Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 8, 2018

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Alice M. Carlson, 55, a lifetime resident of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 30 at Lancaster General Hospital. Alice had been employed as a local car wash manager and worked at Manheim Auto Auction. Alice was a caring and loving person and loved animals. She is survived by long-time companion, Edward “Grizz” Dart.

Laura Roye Davis, formerly of Leola, died peacefully Jan. 29 at Brethren Village. Laura earned her master’s in music from Columbia University in New York City. She was an active member of the Conestoga Church of the Brethren, Leola, where she taught Sunday school/Bible school, helped in various other activities which included singing with the choir. Laura loved music, had a beautiful voice and has now joined the Heavenly choir in permanent status. An elementary school teacher for the Eastern Lancaster County school district for over 25 years until her retirement, she enjoyed working with people, and teaching was a talent in her heart.

William “Billy” D. Elliot IV, 25, of Philadelphia, formerly of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 27 at Temple University Hospital. Billy was passionate about music and loved singing and playing guitar. He was very artistic, outgoing and friendly; a bright light in the room with a kind heart and fun-loving, free spirit. His dream was to start a foundation called Heart Strings that would help the less fortunate get instruction and instruments to play music. A brother, James Michael Warren, resides in Lititz.

Mary Lou Gowarty, 80, of Columbia passed away Feb. 3. For many years, Mary Lou worked as a pharmacy technician at Hinkle’s Pharmacy. She was active in ministry at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Columbia. Mary Lou was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who adored her family. Mary Lou leaves behind her husband of 60 years, John Gowarty, of Lititz, formerly of Columbia.

George H. Greiner, 80, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 24 in Augusta, Ga., where he was a resident for the previous 20 years. He was the first head football coach at Conestoga Valley from 1961-1964. George was a 1955 graduate of Manheim Township High School, where he excelled in athletics and was a member of MT sports hall of fame. George enjoyed golf (The Masters), Atlanta Braves baseball, and Penn State Football. A brother, William Greiner, lives in Lititz.

Alberta Pauline Ingham, 85, of Mount Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, Manheim, passed away Jan. 29. Alberta was a devoted homemaker, an avid sewer, knitter, cook, baker, crossing guard, hostess, Sunday School teacher, prayer warrior, choir member and soloist with a beautiful soprano voice, and a singer in the Billy Graham Crusade Choir.

Lawrence B. Redcay, 90, of Ephrata, formerly of New Holland, passed Feb. 4 at Fairmount Homes. He worked for 40 years for New Holland Concrete. He was a member of Christian Fellowship Church in New Holland. He enjoyed hunting, bicycling and bowling. A son, David, married to Laura (McDougall) Redcay, resides in Manheim.

Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Sauder, 87, died Jan. 26. She was in the first graduating class of Goshen College School of Nursing. She also graduated from Ephrata High School. After becoming a registered nurse, she worked at Lancaster General Hospital, retiring as assistant director of nursing to care for her parents. In addition to being an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron, she served on the board of Luther Acres.

J. Wilbur Sollenberger, 78, formerly of Lancaster, died Jan. 27 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola. An insurance agent, he had been employed by State Farm Insurance Company. Active in his community, he served as an East Lampeter Township supervisor, was a member of Paradise Rotary Club, and served as a member and past president of Black Rock Retreat.

Czeslawa Stepnowski, “Tessie” or “Babci,” 96, formerly from Strasburg, died at Luther Acres, Lititz, on Feb. 2. Born in Zawady, Poland, Tessie was a survivor of the forced labor camps during World War II. Following the war, she immigrated to the United States. Tessie was grateful for this country and the life she lived here. Through it all, she never wavered or lost her faith in God. Her life could be summed up by her love for her Lord Jesus Christ, her unwavering love for her family, and her love for the United States.

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