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

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.