Deaths of Local Interest – July 3, 2014
Shirley June Andrejev, 78, formerly of Brownstown, passed away June 24 at Brethren Village. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and bowling in her early years. She worked as a salesperson for the former Linen Hope Chest, Park City and Linens Etc. of Lancaster for many years.
J. Harold Esbenshade, 79, formerly of Rapho Township, went to be with his Lord and Savior June 28 at Lancaster General Hospital. Harold was a self-employed farmer and businessman. He was instrumental in developing both Shady Brae Farms and Rapho Industrial Park. He served on various boards throughout his life, most recently as President of the board at Black Rock Retreat in Quarryville. A brother, Glenn, husband of Rachael Esbenshade, lives in Lititz.
William O. Morrell, 83, of Stevens, passed away June 27 at Lancaster Regional Medical Center. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked as a customer engineer for IBM for 37 years before retiring in 1991. Bill was a member of St. John’s UCC in Denver. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. His daughter, Cynthia M., wife of Gerald Gillard, lives in Lititz.
John Edward Renolle, 100, of Lancaster, died June 26 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. A descendant of the French Huguenots, John was employed as a machinist for RCA for 27 years until his retirement in 1976. He then worked for Weis Markets part time for another 27 years, retiring at age 90. John was an avid Phillies fan and an Army veteran of WWII. His grandson, Ward Shope, Jr. and his wife Kimberly, live in Lititz.
Vernon L. Sultzbach, 92, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord June 23 at Lancashire Hall, Neffsville. Vernon worked as first class carpenter for Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster Plant. He enjoyed music and played the piano and various instruments. He was a proud WWII Navy Veteran, having served in New Zealand. A son, Thomas V. Sultzbach married to Julie, lives in Lititz.
David P. Warfel, 67, of Manheim Township, died June 25 at home. He was the husband of Holly I. (Wickersham) Warfel. He enjoyed road trips and spending time with his family. A sister, Dawn Warfel, resides in Lititz.