The Sheetz Funeral Home began with the simple role of a
carpenter and his service to the community in which he resided. During
the 1890’s, Alvin C. Sheetz, a carpenter and home builder from East Petersburg,
was asked to provide wooden caskets to families in his community. In 1895 he began a career in funeral service
that would include 4 generations of his family and provide death care services
to others at a time of need. He was officially
licensed in 1899 and formally opened the Sheetz Funeral Home on Carpenter
Street in East Petersburg in 1899. In
1921, his son, Roy B. Sheetz opened the second Sheetz Funeral Home at the
current location, 16 East Main Street, Mount Joy. Roy was not only a funeral director but as
many before him, he was a furniture dealer as well. He purchased the business from HW Brunner, of
Mounnt Joy where his ad in the Mount Joy Bulletin from 1923 promoted his
business as “Purveyor of Fine Furniture, and Funeral Directing. He married Rebecca H. Siegrist Sheetz and
together they had two sons Gerald and Richard Sheetz.
In 1928, Alvin and his son Roy moved the East Petersburg Funeral
Home to a Lancaster City location which was the former home of George Ross,
prominent lawyer and member of the Continental Congress. He had the honor of being one of 56 men known
as “Signers” as his signature is recorded on the Declaration of Independence. The Lancaster location operated until Roy’s
death in 1961.
Gerald R. Sheetz, also known as “Jerry” carried the family
tradition forward as the third generation to be dedicating a life to service to
others. In 1949 he married Mary Reich Sheetz.
In 1951, Jerry and Mary opened their business in Mount Joy. Then in
1968, together, they achieved one of Jerry’s lifelong ambitions, when he and
Mary re-purchased his birthplace and home to Roy and Rebecca located at the
current Funeral Home location, 16 East Main Street, Mount Joy.
Jonathan R. Sheetz, “Jon” joined the Sheetz Funeral Home in
1987, and represents the fourth generation of his family to serve the Mount Joy
community as a funeral director. Perhaps, the tradition that Jon is most proud
to carry on is “teamwork,” an ideal imparted to him by his parents. His
teamwork attitude extends to his business practices as he seeks to engage the
needy and willing in creating the ideal and fitting remembrances for those who
leave this life before us. A powerful and engaged group of professionals, including
Andrew Dieck, a licensed funeral director, Joan Rutt, as our Family Advocate,
and other professionals join Jon in his business.
He is married to Donna McNamara Sheetz and together, they
have three sons, Peter, Stephen, and James.