Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 3, 2016

By on November 2, 2016

Evan Alexander Church, 21, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 25. Currently, he was studying CNC Machining full-time at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Evan appreciated cars, video games, any Indian or Thai meal, biking, skateboarding and long boarding. His maternal grandmother, Debra McDonald, wife of Jerry; and maternal grandfather, Dennis Beck, husband of Pixie, all live in Lititz.

Harry D. “Butch” Eshelman Sr., 65, of Leola, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 28 at home. Butch had worked at International Paper for 39 years. His children, Harry David Eshelman Jr., Stacey Lee Eshelman, Terry Lynn Eshelman, and Timothy Scott Eshelman, all reside in Lititz.

Melvin M. Martin, 66, of Mifflintown passed away at Oct. 27 at Messiah Lifeways, Mechanicsburg. His a lifelong friend and farming mentor, Wilmer Esbenshade, husband of Shirley, lives in Manheim.

Harold E. “Brownie” McCarter, 91, of West Chester, died Oct. 30. He proudly served in the US Army during World War II, and was wounded and captured in combat during the Battle of The Bulge. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart Medal and the POW Medal. He was employed by Pepperidge Farms retiring as production supervisor. His daughter, Karen McCarter, resides in Lititz.

Jean L. Mumma, 82, of Lancaster, passed away Oct. 23 at the Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She worked for Kerr Glass for 33 years in the accounts payable and bookkeeping department. Jean enjoyed traveling and traveled extensively with her mother and her niece, Pam, around the United States and overseas. Her sister, Linda Stehman, lives in Lititz. Her brother, Glen Mumma, husband of Delores, lives in Manheim.

Katharine Plowmaker, 79, of Lancaster, passed away Oct. 27 at Brethren Village. She was a member of Geneva Reformed Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years and attended Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ephrata. Katharine was a teacher for Beaver Falls School District. She was a 1958 graduate of Geneva College. Online condolences can be given at

Virginia (Jennie) L. Sapp, 66, of Oxford, died Oct. 27, at Lakeside at Willow Valley, Lancaster.. Jennie was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, New Providence. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and her grandchildren and family. With a smile on her face, Her son, Kevin S. Sapp, spouse of Keri, lives in Lititz.

Sara A. Sears, 85, of Enola and formerly of Lancaster, died Oct. 27. A homemaker, Sara had worked for RCA and Roy Rogers restaurants. She was a member of West Shore Brethren in Christ Church. Her interests included gardening, antiques and birdwatching. Her son, Russell, married to Carol Sears, lives in Lititz.

Doris A. Smith, 83, of Lancaster, went to be with her Savior on Oct. 25. Doris had worked for Schick, Hamilton Watch, RCA, and she retired from the Gene Miller Testing Company after 40 years of joyful service. She was a woman of great faith, who was always thinking of others before herself. Her stepson, Scott A. Smith, resides in Lititz.

Robert C. Steinman M.D., 94, of Lancaster, died Oct. 3. He served as a physician in the United States Army from 1943 to 1948. Bob became the first full time physiatrist in Lancaster County and developed the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Lancaster General Hospital, where he worked until 1983. He worked at Lancaster Neuroscience and Spine until his retirement from full-time practice in 2001. His son, David N. Steinman, married to Jessica; daughter, Deborah L. Steinman, of Lititz; and grandchildren, Jack and Olivia Steinman, all reside in Lititz.

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