Wendell H. Sweitzer

Sweitzer GLEN ROCK Wendell H. Sweitzer, 70, died on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at his home in Glen Rock surrounded by family members. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday from New Fairview Church of the Brethren, 1873 New Fairview Church Rd., York. Viewings will be Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 N. Second St., New Freedom and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Following the church lucnheon burial will be in Bowser's Cemetery, New Freedom. Bro. Donald Myers and Bro. Fred Miller will officiate. He was born April 9, 1942, in New Freedom, a son of the late Carroll H. and Marie G. (Eikenberry) Sweitzer. He was the husband of Connie H. (Stambaugh) Sweitzer to whom he was married 42 years. Wendell graduated from Susquehannock High School in 1962 and subsequently served in Brethren Volunteer Service in Falfurrias, Tx for two years. Wendell retired from Sonoco Corrflex in 2008 after 29 years of service. Prior to that, he performed construction work including the design and construction of his own A-frame home in rural Glen Rock. Wendell was also a skilled stone mason. He served as an ordained minister for the Church of the Brethren since 1967; additionally he was a two term board member for the Southern District of the Church of the Brethren. He also served the former Shrewsbury Church of the Brethren. He was a current member of the New Fairview Church of the Brethren and was actively engaged there as a Sunday School teacher. Wendell was also involved with the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry program at the York County Prison since 2005. His other interests include genealogy, church history, cover bridges, and historic mills. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and son who cared for his loving family throughout his life. Wendell's greatest honors would never be found in a directory. He was a tireless, humble and faithful "other centered" person his entire life. He transported countless individuals to Sunday School, Bible School, church and work. He met many physical and spiritual needs of others as he reached out with his servant heart. Many have described him as the "kindest person they ever met". He walked the talk of a servant leader daily and will be always remembered as such as he leaves a lasting legacy in the lives of others. In addition to his wife, Wendell is survived by one daughter, Sharon A. Sweitzer of Harrisburg, and one son, Jason L. Sweitzer and his wife, Joann from Auburn, Indiana; three grandchildren, Hannah Marie, Mollie Ann, and Ethan Samuel Sweitzer. He is also survived by four younger siblings, Anita (Sweitzer) Martin of Leaders Heights, Glenn Sweitzer of Muncie, Indiana, Kent Sweitzer and his wife, Sarah of Middleton, Wisconsin, and Beth Sweitzer-Riley and her husband, James of Silver Lake, Indiana; and four nieces and nephews, Bryan, Leo, Laura, and Erica; and one great-niece Ruth Grace. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Hanover and Spring Grove (VNA) for Hospice Care, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover, PA 17330; or, Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, P.O. Box 9760, Henrico, VA 23228-0760; or a .

Funeral Home

J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc.
24 N. Second Street New Freedom, PA 17349
(717) 235-3857

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 11, 2012