Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 30, 2017

By on November 29, 2017

Helen A. Buzzard, 91, of New Holland, died unexpectedly Nov. 22 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was a homemaker most of her life and enjoyed tending her rose bushes. A son, Larry L., married to Dawn (Getz) Sandoe, resides in Ephrata.

Peter J. DeHart, 67, of Lower Swatara Township, went to his eternal home Nov. 16. He retired from Penn State Harrisburg. He had a creative mind expressed through his photo-art, displayed at art shows and galleries. Peter was a lay minister and was frequently called upon to speak at churches and retirement communities. He received recognition for his volunteer services at the Mount Hope Retirement Community in Manheim, one of many such venues that he served. He formerly attended Discover Joy Church in Manheim.

Donna L. Faulds, 64, formerly of New Holland, died Nov. 22 at Brethren Village. Donna was employed by Fairmount Homes for 30 years as an LPN. She was a member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Her son, Jeffrey married to Karen Ruth-Faulds, and her daughter, Sharon, married to Stephen Smeltz, reside in Ephrata.

Robert E. Lee “Bob” Flora, 80, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 19. He was a truck driver for J.C. Snavely for many years and was known to be very social over a cup of coffee. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, oil painting, and coloring. A stepdaughter, Vicki Waller, lives in Lititz

Sylvia Williamson Hess, 75, died Nov. 19. A daughter, Michelle Long (Dean), lives in Lititz.

Reina Alice Lamb, 87, of Lancaster, passed away recently at Brethren Village. Traveling between Columbia and Panama, Reina was an avid adventurer who spent her childhood creating a series of comical memories accompanied by her beloved brother. She moved to the United States as a teenager. Bilingual, she worked for Pan American Airlines, traveling often. Her passengers were some of the biggest names in the day, and she always had stories to tell of Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Bob Hope, Paul Newman, and even the Beatles. Other stories include assisting in the delivery of multiple babies on board and even chasing after the first known streaker on a Pan-Am flight.

Dean E. Koppenhaver, 91, of Lititz, passed away Nov. 19 at Luther Acres Manor Care. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps. He retired from Service America Corp. in 1991 as fleet manager. He had served as secretary/treasurer for the Lancaster County Automotive Association for six years, and was a Master Mason for over 50 years.

Rose E. Lehman, 68, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 21. Rose had worked for the Lancaster Press Company for many years. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, playing piano and singing, traveling, and spending time with her family. A sister, Mary Wendell, lives in Rothsville.

Edith M. Martin, 74, of Lebanon, died Nov. 21 in the WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Edith was a retired CNA, working at Mount Hope Nazarene Community in Manheim for 37 years, and was a member of the Mountain View Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference in Lebanon. Her brother, Larry M. Martin, spouse of Helen, lives in Manheim.

Kenneth Eugene Prescott, 57, of Washington Boro passed away Nov. 22. He retired from the United States Postal Service, where he most recently served at the East York Post Office. Ken loved nature, he enjoyed gardening, hiking, and all that the Susquehanna River had to offer. He was an avid reader, enjoying poetry and art as well. His sister, Carol McElroy, wife of Don, resides in Manheim.

Corissa J. Ruhl, 78, of Springfield Township, York, died Nov. 23 at her residence. She was a member of Faith Bible Fellowship Church. Mrs. Ruhl was an avid reader and had enjoyed being outdoors. A son, Ricky E. Ruhl, husband of Julie, lives in Lititz.

Mabel L. Slifer, 94, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 22. Mabel graduated from Philadelphia College of bacteriology. She also had a master’s degree in library science from Drexel Institute of Technology. Mabel lived and worked in Philadelphia for 55 years. After retiring from Campbell Soup Company she moved to York. She later moved to Luther Acres in Lititz.

Lily Stoltzfus, 66, of Paradise, passed away at the Mount Joy Hospice Center Nov. 23. She was a member of Mine Road Amish Mennonite Church of Gap, where she loyally supported her husband in his role as bishop. Lily found fulfillment in being a homeschool mom and serving her family. She enjoyed gardening, serving others with her gift of hospitality, and taking walks with her husband. A daughter, Rosalyn, wife of Lamar Stoltzfus, lives in Lititz.

Cora E. Trago, 106, of New Holland, died Nov. at Moravian Manor in Lititz. Cora was a homemaker, and early in life had worked in a silk mill. She attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church in New Holland. Cora’s interests were gardening, reading, quilting, and earlier in life had enjoyed hunting with her husband. The last of 12 siblings in her family, she is survived by nieces and nephews.

Robert Willas Wilson, 74, of Kenhorst, passed away Nov. 25 at home. He was a member of Incarnation Lutheran Church in Reading and served in the United States Air Force. He was an assistant supervisor of International Line at Trojan Boat Company in Lancaster, and was employed by RR Donnelley & Sons Printing, retiring in 2006. His daughter, Michele Hartman, resides in Lititz.

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