Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 31, 2017

By on August 30, 2017

Amy Flahart Campbell, 95, of Lancaster passed away Aug. 22 at her home. She attended Millersville State Teachers College. Her teaching career included teaching two years in a Fulton Township one-room school house, Crispus Attucks nursery, Mount Zion United Methodist Church kindergarten, and at Hawksville School, Canargo for 5 years. She also enjoyed tutoring. Her hobbies included sewing and she made most of her family’s clothing. Amy also loved writing poetry and stories. Her son, Martin Earl, husband of Kathy Campbell, lives in Lititz.

Stanley C. Dahl, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Aug. 22 at Lancaster General Hospital. Stanley served in the U.S. Army 882 Airborne during World War II, serving in New Guinea, Philippines, and a short time in Okinawa, Japan. He retired as a sales manager after 65 years of service. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. His son, Stephen C., married to Janet R. Dahl, resides in Lititz.

Elvin Curtis Funk, 86, passed away Aug. 21 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He and his wife, Betty Jane Kreider, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 2. In 1961, they became the sixth generation to own and operate the Funk Homestead in Manor Township since 1758. They shared their home with children via the Fresh Air Program as well as Mennonite-Your-Way guests, and others. They volunteered in numerous capacities. Late in life, Curtis and Betty enjoyed travels to many places including Hawaii, Alaska, Jamaica, Bermuda, and the Canadian Rockies. They entertained family and friends at their cabin in Pine Creek, Lycoming County.

Earl R. Gerhart, 82, of Stevens, passed away peacefully on Aug. 22 at LGH. Earl was a Denver High School graduate and a peacetime army veteran. He worked 43 years for Warner-Lambert, then Pfizer, Lititz, and belonged to St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregational Church, where he was an usher and member of the kitchen committee. He enjoyed flea markets and was a toy train enthusiast.

Helen I. Horn, 76, of Lancaster, died Aug. 26 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Helen retired from Luther Acres in Lititz, as a nurse’s assistant. She was a member of the Lancaster First Church of God and was a member of the church choir. She was a former den leader for Pack #129, a committee chairman for Troop #64, and was a recipient of the District Award of Merit.

Alice E. Horst, 90, formerly of East Earl, passed away Aug. 26 at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center. She was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church and a homemaker. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking and baking, flower and vegetable gardening, and needlework. Her daughter, Beulah Snavely, wife of Joseph, resides in Manheim.

JoAnne Schreder Kubala, 81, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly at Lancaster General Hospital on Aug. 24. JoAnne worked for Bell Telephone, RCA, and St. Anne’s Retirement Village. JoAnne was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She taught Pre Cana courses at St. Joseph Hospital and was a team facilitator with World Wide Marriage Encounters. JoAnne enjoyed reading and was always up for a good movie or new TV series. Her stepdaughter, Deborah, married to Timothy Kerschner, resides in Lititz.

Paul D. Long Jr., 83, of Mount Joy, died peacefully Aug. 22 at Manor Care Health Services, Elizabethtown. Paul had been employed at Jerome H. Rhoads, Inc., of Lancaster and Quarryville for 45 years before retiring. Upon retiring, he was employed part-time by Rutt’s Machine Shop in Elizabethtown. Paul enjoyed fixing things around the home, especially welding and working on cars. He greatly enjoyed reading. His son, Jeffrey P., husband of Heather Long, lives in Lititz.

Melvin H. Martin, 79, of Kinzers, passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital on Aug. 27. In the past he had attended Calvary Monument Bible Church of Paradise. Mel, in his early years, did farm work then worked for Trojan Boat, drove milk truck for Clouse Trucking and was last providing transportation to the Amish community. He loved antique tractors, going to Rough & Tumble, woodworking; and his cat, Buster. His brother, Leon, husband of Lydia Fisher Martin; and sister, Arlene, wife of Melvin Graver, all live in Lititz.

Donald M. Roden Sr., 92, of Lancaster, passed away Aug. 16. Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during World War II as a tail gunner, seeing action in the China Burma India Theater and receiving 2 Bronze Stars. He worked for the United States Postal Service, and at Cream Top and Penn Dairies before his retirement from Lancaster Laundry and Lancaster county government. A daughter, Bette J. Oberle and her husband Christopher, reside in Lititz.

Gregory “Greg” J. Svalas, 65, of Conestoga, died unexpectedly Aug. 23 at LGH of natural causes. Greg was a jack of all trades and worked in a variety of industries including the Manheim Auto Auction from which he retired. He also was an antique dealer. He enjoyed antiques, cooking elegant meals, fishing and listening to oldies music. Greg was the fiancé of Suzanne J. Mortensen.

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