Deaths of Local Interest – May 5, 2016

By on May 4, 2016

Thelma A. Anderson, 87, formerly of Brandywine Manor (Coatesville) and New Holland, passed away April 27 at the Ephrata House at the Landis Homes Retirement Community, following an illness. She was the owner of the former Thelma’s Beauty Shop in Brandywine Manor. Thelma was a member of the Forks of the Brandywine Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the New Holland Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Mary E. Andrews, 56, of Manheim, died peacefully April 22. She was the wife of Edward Andrews Jr. Surviving in addition to her husband, are three daughters: Samantha, Tabitha, and Sabrina; two grandchildren: Eden and Derek; two brothers: John and Jeffrey Scheetz; and two sisters: Debra Scheetz and Jon-Anne Fisher. The family is honoring Mary’s request that there will be no services.

Oliver W. “Buzz” Babikow, 83, of Willow Street, passed away April 28 at Lancaster General Hospital. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He established his family greenhouse business Greenleaf Enterprises Inc. in 1968 and retired in 1996 prior to selling his business. Buzz was a longtime member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. His son Jonathan Babikow, husband of Renee, lives in Lititz.

Richard (Rick) A. Beittel Jr., 62, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly at his home April 26. He was a certified public accountant. He continued his career at MTS Travel and for the past 20 years was employed at Phillips Office Solutions as CFO and president of Phillips Capital. He was an accomplished artist, making numerous pottery pieces, and took great pleasure sharing his creations as gifts to many recipients. His sister, Barbara A. Shire, lives in Manheim.

Thomas R. “Tom” Boyle, 69, of Lancaster, passed away April 25 at Audubon Villa, Lititz, where he had been a guest for two months. Tom had served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. for more than 31 years until he retired in July 2012 as plant supervisor.

Gladys L. Moyer Claassen died April, 21 at the Health Center at Landis Homes in Lititz. In 1987, Gladys came to Akron Pennsylvania for a V. S. assignment with MCC. Gladys was a volunteer at the MRC quilt room, the Ephrata Community Hospital and many other avenues where she shared her life with others. She was active in the Akron Mennonite church.

Ruth C. Collis, 83, of Lancaster, passed away April 24 while under the care of Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy. She was retired as operations supervisor at the Mellon Bank (now Citizens Bank) in Lititz. She was also a longtime member of the Kentucky Rifle Association where she served faithfully for many years as the secretary and treasurer.

Robert Z. Getz, 80, of Leola, passed away April 25 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Robert worked at the Pennsylvania Scale Company for 36 years and attended Salem Bible Church, Voganville. After retiring, he also worked as an Amish taxi driver. His grandson, Derick Overly, lives in Lititz.

Charlotte V. Hargrave, 87, of East Petersburg passed gently from this life April 19. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and enjoyed bingo. Traveling was a love both she and her husband, Harry, shared, with Harry’s home in Kaimuki, Hawaii, as a frequent destination. The family would like to thank Hospice and Audubon Villa of Lititz for the kindness and care and respect shown Charlotte in her last days.

Grace Maria Horst, 92, of Myerstown, passed away April 27 in her residence. Grace was a member of the Schaefferstown Mennonite Church. A brother, Willis W. Horst, lives in Lititz.

Denise Lynn Hugar, 42, of Lancaster, came to find peace April 23 at home. Denise worked as an assistant manager for 14 years at Anthony and Sylvan Pools in Lititz. She was a member of Lititz American Legion Garden Spot Post Ladies Auxiliary. Denise always saw and brought out the best in people. She had a contagious smile that lit up the whole room.

John L. “Jack” Miller, 89, of Lancaster, passed away April 23 at Luther Acres, Lititz, where he had been a guest for eight months. Jack had served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and then came home to work at Armstrong World Industries from 1947 until he retired in 1989 as plant supervisor. Jack enjoyed playing pinochle with friends and family and also enjoyed the occasional poker game.

Marion E. Rohrer, 93, of Paradise Township, died April 25. Marion was a farm wife. She and her husband, Ed, operated Maple Lane Farm Bed and Breakfast for more than 54 years. They had many repeat guests who over the years became special friends. Marion enjoyed music, art and the beach. She and Ed enjoyed vacationing in Florida. Her sister, Janet, married to Clyde Buchen, lives in Manheim.

Harold F. Schatz Jr., 90, of Mount Joy, passed away peacefully at the Lebanon VA Hospice, April 28. Harold proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for RCA until his retirement in 1972. More than anything, Harold loved spending time with his family. Hid granddaughter, Robin Haug, wife of Scott, resides in Lititz.

Oscar H. York, of Lancaster, passed away April 23 at home. He was the beloved husband of Alice V. (Floyd) York for 43 years. Oscar was a general foreman at Lukens Steel Co., Coatesville, retiring in 1977 after 50 years of service. He also managed and owned York’s Fish Express for 10 years and was a driver for the Manheim Auction. He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1949 through 1954.

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