Ella Mae “Sue” (Weaver) Hershey

Ella Mae “Sue” (Weaver) Hershey almost 100, of Brethren Village, formerly of West Lampeter Township joined her husband Richard “Digger Dick” Hershey and her daughter Barbara (Hershey) Myer in Heaven on September 13, 2018.  She was born in West Lampeter Township on November 1, 1918 to B. Ellis and Ella (Houser) Weaver.  She and her husband Dick celebrated their 64th anniversary on June 12, 2007.  Dick died on December 1, 2007.

Ella Mae was a 1937 graduate of West Lampeter Township High School and a 1942 graduate of Millersville Teachers College where she played the trumpet in the marching band.  She was an English teacher for four years but preferred being a homemaker and bookkeeper for her husband’s excavating business.

A charter member of the Church of the Apostles, UCC she was previously a member of St Paul’s United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school.  She was an active member of Farm Women Society 18 for more than 50 years.  She was a dedicated and long term volunteer at Conestoga View.  She and her husband delivered for Meals on Wheels for many years.  Ella Mae and Dick enjoyed traveling to the Holy Lands and the contiguous 48 States.  They loved attending Penn State Football games with their son and his wife for nearly 20 years.  We estimated that Ella Mae was an annual patron of the Jigger Shop at Mount Gretna for more than 85 years including her 99th year.

She is survived by a son Robert M. and his wife Mary T. Hershey of State College, son-in-law Robert Myer of West Lawn, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, husband, and daughter, she was preceded in death by her sisters Helen Weaver, Mary Brown, Mildred Mayer, and M. Elizabeth Brown.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Celebration of Ella Mae’s Life on Saturday, November 3 at Noon, at the Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ, 1850 Marietta Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603 with Rev. Kathryn Kuhn officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  A light lunch will be served after the service at the Church Hall.  Interment will be private at Longeneckers Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604 or Church of the Apostles, UCC.


Lloyd G. Kreider


Lloyd Groff Kreider, 86, of Lancaster and formerly of Esbenshade Road, Ronks, passed away at LGH on Thursday, September 06, 2018. He was the husband of Ruth (Deiter) Kreider for 50 years.

Born in Paradise Township, Lloyd was the son of the late Paul D. and Mary (Groff) Kreider. He is survived by two sons, Gerald Kreider and Gary married to Denise Kreider and three grandchildren, Janelle, Katrina and Michael.

Lloyd loved being a self-employed dairy farmer. He helped his neighbors in tobacco fields and when there was a barn fire.  He also worked for Walter Rohrer dressing chickens and traveling to Philadelphia market, and at Esbenshade Turkey Farm.

In retirement, he kept busy working at the Old Candle Barn and cracked and sold walnuts during the winter.

Lloyd volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels for nine years. He enjoyed following and telling his friends about the weather.

He was a faithful member of the former Paradise Mennonite Church. He and Ruth recently attended Gordonville Bible Church. Lloyd would read the Bible each year.

There will be a Memorial Service on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM in Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA.  The family will greet friends after the service.

Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will be private.


Grace S. Shultz

Grace Siegrist Shultz, 84, of Willow Street, PA peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 29, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Lock Haven.

She enjoyed flowers, singing, playing the harmonica, drawing and painting. She was a member of Strasburg Mennonite Church.

Grace was the loving wife of her late husband Wilbur B. Shultz, and the daughter of the late Henry E. and Ursula (Burkhart) Siegrist. Surviving are her three children; Elaine, married to James Weaver, of Ephrata; Marion, married to Kenneth Hurst, of Lock Haven; Nelson, married to Tonia Harnish, of Edgewater, NM; also 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Heistand and Emma Ebersole. She was preceded in death by five brothers; Elmer, J. Henry, Jacob, James, Abram and three sisters; Martha, Frances and Esther.

Funeral services will be held at Strasburg Mennonite Church on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM. There will be a visitation from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. Interment in the adjoining cemetery will follow.

Paul D. Reitz

Paul D. Reitz, 93, formerly of Smoketown, died peacefully at his home at Brethren Village on Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was the husband of Margaret (Benner) Reitz for over 68 years.

