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Janice McCraw, 85, of The Brethren Home Community at Cross Keys Village,

passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the York Hospital.

She was born October 2, 1936 in Grand Junction, CO the daughter of the late

Charles Daniel and Dorothy Loback Hafey. Janice was predeceased by her husband

Tommy F. McCraw in 2014.

Janice studied piano and viola at Bob Jones University, received a bachelor’s degree

from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA and earned a Divinity of Music Degree

from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA.

Janice was most proud of her family, she loved her children, grandchildren and only

granddaughter very much, cherishing every minute with them and relishing in

sharing story after story of their activities and accomplishments.

Janice’s life’s work combined her passion for music and her faith. She believed

music tells a story of God’s love in a unique and wonderful way and through music

we sense the presence of God, feel the love of Jesus, and our faith is strengthened

from the mystical combination of sound and word. God has given us a wonderful

gift in music.

Janice served several churches in the tri-state area through her love of music. Her

roles included Choir Director, Organist, Choir Member, and Director of Music at

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in York Springs, PA, The Presbyterian Church of

Falling Spring in Chambersburg, PA, the Chapel at Fort Ritchie, Waynesboro

Presbyterian Church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg, MD, and Lower

Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church in Gettysburg, PA. Janice also played in the

Gaithersburg Orchestra and was a member of Skola Cantorum. She and her late

husband were also devoted members of The Towne Singers for many years.

Mrs. McCraw is survived by four children; David Scot Stewart and his wife Sue of

Fairfield, PA, Tamra Corinne McCraw of Alexandria, VA, Charles Kent McCraw

and his wife Sang of Simpsonville, SC, Ruth McCraw Burke of Dallas, TX, six

grandchildren; Nicole Stewart Marks and her husband Adam, Dana Stewart

Bruinsma and her husband Vincent, Ian McCraw, Conor McCraw, Brodie Burke,

Patrick Burke, a great granddaughter, Cali Marks, a brother, Tim Hafey, and two

sisters, Jane Ann Nettleton and Ruth “Mij” Lisle. She was predeceased by a

brother, Steve Hafey.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Lower

Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church, in Gettysburg, PA. Interment will be private in

the church cemetery, prior to the service. The family will receive friends at the

church after the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be

made to Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian Church or Waldo’s & Company (17

Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PS 17325) a non-profit community arts organization

that empowers artists through low cost access to equipment and provides space

where community and creativity can thrive. Online obituary and condolences

available at monahanfuneralhome.com.


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