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Pastor Barry A. Wolfe

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 23, 2012 @ 5:36 pm In Obituaries | 20 Comments

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Pastor Barry A. Wolfe, 68, of Lancaster, PA. died Saturday, July 21, 2012 at his home. He was the loving husband of Rona M. Wolfe. Born in Lebanon PA, he was the son of the late Allen and Alma Wolfe.
In addition to his wife, Rona, he is survived by his daughter Christina wife of Larry Hagen of Akron and son Jonathan Wolfe husband of Beth of Lancaster. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren Jory, Mason, Joshua, Ella, Olivia and Madison and sisters Nellie Raiger and Gloria Wentling of Palmyra. A brother, Russell Wolfe preceded him in death.
A graduate of S. Lebanon High School, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Houghton College, NY.  He graduated with a Masters in Divinity at Gordon Conwell Seminary in MA.
He served the following 6 United Methodist Church churches: Byfield, MA; Lincoln St., Shamokin; Asbury, Allentown; Hope, Ephrata; First, Lancaster; and Grace UM, Millersville. He retired in 2008 from Grace United Methodist of Millersville.
He loved serving the Lord in many ministries like Bridge of Hope, Compassion Int., and Big Brothers to name a few. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Grace United Methodist Church, 163 W. Frederick St., Millersville, PA on Saturday, July 28th at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. John Laughlin and the Rev. James B. Todd officiating. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday, July 27th from 6:00-8:00 P.M., and on Saturday immediately following the Memorial Service.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


Condolences for the family of “Pastor Barry A. Wolfe”

Condolence from Ray Brightbill on July 24th, 2012 9:30 am

Barry and I grew up together,were neighbors and friends, also classmates.
We shared many good times in our youth.

My condolence to the family

Condolence from Julie Garbacik on July 24th, 2012 9:42 am

Dear Rona, Chris and Jon,

Barry has been such an important part of our family for many years. We will dearly miss him. May God lessen your grief knowing that Barry is now with his Lord and Savior.

Condolence from Rhonda Bailey on July 24th, 2012 10:42 am

2 distinct memories-seeing him zip down Fulton St. on his moped (as a kid I was shocked to learn that pastors could ride mopeds!) & the visits he made to see me while I was in the hospital. I’m pretty sure that I still have the Happy Meal stuffed animal (I think it was Bambi) that he brought me. I’m glad he’s free of the pain but I know he will be missed. Prayers to everyone who knew & loved him.

Condolence from Wanda Deininger on July 24th, 2012 10:49 am

Chris, and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Although I never met him, I felt I knew him just by hearing you talk about him when we were at school. He must have been a very special person. May fond memories keep his spirit alive. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Sharon Eshleman on July 24th, 2012 12:48 pm

Rona and family,
It was a wonderful blessing to have worked with you and Barry through Bridge of Hope. The legacy he left is deep and wide and impacted many peoples’ hearts. May you be held in the Father’s arms as you walk through this journey. My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Sharon Eshleman

Condolence from Rev. Randy & Rev. Cindy Brubaker on July 24th, 2012 1:01 pm

God bless your entire family during this difficult time. Grace and peace to you in Jesus’ name. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Melissa and Steve Zook on July 24th, 2012 2:23 pm

Dear ROna, Jon and family, We just wanted to offer our condolences for the great loss of such a loving father, husband, and servant of the Lord. Praise God we know that he is now in full health, rejoicing! I know you will all miss him and we will pray for peace for each of you in the coming months and years.

Condolence from Joe Farleigh on July 24th, 2012 2:25 pm

Rona, Christine and Jonathan

My condolences to you and your families.
My recollections are of the wonderful father and husband he was to you. His life will continue to be an example for all to admire and attempt to follow.

Joe Farleigh

Condolence from Ralph Marks on July 24th, 2012 6:36 pm

So sorry to hear if Barry’ s passing.
He had a great pastor’ s heart and cared for people. You will be in our prayers!

