Deaths of Local Interest – reported July 16, 2015

By on July 15, 2015

Helen M. Barninger, 79, of Columbia, passed away July 11 at Golden Living Center, Lancaster. She worked as a crossing guard and was a member of Salem United Church of Christ where she sang in the choir. She owned Country Girl Ceramics and was an avid Elvis fan. Her daughter, Paula M. Reece, resides in Manheim.

Melvin H. Bowman, 96, of Ephrata, died peacefully at Ephrata Manor July 10. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as a self-employed roofer and siding contractor for 22 years and retired from Woodstream Co. in 1983 after 15 years of employment. He will be missed at Ephrata Manor for his keen sense of humor.

Paul L. Charles, 73, of Marietta, passed away July 8 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Paul owned and operated the family farm in Marietta. He was a member of the Marietta Mennonite Church, where he served as deacon for 30 years. His sister, Alta Ruth Sensenig, wife of Donald, lives in Lititz. His sister, Martha Sauder, wife of Norman, resides in Manheim.

M. Joan Eaby, 88, of Brownstown, passed away July 10 at Moravian Manor, Lititz. A lifetime resident of Lancaster County, Mrs. Eaby was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Margaret S. Keene, 94, resident of Mennonite Home, passed away July 9. Born in Clay Township, she was a 1937 graduate of Manheim Borough High School. Margaret was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret was a tour guide for Conestoga Tours where she enjoyed giving tours of Lancaster County to visitors, providing them with knowledge and history of the county. There is no local surviving family.

Helen Mae Keperling, 96, of Lancaster, died peacefully July 9 at Brethren Village. Helen was the office manager for her husband’s family business of L.R. Keperling and Sons. While living at Brethren Village, she attended the Chapel worship services there. Helen was also a Girl Scout leader, loved to play games, read, do jigsaw puzzles, crochet, craft, sew, loved to travel, and was a really good cook.

James K. Kreider, 80, of Ronks, passed away surrounded by his loved ones July 2, at LGH. He proudly served our country in Korea and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. After a career as a mail carrier with the Lancaster Post Office, Jim spent a few years as “touch-up” man for Kreider and Flick Painting and Paperhanging before retiring. His sister, Dot, wife of Merv Mellinger, resides in Lititz.

Gerald “Jerry” E. McOmber, 81, of Brethren Village, passed away July 7. He was one of the last Navy blimp pilots flying at NAS Lakehurst, N.J. In 1977, as a commander, he retired from the Naval Reserves. After working with the 3M Company for several years, he worked as a self-employed sales representative. He then, with his wife Joann, became owner of United Window Grilles in Manheim for 20 years, until his retirement in 1994.

Robert Moll Jr., 63, of Ephrata, died at home July 10, after a lengthy illness. Robert was born in Lebanon, and worked as a welder. His son, Chad Moll, resides in Manheim.

Janet S. Popyk, 101, died July 6 at Landis Homes, Lititz. She taught in elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania for 22 years. She worked as a volunteer on the committee making nursing caps for the Lancaster General Hospital Auxiliary from 1986 to 1996. She was a past president of the Towne Club of Lancaster, and enjoyed reading and travel.

David A. Rineer, 60, of Lancaster went to his Home in Glory July 4 at the Easton Hospital. He served as a plumbing specialist in the USAF. Dave was employed by RR Donnelley for many years. Affectionately known as “Big Dave” to his friends and family, he could always come up with a joke or funny story to make folks laugh. His sister, Correen, wife of Dr. Marc Russo, lives in Lititz.

Irvin M. Weaver, 79, of West Caln Township, died at his home Wednesday, July 8. An area resident all his life, he was employed for 28 years by Terre Hill Concrete retiring in 2007. He was a member of the Grace Full Gospel Fellowship of New Holland. His sister, Alta M. Hollinger, lives in Lititz.

Elizabeth Weber, 100, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, died July 11. She worked as a bookkeeper in the office of Cassel’s Stores in Reading for eight years and sang with the Reading Choral Society. She traveled extensively with her husband driving through all 50 states, visiting 40 countries, and attending seven Olympic games. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and writing poems, two of which were published. Her granddaughter, Elizabeth Rotella, lives in Lititz.

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