A graduate of the former East Lampeter High School, Paul farmed for many years.  Paul was a Licensed Realtor with Towne & County Realty and enjoyed renovating homes. He and Margaret operated a Bed & Breakfast in Smoketown for many years.

He was a long-time member of the former Paradise Mennonite Church, where he had served as a Deacon and a Trustee.

Born in East Lampeter Township, he was the son of the late Harry W. and Elizabeth (Diffenbach) Reitz. In addition to Margaret, he is survived by a son, Kenneth married to Carol Reitz of New Providence; two daughters, Jeanette married to Christopher Felix of New York City and Elizabeth married to Blair Carlson of Minneapolis, MN; four grandchildren, Melissa married to Philip Weaver, Megan and Eleanor Carlson and Shawn Felix; two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Nathan Weaver; and two brothers, H. Weaver Reitz of Willow Street and Clair Reitz of Gainesville, FL. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Reitz and a sister, Miriam Reitz. He was dedicated to his family and was loved and respected by all.

There will be a Visitation on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM and again on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM at Grace Point Church of Paradise, 8 South Singer Avenue, Paradise, PA. The Funeral is Friday at 11:00 AM with Pastor Tim Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Paul’s memory to Children In Need Haitian Project, P.O. Box 604846, Bayside, NY 11360 or GoodWORD Partnership, P.O. Box 24104, Minneapolis, MN 55424

Miriam Denlinger

A. Miriam Denlinger, 98, formerly of Esbenshade Road, Paradise Township, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. She was the wife of the late Harold D. Denlinger, who died in 2010.

A homemaker, she and Harold had retired from farming.

She was a member of the former Paradise Mennonite Church, where she was very involved in the sewing circle. She and Harold served as custodians at the church for over 20 years.

Miriam will be remembered for the beautiful quilts she made for her children and grandchildren, and the many comfort tops that she gifted to MCC.

Born in Paradise Township, she was the daughter of the late Emanuel C. and Ella (Witmer) Neff. Miriam is survived by three children: Carl married to Ruby (Hampton), Stanley married to Nedra (Kauffman) and Rhoda married to Allen Blank; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Ruth Denlinger and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Rohrer.

The funeral service will be on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Ellingsworth Auditorium at QPRC, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA. There will be a viewing from 10:00 until 11:00 AM. Interment in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery will take place on Monday afternoon.

James D. Trout

James D. Trout, 50, of Kinzers, died at home of natural causes on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Jim worked as a carpenter.  Jim was an avid Steeler’s, NASCAR and wrestling fan.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late John H., Jr. and Janet L. (Waltman) Trout. He is survived by his life partner, Cindy Wischuck; brothers, John H., III married to Cindy Trout, Joe, Jay and Jeff Trout; sisters, Joan and Jane and a niece, Caroline.

There will be a Celebration of Jim’s Life on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 12 Noon at the Kinzer Fire Company, 3521 Lincoln Highway East, Kinzers, PA.

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, PA 17602

Diane L. Knosp

Diane L. Knosp, 63, of Lancaster, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. She was the wife of Richard Knosp for over 29 years.

She was graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, class of 1972.

Dinnie was a member of Riverside Camping Association. She loved to cook and feed others and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. Her favorite place was out in the sun poolside or at the beach. She played shuffleboard for many years.

Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Patricia (Groff) Watterson. In addition to Rick, she is survived by two sons, Robert M. Wolpert and Michael J. (Shannon) Wolpert, four grandchildren, Robert M. (Janella) Wolpert, Jr., Joshua A. Wolpert, Michael J. Wolpert. Jr. and Olivia M. Wolpert; six great grandchildren; three brothers, Richard Watterson, Jeffrey Watterson and Darrel Burns and two sisters, Deborah Logan and Dixie (Thomas) Colvin. Diane was preceded in death by two brothers, Timothy and Robert Watterson.

A Celebration of Dinnie’s Life will be held poolside at the Colvin home, 162 Buckwalter Road, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1:00 until 6:00 PM. Everyone is welcome and bring your suit and towel.

Kindly omit flowers. Please consider sending a contribution in Diane’s Memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125