Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 22, 2016

By on December 21, 2016

Pearl B. Buch, 83, of Ephrata, passed on Dec. 15 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. Pearl was born in Ephrata and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Ephrata High School with the Class of 1951, and was a lifetime member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Ephrata. Her faith in God, positive attitude, and grace followed her through her life but was especially inspiring to those around her during her illness. Her sister, Kathy, wife of John Fox, lives in Manheim.

Louis B. Hutchinson Sr., 91, of Lancaster, died Dec. 18 at Oak Leaf Manor North, Lancaster. Louis was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was employed for 35 years in the composing room of the former Philadelphia Bulletin, and for 24 years as a clerk for John Herr Market. His son, Louis B. Hutchinson Jr., husband of Marcia, lives in Lititz.

Ethel E. Metzler, 80, of Landis Homes, formerly of Mountville, passed away Dec. 15. Ethel was the wife of Lloyd G. Metzler with whom she celebrated 60 years of marriage this past January. Ethel was a member of Marietta Community Chapel. She loved dogs and enjoyed cooking, baking, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends. her son, Dennis Metzler, husband of Eunice; and a brother, David Ebersole, husband of Mary Ann, all live in Manheim. A sister, Nyla Witmer, wife of Harold, lives in Lititz.

Phyllis Larue Steierwald, 72, of Akron, passed away Dec. 12 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was a member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, Lititz. Phyllis was a secretary for the Impaired Driver Program of Lancaster County before retiring in 2000. She was also co-director of the Akron after school program for many years. She enjoyed camping, reading, playing games, and volunteering at church. She invested her time into friends and loved ones and made them feel special.

Shirley A. Wyble, 80, formerly of Bareville, passed away Dec. 17 at Garden Spot Village. She worked in the banking industry as a bookkeeper for more than 47 years. In her spare time she enjoyed attending theater productions in Mount Gretna, reading, listening to country music (especially Garth Brooks and the Oak Ridge Boys), and spending time with her nieces and nephews. Her niece, Kimberly Fake, wife of Scott, lives in Lititz.

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