Deaths of local interest – Dec. 25, 2014

By on December 23, 2014

Marie Annette (Vitale) Furgerson, 72, of Brethren Village, peacefully went to be with Jesus Dec. 10 after a long illness. She was 1964 graduate of Seton Hill College (now University) in Greensburg. She loved travel, reading, movies and word games. She worked in the Accounting Department for Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, and Intel Corp. in Hillsboro, Ore. There are no local surviving relatives.

Daniel R. O’Brien, 73, of Narvon, died Dec. 15 at his home after a lengthy illness. Daniel worked as a maintenance mechanic for Dorma Door Controls in Reamstown for 34 years, retiring in 2007. He was a member of the New Holland American Legion along with the Welsh Mountaineers. He enjoyed working on, riding, and racing motorcycles. Daniel served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. His sister, Dorothy, married to Bob Wilkinson, lives in Lititz.

Mary Magdalene (Miller) O’Brien, 96, formerly of Narvon, died Dec. 16 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Columbia. As a homemaker, Mary had a passion for life and growing many different flowers and vegetables. Her wild fox grape jelly was always greatly received as gifts, along with her raspberry jam. She also loved canning the fruits of her labor. Her sister, Dorothy, wife of Bob Wilkinson, lives in Lititz.

Helen G. Moshos, 91, of Lancaster, passed away Dec. 20 at Moravian Manor where she had been wonderfully cared for the past two years. In addition to being a loving homemaker, Helen worked in the Insurance Administration Department of Lancaster General Hospital. She was a very active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Lancaster. She also enjoyed ceramics, baking and cooking, cake decorating, knitting, chocolates, and playing cards with her grandchildren and friends.

Mae M. Ruhl, 82, formerly of Manheim, died peacefully Dec. 19 at Pleasant View Retirement Community. In her early years she was employed as a sewing machine operator at the Former Noggles Garment Factory in Manheim; later she worked at the Mount Hope Church Home, and the former Evans Restaurant, all of Manheim. Mae had a life-long passion for people, with a loving and caring spirit that reached out to friends, family, and everyone she met. Her son, Glenn H., husband of Cheryl (Shelly) Ruhl, lives in Lititz.

Gilbert F. Slotter, 84, of Lancaster, died Dec. 14 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Gilbert had worked as an Analytical Chemist for Armstrong Corporation. There are no local surviving relatives.

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