Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 1, 2018

By on January 31, 2018

Robert J. Allison Sr., 76, of Conestoga View, formerly of Gordonville, passed away Jan. 26. He was a custodian for the Conestoga Valley School District. He enjoyed bowling, was a member of the Gordonville Fire Company, and had attended the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, New Holland. A sister, Mary Lou, married to Carl Stoltzfus, resides in Lititz.

Howard D. Altenderfer, 89, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away Jan. 23 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Howard was an instructor at Penn State Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute from 1959 to 1966. He then worked for Black and Decker before finishing his career at Grinnell Corp., retiring in 1994 as a pattern engineer. Howard was a former member of Chiques United Methodist Church and member of Glossbrenner United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed music, playing the French horn and wood carving.

Elaine Stickler Buddenbohn, 88, passed away at Brethren Village, Lititz, on Jan. 9. A spitfire, full of spunk, Elaine dedicated herself to raising her four children, and was always heavily involved in their activities and in the communities where she lived. Elaine and Stanton’s home was full of the best kind of noise, and all were welcome at their table, or at least for a cocktail and crab bite. She cultivated life-long friendships and loved the beach, bowling, and her large and growing family. Elaine and Stanton proudly served as Grand Marshals of the Ocean City, Md., St. Patrick’s Day Parade one unforgettable year.

Ronald (Ron) Edgar Frisbie, 95, of Akron, joined the Lord on Jan. 28, in Lititz. He was an inventor from a young age. He had a long and honorable telephony career at D&E, and operated a world-class radio museum in Akron.

Ray W. Gehman, 88, of Ulysses, formerly of Stevens, passed away Jan. 24 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Ray was a dairy farmer. He enjoyed hunting, four-wheeling, collecting tractors and going to auctions. He especially enjoyed sitting on his back porch watching the hummingbirds. His brother, Darrel G., husband of Betty (Rodgers) Gehman, lives in Lititz.

Theresa C. Heckel, 89, of Lancaster, died Jan. 23 at Masonic Village. Theresa worked for RCA, retiring after 30 years of service. She attended St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Quarryville and was active in AARP. Stepdaughters Joyce Kelly and Lorraine Heckel live in Lititz.

Stella H. Hemming, 91, of Lancaster, died Jan. 27 at Landis Homes, Lititz. She was married to J. Penrhyn Hemming for 70 years. She dedicated her life to raising her four children. Later Stella traveled the world with her husband. She lived in Montreal, Brussels, and London, visiting most of the European countries including her family’s original homeland, Greece.

Paul E. Kline, 77, of Columbia, passed into the world of loving comfort with his savior recently. He retired after 35 years of service from the former Raymark Industries, Manheim. Paul loved baseball and was involved in little league and midget baseball in his younger years. He loved the Phillies and the Steelers and he continued to play softball for many years. His favorite destination was Myrtle Beach, but his first love was the mountains in Perry County where he loved going to the family cabin.

Marian Garber Leaman, 92, died Jan. 24 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. She lived in Lampeter Township with her late husband, Henry, on a dairy farm for 33 years. She was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church. A prolific writer, she journaled her weekly activities in a regular “Chit-Chat” to the family. She and Henry established Mennonite & Brethren Marriage and Engaged Encounter in South Central Pennsylvania.

Thomas H. Leeper, 83, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 25. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army, Tom worked 43 years for Raymark in Manheim. Tom always wanted to have fun and invite laughter. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, watching Fox News, and spending time with his family. His final words, “I love you all,” characterize the man he was.

Virginia Ray (“Tippy”) Lunt, 95, passed away Jan. 27 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster. She worked for Ophthalmologist Dr. Dale Posey as an assistant for 19 years. After retiring, she worked for ten years for Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to clients each day. Tippy sang with the Harrisburg Symphony Choir for many years as a first alto. She also sang with the Market Square Presbyterian Church Choir. She had a great fondness for cats. Her dear friend Elizabeth Ann Walker resides in Lititz.

Samuel W. Martin, 94, of Ephrata, passed from this life Jan. 28 at Fairmount Homes. He was a charter member of the Cocalico Church of the Brethren since 1959. Samuel was self-employed, first as a dairy farmer in Clay Township and later as a carpenter, contractor, and cabinetmaker. He enjoyed spending time in his wood shop, building furniture and turning wood. His son, Rev. Glenn R., husband of Joann (Ebersole) Martin; and daughter, Nancy L., wife of Melvin Landis, live in Lititz.

Phyllis McMonigal, 80, of Manheim Township, died Jan. 25 at Lancaster General Hospital. Phyllis worked in the cafeteria for the Manheim Township School District for 17 years. She was also a familiar face at Root’s Country Market, where she worked for Hummer’s Meats. She volunteered her time and served as the former president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ephrata VFW. Phyllis enjoyed bowling, playing card games and social networking on her tablet.

Richard Daniel Yeagley, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 21 at Moravian Manor. Richard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from Penn State University as an engineer. Richard worked as a tool and die maker; he greatly enjoyed working with his hands. With a full workshop in his basement, he built his own biplane, a Christen Eagle, which he successfully flew. A true aviator, Richard routinely flew cross country in a four-seat Piper and even flew to the North Pole twice.

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