Deaths of Local Interest: Jan. 8, 2015

By on January 7, 2015

Alberta E. Benner, 94, died Jan. 4 at Maple Farms, Akron after a long illness. For many years, she was a farmer’s wife. She was a member of Old Road Mennonite Church in White Horse all of her married life. She loved the Lord and was active in serving Him in teaching Sunday School, sewing circle, and in several M.C.C. related activities. Her daughter, Louise, wife of Rev. Irvin Martin, resides in Lititz.

Elmer E. “Al” Cacciapouti, 83, of Brethren Village, died at Heart of Lancaster Regional Hospital on Jan. 1. Al served three years in the U.S. Army prior to his career in printing where he was the General Manager of Chase Paper Co. in Westboro, Mass. Al loved the Lord Jesus and served him faithfully for the last 43 years of his life in various ministries. His wife, Elaine, lives at Brethren Village.

Richard E. “Dick” DeVerter, 84, of Manheim passed away peacefully Dec. 29 at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. Dick worked 40 years at Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster in the Rotogravure Department. He proudly served in the United States Navy on the USS Perry DD-844. An avid Manheim Central Barons fan: “Go Barons,” he also enjoyed watching the San Francisco Giants. Dick was very athletic and played baseball for the Manheim Senior Team, boxed in the Navy and he enjoyed bow hunting. His companion, Ruth Ober, lived in Lititz.

Mae E. Dommel, 84, passed away Jan. 1. Mae was employed by Hamilton Watch Co. for 11 years. Following this, she worked in various other jobs which included grooming dogs, office work in a local hospital, a collection agency, dry cleaners, garden center and Lancaster newspapers until her retirement in 2000. Her sister in law, Mary Ann Evans, lives in Lititz.

George Robert Durang Jr., 86, died Jan. 1 at his residence in Brethren Village. George served in the US Air Force before being honorably discharged in 1952 as Staff Sergeant. George joined Merrill Lynch in 1958 and began a long career as a stock trader, subsequently working for a number of brokerage firms. He eventually moved to Lancaster where he retired after 15 years as vice president and manager of the trading department at CoreStates Bank. He was an avid sports fan, a history buff, and a lover of good music and fast cars. He loved to travel, especially to Newfoundland.

Perette Louise Fasnacht, 58, of Elizabethtown, passed away Jan. 1 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Perette was a graduate of Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing, and attained a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and a master’s degree in 2005 at Millersville College. She had a lengthy nursing career at Reading and Lancaster General Hospitals. Her brother, Kevin Ressler, companion Wendy Onda, lives in Lititz.

Minerva Mae Fry, 103, formerly of Ephrata and Adamstown, passed on Jan. 2 at LutherCare, Lititz, her home for nine years. An active, lifetime member and 20 year financial secretary of Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, Denver, she also volunteered with Red Cross at ECH and Ephrata Meal on Wheels. She co-founded Dutchie Soft Pretzels, and worked for Adamstown Hat Co., K&F Hosiery Co., and Shrafft’s Restaurant. Mae took great pride as a homemaker; enjoying cooking, gardening, needlework, cards, auctions and traveling in their camper.

Ronnie L. Glover, 71, of Quarryville, died Dec. 29 at Lancaster General Hospital. Ronnie was a member of Mt. Eden Lutheran Church, Strasburg Sportsman’s Assoc., and the Operating Engineers Union. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching old movies. His son, Richard Glover, lives in Lititz.

Carole F. Habbershon, 77, of Denver, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 24 at Maple Farm, Akron. Carole was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Ephrata. She was a retired missionary having served in Guam with Liebenzell Mission, U.S.A. for four years, South Africa with Africa Evangel Fellowship for four years, Transport for Christ International, in Denver and Marietta, retiring in 2006. Her daughter, Cynthia Wilson, resides in Lititz.

Joseph H. Martin, 87, of New Holland, passed away Dec. 29 at his residence. Joseph was a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. His children, Anna H. Martin; Emory H., husband of Eva Jane (Sauder) Martin ; and Jesse H., husband of Ella (Zimmerman) Martin, reside in Lititz.

Richard “Dick” Miller, 93, of Landis Homes Retirement Community, died Jan. 2. He was the loving husband of Reba C. Miller, and they celebrated 71 years of marriage in May 2014. “Dick,” as he was affectionately known, was a farmer by trade, but his passion was serving the Lord, and by doing so, he was the former pastor of the Marietta Mennonite Church for 30 years. Dick also enjoyed gardening and sharing their home and hospitality with many different people.

Richard “Dick” E. Myers, 86, of Lancaster, passed away Dec. 31 at Ephrata Community Hospital, following a brief illness. Richard was an executive with RCA. He served as a colonel with the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He received the WWII Victory medal and the Army Occupation medal. Richard was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Lititz and the Lancaster Elks Club.

Darlene Redcay, 82, formerly of Goodville, died Jan. 2 at Landis Homes, Lititz. Darlene was a member of the Goodville Mennonite Church since 1961 where she was active in teaching children’s Sunday School Classes for several decades. She was also active in their sewing circle serving as Vice President and President over the years. Darlene was involved in the church’s food bank for 13 years. She cleaned the church for 20 years and Rutt’s Kitchens display cabinets for over 20 years. She had a small sewing business making quilts, baby comforters and table tops for many years.

Carol A. Strickler, 68, of Hopeland, passed away on Dec. 29 at home. Carol was born in Lititz, daughter of the late Clyde and Pearl Helman. She graduated from Ephrata High School and was a member of Hopeland United Methodist Church.

Delina May Heiss Wise died Jan. 3. Delina graduated from Manheim Township High School and Drexel University. She also attended Duke and Millersville Universities. She taught in several public schools and Linden Hall. She was a talented seamstress, artist, and needle worker. She enjoyed reading and playing bridge.

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