Condolence from Paul L. Shumate on July 24th, 2012 8:24 pm

Dear Rona, Christine, Jonathan & Children:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are saddened to learn of Barry’s death but know the Lord has released him from his cancer-ridden body and taken him home for all eternity. His faith was such an inspiration. He had such a hopeful and positive attitude. His spirit was so Christlike through his treatments. I remember taking him to Hershey for a treatment and it was so good to catch-up and share. May God bless and comfort each of you. Our love and prayers are extended to you.
-Paul & Joan Shumate

Condolence from Nadinne Ziegler on July 25th, 2012 11:18 am

Dear Rona & family,

I was saddened to read of Barry’s death. I worked for him at Hope United Methodist Church in Ephrata and he was always such an inspiration and full of life. My love and prayers to you and your family.

Nadinne Ziegler

Condolence from Katherine Spear on July 25th, 2012 1:30 pm

Dear Rona, Jon and Christine,

We are sorry for your loss of Barry and pray that you are experienceing the strength of the Lord at this sad time. We enjoyed working with Barry at First Church and have fond memories of you all.

Love and blessings to you,

Condolence from Jerilyn Kolb Schweitzer on July 25th, 2012 6:54 pm

Dear Rona,

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad, sad time. God bless and comfort.

With Sincere Sympathy and Love,


Condolence from Rev. Dennis and Cindi Snovel on July 26th, 2012 4:41 pm

Rona and Family,

We were saddened to hear of Barry’s passing. He was such an inspiration to us as he shared his thoughts and recovery happenings after his surgery. May God give you His peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

In sympathy,

Dennis and Cindi Snovel

Condolence from The Rev. Dr. Nina George-Hacker, FHC on July 26th, 2012 10:41 pm

I was saddened to learn of Barry’s death. When I was a candidate for ordination in the UMC, he was my supervising pastor, and encouraged me greatly in the early days of my ministry. I will long remember him, and wish I could have been in touch before he passed away.

Rona and the family will be in my prayers and those of the parish I now serve as an Episcopal priest, St. Christopher’s Church, Cobleskill, New York.

Condolence from Marlene Fedon Bayard on July 27th, 2012 8:35 am

From accounts I read, a good man left our world too soon. With his fervent faith and caring ministry in this life, he will be welcomed in the next.
Hoping that your own faith and fond memories give you strength at this time of loss,

Condolence from Holly Bruce on July 27th, 2012 6:27 pm

Dear Rona, Jon, an Christine,

I remember when I was 11 my mom, sister and I entered a group called Bridge of Hope. You guys where in our mentor Group. You took me on my first trip to the Beach and to my first baseball game and did so many other things with me. You all made such an impact on our lives and helped us in so many ways that I will never be able to repay you. I learned of Barry’s passing from my mom Dawn today and I am so incredibly sad to learn of it. He was truly and angel sent from above and I will miss him for the years to come. I am so sorry for your loss, and I know god is with you in this time of need. I send my condolences to all of you. We love you all very much.

Holly Bruce and family

Condolence from Vince & Bonnie DiSciullo on July 27th, 2012 11:01 pm

Rona & Family,
Barry’s amazing love for people was a true example of Christ-in-action, & we were truly blessed to be on the receiving end of it many times over the years! Although this world seems a bit dimmer without his warm smile, we are encouraged to know that Barry’s zeal for Christ can no longer be hampered by a broken body. Thank you so much for sharing such a special person with us!
Peace be with you,
The DiSciullo Family

Condolence from Lisa Knauss Brown on July 30th, 2012 4:39 pm

I remember Barry from Pocono Plateau Music Camp when I was a middle-school camper back in the late 70’s. He was such a fun and dynamic guy! I can still see him and Tom W ferociously playing one-on-one volleyball. He definitely made our world a better place–I’m lucky our lives crossed for even that short period of time.

Condolence from Russ Bechtold on August 3rd, 2012 10:25 am

Barry was a year ahead of me at South Lebanon, and when I was in 10th grade (1961) I became a Christian largely through his influence as the leader of the Youth for Christ club. He had a great impact on me in my early Christian years for which I am forever grateful.

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