Bernard Palmeri

Bernard Palmeri went to be with The Lord on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community where he has resided since November of 2016. He and his wife, Linda (Dierking) Palmeri, celebrated 54 years of marriage on May 1.

Bernie was born in Brooklyn, NY, the only son of Salvatore and (Anna Fanelli). In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by two sons, Mark (Val Nace) and Jeffrey (Amy Strausner) and a grandson, Matthew.

He served in the Army Reserves from 1961 until 1962.

Bernie and his family moved from Staten Island to Ronks, PA in 1972.
Bernie was a faithful member of Marticville United Methodist Church. His greatest enjoyments – church affiliation, family, friends, neighbors and anybody he met.

There will be a Celebration of Bernie’s Life at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (TOMORROW) in the Ellingsworth Auditorium at QPRC, 675 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA with Chaplain Lawrence C. Roff officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.  Interment is Private.


Marjorie Aierstock Betts

Marjorie Hagans Groh Aierstock Betts went back to our Lord on May 6, 2019.  She was born and raised in Strasburg, the daughter of Marguerite Sophia Dailey and Robert Earl Groh.

Marjorie graduated from Strasburg High School. Her father, then president of the Strasburg Board of Education, presented her diploma. She graduated from Linden Hall Junior College where she had been elected president of her class. In subsequent years she attended George Washington University. In 1941 she married Jacob Paul Aierstock, Sr., a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College.

During World War II she accompanied her husband to training schools in Norfolk, Boston, New York City, Miami, and San Francisco.  She gave birth to her son, Jacob Paul Aierstock, Jr., in 1944, and her daughter, Susan Groh Aierstock in 1947.

During the Korean War she and her children accompanied her husband to Tokyo, Japan where her husband served for nearly four years as the briefing officer for the Far East Commander.  During this period Marjorie served as the President of the Headquarters Wives Club.

After the Korean War, her husband was assigned to service in the Pentagon and the family moved to Arlington, VA.  Marjorie served four years as Registrar of the Law School at George Washington University.  From 1959-1964 she was a Licensed Real estate agent.  From 1961-1976 she was the Administrative Assistant to the President of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), an international behavioral science organization.  During that period she assisted the HumRRO president in the planning of the American Psychological Association Headquarters building in Washington D.C.

During her years in the Washington area she served as the founding president of the Arlington VA. Chapter of Pilot International, a service club for professional women modeled after Rotary International.  She subsequently served as Lt. Governor and Governor of District 17 in the Northeastern United States. She also sang with the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus.

In 1977, Marjorie married Dr. Lee Betts and acquired two stepsons, Jon and Tim Betts. The family moved to Hesston, KS, where Lee was directing a nationwide educational program based at Hesston College.

Marjorie was an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  For over 30 years she has been a member of P.E.O., a national, philanthropic educational organization for women. She also served on several boards, including the Muscatine Art Center (IA), the Maryland Opera in Frederick (MD), and the Advisory Board of Little Children of the World, Inc., a Christian relief organization serving impoverished children and their families, primarily in the Philippines.

From 1980 to 1986 she served as the wife of President Lee Betts of Muscatine Community College, IA.  From 1986 until 1998 Marjorie and Lee lived in Frederick, Maryland.

In 1989 Marjorie and Lee played a major role in introducing the community college movement to Eastern Europe colleges and universities.  Immediately after the Iron Curtain came down in 1989, Marjorie and Lee, together with other college educators, traveled to Eastern European colleges and universities, introducing the community college concept to European educators.

During their lives, Marjorie and Lee traveled the world from the Far East to Europe. Upon their retirement in 1998, Marjorie and Lee Betts returned to Strasburg, PA. In December 2007, the Betts moved to Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville, PA.  Dr. Betts passed away November 23, 2010.

Marjorie is survived by a son, Paul Aierstock and wife Annie; Stepsons Jon Betts and wife Maria, Tim Betts and wife Cindy; grandchildren; Kimberly Owens and husband Mark, Thomas Cook and wife Darla, Paul Aierstock III and wife Jennifer, Janice Miller and husband Jeff, Clara and Alex Betts, Jordan and Jessica Betts; and 7 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Groh Aierstock Rynier.

A Celebration of Marjorie’s Life will be held on at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in the Ellingsworth Auditorium at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA. The family will receive friends after the service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Marjorie’s final interment and committal service on Sunday, June 16, 2109 at 1:00 PM in the Strasburg Cemetery, 20 West Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA

Please omit flowers. Kindly consider sending a contribution in Marjorie’s memory to Little Children of the World, Inc., P.O. Box 37,Barnesville GA 30204












Alan E. Moyer

Alan E. Moyer, 70, of Strasburg died Tuesday, May 7, 2019. He was the husband of the late Linda C. Moyer.

Alan was an avid gardener and devoted much of his life to the fostering of troubled dogs. He was a self described curmudgeon and had a quick sense of humor.

Born in Freeburg, PA, he was the son of the late Gerald C. Moyer and Faye Mengel Moyer.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer, wife of Richard Klein of Willow Street, PA; his son Ryan, husband of Lorrie Rubincam Moyer of Lancaster, PA; five grandchildren; and his sister LuAnn, wife of Mark Hufnagle of Selinsgrove, PA.

There will be a viewing on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6 until 7:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA.

Services will also be held at George P. Garman Funeral Home, Mount Pleasant, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, Freeburg.


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.