J. Edward Brenneman

J. Edward Brenneman, 92, died Monday, May 6, 2019, at Landis Homes, Lititz, Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Jeanne M. Beeler Brenneman, who died in 2004.

He had a long career in Electrical Engineering, spent a lifetime in community service and enjoyed family camping, swimming, sailing, and travel.

Days after graduation from Altoona High School in 1944, Ed joined the Navy, and served as an electrician mate in the South Pacific aboard the USS Romulus (ARL 22). He earned an Electrical Engineering degree from Penn State University in June 1950 and began his electrical design-engineering career in Long Island, NY, before moving to Lancaster, to accept an engineering position with Pennsylvania Water & Power Company. He then spent 24 years with Schick Electric in Lancaster as Product Manager of Shavers and 15 years at Harrow Servo Controls in West Chester.

Ed was a charter member of the Lancaster Power Squadron, serving over 50 years, and an American Red Cross swimming and boating instructor. He was an amateur radio operator, W3NDI, for over 60 years. Ed was a member of the Willow Street Lions Club for 57 years, served on the Lampeter-Strasburg School Board for 15 years, and the Lancaster Blind Association Board for 12 years. He also was a lifetime member of the Altoona Masonic Lodge No. 490. He was a member of both Trinity Lutheran Church and St. James Episcopal Church, Lancaster.

Born in Frostburg, Maryland, he was the son of the late Frederick Lewis and Lucinda Elizabeth Yantz Brenneman. Ed is survived by companion Jane Mitchell, Selbyville, Delaware; his sister Ruth Brenneman Weaver, Hollidaysburg; three daughters Twila M. Nahama, Leland, NC; Inda M. Mahler (George D. Mahler Jr.), Watkins Glen, NY; Mila J. Good, Lompoc, CA; son-in-law John T. Eshleman (JoAnn Eshleman); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a niece and nephew. He was preceded in death by a daughter Dian E. Eshleman and sons-in-law Bill Nahama and Michael R. Good.

There will be a Viewing on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 10 until 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the funeral home with Pastor Timothy Mentzer officiating. Interment in Conestoga Memorial Park will be private on Monday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in his memory to VisionCorps, 244 N. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603

Alma M. Rohrer

Alma M. Rohrer, 100, of Landis Homes, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2019, at Lancaster General Hospital. Born May 3,1919, she was the daughter of the late Alice and I. Leaman Hershey. She grew up on a farm in Gap and attended a one-room schoolhouse. She worked at Gap Sewing Factory in the early years.

Alma shared 66 years of marriage with her husband, Clarence W. Rohrer who passed away in 2005.

They lived in Smoketown where she was a homemaker and would occasionally help her husband in the family business, Rohrer Seeds.

She was a faithful member of Neffsville Mennonite Church. Alma was active in Farm Women #22 and with Child Evangelism Fellowship. She opened her home to a weekly Good News Club for many years. She loved raising flowers, feeding the birds, and taking walks. Alma enjoyed taking cross-country trips with her husband and spending vacations at Lake George, N.Y. She especially loved spending time
with family. She will be remembered for her joyful spirit and her wonderful meals and hospitality.

Alma is survived by her children, Carol Bowman (late John), Lancaster, and Elaine Hostetter (Carl), Lancaster, her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Rohrer and by her beloved 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great- grandchildren. Also survived by her sister, Arlene Snyder, (late Melvin), Lititz, and her brother, Clair Hershey (Myrna) of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Rohrer (Mary Ann), her son-in-law, John Bowman (Carol), and 2 sisters, Ann Zook and Katherine Hershey.

To honor Alma’s wishes, there will be no formal service; however, there will be a graveside service open to all, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM in Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery, 1915 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA 17602

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA 17520 or Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.


Elsie “Mae” H. Witmer

Elsie “Mae” H. Witmer, 93, formerly of East Petersburg, died at Cross Keys Village, The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. She was the wife of the late Robert B. Witmer, who died in 2003.

Elsie Mae graduated from Manheim Township High School. She was Drum Major with the band for several years.

A homemaker, she was an accomplished seamstress. She had also worked for Plastino & Owens.

Elsie Mae taught Sunday school and was an active member of the Ladies Aid Society at Neffsville United Methodist church. She and Bob also created the church bus ministry. Later, she attended Westgate Baptist Church.

