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Jonathan R. Sheetz


Jonathan R. "Jon" Sheetz is the son of Mary H. and the late Gerald R. Sheetz.  He is married to Donna McNamara Sheetz; together they have three sons, Peter, Stephen and James, and reside in Mount Joy.

Jon was raised in the current funeral home location and made his entry into funeral service at the age of 14 when he volunteered to assist his father on New Year’s Eve.  He is a 1977 graduate of Donegal High School and is a 1985 graduate of Boston College. In 1986, he received an Associate in Funeral Service from the New England Institute, Boston and was licensed in Pennsylvania in 1987.

Jon brings extensive experience in funeral service, having worked for funeral homes during his high school years, as well as in Boston and Lancaster prior to joining his father in 1986. He is proud to be the fourth generation of Sheetz family members to be involved in an industry providing personal services in a time of need.  He is steadfast on his belief that “Support” after the funeral is just as important as the support given during the time of the services.  His belief in the Family Advocacy (Support) Program at the Sheetz Funeral Home has greatly influenced the meaning of Full Service Funeral Home.  The program is under the guidance of Joan Rutt, a very capable counselor whose reputation as a “family advocate” has made her an integral part of the Sheetz Funeral Home staff. 

Jon is steadfast in his values of keeping the wishes of the family members first in mind.  A conservative minded individual himself, Jon believes in keeping funeral costs as affordable as possible.  Each service is independent of the other due to itemization of changes.  Costs can be managed with minor charges, which he will openly suggest and share with clients.  

“In funeral service today, “Service” in conjunction with the support and assistance the funeral home can return to the community it serves, is paramount to the success of that business.”

He is an ardent fly fisher and enjoys family time with his sons, siblings and in-laws.

Andrew Dieck

Licensed Director

Andrew “Andy” Dieck grew up in Mountville. He is a 2002 graduate of Hempfield High School and a 2005 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Andy finished his college degree at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and currently resides in Mount Joy with his wife, Carolyn and their daughters Charlotte and Hannah. Andy is a member of the Mount Joy Rotary Club and Mount Joy Sportsmen’s Association. He enjoys playing golf and watching Penn State Football. Andy has been a licensed funeral director since 2007 and joined the Sheetz Funeral Home in 2011.

Charles A. Habecker

Licensed Director

Chad was born in Lancaster County, PA but grew up in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia. He graduated from Windsor High School, in Windsor VA in 2011. After beginning his Funeral Studies at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, VA, he relocated to Pennsylvania in July of 2014. He completed his studies at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Specialized Technology. Chad is married to Elizabeth and they reside in Mount Joy.

Joan B. Rutt

Family Advocacy Program

Joan is a resident of Landisville having moved to Lancaster County in 1970 following graduation from Polyclinic Hospital’s School of Nursing in Harrisburg. During her career, Joan practiced as an R.N. before taking a position with M&M, Mars now Mars Chocolate, North America as an Occupational Health Nurse. She held various positions in Human Resources including an 8 month period in Recife, Brazil. Joan retired from Mars Elizabethtown in 1999 as the head of the Personnel Department.  Joan’s support to families has received numerous compliments from families served by the Sheetz Funeral Home as well as others who have been referred her. Her support is available to any individuals who are in need of guidance at a stressful time.  The program, under Joan’s guidance has led to her reputation as a “family advocate” and made her an integral part of the Sheetz Funeral Home staff. Her program stands alone in the fact that Joan is “hands on” and is committed to seeing every family we serve.  She is a leader in support and family advocacy and we are honored to have her on our team.

John Thomas


John was born in Williamsport, PA and later lived in Ithaca, NY.  His family moved to Mount Joy in November of 1967.  John graduated from Donegal High School in 1975 and later attended Harrisburg Community College. After graudation, he began a career as a firefighter for the City of Lancaster. John spent eight years as a fire marshal and retired as a captain after 25 years of service. 

John is a partner at LCBC Church, Manheim Campus and serves as the leader of the medical team.  He also serves as a Life Group Leader and Coach. John’s hobbies are sports related.  He is a former clubhouse manager for the Lancaster Barnstormers and continues to have great interest in the team as well as Penn State football and wrestling. He enjoys spending time with his wife Beverly and their granddaughter Alina. 

Beverly Dishart


Bev Dishart is a graduate of Evansburg High School. Bev worked for AMP for a short period of time before raising her five children, Keith, Chris, Michelle, Kevin and William. She enjoys going to plays at the Fulton and Rainbow Dinner Theatre. Bev is an active member of Mary Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy.

