Harry James Simpson, Sr.

Harry enjoyed visiting the California redwood trees, the beach and treasured baking with his grand & great-grandchildren.

In honor of Harry’s final wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no formal services.

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Harry James Simpson, Sr, 76 of Columbia, PA passed away on November 9th, 2019. He was born in Camden, NJ to the late Harry P. and Margaret (Hiles) Simpson.

Harry was a 1963 graduate of Clayton High School, Clayton, New Jersey. Harry earned a degree from the Culinary School of Atlantic County and went on to share his baking expertise with multiple bakeries in many groceries throughout the country, most recently at the local Giant at Stone Mill Plaza in Lancaster PA. He enjoyed visiting the California redwood trees, the beach and treasured baking with his grand & great-grandchildren.


Harry leaves behind his wife of almost 56 years, Gerri (Fitzpatrick) Simpson of Columbia; four sons, Harry Jr, husband of Carole Simpson of Clayton, NJ, Tim Simpson of York, PA, Mike, husband of Anne Simpson of Stockton, CA, and Doug, husband of Amy Simpson of Oak Grove, MO; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


In honor of Harry’s final wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. Where he was receiving treatment for the last 3 years.

Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville. www.clydekraft.com






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Florence Elizabeth Ohrel

Florence loved her family.

In honor of her final wishes, Florence will be cremated and there will be no formal services

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Florence Elizabeth Ohrel, 94, of Columbia passed away on November 7th, 2019. She was born in Columbia to the late John and Goldie McCumsey and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Florence attended Columbia High School. She worked for many years at the Rising Sun Hotel in Columbia and later worked at Moveable Feast. Florence loved her family.


Florence leaves behind her sons, Eggie, husband of Donna and George, husband of Karen Ohrel both of Columbia; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren; a large extended family.


In honor of her final wishes, Florence will be cremated and there will be no formal services.

Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville. www.clydekraft.c


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Joseph Allen Hamer, Jr.

Joe had a larger than life personality, a witty sense of humor, and a 1000-watt smile.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home

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Joseph Allen Hamer, Jr, 34, of Windsor passed away on November 5th, 2019. He was born in Lancaster to Joseph Allen Hamer, Sr. and Kathleen Steinbaecher. Joe was a graduate of Donegal High School with the Class of 2003 and had been employed as a truck driver with Prime Inc. He loved music. He was a musician and sang and played in several bands in the local area throughout the recent years. Joe had a larger than life personality, a witty sense of humor, and a 1000-watt smile.

Joe leaves behind his father, Joe Hamer, Sr. of Windsor; his mother, Kathy, wife of Scott Steinbaecher of Wrightsville; his siblings, Jeremy Hamer of Windsor, Devon Steinbaecher of Cleveland, OH, Olivia Looks of Elizabethtown; four nephews, L.J. Hamer, Jaxon Benner, Weston Benner, Landon Benner; his maternal grandparents, Regina and Robert Sherick of Columbia; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St, Columbia, PA 17512. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Following the service there will be a time of food and fellowship at a location to be announced. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville. www.clydekraft.com


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Carolyn H. Anderson

She enjoyed reading, dancing, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Silver Spring Cemetery.

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Carolyn H. Anderson of Lititz, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Jessel R. Anderson, Sr. with whom she was married 49 years until his death in 2017. Born in West Hempfield Township, she was the daughter of the late Paul B. and Arlene Brubaker Hollinger.

Carolyn retired after 28 years of service from the Warwick School District where she was employed as an administrative assistant. A member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, she enjoyed reading, dancing, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Jessel R. Jr. husband of Amy Anderson, Pittsburgh and grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Evan. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Barry and Robert Hollinger.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Silver Spring Cemetery. If desired, please consider a donation in Carolyn's memory to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster PA 17604 or at www.hospiceandcommunitycare.org.

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Terry L. Donley

Terry was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Private burial at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens and a Celebration of Life TBD.

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Terry L. Donley, 60, 0f Elizabethtown, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, November 1, 2019 at home. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Raymond N. Donley, Jr. and the stepson of the late Ruth Ann Pickell Donley.

He was employed as a material handler at Spartan Motors and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter, Brynn.

He is survived by his son, Terry L. Snavely and his wife Amy; granddaughters, Alyssa, Olivia, Brynn; siblings, Raymond N. Donley, III and his wife Linda; sisters, Sherry wife of Casey Stettler and Dawn wife of Ben Hoar; Aunt Mary Catherine Donley, husband  of the late Harry E. Roberts, III and family. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Michael Donley.

