Alice Sauder Newswanger
Alice Sauder Newswanger, 93, Lititz, PA passed away on May 30 at Landis Homes where she resided. Born in New Holland, PA on June 29, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Annie Brackbill Sauder. She was the wife of Roy H. Newswanger who died in 1978. Alice was a home maker and a member of New Holland Mennonite Church. She, along with her husband, Roy, helped to plant the Chester Mennonite Church in the 1950’s and lived in Chester, PA until 1980. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and bread baking. Surviving are her 5 children, Orpha of Morrisville, PA; Wesley married to Betty Hershey of Lancaster, PA; Larry married to Janet Weaver of Landisville, PA; Blanche Renshaw of Annville, PA; and Marian married to Bruce Bedford of Muncy, PA; seven grandchildren: Lynda, Ryan, Daryl, Greg, Randy, and Kendall Newswanger and Raymond Renshaw, Jr. and three great-grandchildren: Ursa (7), Lowry (4), and Avin (3). Also surviving are two sisters: Ella High of Lititz (was married to Elvin High, deceased); Naomi Martin of Denver (was married to Isaac Martin, deceased) and three brothers: John Sauder married to Bertha Bowman of Lititz; Amos Sauder of Lititz (was married to Ruth Sauder, deceased), and Luke Sauder married to Willa Mae Good of Denver, PA. A brother Aaron Sauder died in 1968 married to Edna Risser and sister Laura Sauder died in 1980, was married to John David High, deceased. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 1 from 6 to 8 PM at the Landis Homes EAST Bethany Chapel. There will be no viewing on Friday, but friends may visit with the family on Friday, June 2 from 9 AM until the funeral service at 10 AM in the Landis Homes WEST Bethany Chapel. Burial will be in the Churchtown Mennonite Cemetery at 2:30 PM on Friday. Memorial gifts may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, PA 17543. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at www.groffeckenroth.com.
Amos Isaac Weaver
Amos Isaac Weaver, 91, of 359 Iron Bridge Road, East Earl, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at his home after a short illness. Born in East Earl, Twp, he was the son of the late Amos and Emma B. (Sensenig) Weaver. He was married 66 years on Dec. 14 to Vera Z. (Sensenig) Weaver. He was a farmer and a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference). Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Mervin, married to Lizzie R. (Hoover) Weaver of East Earl, Melvin, married to Vera Mae (Sensenig) Weaver of New Holland, and David, married to Martha Z. (Sauder) Weaver of East Earl; five daughters, Verna, married to Willis N. Hoover of Richfield, Esther, married to Amos M. Zimmerman of East Earl, Mary Ella, married to Jonas R. Zimmerman of East Earl, Vera, married to Paul R. Hoover of Leola, and Ruth, married to Noah G. Reiff of Leola; 51 grandchildren; 133 great grandchildren; and three sisters, Lydia Zimmerman, Lizzie Horst, and Ella, married to Norman Zimmerman. Preceding him in death are two infant daughters, Elva and Alta Weaver; three brothers, Paul, Reuben, and Aaron Weaver; and an infant sister, Annie Weaver. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 2 at 9:30 am at the late home with further services at 10 am from the Weaverland Mennonite Church with the Bishop Ben F. Martin officiating. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be at the late home on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-7 pm. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.
Ella W. Hoover
Ella W. Hoover, 84, of 10816 Tanyard Hill Rd., Orrstown, PA, formerly of 855 S. Custer Ave., New Holland, PA died Friday evening, May 26, 2006 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah Z. Hoover, Jr. in 1996. Born in Earl Twp., she was the daughter of the late David N. and Ada Z. (Wenger) Weaver. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Holland Old Order Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. Surviving are her children: Arthur W. married to Mary Jane (Musser) Hoover, New Holland; Aaron W. married to Ruth Ann (Redcay) Hoover, East Earl; Vera W. married to Bishop Alvin N. Martin, Withee, WI; and Stella W. married to John Dan Weaver, Orrstown; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha Stauffer, New Holland and brothers Menno W. Weaver, Myerstown and John W. Weaver, Manheim. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter and two sisters. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 1:30 PM at the Samuel Fox home, 255 N. Shirk Rd., New Holland with further services at 2 PM at the New Holland Old Order Mennonite Church with Bishop Ben F. Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the Samuel Fox home on Monday (TODAY) from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. Kindly omit flowers. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.
Frank E. Sandoe, Jr.
