Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 28, 2014

By on August 27, 2014

Richard K. Barr, 81, of Lancaster, died Aug. 23 at Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Columbia. Dick was a retired plumber and worked for RCA, Ressler, Inc. and the Farfield Company, Lititz. A professional baseball player, he played for the Detroit Tigers, a triple AAA Farm System and played out of Rocky Mount, N.C., Durham, N.C., Jamestown, N.Y., Little Rock, Ark., and Syracuse, N.Y. He had no local surviving relatives.

Keri Lee Fisher, 54, of Ronks, died Aug. 19 while enjoying an annual all girl’s vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Keri was employed by the US Postal Service, as a mail carrier for the Kinzers Post Office. She enjoyed traveling, especially cruises, gardening, her pets, going to the beach, and fully embraced the holidays. Her daughter, Erica, wife of Shiron Jones, lives in Lititz.

Miriam M. Heisey, 95, of Brethren Village, passed away peacefully Aug. 18. In 1946, Miriam and her husband started Heisey Chicks. Several years later, in 1965, they established Heisey Farm Service. She and her husband served the farming community in Lancaster County and surrounding areas, later continued by their sons, John and Randy. She also enjoyed life on the farm and general homemaking activities which included cooking and gardening and baking pies. Her “Black-Bottom Pie” was her specialty which she entered into many fairs and baking competitions. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Dorothy M. Kautz, 96, formerly of Millersville, died peacefully Aug. 19 at Moravian Manor, Lititz. Dorothy retired from Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, after working many years in the Central Purchasing Department. An avid reader, Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, music from the Big Band Era, and spending quality time outdoors taking care of her yard and flowers.

Nancy B. Newell, 84, of Lancaster, died surrounded by her family at Hospice and Community Care, Mt. Joy, Aug. 19. She managed the JC Penney catalog department for 10 years. Nancy enjoyed spending time at the beach, going to the Fulton Theatre and Broadway shows in New York, playing bridge with her friends and spending time with her family. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa C. Wolfe, of Lititz.

Ethel Weinhold Kirkpatrick Sikorsky, 89, of Akron, died Aug. 17 at Maple Farm Nursing Center. She was known as a very sweet lady who loved the Lord and was a founding member of Bible Fellowship Church of Ephrata. Ethel was also an award winning painter at local fairs. Her daughter, Barbara, wife of Edward Kreiter, lives in Lititz.

Morris Z. Stoltzfus, 93, of Fairmount Homes, died Aug. 21 at his residence. He was a farmer and a member of Millwood Mennonite Church. Morris lived his entire life in Talmage. He is survived by: brother, Homer Z. Stoltzfus, of Lititz.

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