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Kenneth B. Severt

Kenneth was an outdoorsman and loved camping, fishing, and boating.

Services for Kenneth will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

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Kenneth Blaine Severt, 71, of Washington Boro passed away at his residence. He was born in Hinton, WV to the late Blaine and Peggy Severt and attended Salenco High School. He worked for 15 years as the maintenance supervisor at Donsco before becoming the nighttime supervisor at the former ITT Grinnell and retired after 35 years. Kenneth was an outdoorsman and loved camping, fishing, and boating. He was a handy carpenter and rebuilt his own home and was also very proud of his yard.

Kenneth leaves behind his wife Qinfen Severt of Manheim Township; his children, Kenneth Severt, Jr. of Carlisle, Michelle Severt of Bainbridge; step-daughter, Dilun Wu of Manheim Township; two grandchildren; his siblings, Roger Severt of Columbia, Alen Severt of Winchester, VA, Patricia Pearson of Martinsburg, WV. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Peggy Sue Rouche and John Severt.

Services for Kenneth will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home 519 Walnut St, Columbia, PA 17512. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1st, 2019 and one hour prior to services on Saturday. He will be laid to rest at Drumore Friends Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Columbia Animal Shelter, 265 S 10th St, Columbia, PA 17512. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville. www.clydekraft.com


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Charles F. "Choker" Hartman

Choker enjoyed traveling, watching the Eagles, Notre Dame Football and rooting for the Phillies.

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:00 am, St. Peter Catholic Church, Columbia

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Charles F. "Choker" Hartman, 85, of Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Homestead Village. He was the husband of Mary Phyllis Newcomer Schoelkoph Hartman with whom he was married 22 years and the late Suzanne Marshall Hartman who passed in 1966. A lifelong Columbia resident, he was the son of the late William and Catherine Reitschy Hartman.

Charlie was a graduate of Columbia High School, Class of 1952 and Millersville University, graduating in 1956. He taught math in both the Columbia and Solanco School Districts retiring after 36 years of service. During his tenure, he coached football and later advised the Chess Club.

A devoted member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Columbia, he served on the church council and finance board. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2294 and the B.P.O E # 1074, Columbia. He enjoyed travelling, watching the Eagles, Notre Dame football and rooting for the Phillies.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his and Suzanne's three children, Chuck, husband of Jill (Price) Hartman; George "Chip" Hartman; Julie, wife of Mark Livingston; stepdaughters, Phyliss Enochs; Georgia Masterson; Carolyn Best, Gretchen Mosteller; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; siblings, Marie Cremer; Francis, husband of Gloria Hartman; Jim, husband of Eileen Hartman; Robert Hartman and a host of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, William, Richard, Rose Mary and Loretta.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Homestead Village for the utmost care of their residents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 121 S. Second St., Columbia, PA 17512 on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Anthony Swamy, Celebrant. Interment will be private. There will be not be a viewing prior to the mass, however … family and friends may view at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. 519 Walnut St., Columbia, PA on Monday evening, October 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in Charlie's memory may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church or to Homestead Village at www.homesteadvillage.org.

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Kyle P. Sheehy

At this time there will be no services for Kyle and any future services will be announced by his family

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Kyle Patrick Sheehy, 29, of Baltimore and formerly of Columbia passed away on October 13th, 2019. He was born in New London, CT to Patrick Sheehy and Jackie Rhea and grew up in Columbia.

Kyle attended Columbia High School and was working in window manufacturing. He was a member of The Life Center in Essex, MD. Kyle loved the outdoors, spending time with his daughter, his family, and many friends.

Kyle leaves behind his daughter, Mia Dyson of Middletown, MD; Mia’s mother Amanda Dyson, of Middletown, MD; his father Patrick, husband of Bonita Sheehy of Live Oak, FL; his mother, Jackie, wife of Joe Rhea of Bluefield, WV; his sisters, Shannon Bartch of Lancaster, Lindsay Bartch of Wrightsville; his nephew Cole Waltemyer; nieces, Jennifer Thurman, Adrianna Waltemyer, and Kylah Bartch.


At this time there will be no services for Kyle and any future services will be announced by his family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Kyle’s name to The Life Center, 200 N Marlyn Ave, Essex, MD 21221 or www.lifecenteronline.org/donate.



