Deaths of Local Interest – April 12, 2017

By on April 12, 2017

Paul Saylor Groff, 81, of Manheim passed away at his home April 7. Paul worked as a custodian for the Lititz Church of the Brethren for 23 years before retiring. He also worked at Bond Foundry and Fuller Foundry prior to retirement. Paul was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Manheim. He enjoyed gardening and repairing cars. His son, Philip S., husband of Serena Groff, lives in Denver.

Robert G. “Bob” Pry, 91, of Lancaster, passed away April 8 at his residence. Bob was a proud Navy veteran of World War II. Prior to his military service, he was an aircraft spotter. He was employed in the field of mechanical dentistry, having worked 10 years for Ephrata Dental Lab and 10 years for Madonna Dental Lab. Bob was a family man who was active in various Christian ministries; music was an important part of his life. Along with his wife, he was a houseparent at House of His Creation, and he was an usher for Sight and Sound.

Gladys Mae (Beard) Royer, 86, of Lititz, passed away April 4 at the Gardens of Lititz. She was a 1948 graduate of the former Rothsville High School, she worked 51 years for the Badorf Shoe Co., Lititz, until her retirement. Gladys was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata. She enjoyed bird watching, reading, playing Scrabble, and working crossword puzzles. Her stepdaughter, Donna Marie Nash, wife of Vincent, resides in Ephrata. A brother, Robert D. Beard Sr., lives in Stevens.

Geraldine Catherine Smith, 97, of Lancaster passed away April 4. Geraldine worked several jobs over her long lifetime, the last being a cashier at Pantry Pride Food Market in Ephrata. Geraldine enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bridge, gardening, and tennis. She was a member of the Lititz Rec Center and enjoyed swimming. She was also a longtime member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster.

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