Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 7

By on December 6, 2017

Frederick (Fred/Rick) Roy Brenner, 77, of Ephrata, departed this life Nov. 22 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. A member of Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ephrata, Fred served on the board of deacons for many years and was eventually named Deacon Emeritus. He and his wife traveled extensively. Fred was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from Rutt Custom Kitchens in Goodville. His daughter, Amy, wife of R. Jeffrey Auker, lives in Lititz. His daughter, Danita, wife of Irvin Martin, lives in Manheim.

Harry F. Brooks, 71, of Lancaster passed away Nov. 27 at Lancaster General Hospital. He worked as a mechanic at Sidler’s Garage for 15 years, was a partner at Brooks Auto Restoration for 17 years, worked at Herrmidifier for two years and assembled chassis for Mack trucks at Dana Corporation for 10 years, retiring in 2008. His favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. Harry also enjoyed stock car racing. His stepson, Geoff Wood, husband of Marie, lives in Lititz.

Arlene K. Charles, 87, of Fairmont Homes, passed away peacefully Nov. 29. Arlene served for many years as an aide at Landis Homes and Mennonite Home before retiring and would then volunteer at the Columbia Re-Uzit Shop. She was known to be very hospitable and enjoyed cooking for guests that would visit. Arlene was a longtime member of Blue Rock Mennonite Church.

Herbert S. Croom, 67, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at Lancaster General Hospital on Nov. 26. Herb proudly served in the Air Force, in Thailand during the Vietnam War era. Following his honorable discharge, he worked as an electrician for the former Federal-Mogul Corp. in Lititz. A die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, he also enjoyed computers, but especially loved spending time with his family.

Betty M. Storb Gaston, 88, of Brethren Village, Lititz, formerly of Terre Hill, died Nov. 29. Betty completed her registered nurse training at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lancaster. Her final nursing position was working with her husband in his dental practice in Terre Hill. She was an avid golfer, achieving six holes in one. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, New Holland.

Elma L. Groff, 94, of Leola, passed away Nov. 29 at Luther Acres Care Home. Elma was a homemaker, a member of the Bareville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and a volunteer for New Holland Meals on Wheels. She loved traveling to Hawaii with her husband and enjoyed going on local bus trips. She loved playing Scrabble with her family.

Catherine E. Harnish, 90, of Lancaster, passed away on Nov. 27 at Brethren Village. In her spare time, she enjoyed participating in the senior citizens activities and Rodney Park, she was an avid bowler, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

Betty J. (Swisher) Long, 83, of Landis Homes, Lititz, formerly of Washington Boro, died Nov. 27 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Betty had worked for 36 years at John Herr’s Village Market, Millersville. Betty was an active member of Habecker’s Mennonite Church, where she was a part of the sewing circle. She enjoyed family, needle-work, reading and doing puzzles.

Milton N. Sensenig, 76, of Ephrata, passed away Nov. 27 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. He was a member of Pequea Mennonite Church. Milton was in construction most of his life. He enjoyed talking with people and was friendly to everyone he met. A daughter, Esther Mae (Sensenig), married to Joel Martin; and a brother-in-law, Ellis Martin, reside in Lititz. A brother-in-law, Harlan Weaver, lives in Manheim.

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