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Cody Allan Blymier

A memorial service will be held at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. 519 Walnut St. Columbia PA on Friday at 11:00 a.m

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Wrightsville - Cody Allan Blymier, of Wrightsville, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in York, he was the son of Jerry Allan and Michelle Yohe Blymier.

He was very happy and enjoyed his time with his family and friends. He loved to watch Barney and friends on his TV. Cody also had two other pals, his dogs Nikki and MyMy. Most of his summers, he enjoyed going out on the Susquehanna River on his pontoon boat and hanging out at his Uncle's cabin. Cody also spent time at his day program (Pathways) with his friends and staff.

He touched the hearts of so many people that it's very hard to thank all that supported him.

Cody is survived by his parents, Jerry and Michelle and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be missed deeply by all his family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. 519 Walnut St. Columbia PA on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Mark S. Kopp, officiating. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Cody's memory to Jessica and Friends (Pathways) 1625 E. Market St. York PA 17403 or to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster PA 17604.


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Elizabeth J. "Betty" McBride

Betty was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Columbia and the Altar Rosary Society.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., St. Peter Catholic Church, Columbia

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Elizabeth J. "Betty" McBride, 94, a lifelong Columbia resident, passed peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Luther Acres. She was the wife of the late Charles H. McBride with who preceded her in death in 1967 and was born to the late Lewis and Maria Keys Kauffman.

She is survived by her loving family, Karen, wife of James Miller; Steve, husband of Stephanie McBride; Charlene, wife of George Thomas; Glenda, wife of Steve Beach; Elizabeth, wife of John Decker; Laureen Sulivan; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Lewis and Lamar Kauffman. She was preceded in death by her children, Charles Michael McBride, Beth Staner, Stephine McBride granddaughter, Michelle Jones and siblings, Joann Wise, Virginia Olsen, Mary Lou Hartman, Thelma Cremer and Patricia "Tish" Urban.

Betty was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Columbia and the Altar Rosary Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 121 S. Second St., Columbia, PA 17512 on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with the Rev. Anthony Swamy, Celebrant. Burial will follow St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. There will be no viewing prior to the mass; however, family and friends may call at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., 519 Walnut St., Columbia, PA on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m with the recitation of the Rosary beginning and 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contribution's in Betty's memory to our Lady of the Angels, 404 Cherry St., Columbia, PA 17512 would be deeply appreciated.

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Gloria G. Carter

She loved cats and dogs having many beloved pets throughout her life.

A private service will be held for the family only with interment in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery

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Gloria G. Carter, 94, of Landisville, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Hospice Center. She was the wife of the late Hollis J. Carter who preceded her in death on September 4, 2008.

Gloria was the daughter of the late Anthony and Marie Sprague Iannetta. Born in Keyport, NJ, she and Hollis moved to Lancaster in 1966.

Gloria was employed in banking for many years, resigning to become a lifelong homemaker, a job that she cherished, always putting family first. She loved cats and dogs having many beloved pets throughout her life.

She is survived by her sons, Hollis W.A. Carter; Thomas T. Carter; grandchildren, Sarah Garner, Ben Carter and great-granddaughter, Adelaide Garner.

A private service will be held for the family only with interment in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. If desired, contributions in Gloria's memory may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County, 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602 ( www.humanepa.org) or to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603. (www. cancer.org)

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SAMEH FAWZY LOUKA

Sameh graduated from the school of Medicine at Cairo University and specialized in Anesthesia and pain management before moving to the USA.

Funeral Services: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00, Valley View Alliance Church, York.

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Sameh Fawzy Louka, 51 of Columbia, PA, was born in Cairo, Egypt on November 9, 1967 and went to Heaven to be with the Lord on October 18, 2019.

He graduated from the school of Medicine at Cairo University and specialized in Anesthesia and pain management before moving to the USA. He is survived by his mother, Karima and a brother Samy. He was preceded in death by his father Fawzy and his brother Samer.

Funeral Services for Sameh will be held from the Valley View Alliance Church, 200 Alliance Ave., York, PA on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00AM (VIEWING: 10:00AM – 11:00AM) with the Rev. Joseph Moussa officiating. Interment will follow in Silver Spring Cemetery. Arrangements by Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville

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John "Jack" M. Lockard

Served in WWII and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Jack received the European-African- Middle Eastern- Campaign Ribbon, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Funeral Services: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00, Reich’s Evangelical Congregational Church, Marietta.

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John "Jack" Milton Lockard, 96, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Kadima Rehabilitation and Nursing at Campbelltown. He was the husband of the late Mabel Shertzer Lockard with whom he was married 72 years until her death in 2017. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Milton Hershey and Ena Beittel Brown and the adopted son of the late John and Cora Nace Lockard.

