Deaths of Local Interest – March 7, 2019

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Patricia Ann “Pat” Clare, of Elizabethtown, resident of the Masonic Village, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 24. She retired from the Elizabethtown Area High School cafeteria in 2000 with over 27 years of service. After retiring from the high school, she went to work at Masonic Village in the housekeeping department. Pat was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Colebrook, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Lititz Chapter #499. She also loved to collect all things hummingbirds. Pat is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Gregory and Melody Kulp, and their daughter Shaina Kulp, of Manheim.

William G. Daum Jr., 89, of East Petersburg, died Feb. 24 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. He served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division 505 Regiment, Paratrooper from 1948-1952. He worked 38 years at Armstrong World Industries in the Floor Plant Corlon Lab as a technician. Bill also retired from Manheim Auto Auction. In past years, Bill enjoyed going to the beach for annual vacations and going on cruises.

Anna Mae Endslow, 88, of Lancaster, died Feb. 8 at Hamilton Arms. She was a teacher at Park Elementary School in Columbia from 1962 to 1993. Upon retirement, Anna Mae served as the choir director at several area churches. She also worked with Project Leap Forward and the Census Bureau. A sister, Irene Pettyjohn, resides in Lititz.

Shirley E. (Roland) Gregg, 83, of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, entered into rest Feb. 28. Shirley retired from Conestoga View (hairdresser) and the former St. Joseph Hospital (as CNA) in Lancaster. She enjoyed craft sewing, canning and gardening. She will be remembered for her easy laugh and contagious giggle. Her daughter, Coni, wife of George Summy, lives in Manheim.

David W. Hill, 84, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Feb. 23. He was a resident of Moravian Manor in Lititz. David served in the Army in Korea after the war. David was employed as a salesman and district manager with the former farm machinery company Sperry New Holland, retiring in 1991. Once, a 12-foot tomato plant of his merited an article and photo in the Lancaster New Era newspaper. It featured him standing on a ladder next to the impressive plant.

Carole Ann Kinney, 76, of Mount Joy, passed away on Feb. 25 at Lancaster General Hospital. Carole was a graduate of Grady High School in Atlanta. She was a member of St. Peters Catholic Church in Elizabethtown. Being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, family and friendships were everything to Carole. Her daily lunch date and shopping trips with her husband John will be greatly missed. A son, James L. Kinney, husband of Stacy (Sullivan), lives in Lititz.

B. Rosene “Rose” Reiff, 69, of Ephrata, passed away Feb. 28 at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. A member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church, she was employed by Cinderella Knitting Mills and then by Country Chef. In her later years she was a homemaker. She loved to read, shop, play cards, listen to gospel and country music and enjoyed going to craft shows. She loved to spend vacation with her family at the beach and the mountains. A sister, Judy, married to Clyde Brandt, lives in Elm.

Dr. Michael D. Riley, 73, of Leola passed away Feb. 23 at Lancaster General Hospital. Michael taught for 36 years, five years with the University System of Georgia and 31 years with The Pennsylvania State University. He retired Emeritus Professor of English from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He has published six volumes of poetry and a new book of poetry will be published posthumous inspired by his love of mysteries and forensics. He was an accomplished musician as well. His son, Devin Riley, husband of Janine, lives in Lititz.

Reuben S. Smoker, 92, formerly of Gordonville, passed away Feb. 25 at Landis Homes, Lititz. He was a member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Reuben was a carpenter working for various home builders. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and spending winters in Florida.

Menno K. “Shorty” Stoltzfus, 89, of Landis Homes, Lititz, formerly of Hollsopple, went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 28. A carpenter by trade, Mr. Stoltzfus was a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. He enjoyed reading, gardening and socializing. His daughter, Marian Louise Stoltzfus, is a Friendship Community resident.

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