Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 21, 2014

By on August 20, 2014

Esta M. Ansel, 83, Reamstown, died Aug.10, in Conestoga View, Lancaster. Esta worked for Kinder, then American Comfort Furniture, Denver. Known as “The Teddy Bear Lady” for her hand-crafted bears, she also loved cooking, baking and collecting recipes and cookbooks. Her daughter, Darla Louise, resides in Lititz.

Lloyd E. Clark, 83, of Brethren Village and formerly of Smoketown, passed away peacefully Aug. 12, 2014. He and his brother Glenn began their own contracting business, G/L Clark Associates, in 1971, and Lloyd was president until 1993. He was a master pruner, loved his cabin in Sullivan County, and collecting cars.

Rev. James M. Eshelman, Mount Joy, finished his earthly race Aug. 12 at Brethren Village, where he lived since 2003. Jim lived all his life on the family farm in Mount Joy Township. He operated a dairy farm, while serving as an ordained free minister since 1959 at Florin Church of the Brethren in Mount Joy. Jim enjoyed volunteering at Brethren Village, and, for many years, led a weekly music appreciation class for residents in the Alzheimer’s Unit.

Clair Royer Hurst, 91, formerly of Brethren Village, passed away Aug. 14, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. A graduate of Ephrata High School Class of 1941, Clair was subsequently employed at Warren’s Shoes in Ephrata, and later J.W. Peach’s & Company Fine Family Footwear in Brownstown. He enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, and gardening, especially tending his flower gardens at home in Akron. His son, Bryan and his family, reside in Manheim.

Frances G. Martin, 92, formerly of Myerstown, died Aug. 17 in the Richland Christian Home, Richland. She was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. Her son, Harold M. Martin, and his wife Joyce, live in Lititz.

Helen Louise Young, 91, of Lancaster, passed away Aug. 13, 2014 at the Mennonite Home in Lititz. In 2012 she published a cookbook “New Ways To Enjoy Lancaster County

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