Deaths of Local Interest: Jan. 30, 2015

By on January 28, 2015

Marie Belle Axe, 76, of Paradise, passed away at Conestoga View Jan. 19 She enjoyed doing puzzles, camping, cooking and reading. She took great pride in being a wife and mother. She was the mother of Ronald P. Axe, of Lititz.

Verna B. (Horst) Brubaker, 86, of Rutledge, Miss. went to her reward Jan. 23 at her residence. Verna was a member of the Millport Mennonite Church south of Rutledge, Miss. She is survived by eight children; 48 grandchildren and 116 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Elizabeth (widow of Titus) Hoover, lives in Lititz.

Charles L. “Chuck” Diirner, 64, of Ephrata, passed away Sunday Jan. 18 at his home surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Charles M. Diirner of Lititz. He spent a large portion of his early years employed by F R Behm & Sons in Lititz. For all that knew him, they knew he lived life his way, no exceptions and to the fullest. He was the husband and father that would do anything for his wife and children.

Joseph W. “Joe” Greiner, 85, of Brethren Village, formerly of Leola, passed away Jan. 25. Born in Ephrata, he was an insurance broker and co-owner of the George W. Bard & Son Insurance agency, now part of the BCF Group, Lancaster. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 1950s. He loved playing and spending time with his grandchildren. In spite of his physical limitations, he kept his sense of humor till the end. A son, J. Andrew, married to Beth Greiner, lives in Lititz.

E. Mervin Hursh, 78, of Ephrata, entered into rest at his residence surrounded by his family Jan. 26. He was a member of the Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. He was a retired farmer. His daughter, Mary Jane, wife of Brian Martin; and his brother Elvin, husband of Marian (Martin) Hursh, reside in Lititz.

Margaret Magdalen Kropf, 102, of Lancaster, died Jan. 20 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. Margaret had been employed earlier in life as a laborer for the former Bedford Shoe Co., Lititz, where she worked for many years. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, enjoyed working in her flower beds and tending to her cats, Joey, Pete and Frankie.

Katie E. Lapp, 80, of Kirkwood, passed away Jan. 23 in Christiana at the home of her daughter. Born in Leola, she was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She is survived by 14 children. A sister, Nancy E., wife of Henry S. King, lives in Lititz.

Glenn A. Montgomery, 73, of Leola, passed away Jan. 19 at Maple Farms Nursing Center. Along with his wife Darlene, Glenn was the owner of 222 Dutch Lanes, Ephrata. Glenn’s interests have always involved sports of any kind including: bowling, tennis, golf, softball and baseball. He was inducted into the Lancaster County Bowling Hall of Fame and the Lancaster County Softball Hall of Fame.

Emma Oberholtzer, 85, of Lebanon, wife of the late Norman K. Oberholtzer, daughter of Isaac and Annie (Sauder) Garman, died Friday, Jan. 23, at her late home. She was a member of Mountain View Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference, Lebanon. Her daughter Ruth, wife of James Lauver, lives in Lititz.

Daniel James Pitman, 87, of Adamstown, passed away Jan. 24 at the United Zion Retirement Community. He worked as a sales representative for the H.J. Heinz Company for more than 35 years until retirement in the late 1980s. He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His daughter, Kristina Pitman, lives in Lititz.

Wynne Hershey Rollins, 55, a resident of Peachtree City, Ga., passed away Jan. 16 after a short illness, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Wynne will be remembered as an energetic and entrepreneurial person who was a food broker, owner of Clementine’s Restaurant and a manager for Life Touch Studios. She was very passionate about self-improvement and taught and practiced Memory Training. She taught alpine skiing, enjoyed golfing and being somewhere on a beach or at the family cabin. She is the daughter of Robert Hershey, and sister of Ronald J. Hershey, of Lititz.

Robert A. “Bob” Shearer, 92, formerly of York, passed away Jan. 19 at Brethren Village, where he had resided since early 2011. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Mary Rohrer Sterling, 95, a long-time resident of Landis Homes, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 24 at Lancaster General Hospital. She retired form Manheim Township School District after being employed part-time at Nathan C. Schaeffer Elementary School where she managed the school cafeteria. She was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, from its founding in 1963.

Paul B. VanAulen passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Jan. 24. Paul retired in 2010 as superintendent of transmission and distribution of water from the Lancaster City Water Department, where he was employed for 50 years. Paul served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Seaman Second Class. He was a former Boy Scout Leader in the 1960s and 1970s. His son, Jeffrey W. Ober, resides in Lititz.

 

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