Deaths of Local Interest – June 26, 2014

By on June 25, 2014

Nancy M. Breneman, 85, of Mount Joy, passed away June 20 at Luther Acres Retirement Community. Nancy was a member of Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren. Her pride and joy was her family. Spending time with them was most important to her.

Josephine “Josie” Ellis, 86, of Mount Joy, died June 6 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries of Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. Josie was a former executive secretary at Mount Joy Wire Corp. before retiring. As an active Mount Joy resident, Josie was crowned “May Queen” of the Mount Joy High School. Her sister, Fran Miller, lives in Lititz.

F. Jean Bender Funk, 89, went to walk with her Lord June 22 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community. She worked as an inspector at Hamilton Watch Company for five years and at John Herr’s Village Market, Millersville for 10 years at the meat counter. She and her husband also had a stand at Central Market. A brother, Robert (Aileen) Bender, lives in Lititz.

Robert G. “Bob” Hubbard Sr., 77, of Manheim, passed away June 17 at the Lebanon VA Hospital. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was the owner of Hubbard Electric, Manheim. Bob enjoyed trips to the beach with his family.

Larry E. “Shakey” Kreider, 67, of Ephrata, passed away peacefully June 19, 2014, at Hospice and Community Care in Mt. Joy with his loving family by his side. He had been fighting a short, but valiant battle against cancer. He lived in Lititz prior to starting his family. His daughter, Denise (Kreider), wife of Abiodun Okuwa, resides in Lititz.

Katie K. Lapp, 89, of Ronks, passed away June 23 at home. A homemaker, she was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Her daughter, Sarah, wife of David Zook, lives in Lititz.

James R. Mowrer, 73, of Lancaster, entered into rest at home June 17 after a courageous battle with cancer. James worked for Wal-Mart for the past five years. He loved the outdoors and wood crafting with his wife. A son, James D. Mowrer, lives in Lititz.

Eva M. Nolt, 84, of Peach Bottom, passed away June 23. She was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church. Her daughter, Eva Jane Neuenschwander (wife of Nelson), lives in Lititz.

Naomi A. Nolt, 92, of Mount Joy, died June 20 at Oak Leaf Manor, Landisville. A homemaker, Naomi helped her husband operate a 72-acre family farm in West Hempfield Township. Naomi enjoyed traveling with her husband and they toured 49 States and Canada. Her son, Frank L, husband of JoAnn Padula Nolt, resides in Lititz.

Patricia F. Rylee, “Mrs. Compassion,” 84, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly on May 28 at Lancaster General Hospital. She graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School and spent much of her career as an administrative assistant for Lancaster General Hospital. Her son, Brian R. Rylee (partner of Jody), lives in Lititz.

Janet R. Yocum, 68, of Wrightsville, passed away suddenly at home on June 16. She was a graduate of Donegal High School. She taught nursery school at Grace UMC, Wrightsville, for many years and was beloved by her pupils long after they became adults. Her niece, Melissa Hunnefield, resides in Lititz.

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