Deaths of Local Interest – June 9, 2016

By on June 8, 2016

Shirley L. Finnegan, 84, of Leola, entered into rest May 29 at her daughter’s home while surrounded by her family. Shirley was a homemaker and a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Leola. She enjoyed camping and spending time with family. She will be lovingly missed by her daughter, Diane, wife of Michael Shaak, Lititz.

Mary Belle Garber, 93, of Brethren Village, Lancaster, passed away May 22. After her graduation from Millersville State Teachers College, she taught two years in Lancaster and 27 years in Elizabethtown public schools, as a second grade teacher. She was an avid knitter and seamstress, making most of her wardrobe. In 1984, she and her husband, Thomas, retired to Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa, Fla. They enjoyed 26 years in Florida before returning to Lititz to enjoy their family.

James E. “Jim” Johnston, 55, a longtime resident of Mountville, died May 30 at LRMC after a brief illness. Jim enjoyed visiting his family and spending time listening to music. His mother, Eleanor Mae (McCauley) Johnston, resides in Lititz.

Marion J. Nicolodi, 93, formerly of Lower Paxton Township, passed away May 28 at the Brethren Village Retirement Community, Lititz. Marion was a graduate of the former Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing, where she had later been employed as a registered nurse. She was sworn in as a World War II U.S. Cadet Nurse.

M. Jean Solt, 87, of Audubon Villa, Lititz, died May 30 at her residence. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Leola. She worked in production at the former RCA and worked as a certified nurse assistant at Brethren Village.

Arlene E. Stauffer, 87, of Lancaster, passed away May 27, at Brethren Village Retirement Community. Arlene worked for the Walter W. Moyer Co. for 15 years. She was also a member of the Welcome Wagon and was a consultant for Avon Cosmetics and Products. Club. She enjoyed giving musical programs, and her other hobbies included knitting and ceramics. A stepson, Harry Stauffer, lives in Lititz.

Daisy L. Townsley, 87, of Ephrata, passed away May 31 at Fairmount Homes. She was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. She was a seamstress and had worked at the former Dutchmaid in Ephrata, Liphart clothing store in Lititz, and from her home. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Judith M. Yonosky, 72, Stevens, died at home June 2. She was of the Catholic faith and worked at The Children’s Home of Reading. She enjoyed traveling, especially casino trips, and dancing. Her son, Christopher Yonosky, lives in Manheim.

Henrietta Hinkle (Dommel) Zook, 83, of Columbia, died June 3. She worked for Hinkle’s Pharmacy, RCA, Jamesway, and Farrell’s Maintenance (ITT Valves), Centerville, where she retired in 1998. She also babysat young children in her home for many years. Her home was always filled with family and friends. A brother, Carl E. Dommel, lives in Lititz.

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