Deaths of Local Interest – April 7, 2016

By on April 6, 2016

Janet Louise Flahart, 77, of Cochranville, went died April 1 after a lengthy illness. She worked at the former Tidy Sewing Manufacturing Co., Quarryville. A homemaker, she had a very strong faith in God as a Protestant. She enjoyed collecting dolls and Elvis Presley memorabilia and spending quality time with family and friends. Her sister, Judy McClenagan, companion of Rich Bauer, lives in Manheim.

Bernard Sylvester Hartman, 88, of Lancaster, changed his address to Heaven April 1 after a brief illness.”Bernie,” fondly known as “the shoe man,” repaired shoes for 56 years and worked 18 years at Schick Electric. He passionately gardened, winning shoeboxes full of ribbons in local fairs. A Navy Veteran, he served in the Pacific from 1945-49, and in the Atlantic from 1951-52. His daughter, Cheryl J., lives in Lititz.

Anna A. Heinly, 84, passed away March 26. She was a lifelong resident of Royersford and recently of Landis Homes, Lititz. She was a faithful member of Mingo Church of the Brethren and then Parker Ford Church where she sang in the choir. She took homemaking seriously, which included freezing and canning homegrown fruits and vegetables, year after year. Her creativity was expressed through her cooking, baking, and sewing. She took great pleasure in traveling. The family appreciates all the loving kindness and tender care the staff at Landis Homes gave to Anna during her time in residence.

J. Robert Herr Sr., 94, formerly of Bird-In-Hand, passed away April 2 at Brethren Village. He was a member of Bart Mennonite Church, where in the past he served as Trustee, and more recently Blossom Hill Mennonite Church. He worked for Trojan Yacht in the Development Department retiring in 1987 after 30 years. In his retirement, he provided transportation to the Amish Community. He was the husband of Mary A. Glick Smucker Herr of Lancaster, with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage. A daughter, Joyce “Herr” Bomberger; and siblings, Ira C. Herr Jr. and Roy Herr, live in Lititz.

Margaret “Peg” Kingree, 87, of Lancaster died peacefully at home April 3. Peg worked as a nurse until she was 80 years old. She worked at Lancaster General Hospital 1949-50; Visiting Nurses Association (1950-52); and also Friendship Community Services. Peg devoted much volunteer time at Occupational Development Center. Her son, Patrick S., husband of Debra, resides in Lititz.

Rachel F. Kraybill, 95, formerly of Landisville, died April 2 at Landis Homes. She worked as a Supervisor in the laboratory at the former State Hospital for Crippled Children in Elizabethtown. She was a member of Landisville Mennonite Church and Rissers Mennonite Church and was a woman of faith and cherished Bible truths.

Mary Emma Nafziger, 95, of Landis Homes, formerly of Cochranville, passed away April 4. Mary Emma was a member of Faith Mennonite Fellowship in Stevens. She assisted her husband in pastoring Homeville Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School. She enjoyed quilting and had been involved with various volunteer work since 1988 including the mail room at Landis Homes.

Kathleen Patricia Robleto, 81, passed away April 1 at Moravian Manor. Kathleen was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She loved her family, reading, writing and the rosary. This proud Irish matriarch raised eight children on her own, who credit her for their successes and were blessed to call her Mom.

Anna Mae (Givens) Zeager, 97, formerly of Elizabethtown, entered the presence of her Savior on Saturday, April 2 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz, where she had been residing for the past several years. A homemaker for most of her life, Anna Mae was a lifetime member of Strickler’s Mennonite Church, Middletown, where her husband served as a pastor for 45 years. She was an excellent seamstress, quilter and also enjoyed reading.

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