Deaths of Local Interest – March 12, 2015

By on March 11, 2015

Norma E. Good, 85, of Lancaster, passed away at her residence March 5. Norma was a 1947 graduate of New Holland High School and had been a homemaker. Norma enjoyed playing in her bridge club, spending time in the mountains with her family at their hunting camp, and dried flower arranging. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband to China and the Canary Islands. Her son, Jeffrey E., married to Deborah Good, resides in Lititz.

Earl J. Groft Jr., 91, of York, entered into rest March 2 at Luther Acres, Lititz. Earl retired as a foreman from Cole Steel Equipment Co. following 32 years of service. He served in the Philippines and Okinawa while in the US Army during World War II. He was a life member of several local clubs including the Moose Lodge, VFW and American Legion, the Hawks Gunning Club, and the Democratic Social Club. He helped form and was a member of the National Guard in Hanover.

J. Richard “Dick” Grube, 86, of Manheim, died peacefully March 1 at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. He owned and operated automatic laundries: New Street Laundry in Lititz and Neffsville Laundry. A veteran, Dick proudly served in the US Navy aboard the US Sullivans Destroyer during the Korean War. Dick was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manheim, and the Manheim American Legion. Dick enjoyed bowling, listening to Jazz music, and was a passionate Phillies fan.

Almeda R. Hess, 100, formerly of Mount Joy passed away peacefully March 4 at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz. Almeda was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church and was involved with the sewing circle. She was a 1932 graduate of the former Mount Joy High School. Almeda and her late husband raised celery, cantaloupes, and sugar peas on their farm in Mount Joy Township. She was an avid quilter and loved to spend time with her family.

Irene “Rene” M. Leaman, 94, passed away March 2 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. She was a registered nurse, specializing in physical therapy throughout her career. She was a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Nursing and soon after joined the US Army during World War II, where she served as a second lieutenant in the Nursing Corps. Following her service, she worked for Easter Seals, the Elizabethtown Children’s Hospital, and with the State of Pennsylvania with children’s physical therapy. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and bowling.

Judy L. Myers, 66, of Mount Joy and formerly of Manheim, passed away March 8 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Judy retired from housekeeping at Brethren Village. She attended LCBC and earlier in life she attended Lititz Church of the Brethren. Judy enjoyed camping and traveling. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Her daughter Diane M., wife of Scot Funk, lives in Manheim. Daughter Dorene L., wife of Troy Moore, resides in Lititz.

Paul Z. Snyder, 74, of Elizabethtown, passed away March 9 at Oak Leaf Manor North, Landisville. Paul was a 1960 graduate of the Donegal High School, Mount Joy, where he was an outstanding catcher on the high school baseball team. He was employed several years at the former Clearview Diner in Rheems, but worked most of his life at Continental Press in Elizabethtown until his retirement. An avid sports enthusiast, Paul enjoyed collecting photos of sports stars, playing baseball, pickleball, dancing, and eating at buffet restaurants. His sister, Vivian Snyder Ziegler, wife of Earl, lives in Brethren Village.

Howard R. Stalnecker Jr., 78, of Maytown, died March 4 at Lancaster General Hospital. Howard was a hot-mill maintenance foreman for ALCOA of Lancaster for 16 years before retiring in 1990. He later worked nine years as an EMT for the White Rose Ambulance of York and he was a volunteer for the former Maytown Ambulance Association Howard was a faithful member of Community Bible Church of Marietta. His other interests included fishing, family camping trips, hunting, and reading. His daughter, Janet Pettyjohn, resides in Lititz.

Donald W. Warren, 79, of Ephrata, formerly of York, passed away March 1. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Ephrata. He was active member of The Boy Scouts of America, earning Eagle Scout status. He worked at Landis Tool Company of Waynesboro, Bendix Corp. of York, American Chain and Cable Company, York, and Woodstream Corporation, Lititz, and completed his career doing machine design consulting work. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Vera June Welk, 90, of Lancaster passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side March 6. She graduated from J.P. McCaskey High School and was a homemaker. June was a member of Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. During her 70 years of marriage, she enjoyed dancing, going to the Shore, taking boat rides, and cooking for her husband and family. A refined lady, she enjoyed discussing politics, reading, and owned a number of German Short Hair Pointer dogs.A son, Robert Curtis Welk, husband of Mary, lives in Lititz.

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