Dave VanOrder

It is with a heavy heart that we share the obituary of our dear friend, Dave VanOrder. Dave was a beloved member of our Post, always willing to help and volunteer and loved by all. He was a good man and a great friend, and we are truly sorry to learn of his passing. Please keep Jan and his other loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Dave VanOrderDavid VanOrder, 63, of Mountville, PA passed into the loving arms of God on July 21, 2015. Born in Buffalo, New York on September 11, 1951. He was the son of Henry VanOrder and Clara (DiPietro) VanOrder. David retired in December 2014 from H.M. Stauffer and Sons, Leola, PA as Traffic Manager.
David served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was a member of VFW #7294, Millersville, PA and the Foresters of America. He was a past member of the Thunderbirds motorcycle club. David also served formerly as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, with whom he celebrated 25 years of marriage on May 12, 2015. He is also survived by stepdaughter, Melissa Benner (Nick), Cortland, New York and one grandson, Cody Benner, Cortland, New York. Also surviving two brothers, Raymond H. VanOrder (Sheryl), Mount Joy, PA and Terence L. VanOrder, Centerville, PA. Also surviving David a large extended family with whom he spent some of the happiest times of his life.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kristine Dziurzynski and Dr H.P. DeGreen III for their professional and compassionate care and the many friends, family members, and co-workers who have given so much of themselves during this journey.

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6PM from the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 441 N. George St., Millersville, PA 17551. A visitation will be held two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David’s honor to the National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, 2202 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 455, Tampa, FL 33607.

M. Bernice Bucher

John Joyce wrote in to let us know we lost a distinguished member of our post in December:


Bernice BucherMary Bernice Bucher, 94, of Hudson, FL died on Sunday Dec 14, 2014 in her own home. Born in Lancaster, PA in 1920, she graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School. She received her Registered Nursing diploma (RN) from St Joseph Catholic Hospital’s Nursing School (Lancaster, PA), her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College (Boston, MA), and her Master of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

Bernice served honorably in the US Navy for 20 years during 3 wars: WWII, the Korean & Vietnam Wars. Among other naval stations, she was a Neuropsych Nursing Director at Bethesda Naval Hospital (now Walter Reed Medical Center), where she directed all the nursing duties of Psychiatric Therapy of the hospital. With doctors in short supply, Bernice led this new psychiatric nursing program as the military first attempted to grapple with the thousands of cases of “shell shock” (now called PTSD) after WWII and during the Korean War.

After retiring from the Navy, she was a Nursing Director at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, where she was responsible for 500 nurses. After nearly 3 years in Philadelphia, she moved back to her home town of Lancaster, PA to take care of her aging mother, Carmelita Reilly Bucher. There she became the Nursing Director at St Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and then later at Lancaster General Hospital. She ended her professional career as a surveyor for The Joint Commission traveling with her various pet dogs around the US auditing hospitals and nursing homes.

After retiring at 72, she pursued her favorite sport of golf with her many friends at Meadow Oaks Golf Club in Hudson, FL.

Bernice is survived by a sister Carmel Joyce of Greensboro, NC, many nieces & nephews, their children and her faithful caregiver Lynn Pitney of Hudson. Bernice is preceded in death by three brothers: Henry, Wallace and Richard. Henry was a Deacon at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Hudson, FL and St. Leo’s Abby nearby.

A military burial honoring Bernice’s life will be held on March 4th at the National Military Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernice’s family and friends.

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