Deaths of Local Interest – July 24, 2014

By on July 23, 2014

Gladys H. Blevins, 94, of Lancaster died July 19 at the Mount Joy Hospice Center. She was a longtime volunteer at the Lancaster General Hospital where she was recognized for completing 20,000 hours crocheting baby caps, blankets and lap robes for newborns and patients. Her daughter, Audrey B. Benedum, wife of William, resides in Lititz.

Dane A. Crowther, 47, of Ephrata, passed away July 18. He worked for Latshaw Brothers Concrete, Inc., Denver. He enjoyed turkey hunting, deer hunting and fishing. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. His daughter, Brooke, wife of Austin Sensenig, lives in Lititz.

Daniel Isaac Lugo passed away July 13. Daniel was an old soul, marching to his own drummer, and leaving us much too soon. Survived by his mom and dad: Lupe and Robinson; younger sister: Elisa and brother: Robi; Grandma; and extended family and many friends in Pennsylvania, Alaska and Texas. Eager to begin college in the fall, Dan was already working as a volunteer in the OR (working with his mom) at Heart of Lancaster Hospital in Lititz.

Helene Janet (Bachman) Miller, 77, Lancaster, died July 19 at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz. Helene was employed as a customer service rep by MBI/Danbury Mint for 30 years until her retirement. She was of the Episcopalian faith. There are no local surviving relatives.

Rhoda M. Strickler, 76, of Brownstown, passed away July 13 at Ephrata Community Hospital. Rhoda was a life-long member of the Salem United Methodist Church, Rothsville. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going to the cabin in Sullivan County, bird watching, nature, country music and attending local carnivals. A daughter, Susan, wife of Dean Snavely, and a sister, Mary Jane, wife of Tom Freeman, both live in Lititz.

Noah B. Weaver, 85, of Manheim, died peacefully July 19 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Terre Hill, he was the husband of Edna Z. Burkholder Weaver and they observed their 63rd wedding anniversary in January of this year. Noah owned and operated his own farm in Rapho Township. His daughter, Marie, wife of Melvin Horst, resides in Lititz

Martha (Moss) C. Wood, 82, of Lancaster, passed away July 10 after a two-year battle with mantle-cell lymphoma. Martha volunteered in Lancaster County, with the Office of MH, MR & D&A. She was also vice president for Mental Health in Lancaster, as well as vice president on the board of HarbAdult, a body devoted to developing transitional housing. She was extremely well read, consuming two to three books per week for over 50 years, including most of the classics. Her daughter, Mary Grace Forney (Stauffer), lives in Lititz.

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