Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 26, 2017

By on January 25, 2017

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Bleecher, 88, of Lancaster, died Jan. 17 at Mt. Hope Nazarene Home in Manheim. Betty retired from Lancaster General Hospital, where she had been employed in Central Supplies.  Prior to that she had worked at Schick for many years. Betty was a great cook and was known far and wide for her Easter eggs.  Her goal in life was to make sure that everyone who came to visit her left happy. Her daughter, Dorene E., wife of Dean Brandt, lives in Manheim.

Alice Haus Boulton, 85, passed away Jan. 17 at Country Meadows of Lancaster.  Alice worked as a registered nurse, and as a medical caseworker in the Lancaster County Assistance Office. After retiring, she was employed by the Manheim Auto Auction, driving fancy sports cars because she was one of a few employees who knew how to drive a stick shift. She enjoyed gardening and baking Christmas cookies. Her son, Michael Boulton, husband of  Bonni, resides in Lititz.

Lester C. Cramer Jr., 72, of Willow Street, passed away Jan. 20 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy.  His brother, Paul Cramer, husband of Jean, lives in Lititz.

Harold G. Fox, 84, of Ephrata, formerly of East Earl, died Jan. 17 at Lincoln Christian Home. He was a truck driver, most recently at Martin Paving. During his last five years, he enjoyed his second family at Lincoln Christian Home and playing marbles. He was a faithful member of Martindale Mennonite Church. His sister, Marian, married to John Herr, resides in Lititz.

Cynthia “Cindy” Ann Smith Hummel passed away Jan. 22 at Cleveland Clinic surrounded by her family. Her passing was gentle and she was at peace after 50 years of struggle with a congenital heart defect. Cindy was a wife, mother, friend, writer, and artist. In her early years, she was the news editor for the Quarryville Sun, and for the Ephrata Review. She won a Keystone Women in Journalism Award for her expose series on the KKK in Lancaster County. During her career she always ran to the story, once entering a burning building to get the photo that told the tale. Until her passing she worked as an LNP correspondent, proudly serving her community by telling the news that effected her neighbors the most in their local community

Judith L. Schlegelmilch, 77, of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 22 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy.  Judy retired in 2004 after 25 years as an office clerk with Lancaster Newspapers. She loved animals; going to Knoebels; gardening; and traveling to Potter and Perry counties, where they had a family camp. Judy most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Her son,  Jay W. Schlegelmilch, husband of Katie, lives in Lititz.

Nora N. Zimmerman, 94, of Ephrata, formerly of Farmersville, passed away Jan. 18 at Fairmount Homes. A homemaker, Nora was a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. Nora is survived by two sisters-in-law: Ella Zimmerman and Eva Zimmerman, of Lititz.

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