Deaths of local interest: March 5, 2015

By on March 4, 2015

Ronnie Lee Hanna, 70, formerly of Manheim, died Feb. 25 at his home in Muncy Valley. An auto mechanic throughout his life, Ronnie was the owner and operator of Hanna’s Auto Body in Lititz. After retiring, Ronnie moved to Sullivan County. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Ronnie was a member of the Germania Band Club, Manheim. Ronnie loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at his cabin in Sullivan County. He was known for his talent for being able to fix anything as well as being quite the jokester around family and friends.

Raymond E. Harnly, 85, passed away March 1 at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster. Raymond graduated from Manheim Central High School in 1947 and from Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, in 1955. He was of the Mennonite faith. Raymond was employed by Warfel Associates in the accounting office for 34 years. His son, Ryan Mosher, and his brother, Jake Harnly, both reside in Lititz.

Janet M. Heistand, 83, formerly of Elizabethtown, passed away March 2 at United Zion Retirement Community. Janet attended many auctions. She held a stand at Root’s Old Mill Flea Market in Manheim and the Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction in Ephrata, selling antiques and collectibles. She also sold them at other area flea markets. Janet enjoyed singing, writing poetry, crossword puzzles, and participating in activities at the United Zion Retirement Community. Her step-grandson, Dwight D. Saylor, lives in Lititz.

Judy M. Kinard, 68, of Wrightsville, died at her residence Feb. 28. Judy was last employed as a cake decorator for Dawn Foods in York. She loved her entire family and was considered by her family to be a hard working lady. Her sisters Bonnie Hauck; and Jean, wife of Joseph Zahn, reside in Lititz.

Frederick W. Lutz, 84, of Ephrata, passed away March 1 at Moravian Manor. He was the president of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, served on Ephrata Borough Council, was on the PA Shoe and Leather Association Board of Directors and was a 50 year member of the Ephrata Blue Lodge #665 F. & A.M. Frederick also had a real estate license, enjoyed golfing and fishing. During his working years, Frederick was the President for Eby Shoe/Fleet Air for 38 years before retiring in 1986.

Anthony L. “Tony” Madonna, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Feb. 24 at Lancaster General Hospital. Tony served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II as a rifle marksman. He worked as a dental technician for 55 years. He started his own company, Madonna Dental Lab, that he owned and operated for many years. He also worked at the Lancaster County Cleft Palate Clinic. His daughter, Linda S., wife of Bill Brown, resides in Lititz.

Virgil A. Meck, 86, of Willow Street, was greeted by his Savior on Feb. 24 following a yearlong illness. Virgil worked in metallurgy for the former Hamilton Watch Company and, later, Hamilton Precision Metals. Virgil loved spending time with his family and enjoyed working with his hands, especially woodworking. He also enjoyed golfing. His grandsons, Todd, married to Karen Meck; and Tyler, married to Michelle Meck, reside in Lititz.

Frances S. “Tutter” Miller, 80, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away Feb. 25 at Luther Acres Retirement Home. Before her marriage she was employed by the former Grey Iron Casting Company, now Donsco Mount Joy, as a secretary, and later at Grandview Elementary School. Frances was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Colebrook. She loved the outdoors, sports, woodcrafts, yard work, riding her motor scooter, and was an avid Penn State Football fan.

Charles D. Pannell, 56, of New Providence, passed away March 1. Charles was a self-employed independent truck driver. He served his country in the US Army. His enjoyments were horseback riding, his pet chickens, butchering and catering. His sister, Sharon Miller, wife of Alvin; and brother, Gordon Pannell, husband of Esther, all reside in Lititz.

Dr. Kenneth J. Samara, 83, of Luther Acres, formerly of Akron, passed away Feb. 27 at the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean Conflict. He was the director of guidance and curriculum coordinator at Ephrata Area School District. He taught at Penn State, Lancaster Campus, Harrisburg Area Community College, and was an adjunct professor at Millersville University. He attended Salem Lutheran Church in Kissel Hill.

H. Wilmer Stauffer, 88, of Millersville, went to be with the Lord Feb. 23 at his daughter’s home in Conestoga. He and his wife farmed in Conestoga Township. Wilmer was an excellent dairyman. A son, John D. Stauffer, married to Cathy Miller, lives in Lititz.

Thelma B. Wolgemuth, 84, of Landis Homes Retirement Community, passed away Feb. 23. Thelma taught for three years at Hess Christian Day School before moving to Immokalee, Fla., to teach at Collier County School District as an Elementary School Teacher for 43 years. In 2005, she returned to Lancaster. Thelma was recognized many times in Immokalee for her work with Habitat for Humanity and the school district. She enjoyed traveling, writing letters, and spending time with her family. Her sister, Lois Wolgemuth, resides at Landis Homes.

Lena R. (Sauder) Zimmerman, 49, of Denver, died Feb. 26, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Roy S. Zimmerman. Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of Adam M. and Lena E. (Reiff) Sauder. She is survived by her son, Leroy R. Sauder, husband of Earlene H. Nolt, of Lititz.


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