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Denise Witwer Lahr (#47356680)
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Bio Photo Born and raised in Warwick Township, Lancaster County, Pa., I now live in Hershey, Pa. I am interested in the Witwer, Leeking, and Eby families.

"The Life and Legacy of Peter Eby of Warwick Township," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, vol. 26, No. 1, January 2003, pp. 9-17.

"The Witwer Family of Earl Township: Part 1, Hans Wittwer" Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, vol. 26, no. 3, July 2003, pp. 14-23.

"The Witwer Family of Earl Township: Part 2, Michael Witwer" Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, vol. 27, no. 3, July 2004, pp. 18-27.

"The Witwer Family of Earl Township: Part 3, Joseph Witwer" Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, vol. 29, no. 1, January 2006, pp. 14-23.

"The Witwer Family of Earl Township: Part 4, Michael Witwer's Family" Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, vol. 30, no. 3, July 2007, pp. 8-25.

Thomas Witwer Richards, Denise Witwer Lahr, and Sally Miller Atkinson, The Witwer Legacy: Lancaster County Swiss-German Sons and Daughters, (Alexandria, Va.; Global Printing, Inc.: 2010)

The Hannes Eby Death and Burial Record, translated by Carolyn Wenger and annotated by myself, No. 7 of Mennonite Sources and Documents (Lancaster, Pa.:, LMHS, 2010)

I finished computerizing the records of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rothsville. To supplement those records, I am trying to make sure that everyone in the cemetery has a Findagrave Memorial, even those without a gravestone, and that each person is linked to his parents. If you can help by providing information, please contact me, and please add personal photos that you may possess.

Most of my memorials are connected to either the families of interest to me, The Hannes Eby Death and Burial Book, or Jerusalem Lutheran Cemetery in Rothsville. I also try to add some of Old Warwick Township's hidden and vulnerable family cemeteries. Before I add a memorial I usually research it extensively.

PLEASE send ideas and corrections, but I am reluctant to transfer any of the foregoing memorials.

However, whenever I visit a newer cemetery I take a few "serendipity" photos. These are gravestones that catch my eye for whatever reason. If you are related, please let me know, and I will transfer them.

And, since this is Find-a-GRAVE, I am loathe to link to "unknown" burials.
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Tammy Schupbach Miller
RE: Re: memorial 102194731
Sorry about that! I will let her know about the duplicate. Thanks
Added by Tammy Schupbach Miller on Jun 20, 2017 7:11 PM
RE: Rebecca Royer 67116392
My interest is in the Royer lineage, she is buried in the Rohrer Hershey cemetery (Lehn). B.1-20-1794
D. 8-18-1871. Her d. has also been shown as 1876.

The J. G. Francis book titled "Royer" at the LMHS is my go to for research. It states her maiden name as "Yount". I am searching for their son Samuel Y. Royer and his wife Elizabeth Reist Royer at this time.

Hope this helps
Added by Roz on May 26, 2017 9:16 AM
Mark Weitzel
John Landis
Hi Denise, I really made a major blunder. I sent you a edit for John Landis #138025039 to link his parents and it is his grandparents, not parents. His correct parents are John "Quakertown John" Landis#179498932 and Elizabeth Lieser Landis#179499018. I am very sorry, Thank You! Mark Weitzel
Added by Mark Weitzel on May 19, 2017 2:27 PM
Katherine Hall
RE: Christian Wittwer
Denise!!!! This is amazing information! I am so excited...I have so many questions! By any chance do you have a family tree on If not would you be willing to chat via email?

Rose and Christ Wittwer are my gggrandparents and up until now I have only known that Rose had a sister named, Mary.

I am a little confused on one point by the article you shared. Did Rose's half sister, Mary, marry her uncle? It is possible there was no blood relationship.

Do you have any information on Mary's parents? Jacob Liniger and ?

I only have bits and pieces I have found from newspaper articles which you may already have. Such as the following:

April 14, 1954: It has been called to our attention that Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wittwer of 1678 Jennings Ave., Alliance, are observing their 55th wedding anniversary today. Fifty-nine years ago Mrs. Wittwer came to Dover to reside and the same year her husband-to-be arrived in Sugarcreek as a cheese-maker. Four years later they were wed and since that time have been readers of The Daily Reporter and "enjoying every issue of the paper." Although they will be late in arriving we know the Wittwers will appreciate congratulatory cards from their friends.

April 28, 1954
Family Party Fetes Mrs. Mary Bichsel On 82nd Birthday Forty-one relatives of Mrs. Mary Bichsel gathered at her home on Commercial Ave., New Philadelphia, recently in celebration of her 82nd birthday anniversary. A covered dish supper was served and a large birthday cake centered the table. Mrs. Bichsel is the mother of 14 children, 10 of whom are living. Her only sister, Mrs. Chris Wittwer and family of Akron, were also present. Other guests were from Strasburg, New Philadelphia, Canton, Salem, Lisbon, Alliance and Willoughby.

I am anxious to learn more!!


Added by Katherine Hall on May 18, 2017 8:29 PM
Larry Head
Memorial #163163009
First of all, thanks for the great job you do with all of the memorials! I do have a question for you - on this memorial you have transcribed the tombstone's information, however, on the title of this memorial the person's name is listed as Catherine rather than the Susanna on the tombstone. Was this in error or is this person known as Catherine and do you have an idea who she "belongs" to? Thanks for your time. Eva
Added by Larry Head on May 17, 2017 9:33 PM
Katherine Hall
Christian Wittwer

I noticed you have included Christian Wittwer's (1869-1940) information among those that you have posted. This is my gggrandfather. I know he was born in Switzerland and I know he married Rose (or Rosa Liniger) and they had one daughter they lived their entire lives in Ohio (some people confuse this Christian Wittwer with the one in Wisonsin. However, I do not have any information on his parents or ancestors. I have looked at the Wittwer genealogy book you cite and he does not seem to match any of the Christian Wittwer's listed in the book. As you have included him in your postings, would you have any information on his familial line?

Thanks in advance,

Added by Katherine Hall on May 17, 2017 8:55 PM
Hi, Denise
Well, what a small world! I married Ed Bianchi in 1976 but am now divorced. I live in Hershey, too. Are you going to the Wilson Reunion in June? I am going with a classmate who is coming in from TN.
Added by SueB on May 03, 2017 8:23 PM
Thank you
Thanks for searching for Henry Hipple at Middletown. BTW, my freshman roommate at Wilson College in Chambersburg in 1968 was a Denise Witwer. Any relation to you?
Added by SueB on May 03, 2017 4:38 PM
Peggy Bargen Duey
Unknown Felker
Thank you for going out to try to take a better picture of the stone and hope that the person that maintains the memorial will put on the memorial that a better photo is not possible. When I receive notices that there is no marker I put the following in my Note section and hopefully people will see it: "No Stone~~~No Stone~~~ No Stone~~~No Stone~~~No Stone". :)
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on May 03, 2017 11:51 AM
SFC Shirley Ann Smith
RE: Daniel Rudy 88855159
My error, I'm sorry.

Jahr means year
Jennu mean January

I thought I was on Daniel Rudy Jr. memorial.

January goes on Daniel Rudy Jr not Dainel Rudy Sr. My error, sorry.

The below book has the compiler's translation to English.


Library of Congress Catalog Number 90-61546

Added by SFC Shirley Ann Smith on Apr 17, 2017 6:18 PM
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