Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 3, 2014

By on October 8, 2014

David K. Beiler, 70, of Ronks, passed away Oct. 2 at Oak Leaf Manor. David was a woodworker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. A son, Chris Beiler, lives in Lititz.

Arlene Mae Boas, 76, of Lancaster, passed away at Lancashire Hall Sept. 25 following a short illness. Arlene had worked as a customer service associate for several retail stores in the Lancaster area. She always enjoyed being with her family and her dog. A grandson, Joshua A. Dubbs, lives in Lititz.

Glenna W. Brensinger, 66, of Denver, went to be with her Lord Oct. 3 at her home. Glenna worked as a library aide at Cocalico Middle School and most recently as a receptionist at Covance in Denver. She was an active member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata and sang with the church choir. Her granddaughter, Courtney R. Brensinger, lives in Lititz.

Marion F. Byram, 90, passed away surrounded by her family Sept. 30 in Mechanicsburg. She taught at Warwick High School and later taught English and French at F&M College. A former member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Lancaster, Marion was also a performer in The Lancaster Opera Workshop. She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Thomas James Cence, 99, passed away Oct. 3 at Brethren Village. In 1955 he joined Keener Tag Manufacturing in Lancaster and remained its President and owner until 1985. He was also the President and owner of Metzger Publicity in Lancaster and Tagcraft Corporation in Brooklyn, NY. An active member of the Lancaster business and civic community, he remained an especially stalwart supporter of the Thaddeus Stevens Trade School, now the Stevens College of Technology for all of his life. He was an avid, talented, and fiercely competitive golfer.

Kevin L. Gress, 55, of Denver, passed away Sept. 29. Kevin was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked as a store clerk for the Wine & Spirits Store in Lititz, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, and music. A sister, Diane, wife of Larry Dull, lives in Lititz.

Jay H. Shirk, 83, of New Holland died Oct. 4 at Hickory House, Honey Brook. He formerly worked at Sensenig Appliances and Wickes Lumber but retired from Lancaster County Vo-Tech (LCCTC). Brownstown in 1997 after 17 years. He loved photography, including developing his own photos. His brother Walter and sister Evelyn live in Lititz.

Ella Mae Spotts, 95, of Ephrata, passed away Sept. 29 at Ephrata Manor. She is survived by a son: Rodney Kopp, and his wife Pamela, of Lititz.

Dr. Raymond William “Bill” Stedman, 84, and Rita Eileen (Manning) Stedman, 87, of Willow Street, passed away Sept. 24 and Aug. 28, 2014, respectively. Bill was a long-time professor, author and television producer. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1954-67 and rose to the rank of first lieutenant. Rita was employed as a dietitian at Dartmouth College, N.H., and then at Jamison Memorial Hospital in New Castle. Their son, Craig W., and grandchildren Ryan and Samantha Stedman, live in Lititz.

Erma E. Underkoffler, 89, of Lancaster, passed away Sept. 30 at Brethren Village Retirement Community. Erma was in a card club that met every other Wednesday to play pinochle and solve the world’s problems. She was an avid Penn State Football fan and enjoyed traveling. Erma loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rosalyn “Sis” Weaver Weatherholtz, 95, formerly of Leola, died Oct. 3 at Garden Spot Village. Sis was a homemaker and did seamstress work in her home for others. She was a member of Leola United Methodist Church. Surviving is a son, Barry L., married to Barbara (Cooke) Weatherholtz, Lititz.

Anna Mary Weidman, 87, of Reinholds, passed away at her home Oct. 3. For over 20 years she was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Ephrata. Along with her husband, she was co-owner of The Woodsman Gun Shop of Intercourse. Anna Mary loved gardening, bird watching and going to their cabin in Tioga County. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Her granddaughter, Melissa Houck Wardwell, wife of Donald Wardwell, resides in Lititz.

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