Deaths of Local Interest – March 28, 2019

By on March 27, 2019

Kay L. Althouse, 83, of Elizabethtown, formerly of Ephrata, passed away at Masonic Village on March 19. A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kay loved her church and the town of Ephrata. She was always willing to sit and talk with people. Kay had a wonderful smile and even in difficult situations, she never complained. What a gift she was to those who knew her well. Her stepmother, Joy M. Althouse; and sister, Janet A. Fisher, live in Lititz.

Norman E. Clair, 72, passed away on March 21, listening to country classics surrounded by loving family members. Norman was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he worked with his unit to organize and execute the repair of the Huey helicopters. Known for his jovial sense of humor, his big mischievous smile, twinkling eyes, and hearty handshake. Normie was always known for his strength, pranks and routines. He always concentrated on his abilities and never left his disabilities stop him. His sister, Grace Nixdorf, lives in Manhiem.

Douglas Levitan, 61, of Marietta passed away at Reading Hospital-Tower Health on March 19. A great athlete, he had tryouts with some professional baseball teams as a pitcher. Doug worked as a salesman for Faulkner Chevrolet up until three years ago, before his illness caused him to stop. He attended Congregation Shaarai Shomayim. He was a great father and grandfather. He enjoyed vacationing in Wildwood, N.J., and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys. A brother, Dr. Donald Masey, husband of Carolyn, lives in Lititz.

Carmella “Dolly” Mazzarese, formerly of Johnstown, passed away at Moravian Manor in Lititz, on March 22 at the age of 95. She shared a family business with her late husband called PM’s Market. After moving to Lancaster in 1981, she worked for Watt & Shand for 14 years. Dolly enjoyed sending greeting cards of all kinds to family and friends, baking, and crocheting. She enjoyed being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. A woman of strong Catholic faith, she was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, and later St. John Neumann’s Church.

Thelma J. Rider, 92, Columbia, formerly of Mount Joy, died peacefully March 19 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. Born in Manheim, Thelma was a floor supervisor at the former Hesteco Garment Factory, Elizabethtown for 30 years before retiring in 1987. She was a member of Chiques United Methodist, Mount Joy. Thelma enjoyed crocheting afghans, sewing, and camping with her family in Potter County and Ocean City, Md. A sister, Etta Gibble, resides in Manheim.

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