Harvey Obetz76, Manheim Auto Auction employee, Army vet

By on April 12, 2012

Harvey Obetz, 76, former local Union president and Army veteran, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 after a short illness.

Born in 1935 in Locustdale to the late Mazie Snyder and Lawrence Obetz, Harvey was the fifth of nine children.

Mr. Obetz was drafted into the Army in 1958 and was stationed in France, where he fell in love and married his wife, Monique. Upon returning to Lancaster, the couple raised their three daughters. Mr. Obetz worked for almost 40 years as a machinist at Kerr Glass and was elected president of the local United Rubber Workers Union. Until his illness, he worked at the Manheim Auto Auction. In recent years, the couple moved to Lititz, where he was known for his beautiful lawn and garden. He also enjoyed playing with his many grandchildren and fishing.

Mr. Obetz is survived by his wife of 52 years: the former Monique Descamps; three daughters: Brigitte Seldomridge, Christine Tufano and Michele Obetz-Moore; seven grandchildren: Nathan, Daniele, Lauren and Marc Seldomridge, Matthew and Alison Tufano and Megan Moore; one great- granddaughter: Luna Seldomridge; siblings: Bernice Webster, Leonard Obetz, Ronald Obetz, Rita Burchett and Rhoda Eshleman.

He was preceded in death by a sister: Wanita Greenawalt; and brothers: Lawrence and Noah Obetz.

A mass of Christian burial was held April 9 at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Lititz, with Rev. James O’Blaney as celebrant. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.

To send the family online condolences, visit snyderfuneralhome.com.

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