A 1940 graduate of Columbia High School, he proudly served his country during WWII and completed 35 missions as a B-17 bomber pilot on the plane that carried the name "Little Lulu" during the war. When he was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant, he received the European-African- Middle Eastern- Campaign Ribbon, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation. From 1958, he was employed in the computer industry throughout the U.S retiring in 1985 as a Computer Systems Analyst for Kayser-Roth Corporation.

Jack was a member of Reich's Evangelical Congregational Church, Marietta and often spoke of his experiences at the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandra, wife of Alvin B. Light; Sharon Hawkins; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and half-sister, Armyllis, wife of Jack Martin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Harry Brown.

Funeral services will be at the Reich's Evangelical Congregational Church, 388 Stackstown Road, Marietta, PA 17547 on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel T. Blank, officiating. Interment will follow in Creswell Cemetery. There will be no public viewing, however, the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in John's memory to Reich's E.C. Church at the above address would be deeply appreciated.

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B. Ruth Peters

Ruth taught business classes for 27 years in the Donegal School District until her retirement.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m

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B. Ruth Peters, 94, formerly of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Luther Acres where she had resided for the past five years. She was the wife of the late Gordon K. Peters with whom she was married 52 years until his death in 2001. Born in Uniontown PA, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Anna Wilcox Johnson.

Ruth graduated from South Union High School in 1943 and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1947. After graduation, she taught business classes for 27 years in the Donegal School District until her retirement 1982. In addition, Ruth was a faithful member of the Columbia United Methodist Church where she served on various committees and taught Sunday school.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Kay, wife of Charles Leader; Ruth Ann, wife of Michael Weigel; grandchildren, Matthew and Rebecca Leader, Sarah Musser, Jon Weigel, Jenny Brewer, Kyle Mathiot; nine great-grandchildren and a sister, Doris Wallace. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Mathiot and siblings Nora Brown, William A. Johnson, Jr., Anna Riddell and Janet Thomas.

Ruth's family appreciates the compassion and care shown to her by the staff of Luther Acres and Compassus.

A memorial service will be held at the Columbia United Methodist Church, 510 Walnut St., Columbia, PA 17512 on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Thomas Grubbs and her grandson Pastor Jon Weigel, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Kindly omit flowers. Instead, please consider donations in her name to the Margaret E. Maul Home, 2050 Barley Road, York, PA 17408 or to the Columbia U.M. Church.


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Jessie Brown

Jessie was an avid book reader who loved visiting the library.

A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Jessie Brown, 72, of Columbia passed away on October 9th, 2019. She was born in Columbia to the late Harold and Evelyn Gable, but was raised by her foster parents, Charles and Laura Smuck. Jessie was a lifetime resident of this area and worked for many years in the packing department at the John Wright Corporation. She was an avid book reader who loved visiting the library. Jessie also enjoyed playing bingo and was a member of Lancaster Church of God.

Jessie leaves behind her son, Gilbert Bice, companion of Shelley Duncan of Columbia; a sister, Phyliss, wife of Doug Miller of Hellam; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other family members. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Bice and Donald Brown; two sisters, Letha Haas and Louise Keeney.

A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St, Columbia, PA 17512. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 4:00 p.m. until service time. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville.


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Steven P. Steiner

He was an avid hunter, bass fisherman, and was a lifetime member of Bass Pro.

There will be no funeral services at this time.

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Steven P. Steiner, 54, of Columbia passed away at his residence on September 25th, 2019. He was born in Columbia to Paul and Joyce Steiner and was a life long resident of this area. Steven attended Hempfield High School and worked for many years as a truck driver for Consolidated Freight, Yellow Freight, and Elite Energy. He was an avid hunter, bass fisherman, and was a lifetime member of Bass Pro.

In addition to his parents, Steven leaves behind his son, Zachary Price, companion of Amanda Flowers of Elizabethtown; his brother, Cliff, husband of Bonnie Steiner of Columbia; several nieces and nephews in Dauphine County.

At this time there will be no services for Steven and any services in the future will be announced by his family. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville,

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Michael L. Lilley

“My journey on earth may be done, but my journey in Heaven has just begun.”

There will be no funeral services at this time.

