Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 30, 2014

By on October 29, 2014

Rebecca B. Dienner, 90, of Gap, entered into rest Oct. 25 at home. A homemaker, Mrs. Dienner was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. her daughter, Barbie Dienner, lives in Lititz.

David F. “Moose” Fritsch Sr., 53, of Lancaster, died Oct. 22 at Lancaster Regional Hospital. Dave was known by many family and friends as a loving, caring, and generous man. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time in Potter County. He worked for a number of years as a tire technician for Firestone. His son, David F. Fritsch Jr. (spouse of Victoria), brother William Fritsch (spouse of Kelly), and sister Kimberly Fritsch Romanowski (spouse of Thomas), all hail from Lititz.

Willard B. Graham Jr., 89, of Lancaster, died Oct. 26. Willard spent most of his career with The Hartford Insurance Group as Property and Casualty Underwriter and later as Senior Marketing Representative in the Philadelphia area. He retired to Lancaster in 1986 and worked part time for Lancaster Limousine. His stepdaughter, Kathy Stephan (wife of Darryl), lives in Lititz.

Richard W. “Rich” Hanna, 78, of Manheim passed away Oct. 23 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center. Rich worked at the former Science Press, Ephrata, for 30 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Army Security Agency stationed at HQ ASAPAC Camp Oji Japan. A son, John A. Dougherty, and a daughter, Barbara A. Gantz, reside in Lititz.

Ada W. Leaman, 102, passed away Oct. 22 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Ada was a retired elementary school teacher for the School District of Lancaster, teaching for over 40 years, primarily at the Buchanan Elementary School. Always having a warm smile, Ada was known for being a very outgoing and genial person. She loved to read, especially the Bible, and was known for her great baking, in particular, her cookies. Her sister, Irene Leaman, also resides at Landis Homes.

Doris A. Petersdorf, 89, formally a resident of Akron passed away Oct. 20 at Ephrata Manor. Doris was a member of the Lititz Moravian Church and the Brownstown Young-at-Hearts. She was a longtime member of the Cocalico Area Senior Center where she helped organize bus trips and taught line dancing classes. She enjoyed traveling, reading, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family.

Richard Armistice Reinhold Sr., 86, of Ephrata, formerly of Reinholds, entered into rest Oct. 26 at Ephrata Manor. Richard was a self-employed contractor building houses for over 30 years. Building the Shady Grove Miniature Golf Course, Ice Skating, and Campground, for which he built the “Shady Lady” riverboat, was the start of one of two family businesses. He later started the second family business, Reinholds Restorations, in 1975. His sister, Ruth E. Binner, lives in Lititz.

Evelyn Boxwell Russell, 93, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away Oct. 26 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. Evelyn graduated from St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing in New Brunswick, NJ, class of 1941. She was an R.N. at Masonic Homes until her retirement in 1987. She collected dolls and was an antique dealer after her retirement. Her son, Joseph Russell III, husband of Doris (Greiner), resides in Elm.

Helen E. (Miller) Snader, 90, of Leola, entered into rest Oct. 21. Helen was a receptionist at the dental office of Dr. Andrew Caldwell, Leola. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Leola; enjoyed knitting, crafts, and was a past officer in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bareville Fire Co. Her daughter, Nancy, wife of Dennis Diffendall, lives in Lititz.

William L. Stauffer, 87, formerly of Brownstown, passed away Oct. 24 at Ephrata Manor. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Saturn in 1945-46. He had worked as an electrical construction supervisor with PP&L. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his family. His sister-in-law: Betsy Stauffer, resides in Lititz.

Frank J. Vargish Jr., 86, passed away Oct. 19 after a brief illness. A graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, Frank was known for creativity and style. At Armstrong World Industries, he rose to become Director of Interior Design and Display. In his private practice of 27 years, Vargish Design Associates, he utilized his creative vision to redefine spaces. His son, Frank J. Vargish III, husband of Vicki, lives in Lititz

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