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Rev. J. William Anderson

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On April 2, 2016 @ 6:51 am In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Rev. J. William (Bill) Anderson, 86, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, PA. Bill was the husband of Leona McMinn Anderson who resides at the Mennonite Home.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Walter and Mary Anderson. Bill and Leona considered their family to be a true blessing and treasure.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cindy Schoonmaker of Lexington, NC; two sons, Mark Anderson (Kim) of Shillington, PA and Rob Anderson (Beth) of York, PA; grandchildren:  Jennifer and Keith Dasch of Lexington, NC; Kelly and Ben Ross of Shillington, PA; Betsy and Matt Forrer of Shillington, PA; Erik and Stephanie Anderson of Syracuse, NY; Kendra and Brent Loope of Dayton, VA and Michael Anderson and Rebecca Lauer of Philadelphia and ten great-grandchildren.  Two sisters preceded Bill in death: Dorothy Buckius and June Ringer.

Bill was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School, Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.  He began his ministry at Salem UCC in Columbia, PA, followed by Mt. Zion UCC in York, PA where he served for 20 years.  His final ministry was administrator/chaplain at the Homewood Retirement Community in Hanover, PA.

He enjoyed music and sports, especially the Phillies.  He sang in the choirs of Lancaster Theological Seminary and First Reformed UCC in Lancaster.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at First Reformed UCC, 40 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA, 17602 on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Dana Schlegel officiating.  The family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be sent to First Reformed UCC at 40 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA  17602.

Condolences for the family of “Rev. J. William Anderson”

Condolence from Colleen Myers on April 3rd, 2016 7:01 am

Hello Leona, it was so nice to meet and get to know Bill. Will never forget the fun times and Bill always asking if I have any soft pretzels. Sending my love, prayers and my sympathies to and your your family.
Colleen– past garden cafe supervisor. At Woodcrest Villa.

Condolence from Gladys Ellwein on April 3rd, 2016 10:30 am

I was a teenager in Columbia when he started his ministry. Later I lived in York and transferred to Mt. Zion. He helped me through a difficult time and he will always be remembered! I now live in Orlando, Fla, Godspeed to his family! Sincerely, Gladys Ellwein{Schlegelmilch}

Condolence from Nancy Sleeger on April 3rd, 2016 7:54 pm

Dear Leona, Cindy, Mark & Rob and spouses,
It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Rev. Bill. He was a very special person in our lives having married us and baptized both our children. Mt. Zion grew mightily during his pastorate with us. I’ve missed him the last few years at the retired clergy banquet. Our sympathy to each of you but know he is in a better place . ” Well done good and faithful servant”. Love, Jeff & Nancy Sleeger

Condolence from Jackie Sandblade on April 7th, 2016 8:49 am

We are so very sorry about your precious Bill. Sending you our love and prayers
to all your family.
Jackie and Eric Sandblade

Condolence from Nancy Sleeger on April 11th, 2016 8:48 am

It is with great sadness that we will not be able to attend Rev, Anderson’s memorial service. We have a funeral to attend in York for life long friend, John Rebert’s wife Carole, who’s service is at the same time. Peace be with you, Jeff & Nancy Sleeger

Condolence from Pamela Rutledge on April 15th, 2016 2:32 pm

I read of Rev. Anderson’s passing with great sadness. Rev. Anderson pastored at Mt. Zion UCC throughout my childhood and young adult years. I will always remember him fondly. He was a kind and gentle man, who was a significant and influential person in my life. Due to a prior commitment, I regret that I will be unable to attend his memorial service. My deepest sympathy to Leona, Mark, Cindy, Rob and family.

Pamela Rutledge

Condolence from Bill and Claire Giblin on April 16th, 2016 9:42 am

Dear Leona and family. We love you both, and are always grateful that you were our neighbors and friends for so long. Always cheerful and positive, Bill was a joy to know. We are happy that he married us 21 years ago (can it be?). He always held you and cherished you in his heart and in his daily conversation. He made a difference. With our love and our thanks and our prayers.

Bill and Claire Giblin
your neighbors at 22 Laurelgate Place

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