Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 2, 2014

By on October 1, 2014

Juliet C. Benson, 16, of Strasburg, died Sept. 16. A junior at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, she had attended Ephrata schools in her younger years. Juliet enjoyed spending time with her family, playing soccer, singing and lighting up a room with her smile. She cared about other teens who were struggling. Her maternal great-grandfather, John Adair, lives in Lititz.

Verna M. (Brubaker) Ginder, 97, passed away Sept. 23 at Lancashire Hall. Verna retired from Donsco in 1979. She was a member of Erisman Mennonite Church and in the past was active in the sewing circle. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, and going out to dinner with her family. A daughter-in-law, Lyndell Brubaker, lives in Lititz.

Blanche E. (Kreider) Gingrich passed away Sept. 25. Blanche loved life. She and her husband John were farmers for 60 years in the Landisville area. She is best known for the numerous beautiful quilts she made for family, friends and charity causes. Her brothers: John and Lloyd Kreider (spouse of Joyce), reside in Lititz.

Darlene M. Goretzke, 76, of Lancaster, passed away Sept. 16 at Moravian Manor, Lititz. She was corporate secretary of the family business, Cash & Carry Parts, Inc. She was a member of Trinity U.C.C. of East Petersburg. Darlene enjoyed crocheting, crafts, music and serving others with her life. The family is grateful for the excellent care provided by the staff of Moravian Manor.

Esther H. Hartman, 96, of Brethren Village, passed away peacefully Sept. 9. She enjoyed her many years in her role as a pastor’s wife and her 26 years of teaching in four different states. She enjoyed visiting and volunteering over 35 years at Lancaster General Hospital and Brethren Village. A step-daughter, Dawn S. Hartman, also resides at Brethren Village.

Shirley A. Keener, 73, of Schaefferstown, died Sept. 25 at her residence. She was a retired employee of Binners Associates of Schaefferstown and a member of the St. Luke Lutheran Church of Schaefferstown. She loved playing bingo, completing crossword puzzles, working in her yard and having yard sales. A sister: Dolores K., wife of Donnie Hutcheson, lives in Lititz.

Grace Lepole, 97, formerly of Denver, passed away Sept. 29 at Brethren Village. Grace enjoyed reading and playing cards. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 2 p.m., at the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, followed by her funeral service at 2 p.m., with Pastor Mark Tedford officiating. Interment will take place in the Mt. Zion Evangelical Cemetery.

Eugene K. Metzler, 87, of Manheim, died unexpectedly Sept. 15 while visiting his wife at the Lancaster General Hospital. Eugene was the loving husband of Jean S. Hollinger Metzler, and they observed their 65th wedding anniversary in February of this year. For most of his life, Eugene was the owner and operator of the family farm in Rapho Township. His son: Darwin, husband of Pat Hosler Metzler, and his sister: Joann, wife of John Herr, reside in Lititz.

Francis P. Miller, 92, of Lancaster, passed away Sept. 20, at Brethren Village Retirement Community. Frank retired in 1981 from RCA after 33 years of service. A veteran of WWII, he served in the United States Air Force as a Radio Operator/ Gunner on a B17, stationed in England. Frank was an avid golfer and Bridge player. No surviving relatives reside in our coverage area.

Susan Buckwalter Nolt, 94, of Landis Homes Retirement Community, formerly of Mount Joy, went to be with her Lord Sept. 23. A homemaker, she also volunteered at the former Crippled Children’s Hospital in Elizabethtown, Mount Joy Gift & Thrift Shop, and Landis Homes Retirement Community where she resided. She was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church for 65 years. She also excelled at hospitality, frequently serving family and friends wonderful meals at their home or cabin.

Geraldine Iris Ranck, 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sept. 17. Jerry was a passionate and dedicated nurse for 40 years. Her greatest passion, love and joy was her family. She enjoyed dancing, entertaining, growing orchids and being with her friends. She had volunteered with Adult Literacy Program and Rape Crisis Counseling. Her son, Robert Bruce Gabriel, husband of Susan, lives in Brickerville.

Ruth L. Saltzgiver, 94, of Columbia and formerly of York, died Sept. 23 at Luther Acres. Ruth retired as a payroll clerk in 1982 with Shipley Energy. Ruth had her own radio show, “Recipe for Happiness,” on the former WNOW. She was a long-term member of Christ Lutheran Church of York and a former member of the White Rose Square Dancing Club.

Heinrich “Heiner” Stoll, 86, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly Sept. 27 at LGH of natural causes. Born in Offenbach, Hessen, Germany, Heiner and family moved from Germany to Lancaster in 1959. Heiner was a retired machinist and part-owner of the former D & S Machine Shop, Lititz. He was an active member of the Lancaster Liederkranz, where he was a founding member of the Hobby Chor, past president and honorary member.

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