Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 23, 2014

By on October 15, 2014

Eva “Oma” (Wilpert) Calusic, 87, of Lancaster passed away Oct. 11 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. She grew up on a farm in Djakovo, Croatia. She and her husband, Frank, owned and operated the Original Rudi’s Restaurant in Oak Ridge, N.J., for 30 years and moved to Brownstown in 1987, where she worked as a cook for 10 years at the Ephrata Community Hospital. Her granddaughter, Carla S. Calusic, lives in Lititz.

Hazel L. Dahl, 100, formerly of Somerville, N.J., passed away Oct. 12 at Audubon Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Hazel was a graduate of Drakes Business College. She retired in 1976 from the Department of the Army, Office of the Comptroller, where she was a secretary for 27 years. Hazel was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lancaster.

Diane Drager, 62, of Marietta, passed away Oct. 5. She was employed by Groff’s Meats in Elizabethtown. Diane was a dedicated mother to her children and a special friend to many. She may seem a bit “Old Fashioned” to her kids, but her lifelong tradition of sending cards to family and friends will be sorely missed. Her sister, Beverly Weit, wife of Scott, resides in Lititz.

George E. Fessler Jr., 81, who resided at the Brethren Village, passed away Oct. 11 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was married to Rosemary D. (Schuler) Fessler on June 8, 1957. George and Rosemary shared 57 years of marriage together. He had been employed by Ludens as a traffic manager and was subsequently self-employed in Logistics Transportation Sales. He was chairman of the National Confectioners Traffic Conference and received the Reading Traffic Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clayton H. George, 93, of Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim, died peacefully Oct. 3 at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center. Clayton enlisted in the Navy during World War II as one of 141 licensed funeral directors/ embalmers and proudly continued to serve for over 20 years as a hospital corpsman. His claim to fame in the George family was that he had such a calm temperament that he fell asleep in the boat on the way over to Normandy on D-Day. Clayton enjoyed singing and had a great bass-baritone soloist voice. He wanted to make the world a better place and was not afraid to give generously but humbly to that cause.

Twilia S. Hinkle-Hess, 100, formerly from Mt. Carmel, died in Skyview Rehabilitation Center, Croton, N.Y., Sept. 30. She married the late Donald E. Hess of Ranshaw prior to moving to Lancaster, where she was a bank teller until her retirement in 1978. Her love of gardening won her many ribbons at the annual garden show. Her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Dorothy Hinkle, live in Lititz.

Hazel S. (Miller) Karns, 78, of Elk Grove Road, Benton (Sugarloaf Township), died Oct. 5 at the Williamsport Regional Hospital Emergency Room. She had been employed by Miller’s Smorgasbord, K Mart, the bakery department of Weis Markets and the Manheim Central School District where she worked in food service. She was first runner-up for Mrs. Lancaster County Fire Chief in 1974-75. She enjoyed being a homemaker and was known for her sewing, cooking and canning.

Anna May Koser, formerly of Mount Joy, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 13 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz. She retired at the age of 76 from Elizabethtown College Dining Services. Anna May loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her friends. She enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, and taking care of her flowers. She was still baking pies and cookies at the age of 93. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Brethren in Christ Church.

Diana L. “Dee Dee” Leeper, 54, of Elizabethtown, entered into rest at home of natural causes Oct. 12. Dee graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School Class of 1978. She loved to play Bingo playing with her grandchildren and spending time with family and friends. Her brother, Steve Detz (husband of Teresa), lives in Lititz.

Curtis A. Musser, 45, of Lancaster lost a courageous battle with cancer Oct. 7. He worked for Willow Valley Communities for over 25 years as manager of construction and renovations. Curt loved the outdoors and had a special place in his heart for Rapidan, a family owned co-op in Virginia where he and his family made great memories. His grandmother, Irene Musser, lives at Brethren Village.

Frank Edward Shirk, 89, of Leola, died Oct. 8 at his home. In 1960 he began working for Goodville Mutual Casualty Company, becoming president in 1982. Meanwhile, in 1958, he was ordained pastor of the New Holland Mennonite Church, and in 1978 he was ordained bishop of the Groffdale District of Lancaster Conference. He also served as assistant secretary of the Conference for 10 years. His son, Philip, lives in Lititz.

Mary H. Shirk, 87, of East Earl, died Oct. 7 at her home after declining health. Mary was a homemaker and a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. Her brother Paul, married to Judy (Ginder) Martin, lives in Lititz.

Harold L. Stauffer, 88, of Lancaster, died at home Oct. 8 following a brief illness. Harold last worked as a heavy equipment operator for Andrews Excavating. He was a member of Hempfield Church of the Brethren. His sister, Helen Buckwalter, resides in Lititz.

Patricia A. Tearney, 85, of Brethren Village, died peacefully Oct. 8 at Hospice & Community Care. She worked as the office manager for her husband John at Tearney Plumbing and Heating for over 45 years. Patricia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she enjoyed the noon Mass with her husband. She loved spending time with her family and cheering for Phillies baseball with John.

David C. Wampler, 73, of Chambersburg, died peacefully at home Oct. 7. David was an apiculturist, keeping 300-400 hives of bees, and the founder of Wampler’s Apiaries in Manheim. David loved to use his tenor voice to sing acapella music with his family in praising the Lord. He was a great storyteller and had many memorable sayings.

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