Barbara L. Hess

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HANOVER Barbara L. "Barb" Hess, 81, entered into God's eternal care on Friday, August 15, 2014, at her home. She was the loving wife of Edgar E. Hess for 60 years. Born December 10, 1932, in Berlin Junction, New Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Charles I. and Mary P. (Staub) Groft. Barb was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Hanover. She was employed for a number of years as a seamstress with Middleburg Manufacturing. Later in life she was employed at Little People's Day Care, taking care of the infant room. Barb was a member of the YWCA and enjoyed swimming. A skilled seamtress, she was an avid sewer and made many of her children's outfits. Mrs. Hess also enjoyed cooking and baking pies, but she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Edgar, she is survived by two daughters, Kimberly A. Gross of Orrtanna and Lisa M. Keiser of Gettysburg; three siblings, Mary Gebhart of New Oxford, Margaret Wagaman of York, and William Groft of New Oxford; five grandchildren, Joshua, Nicholas, and Amybeth Boyer, and Torie and Brooke Brilhart; and three great-grandchildren, Jake, Emory, and Imogen Boyer. Mrs. Hess was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Boyer; and six siblings, Richard, Harold, Donald, and Charles Groft, Doris Hockensmith, and Deanie Stuller. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 5125 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA 17331 with the Rev. Msgr. James M. Lyons as celebrant. A time to express condolences and share memories with the family will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the mass at church. Final committal will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery, Hanover. For those desiring, contributions in Barb's memory may be made to the Christine L. Boyer, Scholarship Fund, c/o Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, PA 17344; or St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 5125 Grandview Road, Hanover, PA 17331. To share memories of Barbara Hess and view a video tribute, please visit
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Wetzel Funeral Home - Hanover
549 Carlisle Street  Hanover, PA 17331
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Published in Evening Sun on Aug. 16, 2014
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