Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 19, 2017

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Helen Norma (Olson) Charles, 96, passed away Jan. 13. Trained as a beautician, she retired from the former RCA, Lancaster. She enjoyed many crafts, especially caning chairs and all types of needlework. A wonderful cook, she enjoyed canning and baking her well known Christmas Cookies which she willingly shared with her friends. Her daughters, Sandra, wife of James Roland; and Barbara, wife of David Lombardo, lives in Lititz.

Paul D. Dicely, 62, of Mountville, passed away Jan. 11 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. At the time of his passing, he was employed by Armstrong World Industries. Paul showed interest in all sports, especially the Phillies and Eagles. He enjoyed going to Penn State football games with his brother. Camping with family and friends was also a special time for Paul. His nephew, Nicholas, lives in of Lititz.

Paul K. Dinger, 91, of Denver, passed away Jan. 13 at Gardens at Stevens Nursing Home. During his working years, he was a mason for Eshbach Brothers, during which he completed a highlight of his career by working for two years to construct a large, three-dimensional brick mural on the North Fifth Street side of the former bank building and Callowhill Building near Reading’s Penn Square. He served his country during World War II. His son, David, husband of Cindi Dinger, lives in Manheim.

Jay R. Ginder, 84, of Elizabethtown, passed from this world after a battle with brain and lung cancer on Jan. 14 at The Gardens of Lititz. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Jay first worked for Clifford Denlinger building houses, then became an insurance agent for the Prudential Insurance Company, and finally for the Hess Agency of Manheim for 25 years before retiring in 2014. Jay was a stamp and coin collector and master carpenter and woodworker.

Katherine E. Hershey, 100, died Jan. 13. She was a resident of Landis Homes for over 30 years. For over 50 years of her life, she worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), 40 of those as Director of CEF of Lancaster County. This involved instructing adults concerning teaching the Bible to children, as well as teaching Good News Club, directing camps, planning children’s rallies and other activities in involving Bible teaching to children. In later years, she taught adult Sunday school class at Neffsville Mennonite Church as well as Bible studies at Landis Homes. Her sister, Alma Rohrer, and Arlene (Melvin) Snyder, reside in Lititz.

Jesse Edward Keyser Jr., 90, a resident of Brethren Village, passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 12. He retired from Alumax in 1990. He served as PFC in the US Army during the Korean War. Although his Army occupation was technically small arms weapons mechanic, he also spent much of his time playing baseball for the 49th battalion baseball team. He participated in the Pennsylvania Senior Games and won several state-wide senior games medals. He was most proud of his winning the 65-plus punting competition.

Ruth H. Martin, 90, of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 14 at the Lincoln Christian Home. She was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. Ruth was formerly employed by Ephrata Hospital as a nurse’s aide and then by Fairmount Homes for many years. Her brother, Paul H., husband of Anna Mae Martin, lives in Manheim.

Jeannette Fredricka (Daniels) Rathfon, of Elizabethtown, passed away Jan. 9 at Lancaster General Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Manheim; Order of Eastern Star, Middletown Chapter; and the American Legion Auxiliary. She loved to travel, crochet, the beach, planting and gardening, and volunteering with her church. Her son, Tim Greiner, wife Darla, lives in Manheim.

Anna Laura (Neidert) Thompson peacefully passed away Jan. 3 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Anna Laura taught for the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 as a learning disabilities teacher, retiring in 1983. After moving to Luther Acres, she served on the Board of Directors of Luthercare.

Wayne H. Welk Sr., 75, of Rest Haven ­ York, formerly of Leola, passed away Jan. 12. Wayne worked as a diesel mechanic for Oehme Contract Carriers and the Schreiber Company, both of Lititz. He enjoyed micro-sprint racing at Lanco/Clyde Martin Speedway, Brickerville, and working on his Hot Rod Antique 1937 Ford Coupe.

Lois A. Witmer, 88, a resident of Landis Homes, died Jan. 12. She started her teaching career by teaching at Locust Grove Mennonite School for 15 years. She then taught at Faith Mennonite High for 12 years and at Linville Hill for two years. Lois spent two years working for Choice Books Caribbean Ministry in St. Croix and Puerto Rico from 1989-1991. Her interests included writing, flowers and music. Her brother, A. Clyde Witmer, lives in Lititz.

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