Deaths of Local Interest – March 19, 2015

By on March 18, 2015

Marvin D. “Bart” Bartel, 88, peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior March 14 at Landis Homes. Marvin was a milk hauler for 26 years, retiring from John S. Ewell, Inc., East Earl in 1991. He had also served with M.C.C. at Brook Lane Farm in Hagerstown, Md., and as a truck driver. His wife, Martha (Stoltzfus) Bartel, survives. They had observed their 63rd anniversary on July 21.

Richard Ober Binkley, 87, passed away March 7 at Brethren Village. Richard was a member of Hempfield Church of the Brethren, and enjoyed singing in the choir and volunteering his service in various ways. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during the occupation of Germany. During his lifetime, he owned and operated a dairy farm with his wife near Columbia, served West Hempfield Township residents as a Supervisor and Road Master, was a salesman for DeKalb seed corn, drove truck for Pennsylvania Farmers Association, and was a self-employed truck driver.

Paul W. Fry, 86, of Greencroft Retirement Community, Goshen, Ind., passed away March 8. Paul taught 33 years at Chandler Elementary School in Goshen. He enjoyed gardening and became well known for his edamames (soybeans). His sister, Mary Groff, lives in Lititz.

M. Joyce James, 72, of Ephrata, passed away March 11 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. Joyce was an animal lover. During high school, she raised a champion baby beef for the Ephrata Farm Show. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, gardening, landscaping, and was known for creating a delightful light display every Christmas. Joyce was the district manager at Valley View Mobile Home Park more than 20 years. Her sister, Betty J. Gross, lives in Brickerville.

Edna M. “Eddie” Kempf, 85, of Lancaster died March 11 at Hamilton Arms. Edna retired after 25 years of service with Slaymaker Lock Company as a supervisor. Edna was an accomplished pianist and organist and enjoyed playing the guitar and mandolin as well. Edna recently became a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lancaster. Linda Frank, of Lititz, survives her.

Jeanette Landis Nissly, 86, of Douglassville, passed away March 9, at her residence. Nett earned her pilot’s license before her driver’s license. In her early years, she enjoyed flying from her father’s Donegal Airport, near Maytown. Nett was an avid participant in the “breakfast flights” of the late 40s and early 50s, flying from one local airport to another for breakfast. She and her late husband served churches in Steelton and Birdsboro, where she played piano and taught Sunday school classes. Her son, Rev. Robert L. Nissly, (husband of Barb, lives in Lititz.

Arlene M. Nixdorf, 89, of Lancaster, passed away March 14 at Conestoga View, Lancaster. She was in data processing for the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau, where she worked for 20 years retiring in 1985. Arlene was a member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Lititz.
Jacqueline Campbell Scott, 86, passed away March 11 in the United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz. Jacqueline Mrs. Scott was a member of Church of the Palms, Sarasota, Fla. Services will be at a later date in Florida.

Arlene H. Snavely, 86, of Landisville, formerly of the Manheim and Mount Joy areas, was called home March 12, at Lancashire Hall, Lancaster, following a brief illness. She was employed as a clothing sales clerk and in alterations for more than 30 years. Her last employment was with the former Watt & Shand Company. Following retirement, she volunteered with Eastern Mennonite Missions for three years as a houseparent in Philadelphia. Her nephew, L. Eugene, husband of Jean B. Snavely, lives in Lititz.

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