Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 9, 2017

By on November 8, 2017

David L. Binder, 65, of Strasburg passed away Nov. 2 at Moravian Manor. He finished his career at Susquehanna Bank/BB&T in 2015 as vice-president/portfolio manager, small business lending unit. In his younger days, Dave traveled and organized backpacking trips to Denali, the Tetons, and Baffin Island with dear friends. Dave’s hobbies included cooking, collecting pen knives, pocket watches, coins, and stamps.

Daniel J. Howell, 65, of Marietta, passed away on Oct. 27 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service, retired from Wyeth Laboratories in Marietta, then worked part-time at Manheim Auto Auction.

Marjorie M. Kretlow, 89, formerly of New Holland, died Nov. 5 at the Manor at Luther Acres. Marjorie worked as an LPN in Maryland and then with her husband in the Western Auto Store in New Holland after moving to Lancaster County. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland and enjoyed baking for her family. Her husband, Henry W. Kretlow survives; they would have been married for 65 years in December.

Ella M. Martin, 82, of Ephrata, formerly of Stevens, passed away Oct. 29 at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Ella was a homemaker and a member of Lime Rock Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. A brother, Harvey M., husband of Edna (Martin) Weiler, lives in Manheim.

Melvin K. Martin, 62, went home to be with his Lord Nov. 1 at Lancaster General Hospital. He currently worked in the tool department at PaulB Hardware. He served as deacon at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church and Bethany Mennonite Chapel. Mel enjoyed working and built many things, including his own home, as well as small handmade wooden chests for each of his grandchildren. Daughters, Tracey, wife of Loren Fox, and Debra, wife of Jaired Fox, lives in Lititz. A son, Troy, husband of Jodi Martin, resides in Manheim.

Charles F. O’Neill, 79, passed away Oct. 23. He was a proud Cold War veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in Germany. A D&E/Windstream engineering associate by trade, Charlie was a lover of sports. He was particularly fond of the Oakland Raiders. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and attending auto shows in his free time. His sister, Rose Miller (Ronald); and an aunt, Anna Marie Bare (Elmer), reside in Lititz.

Hazel Hart Pryer, 101, formerly of Quarryville, passed away Nov. 3 at Moravian Manor. In her early years, Hazel worked at the former Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, and later at the former Precision Time Company of Strasburg. She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ, Strasburg Township, for over 70 years. Hazel was also a member of the Robert Fulton Chapter #446 Order of the Eastern Star.

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