Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 23, 2017

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Margaret N. Bentz, of Lancaster, passed away at Moravian Manor on Feb. 13, just two days short of her ninety-second birthday. Marge became a receptionist for Firestone Research Center upon her graduation from high school. She and her husband relocated to Lancaster in the early 1950s, and soon became active members of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church. In later years, she spent much of her time with her granddaughters. She was the loving wife of the late Lloyd O. Bentz, to whom she was married for 62 years..

Arlene M. Heck, 86, of Stevens, passed away Feb. 15 at Gardens at Stevens Nursing Home. She was a member of Mellingers Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Schoeneck Fire Company. She enjoyed reading and gardening, and was a great cook. Arlene worked for Weave Corp. of Denver for 35 years. His siter, Patricia, wife of Dale Showers, lives in Lititz.

Helen M. Herr, 94, of Willow Street, passed away at Lancaster General Hospital on Feb. 12. Helen was a lifelong member of the Willow Street Mennonite Church. Mrs. Herr was a devoted wife and mother who always put others before herself. Her passion was entertaining friends and family and always trying out a new recipe. A son, Donald L. Herr, lives in Manheim. her sister, Martha M., married to Landis Sangrey, resides in Lititz.

Jane D. Houser, 84, of Akron, passed away Feb. 17 at the Gardens at Stevens Nursing Home. A homemaker, she enjoyed bird watching, wildlife and visiting the mountains. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and was known for her wacky cake. Her son, Barry Houser; and a sister, Nancy Fern, live in Manheim. A sister, Gloria Wolf, resides in Lititz.

Doris Capp Hufford, 92, died Feb. 15, at Evergreen Estates Retirement Community. Doris packed parachutes during World War II, where she met her husband, Earl, whom she married in 1944. She worked alongside her husband as an auto body repair specialist at his East End Body Shop, Lancaster, for 21 years and then worked for 17 additional years as a clerk in various drug stores in Bridgeport, until her retirement. Her daughter, Barbara A. Harkcom, lives in Lititz.

Norma M. Leader, 95, formerly of Columbia, passed away peacefully Feb. 10, at Luther Acres, where she resided for the past year. During World War II, she served as a member of the Civil Air Patrol and took flying lessons as part of her training. She retired after many years of service from the former Kahn-Lucas Manufacturing Company, Columbia, where she worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed gardening and painting. The family would like to express their appreciation to the entire staff at Luther Acres for the wonderful care provided to Norma during her residence there.

Wesley D. Martin, 50, of Lebanon, passed away Feb. 12 at his home. He was the owner/operator of the family dairy farm. Wesley was a member of the Schaefferstown Mennonite Church. His mother, Ruth S. Zimmerman Martin; son: brothers: Tim and Jon Martin; and sisters: Wanda Martin, Kathy Wenger and Ann Martin, all reside in Lititz.

Deborah Lee (McCauley) Pletcher, 60, of Lancaster, died Feb.16. An avid Eagles and Barnstormers fan, Deborah was a giving person who was always willing to help those in need. She attended LCBC, Manheim. Her daughter, Heidi McCoy (fiancée of Keith Biddison, lives in Manheim

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