Born in Neffsville, she was the daughter of the late Tobias F. and Elsie (Fenninger) Herr. Elsie Mae is survived by her children, Patricia Kreider of Texas, Nancy W. Becker of Hanover, Robert T. Witmer of York Haven and Susan M. Fortna-Miller of Ephrata; nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10 until 11 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The funeral will be at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mike Anderson officiating. Interment in the Strasburg Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Elsie Mae’s memory to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Lancaster, 5307 Main St., East Petersburg, PA 17520

Marian H. Simes

Marian H. Simes, age 94, formerly of Christiana and longtime resident of Willow Valley Communities, died on Saturday, April 20, 2019. She was the widow of Pierce Vernon Simes, who passed away in 1993.

Born at home in Georgetown, Bart Township, on March 19, 1925, she was daughter of the late John Benjamin Haubert and Mary Alta (Munson) Haubert.

Marian attended the Atglen Public Schools and graduated from S. Horace Scott High
School in Coatesville in 1943. After graduation, she was employed by the Coatesville Hospital as secretary to the Hospital Superintendent. Her second and final employer was Lukens Steel Company in Coatesville where she retired as an executive secretary.

After retirement she served as a Deacon in the Penningtonville Presbyterian Church
in Atglen, volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels, Christiana, and was a prolific contributor to Project Linus. Even with diminished eyesight, she continued to crochet afghans for children in need.

She is survived by daughter, Patricia S. wife of C. Scott Cargill of Niceville, FL, grandchildren: John C. Cargill and wife Jennifer of Prattville, AL and Amanda L. Cargill of Atlanta, GA, and her great-grandchildren: Rachel, Luke and Margaret. She also leaves behind four nieces and one nephew. Marian was predeceased by her brother, John B. Haubert, Jr.

She requested a private family funeral with The Reverend Craig Wiley officiating. Interment will be in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to the Penningtonville Presbyterian Church/Deacon’s Fund, 406 Main Street, P.O. Box 282, Atglen, PA 19310.


Patsy Ann Kofroth

Patsy Ann Kofroth, 81, of Ronks, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at Harrison House of Christiana. She was the wife of the late Kenneth R. Kofroth, Sr., who died on April 15, 1991.

A homemaker, Patsy also operated a Taxi service for the Amish community for many years.

Patsy enjoyed going to the beach, word and word search puzzles, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Born in Terre Hill, she was the daughter of the late Harry G., Sr. and Dorothy (Binkley) Adair. Patsy is survived by her children: Kenneth R., Jr. married to Okcha Kofroth, Cheryl A. Coleman, Alan E. Kofroth, Susan D. Getz, Donna M. married to Dale Pannebecker, Diane L. married to Shawn Whitmyer and Robert E. married to Amanda Kofroth; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and her siblings: Beverly Auker, Betty Jane Burd and Kerry Adair. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa M. (Kofroth) Bowman and four brothers: Harry, Richard, Barry and Claude Adair.

There will be a viewing on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM. The funeral will be at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Patsy’s memory to Compassus Hospice, 2 Campus Blvd., Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Dorothy Ryder Flory

Dorothy Ryder Flory passed away peacefully under the loving ministrations of family, in her daughter’s home in in Lititz on April 14th.  She was well into her 102nd year of life.

She was the wife of the late B. Rodney Flory, Sr. who passed away in October 2011.  They were married for 71 years.

Born in Chambersburg, she was the 8th of 11 children of William and Martha Leidig Ryder.

Dorothy enjoyed her homemaking activities and was an avid gardener who entertained many friends and church members in her home over the years.  She was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her four children: B. Rodney, Jr. (Esther Young); Timothy R. (Geraldine Hartman); Emily (Kenneth Kilgore); Donald E. (Cathy Steiner); 13 grandchildren with whom she and her husband enjoyed many  happy  hours  together; 17 great grandchildren; and nine  great-great grandchildren; also one sister, Alice Rhodes Adler, residing in Atlanta, GA; and nine nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at the Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite meeting house, 602 Strasburg Pike, near Lampeter, at 10:00 AM on Friday, April 19, with Glenn Gross officiating.  There will be a viewing one hour before the service. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery immediately following the service.

Please omit flowers.