Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 23, 2017

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Dorothy Irene Bock, 96, passed away Oct. 24. She lived through the depression and went on to graduate as a registered nurse from St. Joseph Academy of Nursing in Lancaster in 1942. She met her husband, John O. Bock, at the pharmacological school she help setup at Franklin and Marshall college during the second World War. She was school nurse for the Lancaster School District for 23 years. Her daughter, Rebecca Jo, lives in Lititz.

John Arthur Ingham Sr., 86, of Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community, Manheim, passed away Nov. 17. John graduated from Philadelphia School of the Bible with a Certificate in Bible education. He was a quiet, polite and faithful man, with a love for camping, fishing, gardening, fixing things, and evangelizing. He was also a passionate Bible scholar and teacher with fond memories of ministry expended at Colwyn Baptist Church, Colwyn; Chester County Prison, West Chester; and the City Gate Mission of Coatesville. His wife, Alberta Pauline Preston, resides at Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community.

Stanley B. Loveless, 54, Denver, died Nov. 16 at home. He worked for L & S Sweeteners, Leola; was an avid NASCAR fan, loved working on cars, assembling model cars and ships, and cherished family times. A son, Steven, married to Becky Redcay, resides in Manheim.

Raymond Charles Mohler, 78, of the Chelsea neighborhood, N.Y.C., died of bladder cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital on Nov. 10. He worked with his son as vice president of Carefree Air on Long Island, N.Y. Ray was a member of the Conestoga Historical Society, as well as being a Mason and Elk. His great-grandson, Edwin E. Mohler MD, resides in Lititz.

Noah M. Oberholtzer, 86, of Ephrata, passed away Nov. 15 at his residence. He was a member of Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference, and was a retired farmer. His brother, David M., husband of Lucy M. (Horst) Oberholtzer, lives in Lititz.A brother, Leroy M., husband of Shirley A. (Longenecker) Oberholtzer, resides in Manheim.

Ada Hydrick Cooper Richards, 97, of Williamsport, passed away on Nov. 12 at Brethren Village. Ada was a kind and generous soul who dedicated her life to her family. She was a talented cook and was always sure to have ample baked goods available for visiting family. In recent years, she particularly looked forward to her annual birthday celebration, where family and friends would gather in Williamsport to honor her.

Vera B. Shirk, 101, died Nov. 15 at Moravian Manor. Vera worked for a time as a looper in a knitting mill, and later as a cook at Harvest Drive restaurant in Intercourse. She was an 85 year member of the Intercourse United Methodist Church and also a member of the Intercourse Lioness Club. She enjoyed cooking, playing cards, and telling stories.

Robert C. Smith, 76, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Nov. 17 at WellSpan Ephrata Community hospital after a long illness. Bob, also known to family and friends as “Turtle,” enjoyed cooking, impromptu parties by the pool, and grilling. He spent his time with his three fur babies, his dogs: Coal, Cooper and Molly. He loved gardening, collecting movies and music, as well as computers and finding the best coupons and deals around. His daughter, Jennifer L. Smith, and granddaughter, Alexis M. Kendig, and her fiancée of Drew Sheaffer, reside in Lititz.

Kathleen J. “Kathy” Williams, 58, of Manor Township, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 13 at her home. Kathy went on to work in the field of safety for 28 years, working for Anderson Pretzel, Armstrong World Industries (where she was known as the “Safety Godmother”), and most recently as a safety manager for Kalas Manufacturing. She loved her Boston terriers. A brother, Clair (Louise) Kreider Jr., resides in Lititz.

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