Deaths of Local Interest – June 18, 2015

By on June 17, 2015

Victoria L. Bletz, 66, of Lancaster, formerly of Wellsboro, died peacefully June 14 at ManorCare, Lancaster. Victoria loved animals, especially her dogs, Snickers and Abbey. She is survived by her children: Toni L. Heisey, with whom she resided, and Donald E. Shank, Lititz.

Raymond L.S. Davis, 93, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully at home June 5. He served in the U.S Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S Army Reserve during the Korean War. He worked for many years at the former Fuller Co., Manheim, where he retired as chief industrial engineer. He was an amateur genealogist.

John M. “Red” Emmerich, 88, of Lancaster, died June 12 at ManorCare, Lancaster, of natural causes. Red was a self-employed landscaper. Red was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. Surviving is one sister, Margaret Showalter, of Manheim.

John James Frain, 88, died peacefully at his daughter’s home in Manheim on June 10. He was a foreman for Bethlehem Steel Corp. in Pottstown, and a superintendent for General Electric Corp. in Lebanon. A former Eagle Scout, John served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Manheim. His interests included: yard work, fishing, and woodworking. His daughter, Donna L. Frain, lives in Manheim.

Betty E. Kreider, 92, of York, passed away June 11 at her residence. was born in Warwick Township. She was the bakery manager for Snyder’s Superthrift. Betty was also a member of Stony Brook Mennonite Church. She was lovingly raised by the late Landis L. and Anna Mae (Erb) Huber and is survived by their daughter and Betty’s sister at heart, Anna Mae Lapp, and her husband Lloyd, of Manheim.

E. Mark Leachey, 97, formerly of Strasburg, died June 6 at Lancashire Hall. He worked as a machine operator for ALCOA. Mark loved gardening; he said the soil was God’s gift to man. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His son, Jerry E. Leachey, lives in Lititz.

Virginia “Dolly” H. Matt, 82, of Akron, passed away June 7 at Ephrata Community Hospital. Dolly was a member of the Ephrata congregation of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Holland. She was retired from Warner-Lambert as a production worker.

Mildred O. “Millie” Smoker, 83, of Garden Spot Village, formerly of Intercourse, passed June 10. Millie was a member of the Ridgeview Mennonite Church. She was a faithful volunteer at the Re-Uzit Shop and Ridgeview Church. She also enjoyed quilting and sewing. Her daughter, Carol, married to Mark Wiker, resides in Lititz.

George Leonard Spade Sr., 69, of Quarryville, entered into rest peacefully June 10. Born in Manheim, he was a son of the late Amos and Katherine (Spayd) Spade. George had been employed by the former Sperry-Rand Corp. for over 36 years. He was a member of Mt. Eden Lutheran Church and was a train and western cowboy enthusiast.

Betty J. Weaver, 77, Lancaster, passed away June 13. She was a bank clerk for the Leola National Bank for 14 years and was a bookkeeper for Leola Family Health Center for 21 years. An avid reader, Betty enjoyed watching the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and the Baltimore Orioles. Her sister, Pat, wife of Robert Houck, lives in Manheim.

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