Frank E. Sandoe, Jr., 77, of 1333 Reservoir Road, New Holland, died Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at Lancaster General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in East Earl, Twp., he was the son of the late Frank E., Sr., and Elsie (Lafferty) Sandoe. He celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21 to LaReta (Shirk) Sandoe. He worked as a tow motor operator for 45 years for New Holland Concrete, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed helping friends and family with building and repair projects. He served his country during the Korean conflict and has been a member of the VFW Charles E. Ludwig Post 7362 in New Holland and the American Legion Post 945 in Wormleysburg. Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Frank E., married to Donna (Hoover) Sandoe of New Holland; a grandson, Steve Sandoe of Lancaster; a brother, Harry, married to Margaret (Palmer) Sandoe of Ephrata; and a sister, Helen Buzzard of New Holland. Preceding him in death is a sister, Grace Diem. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 27 at 11 am from the Groff-High Funeral Home, 145 W. Main St., New Holland. Interment will be in the Ranck’s United Methodist Cemetery. Viewing will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 am.
David S. Esh
David S. Esh, 69, of 391 Diem Woods Dr., New Holland, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Churchtown, he was the son of the late Daniel F. and Rachel (Stoltzfus) Esh. He celebrated his 43rd wedding anniversary on Feb. 16 to Elsie (Miller) Esh. He was the founder of DavCo Advertising, Kinzers. He was a member of Petra Christian Fellowship in New Holland and was active in the Chicken House Youth Center in Intercourse and a member of the Bird-in-Hand Camp hunting club. He also operated the solidrockgospel.com internet radio. Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Jerry L., married to Suzanne (Harnish) Esh of Gap, Merle W., married to Reba (Smucker) Esh of Lancaster, Rick J., married to Pam (Horning) Esh of New Holland, and Donald L., married to Kathy (Harnish) Esh of New Holland; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Steve, married to Esther Esh and John, married to Anna Esh, both of Churchtown; and three sisters, Rebecca, married to David Smoker of Narvon, Barbara Stoltzfus of Elverson, and Lena, married to Dan Esh of Intercourse. Preceding him in death is a grandson, Travis Esh; a brother, Jonas Esh; and a sister, Sadie Zook. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 am at Petra Christian Fellowship, 565 Airport Road, New Holland with the Reverend Lester Zimmerman, the Reverend Merrill Smucker, and the Reverend Virgil Stoltzfus officiating. Interment will be in the United Methodist Cemetery of Churchtown. Viewing will be at the Church on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm and on Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
Lucy M. Zimmerman, 86, of 333 Wheatridge Drive, Ephrata, formerly of East Earl, died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Fairmount Homes. Born in Brecknock Twp., she was the daughter of the late Henry L. and Sallie G. (Good) Musser. Her husband, Willis M. Zimmerman, died Feb. 12, 2005. She was a homemaker and a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday school and participated in the sewing circle. She also enjoyed local history. Surviving are four children, David Zimmerman of Ephrata, Elva Zimmerman of Santa Rosa, CA, Earl, married to Laura (Fasnacht) Zimmerman of Mohnton, and Helen, married to Leonard Becker of East Earl; five grandchildren; and a brother, Clyde G. Musser of Mohnton. Preceding her in death is a daughter, Nancy Zimmerman; three brothers, Allen, Harry, and Mark Musser; and a sister, Sadie G. Musser. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 1 pm at Fairmount Homes Wheatridge Chapel, 333 Wheatridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522 with the Reverend Chester Yoder, the Reverend Wilmer Leaman, and the Reverend Lloyd Gingerich officiating. Interment will be in the Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery. Viewing will be at the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Main St., Terre Hill, PA on Wednesday from 6-8 pm and at Fairmount Homes Wheatridge Chapel on Thursday from noon – 1 pm. Contributions may be made to Fairmount Homes Caring Fund, address above.
Bills, John F.
John F. Bills, 54, of 866 Narvon Rd., Narvon, PA died Thursday evening at Lancaster General Hospital where he had been a patient for several days. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie A. (Hilton) Bills. They were married for 28 years on September 3. Born in Salisbury Twp., he was the son of the late Harry R. and Betty (Graham) Bills. John had worked for 24 years as a custodian in the Pequea Valley School District. For the last 18 months, he was employed by Ridge Craft in New Holland, helping to build cupolas. He was a member of Mt. Culmen Evangelical Congregational Church, East Earl. Mr. Bills enjoyed the mountains and doing mechanical work especially on older cars. In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Dawn Bills of Narvon and a brother, Vernon Bills of Narvon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Groff-High Funeral Home, 145 W. Main St., New Holland, PA on Wednesday at 10 AM with the Rev. F. Kenneth Hoffer and the Rev. Dennis Moyer officiating. Interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call at Groff- High Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM and on Wednesday from 9 to 10 AM.