Category Archives: Obituaries

Honoring our fallen members

Loss of a Founding Member

We’re sorry to report that one of our last remaining charter members has passed. “Jiggs” Warner was one of the original signers of our original charter from 1946.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Jiggs Warner

Frank “Jiggs” H. Warner, 95, of Millersville, died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at LGH, after a brief illness. His wife, the late Mildred “Millie” (Witmer) Warner, died in 2014.

Jiggs retired in 1985 from Millersville University, where he was a plumber.

Born October 5, 1922, in Washington Boro, and a life-long Millersville resident, he was the son of the late B. Frank and Marian A. (Herr) Warner. He was a member of the former Grace E. C. Church, Millersville. A proud WWII Veteran, Jiggs had served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from 1942-1945. Jiggs was one of the last Charter Members and a Life Member of the Millersville/Manor VFW-Post #7294 and the former Millersville Jaycees.

Jiggs enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his harvest with family and friends. He enjoyed spending time at the cabin he built in Eagles Mere, known as Fern Top.

He will be lovingly missed by his two sons; Barry L. Warner, of New Holland, and Douglas F. Warner, of Lancaster; a granddaughter; Tracy, wife of Kurt Bemesderfer, of Mountville and two great-grandchildren; Kaitlyn and Kurt, Jr. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Richard H. Warner (1986) and Robert H. Warner (2014).

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, 320 Blue Rock Road, Route 999, Millersville, PA 17551 on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. (Viewing 1:30-2:30 p.m.) Interment will be held in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville, PA. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made in memory of Jiggs to the Millersville/ Manor VFW-Post #7294, 219 Walnut Hill Road, Millersville, PA 17551.

Loss of a Good Friend

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Al Lichty, a former officer of our Post and good friend to many of us. It’s hard to think of him without calling to mind that silly voicemail message – Big Al, the Kiddie’s Pal – or all the work he put into the Post and his long history here. Recently he had been absent for several meetings, but every time I called him he insisted that he would be at the next meeting for sure.

Al was a good man who worked hard at everything he did and his passing is a loss to all of us.

Al Lichty
Al Lichty

The last child of 7 born to Albert A. & Mary S. Sterbach Lichty. Albert, 89, of Lancaster, passed away on June 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of 48 years to the late Elizabeth M. Lichty, & companion to Yvonne Strantz for the past 16 years.

Born June 10, 1927, he was raised in Cabbage Hill area. Attended St. Joseph’s Church & school. Also attended Lancaster Catholic & McCaskey. Proudly served in the US Navy the later part of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He served aboard the USS Achelous in WWII and USS Senaca in the Korean Conflict.

Before leaving for the service, he worked at Armstrong. Returning from the service, he worked at Bell Telephone for 44 ½ years first as a lineman and then later as a switching technician. After retiring from Bell Telephone, he worked at the Courthouse for 6 years as a Clerk of the Criminal Court. Then went to work for the Millersville VFW Post 7294 for 14 years as Treasurer of the corporation. He also worked the voting polls in his local district.

He was active with the Telephone Pioneers for 24 years. He was local president for 2 years and the clown coordinator. He was part of the installation of the fitness course at the Lancaster County Park. He was award chairman for the Special Olympics sponsored by the Telephone Pioneers at Fort Indiantown Gap.

He was involved with Boy Scouts at St. Mary’s Church in the late 1950’s and late 60 early 70 with Cub Scouts at Hans Herr and the Boy Scouts at Lampeter Fire Company. He was a member of the Throwing Bull Tribe and Order of the Arrow.

Albert loved the beach, gardening, fishing & camping. He could fix anything & was always on the Go!

Surviving are 4 children: Albert Lichty, Jr. husband of Jerry, Mary Ellen Hewes, wife of Gary, Gerry Lynn Potts and Robert A. Lichty, husband of Christine; 9 grandchildren, 5 great-granddaughters & 4 great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Janet Sherts, Mary Jane Shifflet & Helen Warner; brothers: Irvin, Bernard & Robert Lichty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603. A viewing will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. Albert will be laid to rest at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lancaster County SPCA, 848 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 or Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Another Belated Funeral Notice

We’re sorry to report that Paul Rensberger, one of our few remaining WWII veterans,  passed away last week. As reported in the Lancaster News:

Paul RensbergerPaul Joseph Rensberger, 90, of Lititz, formerly of Lancaster, died Monday afternoon, October 12, 2015 at Luther Acres, Lititz after a long illness. He was married to the late June R. (Tomlinson) Rensberger for sixty-three years until her death in 2011.

Paul had retired in 1982 after forty years of service from the former Hamilton Watch Company and later had worked on the grounds crew for Lancaster Host Farm Golf Course.

Born July 21, 1925 on Cabbage Hill, he was the son of German Immigrants, Anton and Rosa (Bernauer) Rensberger. A devout Catholic, Paul attended St. James Catholic Church, Lititz and was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. He attended the former St. Joseph’s School and was a 1944 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High. Paul was a proud WWII U.S. Navy Veteran having served from August 1943 until March 1946 and was also a member of the Millersville/Manor VFW-Post 7294. Earlier in life, Paul was affiliated with Knights of Columbus Council #867 and the Lancaster Liederkranz.

He will be lovingly missed by his two daughters: Dr. Cynthia D. Tuttleman, wife of Samuel Tuttleman, of Petaluma, CA and Jeanne L. Rensberger, Esq., of Mount Joy and a grandson: Sasha N. Tuttleman, of Petaluma, CA. He was also preceded in death by two siblings: Rose Lackey and Anthony Rensberger.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial from St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 East Delp Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 11AM with Rev. David L. Danneker as the Celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA with Military Honors. Friends may view at the Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home “Sullivan Home,” 121 South Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 (on-site parking with attendants) on Sunday evening from 6-7PM. There will also be a viewing held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on Monday morning between 10-11AM. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made in Paul’s memory to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

 

The Tragedy of a Young Life Cut Short…

Another sad announcement – Jim Livermore, a (far too young) Life Member of our Post was tragically lost in a boating accident on August 18th. His official obituary is on the Lancaster Newspaper site:

Jim Livermore
Jim Livermore

James “Jim” Blair Livermore, 33, of Millersville passed away on August 18, 2015. He was loving fiancé of Natascha Gyorke.

Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of James A. Livermore and Michele Blair, and brother to Thomas Livermore.

Jim proudly served 5 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Jim enjoyed spending time with the people he most loved, Natty, family, friends, and his numerous pets. Snowboarding, boating, sports, outdoor activities, hosting parties, and the History Channel were some of his favorite pastimes.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of his life at LCBC Church, 313 W. Liberty St., Lancaster, PA 17603 on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00am. Friends may greet the family from 9:00am until the time of the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Humane League of Lancaster, 2195 Lincoln Hwy E., Lancaster, PA 17602 or to the charity of one’s choice. To leave an online condolence please visit www.DeBordSnyder.comDeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

 

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.