Deaths of local interest – Dec. 11, 2014

By on December 10, 2014

Dorothy L. Bame, 91, of Lancaster, died at Manor Care, Lancaster Dec. 4. Born in Lititz, she was a Punch Press Operator at KD Manufacturing, retiring after 38 years of service. Dorothy enjoyed being with her family. She is survived by a son, Leon husband of Carol A. Bame and a daughter, Sandi wife of Charlie Burns, both of Lancaster, PA, three grandchildren: Leon J. Bame, Jr., Brian Burns and Annette Burns Dresher and two great-grandchildren.

Mary E. Engle, 96, died Nov. 30 at Luther Acres, Lititz. A 1936 graduate of Millcreek Twp. High School, she was a member of Millcreek Lutheran Church, Newmanstown. Mary was employed as a secretary at Millcreek Lutheran Church for 30 years, retiring in 1990. She enjoyed playing bridge.

Carolyn J. “Grandma Tootser” Hartranft, 75, of Lebanon, died Dec. 8 at Spang Crest Manor. She retired as a florist from Stony Bridge. Carolyn loved spending time and vacations with her family, flowers, the outdoors and her cat. Her daughter, Brenda Fisher (wife of Kevin) lives in Lititz.

Leo L. Herzog Jr., 93, formerly of Williamsport, died Dec. 3 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster. A US Army veteran of World War II, Leo served as a Tec/4 in the European Theatre where he was on the second wave to storm the beaches of Normandy, France. Leo was an educator his whole life and began his teaching career as a Social Studies teacher in the Bradford Area School District and later served as principal for the Loyalsock Jr. High School in Williamsport until his retirement. Leo was an avid golfer and a huge Penn State football fan. His grandson, Matthew Adams, lives in Lititz.

Frank P. Linetty, formerly of Bird-in-Hand, passed away Nov. 30 at Conestoga View. Frank was a set-up man for the former RCA, Lancaster, retiring in 1987. He attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. A jack of all trades, he enjoyed tinkering and spending time in the mountains. His granddaughter, Rachel Linetty, lives in of Lititz.

Paul H. Mease Sr., 91, of Mountville, passed away Dec. 7 at home. He was a supervisor for RCA Corporation for over 20 years before his retirement in 1984. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WWII. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a life member of Harley Owners Group. His sister, Arlene (Art) Buckwalter-Ramp, lives in Lititz.

Bertha B. Sauder, 96, formerly of New Holland, passed away Dec. 1 at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz. Bertha was secretary and treasurer for her husband’s hay, straw and coal business for 34 years. She enjoyed caring for her family and playing the accordion when she had time.

Linda (Hills) Sorrentino, 74, of Lancaster, died Dec. 1. She was a nursing supervisor at Brethren Village Retirement Community and the Hershey Medical Center Rehab Unit. She was a devoted mother and a dedicated nurse her whole life. She left an imprint on anyone who was fortunate enough to meet her.

Clara E. “Betty” Sturla, 89, of Terrace Crossings, Lititz, formerly of Churchtown, died Dec. 4. Betty was a teacher in the former Churchtown Academy, then serving as a substitute at the former Caernarvon Elementary School. She was active in the Caernarvon Historical Society and looked forward to attending the Churchtown Memorial Day Parade each year. Betty loved life and she loved her family, especially her late husband Pete, and she cherished the many friends and acquaintances she made throughout her own life. Her son, Representative P. Michael Sturla, companion of Tracy Horst, resides in Lancaster.

David H. Thomas, 91, of Lancaster, died Dec. 6 at his home. During WWII, he served in the 6th Army, Pacific Theater with the 38th Division, the “Avengers of Bataan.” He witnessed General McArthur’s return to the Philippines and the preliminary act of surrender which led to the formal end of the war. He retired as an administrator from Pequea Valley School District where he served for 25 years, first as the principal of seven one-room school houses. He also mentored incarcerated young men and assisted them with their transition into the community. His son, Jeffrey D. Thomas, fiancé of Diane Coffey, lives in Lititz.

M. Lucille Weaver, 92, of Ephrata, passed away at Ephrata Manor Nov. 29. Lucille formerly owned and operated L&R Pet Shop in Ephrata and had also worked at W.W. Moyer Company. She was most recently employed as a cook at Maple Farm Nursing Home in Akron. Her brother, Robert Bender, lives in Lititz.

L. Eugene Zwally, 87, of Lewisburg, formerly of Akron, passed away Dec. 1 at Buffalo Valley Nursing Center, Lewisburg. During his working years, he was part owner of SK Shotzberger Trucking, Lancaster, later owned his own company, L.E. Zwally Trucking of Lititz. He loved being with his family, farming, traveling, hunting and being outdoors.

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