Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc.
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Hanover, PA 17331
We at Panebaker Funeral Home are a family-owned and locally operated, full service funeral home. We care for each family personally and individually. It is this quality of attentive, completely personal service that has earned the trust of the Hanover and surrounding communities for generations. For the last four consecutive years, Panebaker Funeral Home has been awarded the National Funeral Directors Associationís Pursuit of Excellence Award. Only the top two percent of the funeral homes worldwide, and six in Pennsylvania, have earned this distinction.
It is very important that everyone feels comfortable with their choice of a funeral home. When deciding on a funeral provider, one should ask if that funeral company is trustworthy and provides compassionate care before, during and after the service. Are they straightforward with pricing and will you receive the best value? Do they aim for excellence in doing the right thing every time?
Panebaker Funeral Home has earned the reputation for thoughtfulness and excellence and for having a warm, gracious and caring staff that genuinely cares about helping others. We also take pride in our experience in serving families with a wide variety of religious and cultural traditions.
Snyder, Sr., Mertis
April 17, 1924 - October 22, 2014
Born on Thursday, April 17, 1924 in Hanover, he was the son of the late Andrew and Katie Bankert Snyder. The last of his siblings, he was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters and an infant son, Donald Snyder.
He was employed by Hanover Hospital in the custodial department for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Harvest Time Temple and was a devoted husband and father, working two jobs for many years to provide for his family.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, he was survived by three sons, Mertis Snyder, Jr. and his wife, Linda Faye, Glenn Snyder, all of Hanover and David Snyder and his wife, Ellen of Spring Grove; two daughters, Lynn Shorb and her husband, Terry of Westminster, MD and Vonnie Renshaw and her husband, Albert of Hanover; twelve grandchildren ; 28 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 1 pm Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Harvest Time Temple with The Rev. Fred Mummert officiating. Burial will follow in York Road Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a viewing one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Time Temple, 700 Black Rock Road, Hanover, PA 17331.
April 23, 1919 - October 21, 2014
Born in Hanover, PA on April 23, 1919, Caroline was the daughter of the late Earl Samuel Fitz and Virginia Washington Lewis Fitz. She was the wife of Adolph E. John, her husband of 22 years, who predeceased her on December 5, 2009. She was also predeceased by a brother, Earl Samuel Fitz Jr. and sisters, Ann Fitz Lesley and Elizabeth Fitz Bixby.
Caroline was a graduate of Eichelberger High School class of 1937 and received the prestigious Oak Leaf Award which represents strength of character, leadership and dependability. A graduate of Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA in 1941, she majored in German and then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Library Science from Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) Philadelphia, PA in 1942.
Carolines career as a librarian covered many types of librariesschool, county, federal and public. Her earliest position was as an apprentice in the Hanover Public Library, a position she continued throughout her high school and college years. Her mentor was library director Mabel C. Wolcott.
Upon graduation from Drexel Institute, Caroline remained at the college as assistant cataloger. For a short period, she served at the Louisville Public Library (Louisville, OH) which was housed in the Louisville High School serving both the school and the public. Then she went on to become assistant director of the Geauga County Library in Chardon, OH and director of the Receiving Station Library at Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, VA.
Most of her career was spent on Long Island, NY in the Valley Stream Public Library (1951-1967) and Amityville Public Library (1967-1983). As director of each library she was instrumental in the construction of a new library building and in the expansion of extensive book collections for reference and pleasure reading. She was the first professional librarian certified by the State of New York of the Amityville Public Library from which she retired in 1983.
After retiring from her library career, Caroline married Adolph E. John of Valley Stream, NY and in 1987 returned to her hometown of Hanover, PA where she continued to live for nearly 30 years.
Caroline was a member of the American Library Association as well as the New York State and Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations.
She was a member of Zonta International, a service organization for executive and professional women, for more than 50 years. She held many offices in the organization on the local and district level one term as president of the Long Island chapter (1965-1967), two terms as treasurer, one as lieutenant governor, and one term (1980-1982) as Governor of District III covering the east coast from New York to South Carolina. She was also a member of the Mary P. Myton Literary Society of Amityville and the Community Club of Garden City, NY. She was listed in Whos Who of American Women and Whos Who in Library Science.
A lifelong member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 124 Broadway, Hanover, PA Caroline served on the Consistory as deacon and elder for about 10 years. She was a member of the National AARP and more than a 50-year member of the Col. Richard McCalister Chapter DAR serving about 10 years as secretary. She was also a member of the Hanover Area Historical Society.
