Deaths of local interest – Jan. 15, 2015

By on January 14, 2015

Emma Mae Cramer Bonham, 94, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 4 at her residence. In the 1940s, she was employed as a bookkeeper for the former Conestoga National Bank and during the 1960s, she worked for the Red Rose Laundry, also as a bookkeeper. Emma was a lifelong member of Mt. Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church. Her daughter, Sarah J. Bonham, lives in Lititz.

Mary E. Byers, 94, of New Holland, passed away Jan. 6. Mary was employed at Garden Spot High School cafeteria from 1964 until her retirement in 1982. Mary was an active member of the Pilgrim Bible Church and enjoyed bird watching, playing piano, flower gardening and playing her favorite card game from childhood, Muggins. Her sister, Mabel Weaver, lives in Lititz.

Anthony “Tony” Colatta Jr., 76, of Leola, passed away Jan. 9 at his residence. Tony was the owner/operator of Colatta Beverage in Leola from 1977 until his retirement in 1994. Tony was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata where he was an usher and member of the Benevolent Society. He also taught Qi Gong at various places around the area including the YWCA, and was an avid LCHS football fan along with the Phillies and Notre Dame. His daughter, Robin Whaley fiancee of Michael Sanchez, lives in Lititz.

Maris B. Dise, 88, formerly of West Grove, passed away Jan. 9 at Harrison Senior Living in Christiana. In the past, Maris had worked at National Vulcanized Fibre in Kennett Square, retiring in 1992. He enjoyed gardening and flowers, doing puzzles and recording family history. His sin, Allen, husband of Julie Nolt Dise, lives in Lititz.

Eli S. Glick, 57, Bird-In-Hand, passed away Jan. 11 at Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo. Eli was a lawn furniture maker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. His daughter, Hannah E., wife of Daniel Lee King, resides in Lititz.

Betty Jo Heisey, formerly of Penryn and Manheim, died Jan. 5. She is remembered for all that she did for people in need, like baking bread for all her neighbors after a snow storm, providing meals to homeless people, sewing repairs of every type, and a steady flow of acts of kindness. She was a dedicated camper with the Ramblin’ Roses and an avid bridge player, playing even into her 90s. Her daughter, Linda Jo, wife of Thomas Goshorn; and sister-in-law, Ann Salmon, reside in Lititz.

Edna M. Hoover, 86, of Ephrata, died Jan. 9 at Ephrata Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pequea Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. A brother, Paul G. Martin, lives in Lititz.

John Yost King, 77, formerly of Stevens, passed away Jan. 9 at Brethren Village. John was a member of Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, Lititz, where he served as an usher and on the cemetery committee. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, hunting, camping and going to the mountains. He worked for Gehman’s Feed Mill for almost 40 years as a mill worker then truck driver before retiring in 1999. A sister, Verna M. Schmuck, lives in Lititz.

Patricia Jean Krantz, 83, passed away Jan. 11 at The Bradford Ecumenical Home. She was an active member of The West Branch United Methodist Church. She worked as a waitress at several restaurants around the Bradford area, including Togi’s, the Holiday Inn, Glendorn, and was also a cook for the Bradford Area School District at Custer City and West Branch. Her daughter, Nancy Wentworth, wife of John, lives in Lititz. A full obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at

Ruth S. Sheaffer, 89, formerly of Elliottsburg and Newport, died Jan. 9 at the Rheems Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethtown. She was a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, Shermans Dale. A sister, Gladys Frye, lives in Lititz.

Peggy Anne Shreiner, 68, of Manheim, passed away Jan. 6 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. She worked as a floral designer and at Isaac’s Deli for 15 years, from where she retired. She attended LCBC Manheim. She enjoyed dancing, her grandchildren, Christmastime, making floral arrangements for weddings, friends, and family, traveling and taking trips in the fall, and going to New York City. Two sons, Chad R. (Jennifer Demmy) Shreiner and Kirk M. (Colleen Still) Shreiner, live in Lititz.

Marilyn L. Swope, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 6 at the Pleasant View Retirement Community, She was formerly employed at Armstrong World Industries – Controllers’ Division; and later as a travel agent in Lancaster and in York AAA. She traveled extensively around the world. She was a member of the St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Her nephew, Paul F. Swope III (husband of Jane) and niece Sandra Beyer (wife of Robert), lives in Lititz.

Xavier Allen Wimmer, 4 month old son of Michael A. and Kathleen M. (Kramer) Wimmer and brother to Alexander Wimmer, died Jan. 3 at Hershey Medical Center. He was born in Lititz and lived in Lancaster with his loving family. Xavier smiled a lot and he loved to watch people and flirt with them. He was a beautiful, mellow baby.

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