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.

Amanda N. Waber

Amanda N. Waber, 34, passed away on Monday, March 4, 2019. She was the daughter of Jack and JoAnne (Rizzo) Waber of West Grove.

She graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Amanda built a career as a Social Worker helping adults and teen boys through difficult times. She also served countless patrons at restaurants around Chester County.

Her love of the Eagles was boundless, finding pure joy in their Super Bowl win. She had a love of animals, with an affinity for cats that meant she never met one she didn’t want to take home. Amanda was a caring and empathetic soul, often finding an outlet through poetry. Her desire to help meant she would give her last cent to others she felt were in greater need than she.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Ann married to John Pak of West Chester and two brothers, Joshua married to Meghan Waber of Kennett Square and Christopher married to Susie Waber of Churchville, MD, and four nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Amanda’s Life will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11:00 AM. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Lamancha Animal Rescue, 855 Doe Run Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320 or New Bolton Center, 382 W Street Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Earl Fry, Jr.

Earl Fry, Jr., 84, of Lancaster, died Monday, February 25, 2019 while under the care of Hospice & Community Care. He was the husband of Janet L. (Foulk) Fry for over 57 years.

Earl was a veteran and was honorably discharged after serving in the 7th Army.

He was a member of Highview Church of God.

Earl owned and operated Fry’s Tours and had also owned and operated Fry’s Carpet Cleaning.

Born in Manor Township, he was the son of the late Earl and Esther (Witmer) Fry. In addition to Janet, he is survived by a son, Bruce married to Debra (Aument) Fry of Strasburg; two grandchildren, R. Scott Fry and Christine Fry, both of Lancaster; a sister, Judith Dagen of Lititz and a brother, James married to Suzy Fry of Lancaster. Earl was preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Lawrence and Arlene Wolfe and two brothers, Nelson Fry and Ken Fry.

There will be a viewing on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA, and again on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10:00 until 11:00 AM in Highview Church of God, 2470 Leaman Road, Ronks, PA. The funeral is 11:00 AM in the church with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in Earl’s memory to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, 17604-4125

Michael C. Groff

Michael C. Groff, 70, of Strasburg, died at home on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 following a long illness. He was the husband of Sandra (Shaub) Groff for 50 years.

He graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Apprenticeship School for Construction.

Mike retired as a Superintendent after over 40 years in the construction business. He worked for Wholsen Construction, Horst Construction and Paul Risk Construction.

He was a life member of the Strasburg Fire Company No. 1 and the former Strasburg Ambulance Association.

Mike was a member of Christiana Lodge #417, F. & A. M. and the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, Quarryville.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to the mountains. Mike loved to cook and host cookouts.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Jerre L. Groff and the late Jane E. (Rineer) Groff. In addition to Sandy, he is survived by two sons, Jeffrey married to Connie Groff of Willow Street and Brian married to Sherri Groff of Ronks; a daughter, Michele Groff of Strasburg; eleven grandchildren; two brothers, Doug married to Jacqueline Groff of Strasburg and Steve married to Diane Groff of Lancaster and two sisters, Kate married to Mike McMullan of Marcus Hook, and Christine married to Larry Day of Bozeman, MT.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice & Community Care for their kindness and wonderful care.

It was Mike’s wish that services and interment will be private at the convenience of his family.

Please consider sending a contribution in Mike’s memory to Hospice & Community Care. PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.