During her lifetime Caroline enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. including Hawaii. She also visited England, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. She was an avid reader and seamstress and also enjoyed playing bridge, making silver jewelry, photography, and knitting.
Caroline is survived by nephews and nieces including Rob and Deb Bixby of Hanover, PA, Andy and Louise Bixby of Colorado, Susan Lesley and Mark Mieritz of Wisconsin, and Sam and Beth Lesley of Arizona, and close friends Barb and Don Horneff of Hanover, PA.
A private service will be held.
Memorial gifts may be made to Zonta International, Long Island Chapter, 1900 Browning Street, Baldwin, NY 11510; National Society of The Daughters of The American Revolution, Colonel Richard McCalister Chapter, c/o Cree Peck, 32 Lee Street, Hanover, PA 17331; or Emmanuel UCC Music, 124 Broadway, Hanover, PA 17331.
February 21, 1947 - October 21, 2014
Born on Friday, February 21, 1947 in York, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Bernice Carr Hall. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Carol Klepper.
She attended William Penn Senior High School and was employed by SKF for 36 years before her retirement in 2010. She was a very intelligent woman with a lot to give others. She made a terrific home for her family and cheered on her favorite team, the Orioles.
In addition to her husband of 47 years, she is survived by two sons, Todd M. Laughead of Spring Grove and James H. Laughead of Iron Ridge; one grandson, Jeremy Laughead of Jefferson; three brothers, Robert Hall of York, Randy Hall and his wife, Debra of York and Ricky Hall and his wife, Alice of Havre de Grace, MD; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held 10 am Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc., 311 Broadway, Hanover with The Rev. Larry Estepp officiating. Burial will follow in St. Pauls (Dubs) Lutheran Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 8 pm Friday at Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice of Hanover and Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison Street, Hanover, PA 17331.
June 29, 1918 - October 18, 2014
Born Saturday, June 29, 1918 in Hanover, he was a son of the late Edward D. and Margie Lawrence Willet. He was also precede d by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Burgard Willet, who died in 2007; three brothers, Carl, Burnell and John Willet; and six sisters, Mildred Horwedel, Marie Carbaugh, Ruth Cover, Gladys Willet, Rita Eckenrode and Miriam Sanders. He was a graduate of Delone Catholic High School.
Mr. Willet was employed by the Selected Service for many years and later transferred to the US Department of Agriculture. Following his retirement, he was worked for Menchey Music Service in Hanover. He served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II and received the Jubilee of Liberty Medal following the D-Day invasion of Normandy Beach. He was a member of the St. Vincent dePaul Parish, McSherrystown Knights of Columbus, and the Hanover AmVets Post #22. He was an active member of the Exchange Club of Hanover, and a life member of the McSherrystown Home Association. After his retirement, he loved to play golf and bingo. He took great pleasure in spending time with his family.
Survivors include his son, Steven D. Willet and his wife, Holly, of Spring Grove; three grandsons, Eric Willet and his wife, Lisa, Josh Willet and his companion, Aimee Sirmon, and Todd Willet; two step-granddaughters, Laura Williams and her husband, Mike, and Amber Walter; two great-grandchildren, Kolton and Kiara Willet; and a sister, Jane Swope of McSherrystown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 220 Third Street, Hanover, celebrated by The Rev. John D. Schmalhofer. Burial will follow in St. Vincents Cemetery with military honors being rendered by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard.
A service of remembrance by the Exchange Club of Hanover will take place at 10 am Thursday at the church followed by a viewing to be held until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Hanover and Spring Grove, 440 N. Madison Street, Hanover, PA 17331.
July 8, 1933 - October 16, 2014
Born Saturday, July 8, 1933 in Amherst Courthouse, VA, she was a daughter of the late John Hugo and Eva Ware Jennings. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Grace Davis.
Barbara attended St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. She had been active with the YWCA and took great pleasure in supporting and hosting international travelers and foreign exchange students from many different countries. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and loved to sing ditties from her childhood with her two sisters.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Howard M. Olson; a daughter, Leslie K. Crincoli and her husband, Dominick, of Tarrytown, NY; a son, Eric G. Olson and his wife, Celia Mitchell, of Coudersport, PA; and a sister, LeVonne Flint and her husband, Marshall, of Glasgow, VA.
A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 725 Baltimore Street, Hanover, with The Rev. Kirk A. Griffin officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.
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Panebaker Funeral Home, Inc.
Hanover, PA 17331