Deaths of Local Interest – July 9, 2015

By on July 8, 2015

Arlene K. (Greenawalt) Brackbill, 75, of Columbia, passed away July 5 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Arlene will be lovingly remembered by her family for her generosity, kindness, smile, and her listening ear. Her son, Jay K. Brackbill (wife Cindy) and sister, Sara Jane Boltz (husband Ralph ); resides in Manheim.

Coach Jay Carl passed away July 3. He was a very dedicated coach for more than 30 years to the youth of Lancaster City. He was a valuable member of the J. P. McCaskey staff and will be greatly missed. Jay proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy with fond memories of seeing the world. His sister, Karen Rohrer, and her husband Doug, live in Lititz.

Leroy Auker Hess, 84, of Elizabethtown, passed away peacefully at Moravian Manor, July 3, with his loving wife Peggy L. (Waltz) Hess at his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Mount Joy Township to the late Ezra E. and Martha A. (Auker) Hess.

Elaine S. Horst, 77, died July 4 at Luther Acres, Lititz. Elaine was a member of the Landis Valley Christian Fellowship. She was part of the Friendship Community Homes for 28 years, a part of the Friendship Singing Group and worked at Oregon Dairy until her retirement.

Margaret G. Kauffman, 92, of Lancaster, passed away July 3. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church. Her many interests included sewing, baking, and flower gardening. Margaret also volunteered at St. Anthony during school lunch and later at St. Leo in the library and with CCD instruction. Her son, Jeffrey Kauffman, husband of Joyce, lives in Manheim.

Bambi Lynn Martin, 42, of Reading, died July 1. Bambi earned her master’s degree in computer science and worked for Comcast. She was very crafty and enjoyed working on computers. Her mother, Goldie Dawn Funk; and her daughter, Megan Peifer; both reside in Manheim.

Mary S. Martin, 86, of Ephrata, died July 6. She was a member of Mt. View Mennonite Church, Lebanon. Her son, Stanley Martin, and wife Lorraine, live in Lititz. A daughter, Erla, lives in Manheim.

Helen Beamer McDannell, 101, passed away June 15 at Moravian Manor. She was a graduate of Lancaster Business College. Helen was an administrative assistant for 35 years before retiring from RCA in 1978. She enjoyed volunteering at the former St. Joseph Hospital. She was the last of her family.

Freda Mae Shaub, 90, formerly of Lancaster, passed away June 30, at Quarryville Presbyterian Community. She was employed at the former Hamilton Watch Co. Early in her marriage, she became a full-time homemaker, raising three daughters. Freda enjoyed Phillies baseball, college basketball, game shows, dining out, and reading the daily newspaper. She is survived by a sister, Pauline Denlinger, of Brethren Village, Lititz.

Vernon D. Smoker, 90, of Landis Homes, went home to be with his Lord June 29. Vernon was a dairy farmer at Oxford and later provided transportation for the Amish. He served as pastor at Mount Pleasant Mennonite Church from 1978 to 1988. He was a member of Word of Life Mennonite Fellowship of Lititz, and also Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. He enjoyed family history, singing, listening to Gospel music, playing shuffleboard, volunteering, and traveling. In 1946 he assisted on a cattleboat to Italy.

Rose P. Tretter, 100, of Oak Leaf Manor, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, passed away July 4 at Maple Farms in Akron. Rose’s employment consisted of two Lancaster businesses, Keppel’s Candy and the Hubley Toy Co., and she retired from RCA. She is survived by her husband of 45 years: John B. Tretter. Her daughter, Jean L. Vinelli, wife of James M., lives in Manheim.

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