Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 28, 2017

By on December 27, 2017

Ellsworth K. Gentel, 102, of Landis Homes, formerly of Conestoga, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 22. He retired after 45 years in the laboratories at the Camden, N.J.; Kankakee, Ill.; and the Lancaster Lab Floor Plant and Research of Armstrong Cork Company.. Ellsworth served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was an Air Force Reserve member for nine years. He was also a member of the committee which founded the Lancaster Christian School.

Amos E. King Jr., 77, of Ronks, passed away Dec. 20 at his home. Amos was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. His daughter, Lydia, wife of Henry S. King Jr., lives in Lititz.

Mary Ann Lambert, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Dec. 20. Mary Ann was a loving wife and mother of three, known for her beautiful flowers and for helping others whenever she could. She worked for many years at First Federal Savings & Loan, progressing from head teller to loan manager and eventually branch manager, and was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A son, Mike (Liz) Lambert, resides in Lititz.

Calvin D. Sauder, 59, of Reinholds, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 19 at his home. Calvin owned and operated Sauder Fuel, Inc. for 22 years, and more recently volunteered at the Greater Berks Food Bank. He was a member of Bethany Grace Fellowship and had a great love for God. He enjoyed motorcycling, car shows, bicycling, and spending time with family. His brother, Galen, married to Twila (Hess) Sauder, lives in Lititz.

Twin boys Jamil Lamar and Jermaine William Seals were called to Heaven on Dec. 13. They were the sons of Tessa King and William Lamar Seals, of Lancaster. Maternal grandmother Peggy Reed lives in Manheim. Maternal great-grandmother Jean Givler lives in Lititz.

Margaret Patricia “Pat” Simmons, 88, of Sailfish Point, Stuart, Fla., and Plandome Manor, N.Y., died Dec. 19 at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Her professional career began as a ballerina. It continued as a choreographer and culminated in her directing the Dance Department of the New York School of the Performing Arts. Her family was, without a doubt, her first priority. She had a deep love of golden retrievers and had many in her lifetime. One of her dogs that she bred, Clarie, won Best of Opposite Sex at the 1969 Westminster Dog Show.

Lila Sue Swearingen, 39, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Dec. 16. She worked as a waitress in a few local restaurants in the Lancaster area, most recent for a year and half, at Lyndon Diner, Manheim Pike. Lila attended in the Light Ministries, Lancaster. She was a mother to two boys, ages 13 and 5. Her aunts, Sue and Barbara, reside in Lititz.

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