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I was born to the late Paul and Doris Lilley. I married Audrey Lilley (Ellinger) 47 years ago. We had a daughter Angela who married Scott Groff. Angela had our 2 grandkids Kaitlyn and Andrew Davis. We had a son Christopher who married Ashley (Scheaffer) who gave us our grandson Tyler. I have a brother Paul (Ed) who married Holly. I graduated from Manheim Central High School. I worked for Electron Energy Corp. for 33 years and was a volunteer firefight and fire police captain for Salunga Fire Co. I am also an Army veteran. “My journey on earth may be done, but my journey in Heaven has just begun.” Please send a donation to the Lymphoma Foundation. A celebration of my life will be done at a later date. Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., Columbia/Landisville, www.clydekraft.com








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Joseph C. "Gabby" Hartmann

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was an avid outdoorsman who would bass fish using a fly rod!

Private Internment at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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Joseph (Gabby) Hartmann, age 94 and one of Columbia’s local legends passed away on Saturday, October 5th, at the VA Hospital in Lebanon. He was born in Paterson, NJ, son of Joseph A. and Leona (Schlegelmilch) Hartmann.

Gabby joined the Navy at age 16, only to be sent home until he turned 17. His first tour of duty was 3rd Division Anti-Submarine patrol, followed by amphibian training in Long Island and advanced training in Firth of Clyde in Scotland. He was then assigned to a British Warship, H.M.S. Capetown, and was one of the first to arrive at Omaha Beach on D-Day under cover of darkness (they were known as the suicide squad). Gabby was in the middle of all action for six months, then assigned to U.S.S. L.S.T. 5067 as the first allies to go to Norway. After his discharge in 1946, he owned Hartmann’s Café for 20 years. Gabby was an avid outdoorsman, fishing the river for bass using a fly rod, duck hunting and all wild game.


He is survived by his daughter, Kristie Lou Crosby of Douglasville, Georgia, and two sisters, Leona (Robert Stover) and Dolores (Clyde Butz) of Lancaster, and his nephew, Dave Wise, who was like the son he never had. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Lou (Kauffman) Hartmann.

At his request, there will be no service. He will be interred with his late wife at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

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Fred J. Howard, Jr.

Fred treasured traveling with his family.

Public Viewing Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 6-8:00 pm at Clyde Kraft Funeral Home .

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Fred J. Howard, Jr, 89, of Columbia passed away on October 9th, 2019. He was born in Wattsville, AL to the late Gully and Rachael Howard.

Fred proudly served in the United States Army and retired from Armstrong Flooring. He treasured traveling with his family. Fred also enjoyed tending his garden and was a faithful member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church.

Fred leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Bernice Howard of Columbia; four children, Denise Howard of Houston, TX, Fred R., husband of Bobbie Joe Howard of Lancaster, Neil Howard of the Bronx, NY, James Howard of Columbia; five grandchildren, Matthew Howard, Tiffany Howard-Kreider, Nichole Caban, Leineal Howard, Lashaya Williams; his great grandchildren, Jahlil Howard, Aidan Kreider, Brianna, Elijah, and Zion Caban; a sister in law Marie Bessick and her daughter Sherlynn Bessick; several nieces and nephews, and a large extended family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings.

Public visitation for Fred will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October, 15th, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St, Columbia, PA 17512. He will be laid to rest at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 222 S. 5th St, Columbia, PA 17512.

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Hathaway D. Garner

Hathaway was known to be a family man who could tell a great story

Celebration of Life: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m..

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Hathaway D. Garner, 70, of Columbia passed away on October 2nd, 2019. He was born in Columbia to the late Marvin and Mae Garner and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Hathaway was a graduate of Eastern High School with the Class of 1968 where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He began his career at Caterpillar and eventually retired and went to work at Armstrong before once again retiring. Hathaway was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was known to be a family man who could tell a great story. He was a member of Salem United Church of Christ.


Hathaway leaves behind his wife of almost 38 years, Susan Zurin Garner of Columbia; four children, Trevor Garner of Columbia, Laura Garner of Columbia, Todd Garner of York, Tammy Waples of York; six grandchildren, Ewan, Tyler, Corey, Noland, Skylar, Keira; five siblings, Marlene Long of Columbia, Bud, husband of Daun Garner of Yorkanna, Joanne Knaub of Wrightsville, Herb, husband of Pat Garner of East Prospect, Larry, husband of Joanne Garner of Glen Rock. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Charlie Garner.


A celebration of Hathaway’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, 519 Walnut St, Columbia, PA 17512. The family will receive friends for visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc. Columbia/Landisville. www.clydekraft.com







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