Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 22, 2015

By on January 21, 2015

Nelson “Nels” Fitzgerald Craige III, 81, of Lancaster, passed away Dec. 31 at Landis Homes. Nels worked at Hamilton Watch for 15 years, starting as a finance trainee and serving as assistant controller, director of watch services, and lastly, general manager of watch production and service before moving to Sperry New Holland, where he served as financial control manager for the North American division, controller for the Latin America – Far East division, and managing director of Ford New Holland’s operations in Australia.

Arlene Dundore, 78, of Manheim, died Jan. 18 at Rheems Nursing Center. She was employed as a machine operator by the former Naugle’s Garment Factory in Manheim and the former Windows, Dreams, and Schemes. She was widely known for designing and sewing over 14,000 outfits for American Girl dolls. She also hosted tea parties for American Girl dolls and their families. Her brother, H. Dale, husband of Barbara Weaver, lives in Lititz.

Jacob “Jack” R. Echternach III, 62, of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 15 at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy. He worked as a project manager at Scenic Ridge. Jack served on the Ephrata Township zoning hearing board and the board of Twin Pines Camp. He enjoyed hiking, going to the beach and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. A son, Eric L., husband of Miranda Echternach, resides in Lititz.

Larry A. Erdman, 62, of Manheim, died Jan. 13 at LGH. Larry was a fur buyer, and was the owner and operator of Erdman Furs since 1973. Throughout his life Larry spent much of his time outdoors and treasured the time he could hunt and fish. In his early years he was a passionate softball player and participated in the Manheim Area Community leagues for many years.

Florence E. Fleming, 86, passed away Jan. 18 at her home in Beaver Springs. Florence attended McClure High School. She was previously employed at Beaver Shoe Co. in Beaver Springs and was a homemaker throughout her life. She was a member of Bannerville Church of the Brethren. Her son, Michael A. Fleming, and his wife, Diane, previously resided in Lititz. A full obituary can be viewed at

James Louis “Jim” Ibaugh, 70, of Landisville, passed away Jan. 14 at Brethren Village, where he had been a guest for 10 years. He served with the U.S. Air Force in Texas, California and Alaska as a radio technician with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Jim worked for Burle Industries, formerly RCA and GE, in Lancaster for over 27 years as an engineering technologist until he retired in 1996. He is the holder of two U.S. patents that he earned with the company for an electron discharge device in 1974 and a photomultiplier tube in 1981. He was a member of the Ephrata Area Repeater Society.

Clyde Dwight “Unck” Kauffman, 84, of Crisfield, Md., died Jan. 17 at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home. He attended Millersville State Teachers College and was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was an independent truck driver for Kenosha, transporting large yachts and sailboats cross country. He enjoyed fishing, and working in the crab shanty. His niece, Virginia Kauffman Gerhart, wife of Karl, lives in Lititz.

Kenneth B. Noll, 88, of Rohrerstown, died Jan. 11 at Landis Homes due to recently discovered cancer. Kenneth was a lifelong farmer at 401 Rohrerstown Road. Neighbors and passersby still remember the pristine farm. Ken loved the land and enjoyed caring for the steers, pigs, chickens and even the cats. He restored vehicles of all types. In Ken’s 11 years at Landis Homes, he was involved in the Garden Railroad Club where he continued to operate and repair the trains.

Robert O. “Raffie” Raffensperger, 79, passed away Jan. 12. Robert worked for Alcoa for 43 years and then later worked at High Steel as an escort driver. Away from his professional job, Robert and his family also operated a small 10-acre farm on the side. In his free time, he loved to drive and tinker with cars. His son, Richard, husband of Susan, lives in Lititz.

Martha M. (Martzall) Deibler Redcay, 90, of Ephrata, passed away Jan. 16 at Ephrata Manor. Martha was a member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Ephrata and enjoyed traveling, photography and reading. She worked for F.W. Woolworth Co. and part-time for Martin’s Country Market in Ephrata. Her brothers, Mark and Melvin Martzall, live in Lititz.

Christine J. Waltz, wife of the late Daniel B. Waltz, entered into eternal rest Nov. 29 at the home of her daughter in Schertz, Texas. She worked at Dart Industries and for several butchers in the area over the years. Additionally, she was a companion to several residents of Moravian Manor. Mrs. Waltz was well known for her baking skills, especially her Christmas cookies which she continued making until last year. She faithfully attended Lititz United Methodist Church until she moved to Texas. Her sister, Barbara Whitcraft, hails from Lititz.

Nila E. Weaver, 89, of Manheim Township, died peacefully at LGH on Jan. 16. She worked as a tube testing technician at RCA for 35 years. Nila Loved The Lord and had been a member of the former Lancaster Moravian Church. An amazing seamstress, she loved to sew for friends and family. Nila enjoyed trips to the beach in Lewes, Del., and loved her cats: Tommy and Tammy. Her brother, Donald Stauffer, husband of Gail, lives in Lititz.

Erma Wenger passed away Jan. 15 at Landis Homes following lifelong pulmonary disease. She received a gift of $5 from the SICO Foundation for being the first baby born in Lancaster County in 1940. She was a part-time waitress over a 30-year period at Good and Plenty Restaurant in Smokestown. She also taught in the Domestic Science School in Musoma, Tanzania where she lived for four years with her family under Eastern Mennonite Missions.

David L. Witmer, 68, formerly of Ephrata, died Jan. 11 in ManorCare West Reading. David was a Manheim Township High School and University of Georgia graduate. He worked for Tyson Foods, New Holland, and was an avid outdoorsman; especially hunting and fishing. His daughter, Leah A. (Steven M.) Robb, lives in Lititz.

Thomas J. Wisniewski, 86, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 12. Tom retired in 1993 from the quality control lab at Wilbur Chocolate, Lititz. Tom was proud of his family heritage; he read, wrote and spoke fluent Polish. He would enjoy doing Pentecost readings in Polish at St. Joseph’s Church. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in Fort Bliss, Texas during WWII. He also enjoyed music (primarily WWII era, polka and classical), danced every weekend at the American Legion in Mount Joy with his favorite partner, Pat, his spouse. Tom was always the life of party.

Diane S. Neuhauser Young, 63, of Villas, N.J., passed over Dec. 23 due to cancer. She was a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School and Widener University. She owned/operated Tidal Wave Settlement Services in Villas. Diane was born in Lancaster but lived in New Jersey for 22 years. Her sister, Doreen Neuhauser, wife of James Freeman, lives in Lititz.

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