Vaughn & Deborah Nissley


Vaugn and Deborah reside in Elizabethtown, living in the same home for 40 years. They are fifty-plus year members of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church and both are actively involved in the life of the church. Vaughn retired from Strausser Surveying and Engineering, Inc. after 41 ½ years of service, as a Registered Surveyor and later as a partner in the company. Debbie is retired from the Donegal School District with 31 ½ years of service where she worked in the Administration Office. They have one son, Matthew Darren, who in December 2010 at the age of 34, was called home to live with his Heavenly Father. They are blessed with two grandchildren, Zachery Bradford and Isabella Faith. In July 2015, they celebrated 44 years of marriage. Vaughn enjoys reading, target shooting and instructing juniors in proper rifle etiquette. Debbie enjoys landscaping, walking and being out-of-doors with God’s creation. Together, they enjoy bicycling, hunting, fishing and spending time in Potter County. Because of their passion to care for others and to be of service, they began part-time work with the Sheetz Funeral Home “family” in 2010.

Nancy L. Hopple


Nancy grew up in Mount Joy (Florin). She graduated from Donegal High School class of 1969. Nancy retired from Armstrong World Industries after 38 years of service. Her and her husband Richard “Rick” reside in Mount Joy. Nancy is a member of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church and spends time volunteering with New Life for Girls in Dover, Lancaster and Glen Rock as well as Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.

Mary Sheetz Lynam


Mary Sheetz Lynam is the daughter of Gerald R. (late) and Mary H. Sheetz. Mary grew up in the family funeral home with her two sisters, Jessica, Judy and her two brothers Jonathan and Christopher. Her mother and father taught her great empathy for the families who were grieving the loss of a family member. They modeled compassion and built a heightened awareness of human suffering. Mary is a graduate of Donegal High School, Cabrini University, Radnor PA. She received her Master’s degree in counseling from Millersville University, Millersville, PA. After teaching in the Donegal School District for eight years, she felt inspired to enter the field of childhood counseling. Currently, she serves as a school counselor for the Donegal School District and assists with funeral services at the Funeral Home. She is proud to be involved with the family business. She currently resides with her husband Mark Lynam in Mount Joy and together they have two sons, Andrew, Ian and a daughter Mary.

Reverend Dr. Donald M. Rising


Donald M. Rising Don was born and raised in Indiana, PA and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He went on to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, graduating in 1973 with a Master of Divinity degree, and Luther Rice Theological Seminary where he received the Doctor of Ministry degree in 1978. He served Presbyterian (PCUSA) churches in Youngwood, Mount Pleasant, New Brighton, Harrisburg and Dayton, all in Pennsylvania and Salisbury, Maryland where he retired in 2015. He and his wife, Lynn, moved to Mount Joy to be closer to their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Don enjoys antique cars and loves showing his 1979 Buick Electra at car shows.

Ryan M. Arndt


Ryan is a resident of Campbelltown and is the Organist and Choir Director at West Green Tree Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown. He is a 2016 graduate of the Palmyra Area High School and is studying English at Penn State Harrisburg. He serves various local area funeral homes when a pianist or organist is needed for services. In addition to his responsibilities at his church, he enjoys serving as a substitute organist for many local churches. Ryan also enjoys camping on his seasonal campsite at Camp Swatara.

In Memory of Those Who Have Impacted Our Business

Gerald Sheetz


Gerald was life-long resident of Mount Joy and third generation Funeral Director at Sheetz; He served as president the Mount Joy High School, Class of 1943. In 1950 he graduated from Eckel's Mortuary School in Philadelphia and was licensed in the Commonwealth of PA in 1951. He and his surviving wife Mary have five children, Jessica, Judy, Mary, Jonathan and Christopher and 7 grandchildren.

A proud veteran, he served in the US Marine Corps during WWII participating in the D-Day invasion of Okinawa in the Southern Pacific.

He was an ardent upland game hunter and was active member of his community.  His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.

William E. Martin


Bill joined the Sheetz Funeral Home in 1997 and was licensed in 2000.  He was deeply dedicated to his profession and the clients he served.  Bill was a charter member of Northwest EMS and life member of Fire Department Mount Joy.  He selflessly donated countless hours serving the community as a volunteer paramedic and was awarded many honors for his dedication.  Bill touched many lives and was a dear friend to many.  He courageously battled pancreatic cancer for 16 months until his untimely death on October 17, 2013 at the age of 57.  His legacy will live on for decades to come.

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