Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 16, 2018

By on August 15, 2018

David B Heinaman, 71, passed away peacefully after a long illness Aug. 12. Faith in Christ was a cornerstone in David’s life and he was always aware of God’s grace in all things. David touched many lives during his 30 years in education and followed it with years of hard work in his consulting business. He was an avid runner and could be regularly seen on long walks with Joyce and a family dog tugging on the leash. He was grateful for the staff and care he received at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Luther Acres, and cherished the friends he made there.

Glenna R. “Tooter” Mattern, 82, of East Petersburg, died unexpectedly Aug. 7 at her residence. Tooter was a member of the O.E.S. Chapter 366, Columbia and a member of the American Legion auxiliary Post 56, Lititz. She was an avid shopper and enjoyed traveling to Hollywood Casino. A son, Herbert E. Jr., husband of Anne Mattern, resides in Elm.

Nancy J. Portaro, 55, of New Holland, died Aug. 11 at her home after a lengthy illness. Born in Ephrata, Nancy was an owner and operator of Eby’s Store in Martindale where she has worked most of her life. She was a member of Bethany Grace Fellowship. She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping for trash to treasure items, laughing and playing games with family, dancing, and going to her husband’s band performances. Her sister Deb, married to Denny Ober, resides in Lititz.

Jacob B. (Jake) Sensenig, 87, of Ephrata, went to his eternal home Aug. 8 after a six-month illness. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Ephrata, where he served as trustee for a number of years. He worked for 42 years as an auto mechanic at local garages, retiring from Steffy Buick & Pontiac after 26 years. In retirement he was employed part-time by Ephrata National Bank as a custodian, retiring in 2009. He volunteered at Christian Aid Ministries and as a driver for Meals on Wheels. Jake enjoyed his family and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed trains and train rides.

Blake John Shearer, 16, of Bainbridge, passed away Aug. 10 surrounded by his loving family and friends at the Hershey Medical Center. Blake was preparing to enter his junior year at the Elizabethtown Area High School. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and hanging out with his friends. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed listening to music. Blake also worked part-time at Hoss’s Steak & Sea House, Elizabethtown. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. His paternal grandparents, Donald L. and Cindy L. Stern, live in Manheim.

Shirley L. (Trupe) Steininger, 84, of Ephrata, passed away Aug. 13 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Shirley had previously worked for Moyers, Ephrata Shoe Factory, Earl Redcay, CPA, Educator’s Mutual Insurance and the Lancaster County Courthouse. She enjoyed camping, knitting, trips to the shore and volunteering at LGH. A sister, Frances Trupe, resides in Lititz.

E. Lucille “Lucie” Wiggins, 83, passed away Aug. 10 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Lucie had always wanted to be a teacher when she was a child and fulfilled that dream, teaching at Nitrauer Elementary School in the Manheim Township School District for 38 years. Lucie enjoyed sewing, reading, traveling, and camping. She loved her golden retrievers, Amy and Lynn.

Nyla Grace Ebersole Witmer, 88, of Brethren Village, passed away Aug. 6 at Lancaster General Hospital. Nyla graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School. She worked for the Farm Bureau before becoming a farm wife, raising four sons. She enjoyed arts and crafts, especially ceramics. Nyla was the wife of Harold K. Witmer. Her brother, David Ebersole, husband of Mary Ann, resides in Manheim.

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