children, Kyle Stephen Smoker (husband of Noi Liang) and Kara Ann (wife of Clark A. Stoltzfus), three grandchildren, Sierra Rachael Smoker Stiling, Madelyn Grace Stoltzfus, and Maxwell Stephen Stoltzfus, his father, Melvin, his sister, Lena, and brother, Glen. 

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 18th from 2:00-4:00 in the afternoon and again from 6:00-8:00 in the evening at Keystone Evangelical Free Church, 6 Pequea Drive, in Paradise, PA 17562. A memorial service will be held the following morning on Tuesday, November 19th at 11:00, also at Keystone Evangelical Free Church. The Rev. Steve Wingfield will be officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.  Please omit flowers.

Contributions may be sent to GPA Ministries – Logan’s Clinic, PO Box 520, Oxford PA, 19363.

Bruce Daniel Herner, III


Bruce Daniel Herner, III, 55, of Lancaster, PA, passed away on November 3, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by friends and family. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Lonnie (Keeler) Barnes and the late Bruce Daniel Herner, Jr.

Bruce graduated from Conestoga Valley high school. He loved his old cars, motorcycles, his music and trying out new recipes. He was a jack of all trades and was there for anyone who needed help. Bruce will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Wendy; son, Jesse; siblings: Lisa Good and Chris Herner; his mother, Lonnie, and his paternal grandmother, Nora Resch.

Family and Friends will be received from 9-11 AM with a Celebration of Bruce’s Life to begin at 11 AM on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Bachman Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA 17579. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA Lancaster Center, 848 S. Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603.