Deaths of Local Interest – May 16, 2019

By on May 15, 2019

Ruth J. (Woodring) Conklin, 90, a longtime Lancaster County resident, died May 8 at Paramount Senior Living in Maytown. Ruth enjoyed golfing, cross stitch and knitting. No grandchild or great-grandchild entered this world without a hand-knit pair of booties, sweater or hat. A son, Jeff Conklin, lives in Manheim.

Raymond M. Hoover, 80, of Stevens, passed away May 9 at Ephrata Manor. He was a member of Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, Lititz. Raymond was a mechanic for Burkholder Paving for 30 years before owning and operating Hoover Truck Repair from 1996 till his retirement in 2004. He continued working for the company until his passing. He was a member of the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company for 50 years, and enjoyed the outdoors.

Richard Kauffman, 88, of Denver, passed away May 9 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was a member of Swamp Christian Fellowship. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hunting (especially rabbit), woodcutting, working on his small farm, and spending time with family. He was an avid baseball fan and spent many hours watching games. Prior to retirement, he worked 28½ years for Rockwell International of Wyomissing. A daughter, Peggy Jane, wife of H. Galen Hess, lives in Lititz.

Heidi Rechtsteiner, 46, of Gettysburg, passed away unexpectedly April 25. Heidi graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1990. She graduated from Monmouth County Vocational School as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2003. Most recently, she was an LPN in Gettysburg and enjoyed taking care of her patients. Her mother, Virginia C. Dill Gregory, lives in Lititz.

Donna A. Roseberry, 63, of Springfield Township, York, died May 8 at York Hospital. Donna worked in the office at Shady Grove Campground, and she loved her family, helping others, and camping. Her daughter, Melissa S. Usner, wife of Destry, lives in Lititz.

Anne Clark Weiser, 78, of East Petersburg, passed away peacefully at home April 29. Anne was a teacher at heart and spent 10 years teaching math at Penn Manor Middle School and then 19 years as a preschool teacher for Apostles Community Preschool. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Anne always gave of herself to her family, friends, church, and community. Church life was very important to Anne where she taught Sunday School and spent time knitting prayer shawls. Her son, Eric S. Weiser, husband of Susan D. (Garvey), lives in Lititz.

John Edison Werner, 91, entered the church triumphant on May 9 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. John was a skilled carpenter and went on to own and operate John Werner Roofing as a contractor. He was also a member of Trappe Fire Company, acting as the captain of the fire police. John was a veteran of the United States Army. He enjoyed drawing wildlife and landscapes using charcoal and pencil. His son, Mark Werner (Nancy), lives in Lititz.

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