John H. Erisman

  • Born: July 18, 1951
  • Died: February 14, 2018
  • Location: New Providence, Pennsylvania

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Tribute & Message From The Family

John H. Erisman, 66, of New Providence, formerly of Holtwood and Millersville passed away at home unexpectedly Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from health related issues. Born on July 18, 1951 in Lancaster, he was the son of the late George E. Erisman and Etta F. Heisey Erisman Connell. He was the step son of the late Terrance Connell. John was preceded in death by his wife, Donna L. Rhoads Erisman who passed away July 1, 2016.

John was currently employed in maintenance for Burle Industries, Lancaster. He had previously worked in maintenance for US Shelter Corp at the former Lynnebrook Apartments in Millersville. John loved to fish and go camping. He was always out taking walks with his dog Tank. He was an immaculate housekeeper. He loved to cook and made a delicious oyster pie.

John was a devoted husband to Donna and father to his son, Jon. Jon passed away just one week before his Dad on February 7, 2018.

John is survived by his sister, Virginia L. "Ginny" Bachman of New Providence; brother, Michael J., husband of Patti Erisman of Milford, DE; mother and father in law, George E. and Doris Y. Caldwell of Strasburg; step mother in law, Cynthia "Sis" Rhoads of Willow Street; nieces and nephews and his dog "Tank". John was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; son, Jon D. Erisman and brother, George E. Erisman, Jr.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a combined funeral service for Big John and Little Jon on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11AM from the Melanie B. Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, The Gundel Chapel, 3225 Main Street, Conestoga, PA. Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 to 11AM. They will be interred together at Conestoga Memorial Park. Please omit flowers, memorial remembrances may be made in their memory to Hope Lodge of American Cancer Society, 110 W. Laurel Ave. , Cheltenham, PA 19012. For other information please call 717-872-1779 or to submit an online condolence visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in peace John.

Posted by Raymond Zander - Ephrata, PA - Coworker   February 22, 2018

Time passes and the years fly by, but we never forget the people that made us laugh or gave us a smile! Mike and Ginny know we keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by John and Nancy Leed (Gehr) - Washington Boro, PA - Friend   February 20, 2018


So very sorry to hear/see that John passed away

He will be missed

RIP John

Thoughts and Prayers to Johns family

Donna Speece
Jeff Davis

Posted by DONNA SPEECE - lancaster, PA - Friend   February 20, 2018

My deepest sympathies to all of John's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working for John at Lynnebrook apts in the early 90's.... he was a great friend to me and taught me a lot about building maintenance, I'm still working in the field today. I was also deeply saddened to hear about little Jon passing away a week before. I hope the family can find the healing they desperately need during this difficult time. God bless.

Posted by James Ulmer - Lancaster, PA - Coworker   February 18, 2018

You were always one of the kids from Southend park that everyone loved. You tryely cared about your family & friends. I am honored to have known you snd call you my friend. I know you are enjoying your new Heavenly home with all of your family & friends. While our hearts will always ache with pain of never seeing your earthly body & mind... our hearts will ALWAYS have a special place with memories of you. God Bless you my friend... Until we meet again.

Posted by Billy Dangro - Lancaster, PA - Friend   February 18, 2018

I grew up with Johnny and his brother Mike, both great guys. For many, many years I hung and did things with Johnny. Johnny was a great pool player and had a solid game spending much time at Jack's Pool Hall in Lanc. He loved fishing and hunting. His son Jon Jon was the apple of his eye. He spent most of his entire adult life with our friend Gary Flora, his wife Donna, and his son Jon Jon. After they all passed recently may have had an impact on Johnny's will to go on. Johnny you will be missed at the South End Lancaster reunion's.
May you Rest In Peace my friend Johnny, and may the arms of the Angels hold you.

Posted by Wayne Thompson - Lancaster, PA - Friend   February 18, 2018