Deaths of Local Interest – May 18, 2017

By on May 17, 2017

Helen K. Carson, 91, formerly of Columbia, PA died May 11 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. She retired in 1972 after 15 years of service for Civil Service as a section secretary, having worked at both the Marietta Depot and Olmstead AFB. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her daughter, Elaine, wife of James Hensel, lives in Lititz.

James F. Donaldson Jr., 63, of Lancaster, died at home April 18. Jim was a true, old school audiophile and collector of fine electronics who loved music and appreciated the sound of vinyl records, especially anything by the Rolling Stones. He was also a football fan who never missed a game with his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders. Many friends will fondly remember Jim as a fixture in the cabana club at the Host on Keller Avenue in the 70s and 80s, walking down the Lititz Pike with zinc oxide on his nose. He worked at Armstrong World Industries for over 20 years.

Dennis M. “Denny” Hain, 59, of Lancaster, passed away May 11 at home. He worked at ITT Grinnell, Columbia and Polymar, Leola. He enjoyed reading, watching movies, boating, fishing, and spending time with his children. His father and stepmother, David H. and Betty Hain, reside in Manheim.

Laura W. Hoover, 86, of Mountville, died May 10. She was the wife of Rufus M. Hoover with whom she would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct.7. She was a member of Mountville Mennonite Church where she taught Bible and Sunday school classes. She enjoyed sewing, making and sending cards, and being a devoted mother. Laura and her family lived in Sarasota, Fla., for 38½ years. A son, Kevin (Beth) Hoover, lives in Lititz.

Leon J. “Fritz” Hummer, 87, exchanged time for eternity May 10 at Hospice of Mount Joy. Fritz had a need to be busy, so at a young age, he was a newspaper carrier for Lancaster Newspapers Inc. and worked at various stores in Ephrata throughout his teen years. After graduating from Ephrata High School in 1948, Fritz enlisted in the United States Navy and served until 1952 during the Korean Conflict. Fritz worked at the Lancaster Newspapers for 40 years in the composing room. He was well known for corny jokes. Fritz liked doing word search puzzles. He also sang in church choir at Mount Joy Church of God, and Trinity ECC, Lititz.

Margaret Cheney Mellinger, 92, of Lancaster, passed away May 10 at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Margaret was a retired interior designer at the Interior Design Services Department from 1949 until 1984 at Armstrong World Industries. She was a professional member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. She was also with the American Home Economics Association, the Association of University Women, the National Home Fashion League, Order of the Eastern Star, the Presbyterian Society of Phi Chi Delta, and AARP.

Amos M. Zimmerman, 88, formerly of Schaefferstown, passed away May 11 in the Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata. Amos was a retired farmer and excavator. He was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, and volunteered as an EMT for 25 years with Schaefferstown Ambulance Association. His daughters, Cynthia S. Zimmerman, wife of LeRoy; Ann M. Martin, wife of Leland; and a son, Leon S. Zimmerman, husband of Donna, all live in Lititz.

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