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Margaret R. (Sheffer) Stare, 90, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2023. She was the wife of the late Albert E. “Fritz” Stare. Mrs. Stare was born in West York on November 1, 1932, daughter of the late Robert E. and Estella E. (Rudisill) Sheffer. Margaret was employed by the former Drover’s and Mechanics Bank from which she retired in 1994 after 24 ½ years of service. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Dover. Life memberships included Union Fire & Hose Co., Station 6 of Dover and their Ladies Auxiliary, York County Fire Police and the PA. State Fire Police. Margaret enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling to Nashville and Iowa. Survivors include, three children, Spurgeon Stare and his wife, Donna, Steven Stare and his wife, Teresa and Susan Deardorff and her husband, Michael all of Dover; two grandchildren, Nathan and Evan Stare; three great grandchildren, Natalie, Bentley and Conner Stare; a sister, Katie Kissinger of Thomasville; a brother, David Sheffer of Spring Grove; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six siblings, Thelma Price, Mary Senft, Verna Failor, Robert Sheffer, Ervin Sheffer and Kenneth Sheffer. Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023, at the LeRoy R. Leber Funeral Home, 2290 School St., York (Shiloh). Officiating will be her nephew, Donald Wagner. Final resting place will be in Shiloh Cemetery. There will be a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Margaret’s name, to the Union Fire & Hose Co., Station 6, 30 E. Canal Rd., Dover, PA 17315.
John Lawrence Bronson, Sr. of Springville, PA., who would have been 95 in May, entered into eternal rest at his home on 17 February 2023 with his devoted family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Whitney) Bronson. He was born 27 May 1928 to the late Herbert and Beulah Bronson of Ruggles, PA. He was a graduate of Laketon High School (now Lake Lehman) and attended Mansfield State Teachers College for music.
John was a warm, caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He spent many memorable moments with them camping, hunting, attending numerous sporting events, working in the garden, hosting many family BBQs and traveling all over the world. He was most thought of as a warm, kind and humble man, always willing to take time to talk to you about anything. He was always willing to help a neighbor in need and was known for his phrase, “wait, I can fix that!” John was sincerely devoted to God, Family and Country and lived his life as an example and instilled these values to his family members. As the Patriarch and cornerstone of our family, he will be dearly missed every day of our lives. We know he is at peace now in heaven with his parents, siblings and comrades-in-arms.
In 1951, John enlisted in the US Army and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina before being deployed to Korea. He attended Chemical Warfare School in Japan and Non-Commissioned Officer School and was a member of F Company, 23 Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. While in Korea, he served at Baldy, T-Bone, Ko-Je-Do and several other locations, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was very proud that both of his sons and son-in-law were also in the military.
After Korea, he was employed at Allied Signal (Bendix) Company in South Montrose, Pa. In 1953 he married Gertrude Whitney and they would have been married 70 years this August. He is survived by his loving wife Gertrude and his four children: retired Captain John L Bronson, Jr. (Lynn), Ashburn, VA, Joan (Douglas) Burman, New Milford, Pa, Jeannette Tripicco, Johnson City, NY and James (Tonya) Bronson, Round Hill, Va. Grandchildren; Christopher (Shawna) Bronson, Grant (Grace Ann) Bronson, Alex (Kelly) Ondrejik, Scott (Nancy) Burman, Chad (Angela) Burman, Michele (Ryan) Jenson, Tyler (Diana) Bronson, Elise (Bryce) Bronson and Natalie Bronson. Great Grandchildren; twins Owen and Quinn Bronson, Declan, Rosalinda and Luc Burman and Ryder Ondrejik. Brother-in-law Tracy (Doris) Whitney and several nieces and nephews.He is predeceased by his parents and mother and father in-law, Clifton and Beatrice Whitney, two sisters and a brother; Iva (Bruce) Traver, Marion (Charles) Huffman and Walter (Gloria) Bronson
John was a member of the Springville United Methodist Church, where he served as Choir Director, Lay Minister and Trustee, a charter member of Post 383 VFW, (now Ayres Stone Post 5642), member of the Gardner Warner American legion Post 154, member of the Korean War Veterans Alliance as Director, Recruiter and Treasurer, one of the founding members of the Korean War Breakfast Club in New York state, a Springville Volunteer Fire Company member since 1960, serving as Chief Driver, Firefighter, Director, Treasurer, Vice-President, Fire Police Captain, a Delegate and Vice Chairman of the Susquehanna County Communications Committee (instrumental in 911), member of local Emergency Planning Committee. He was past President, Chaplain and Financial Secretary to the Pennsylvania Fire Police Association, charter member of the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, member of The Pennsylvania Firemen’s Legislative Federation and served as Chaplain, Vice President and President. Selected as Fire Police Person-Of-The-Year for the Pennsylvania and Susquehanna County Fire Police Association. John and his wife headed the Susquehanna County Fire Police fundraiser for radios and coats for members of the organization for over twenty years, raising more than $500,000.
John was a member and past Master of the Nicholson Masonic Blue Lodge and Blue Stone Lodge, a former member of the Royal Arch Chapter and Nazarene Commandery, of the Knights Templar. A member and past Patron of the Arbutus Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and member of the Hop Bottom Prosperity OES Chapter. In 2022, John and his wife, were awarded an honorary degree from the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star as “Peace Doves”
Over the years, John and his family have traveled extensively including all 50 states, Korea, the Holy Lands, Canada, Panama Canal, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Nova Scotia, Spain, France, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and to all of The Korean Alliance Reunions. John and his wife have been most fortunate to have their children accompany them on several of these trips.
John was very involved in charity. John and his family provided and hosted many chicken BBQs to support the original Montrose Medical Arts Hospital. It was common place to prepare and serve 1200 chicken dinners at the Heart Lake family farm. The family was very involved in collecting S&H Green Stamps for the purchase of the first Montrose Minute Men ambulance.
Funeral services for John will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 1pm at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, 232 S. Main St., Montrose. Burial will follow at the Lynn Cemetery in Springville. Visitation will be from 11-1pm prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company or the Springville United Methodist Church.
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