Joshua A Emel

Joshua A. Emel, 36, of Lancaster, left us suddenly due to a car accident, to be welcomed into God’s kingdom on Monday, May 10, 2021.Born in Lancaster, he was the son of John A. and Christine F. Emel. Josh found his niche as an LPN who was selflessly devoted to helping others. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending most of his time with them. If you knew Josh, you knew he had a kind heart and would do anything to help others.  His final gift was to the Gift of Life donor program.  He was a joy to be with. He was an avid gamer, and gained a recent interest in the stock market. He had a witty sense of humor, and he loved animals especially his dog Jasmine.

He is survived by his siblings Brian M. Emel, Jennifer L. Loos, Janice M. Chivers, Jason M. Leipart, and April Romanosky and his extended flock of family.

A service will be held at On Monday May 17 at 11:00am at Conestoga Memorial Park in the mausoleum with an internment afterwards. There will not be a public viewing.

In lieu of flowers if desired, contributions may be made to honoring Josh’s life’s wishes here:

Cremation Services of Lancaster   717-273-6283


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  • Our sincere condolences and sympathies to everyone in the family. Josh was a wonderful soul and the world will miss him. We were genuinely saddened to hear such horrible news. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    With love and sympathy,
    Dawn Stepp and Kylie Zoller

  • To Christine, John and the entire family,
    Reshma and I are extremely sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord watch over all of you, guide you and give you strength during this very difficult time.
    With Sympathy,

  • My heart aches for the family of anybody who’s life is cut short but Josh wasn’t just anybody he was the type to put his own desires on hold to help another even if it meant his own suffering he didn’t care he just wanted people to be happy and do the right thing sadly I know as well how it hurts much more to know you could have done something for someone that would have had a great affect and held off because “what if?” Or “why?” Etc but Josh didn’t care and that’s just a slice of what he has and could have accomplished he was an angel on earth and god must have thought he has done enough to return to heaven and wait for his next chance to do good in a future life. Josh I will miss you as I miss all of my fallen friends and family and I hope you can rest easy knowing you made a difference and were loved! Rest In Peace Josh we all love you

  • Mr, Mrs Emel and Brian, I know that no words can replace the emptiness that must be in your hearts..but josh touched and saved so many lives. Even if it was just the warmth of his smile or a hug when things hurt..he truly went above and beyond at his duties as a nurse. I’ll miss talking to him, and will never forget our debates on the school bus. I am sorry for your loss, but he is everywhere, in the breeze, the warm sunshine, and in every ones hearts who truly knew him.

  • So sorry to hear about Josh my thoughts and prayers are with your family I will always remember him riding my bus so many memories

  • Praying for Josh’s family & friends. I was a fellow classmate to Josh in nursing school and he was always so kind and laughing. Rest In Peace Josh

  • Josh was a unique person, very kind and loving. He had a funny side to him which we will miss at WDR and a wealth of knowledge about many different topics. Praying for the family and friends in this difficult time of grief and loss.

  • Chris, John, Brian, and family, Please except my sincere condolences. Nobody expects to loss one of their young. This is a difficult time for your family, at the sudden loss of a loved one. Being an LPN, is such a rewarding career. I was an LPN for 38 years. I am sure he touched so many lives with his caring and kindness ways. Love ways. Susan Herrold Rubright

  • John, Chris, Brian, and family- Bill and I are holding you all in our hearts. Josh was so sweet and kind, always nice to sit down next to and have a conversation. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you. Love to you all.

  • Dear Chris, John, Brian and “Josh’s family flock”,
    I cannot fathom the depth of your pain. But I have a very close friend who’s life was saved by the donation of a young person’s liver. She would not have survived had not a family, in the midst of their own suffering , gave the Gift of Life. It speaks to who YOU are as a family and she is forever grateful.
    Josh changed someone’s life even while loosing his own life. I know how much he was loved and I hope you can find some small condolence in that. No doubt he is wrapped up in the arms of his Oma.

  • Chris, John & family,

    We know the pain of losing a child, so we can honestly say we know how you feel. But also know Glenn was his Tiger Cub leader and we recall how full of life Josh was as a young boy! And, later in life, I tutored Josh in nursing school when he struggled with some areas. It seems he got through just fine and became the nurse he desired to be. God bless you for allowing the ultimate gift of life. Josh was a sweet young man, and we wish you God’s loving peace at this most difficult time.

  • We are praying for both of you and the family as you go through this very difficult time of great loss. We pray that you draw close to the Lord who is the comforter of all.

  • Josh was such a sweet person, so full of knowledge on numerous things and his sense of humor always had me laughing. Losing Josh so suddenly taught me that life is so precious, never take anyone special in your life for granted. I will cherish the memories I have of him forever.

  • Celebrate his life!! He was called home to be with the Father!! Joshua now knows no pain,no sorrow and no hate,only love and eternal life!!May God bless all of Joshua’s Family and Friends!! You are in my prayers in the name of Jesus I pray!! Amen!!🙏😇

  • Chris, John, Brian, and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so heartbroken over the loss of Josh. We loved him dearly and will miss him so much. Josh was so compassionate and caring. He will always have a special place in our hearts.
    Peter, Sabiene and Kyle

  • Our sincere condolences to Chris, John, Brian and their family!! Josh was such a great friend/neighbor and he always said hello, either when he was leaving for work or coming home, he was such a friendly person!! We will miss him dearly!! Love the Pickel family

  • Unser aufrichtiges Beileid. Wir sind in Gedanken bei euch. Wir wünschen euch viel Kraft in dieser schweren Zeit.

  • Chris & John I really Can not Express how sorry Iam and can not even imagine what you are going thru Just Know that I love ya and if you need anything I’am here Stacey

  • Praying for those family/work family members of Josh. White Deer Run is feeling a terrible loss. May GOD bring you peace in this time.

  • John & Christine, you have my absolute heartfelt condolences. I can’t say I’m sorry enough; I pray for peace for you and your family, and for Joshua. Love, Alicia & Robb Graves

  • So saddened to hear about Josh. He will certainly be missed. Love, Patrice and Candace

  • Josh was an incrediable person! He was kind hearted and a gentle soul. He made us laugh and enlightened many with his knowledge and perspective of life. I wil miss him and his wit…..

  • Josh was such a kind & caring person. He was incredibly smart, empathetic, and hardworking. White Deer Run’s staff & patients were so lucky to have him. He will be greatly missed! My sincerest condolences to his loved ones.

  • Josh was a good soul. He will surely be missed. God bless the family during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you. ~ Staff at White Deer Run

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