Deaths of Local Interest – March 30, 2017

By on March 29, 2017

Raymond J. Haas Jr., 87, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord March 23. A proud veteran, Ray served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed exercising, specifically walking and weightlifting. Ray also loved watching the Eagles and the Phillies. He worked for the former Hubley Toy Company for 32 years, an His brother, Gerald, husband of Debbie (Plank) Haas, lives in Lititz.
Georgia N. Behuniak, 98, passed away March 23 at Landis Homes. She proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where she was assigned to the 1st Base Post Office and the 23 Base Post Office, both in England. Georgia spent much of her career as a seamstress working at the VA Hospital in Montrose, N.Y.; and a clothing designer for her own business, Westchester Woman. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking, quilting, knitting, watercolor painting, gardening, volunteering her time at the Lancaster Literacy Center, genealogy, and story writing.

I. Wayne Brubaker departed his earthly life March 23 in his Lancaster home. After working on the family farm, he worked during World War II in the Philadelphia Naval Yards as a steamfitter on the U.S.S. New Jersey. In 1945 he founded I. W. Brubaker Plumbing, Heating & Spouting, today known as Brubaker Inc., Lancaster. He volunteered for Mennonite Disaster Services volunteer in Honduras, Africa, and throughout the Eastern United States. Wayne’s joys included his family, golf, and antique cars.

Edna Marie Eckman, 91, passed away March 24 at ManorCare in Lebanon. Edna retired from Deft Inc. in Irving Calif., in 1993, and moved to Lancaster County. She was a hard worker and was definitely matriarch of her family. Edna enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, bus trips, dancing and attending shows and plays. Her daughters, Kathleen, wife of Gordon Chase, and Dawn, wife of Timothy Diehm, reside in Lititz.

Irene Mann Newcomer Frey, 97, of Conestoga, passed away March 20 at St. Anne’s Home, Columbia. Irene lived and worked on the family farm, first dairy, and then steers and tobacco and chickens for many years. She was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church of Creswell. She loved having the family over for dinners and homemade ice cream and was known for saving everything. Her son, Roger Frey, lives in Lititz.

William “Bio” Johnson, 66, of Quarryville, entered into rest March 22 at his home. Bill owned the J. & B. Hotel in Quarryville. He worked and retired from Mount Airy Lumber Co. Bill was a member of the Quarryville Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, Strasburg Sportsman’s, and the American Legion, Post No. 303 in Canton. Bill enjoyed trips to the mountains and watching his grandsons compete in local sports. He is survived by a daughter, Michelle, wife of Gene Hargraves, of Lititz.

Frank X. McLain Jr., 95, of Lancaster, died March 21 at Manor Care. McLain was a registered pharmacist for more than 50 years and was employed by various city and county drug stores, most recently at Garvey’s Pharmacy, from which he was retired. He was also a proofreader for Lancaster Press, Inc. McLain served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. His daughter, Andrea L. Stephens, wife of Mark, resides in Lititz.

Dorothy A. (Schroder) Smyth, 84, of Lancaster, passed away March 21 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. She was a former member of St. James Catholic Church, Lititz. A homemaker, she loved cooking, gardening, reading, and knitting and enjoyed spending time with her loving family. She volunteered in the garden club, and in the volunteer department at Brethren Village Retirement Community. She was a hero to her children and a loving inspiration to many.

Sarah Margaret Bailey Wiley, 87, of Lancaster, passed away March 23 at Hospice and Community Care Center in Mount Joy. She was employed as a waitress for 28 years at the Deluxe Diner in Lancaster, now known as Neptune Diner, and other numerous restaurants during her lifetime. She also had a stand for 35 years at Roots Country Market, Manheim, known as Sally Wiley’s Mostly Paper. Her daughter, Dottie M. VanAulen, wife of Thomas, lives in Lititz.

Earl J. Williams, 72, of Lancaster, passed away March 21. He was a 1963 graduate of Ephrata High School, and retired from Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz. Earl was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of Specialist E-4. Earl was known for always helping others. He was active in his church. Earl was infamous for gardening and baking for all who knew him. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

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