Henry A. Pilsner, 64, Vietnam vet, Master Carpenter at Wohlsen, honored craftsman

By on July 16, 2014
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Henry A. Pilsner, 64, of Millersville, passed away at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy, Sunday, July 13, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born on March 15, 1950 in Waldeck, Germany, Henry immigrated to the United States with his family in 1951 and became a naturalized citizen in 1957. Henry was the husband of Kathy (Long) Pilsner, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage, and the son of the late Frank and Fanny (Roth) Pilsner.

Following graduation from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1968 and Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in 1970, he served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman while stationed in Vietnam from 1971-72. He was a member of the Millersville VFW.

Shortly after he was discharged from the Army, Henry was hired by Wohlsen Construction Company and became a Master Carpenter. He worked for Wohlsen for over 40 years until his illness disabled him. During his career he worked on over 100 construction projects. He received numerous craftsmanship awards from Wohlsen as well as being honored for his skills by the Harrisburg Builders Exchange on more than one occasion. In his spare time, he spent many hours building furniture in his workshop for friends and family. Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, was something he enjoyed a great deal. Henry was a fan of the NFL and rooted for Notre Dame and Penn State football teams. He was also a NASCAR fan. In recent years, he looked forward to going out to dinner with his classmates from St. Anthony’s Catholic School.

In addition to his wife; he is survived by his sons: Jason, husband of Melanie Pilsner, Ephrata, and Matthew Pilsner, partner of Ray Mager, Whitehouse Station, N.J.; two grandchildren: Katelyn and Anderson Pilsner; and two brothers: Fritz Pilsner, husband of Diane Pilsner, Denver, and Frank J. Pilsner, husband of Sherry Pilsner, Millersville.

Friends and family are invited to greet the family at Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, 141 E. Orange St., Lancaster, on Friday, July 18, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by an interment at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery with full military honors will be accorded by The Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and the Vet 21 Salute Honor Guard with the Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Rankin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit KaSnyderFuneralHome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster.

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