Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 5

By on October 4, 2017

Estella Kay Dearolf, 56, of New Providence, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sept. 26. Kay worked as a kennel technician for VCA Smoketown Animal Hospital. She was an avid outdoors person, loved animals, especially dogs, and enjoyed fishing and hiking. Her sister, Rose Mellott, wife of Roy, lives in Lititz. A brother, Dave Dearolf, husband of Connie, resides in Manheim.

Rachel S. Fisher, 38, of Gordonville, died Sept. 28 at home after a two year illness. A homemaker and member of the Old Order Amish Church, she was married to Joseph K. Fisher. Her daughters: Marian and Kathryn; three sons: Alvin, Raymond, and Michael; and four brothers: Ammon Jr., married to Mary Ellen; Gideon, married to Dorothy; Alvin; and Daniel, all reside in Lititz.

Velma May Goshert, 84, of Stevens, passed from this life into glory on Sept. 30 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Akron. Velma was a seamstress in her younger days. She always loved to sew and make her own clothing and crafts. She was co-owner of Old Pump Ceramics, in Denver, in the 70s and 80s with her late husband. She enjoyed all types of art, baking, cooking, quilting and painting. A son, Aaron Goshert, lives in Lititz.

Shirley A. Harsh, 83, formerly of Paradise, passed away at Landis Homes on Sept. 25. Shirley was a member of Leacock Presbyterian Church of Paradise for over 47 years. She worked as a teller at the First National Bank of Intercourse and then at Farmers First Bank. In her spare time, Shirley enjoyed sewing, knitting and crafts. A sister-in-law: Jean Miller Lichty, resides in Lititz.

Stephen F. “Pete” Hopper, 96, died Sept. 5 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. Though he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he was reassigned to the Army the next day and served his country supporting the war effort as a toolmaker and living at home. Pete retired from the Arsenal in 1974 and was caretaker of two cemeteries and had a small lawnmower and tractor repair business until moving to Mount Joy in 1986. Pete attended the Donegal Presbyterian Church. Pete was a tease with a twinkle in his eye, a good man who accepted life’s challenges, doing whatever he needed to do and always with a smile.

Clair E. Kreider, 93, of Quarryville, entered into rest on Sept. 26 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, where he and his wife Betty had been residing. Clair was a dairy farmer for 35 years. After farming, he went on to work for the Eschbach Bus Service, where he drove and also trained many of the school bus drivers in southern Lancaster County. Clair was supportive of his community and could be seen at the Brethren Disaster Relief auction, starting in 1977, where he helped found and chair the Heifer Fund. He sang in the Kreider Quartet along with his brother and cousins. His son, Clair Jr. (Louise), lives in Lititz.

Frederick Wilson Lahr, 76, of Mount Joy, passed away Sept. 26 at Lancashire Hall. Fred proudly served in the United States Air Force. He worked at Dutchland Farms in Rheems and later retired from Donegal School District. In 1991 he started Lahr’s Lawn Care and worked part time for Mount Joy Auto Parts. He was an avid New York Giants fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and spending time at his cabin. A son, Fred C. Lahr, husband of Jennifer, lives in Manheim.

Mildred Leonard passed into the hands of our Lord on Sept. 27. Mildred was an avid reader, favored the color green, and always dreamt of cruising the Mississippi on a steamboat. She provided daycare for several children and home care for her elderly friends. Often Mildred would be consulted for her professional seamstress skills. A sister, Rose Chapple, lives in Lititz.

Louis M. Waleff Jr., 55, West Hanover Township, passed away Sept. 23 in Corning, N.Y. He was a graduate of Elizabethtown High School and Edinboro University. His work experience included: WPDC, Z107, and the Blind Association. Lou then worked for the State Museum and for the House of Representatives and Democratic Caucus. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Grantville, and was active with the Central Dauphin High School ice hockey team. A brother, Gary Waleff, lives in Manheim.

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