Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saying Goodbye

My grandpa was such an important person in my life. I have so many memories of him that will stick with me forever. Some of my favorites are the times when he and my grandma would have the kids on their own. I remember how fun it was to ride in his El Camino and play the horn he had so the car sounded like the General Lee. I remember going down to Ocean City with them, and how he'd always seem to find something for me with his metal detector. Later, once I learned to drive, I don't think I ever pulled into their driveway without grandpa coming out to inspect my car. He'd kick tires, listen for weird sounds, all to make sure I was safe. Most recently, I've seen how much he loves my kids. No matter what he was doing or how he was feeling, if I stopped by with the kids, he'd be upstairs playing in minutes. I can still see him running around the living room/dining room/hallway chasing Emily (or in earlier years, having the dog chase him). His passing was shocking and unexpected, and it's been difficult to deal with the fact that I won't get to see him anymore. But, I take comfort knowing that my grandpa is still looking out for me and the entire family, making sure we're safe, and loving us from up above.

March, Sylvan A.
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WEIGELSTOWN Sylvan Augustus March, 76, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 5, 2009, while working at his late sister's home. He was the loving husband of Betty Jane (Diehl) March. The couple celebrated 56 years of marriage on December 6, 2008. He was born June 7, 1933, in Warrington Township, a son of the late Wilbert A. and Alice M. (Myers) March. Sylvan retired in 1997 following 29 years of service in Quality Control for FES, York. His job gave him the opportunity to travel to several countries. Sylvan attended Shiloh Lutheran Church. He was a life member of Viking Athletic Association. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge York 266; Tall Cedars of Lebanon York Forrest 30; and the Hawks Gunning Club. Sylvan enjoyed woodworking, watching NASCAR and traveling to Las Vegas with his wife. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. In addition to his wife, Sylvan is survived by two daughters, Susan Sipe and her husband, Ron and Sharon Oberdick and her husband, Art, all of Dover; four grandchildren, Courtney Bilodeau and her husband, Danny, Jason Koons and his wife, Jen, Matthew Kinard and Megan Kinard; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mae Schrum and her husband, Paul and Jan L. Snyder, all of Weigelstown; a brother, Chester March of Weigelstown; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Emma J. Becker, Martilla Dennis, and Verna Reigle. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at 11 a.m. and the viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Emig Funeral Home, 47 N. Queen St., Dover. Burial will follow in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens. Officiating will be the Rev. Kathy Swords, pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, 5405 Jonestown Rd., Suite 110, Harrisburg, PA 17112; or the York County SPCA, 3159 N. Susquehanna Trail, York, PA 17406.