Deaths of Local Interest – Aug. 31, 2016

By on August 31, 2016

John Frederick “Fred” Esbenshade passed away Aug. 25 at Ephrata Manor. His working career began on his father’s farm in Eden and from there he worked as a draftsman at New Holland Machine. A 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Fred was a member of the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and the Valley of Reading. He was also a 50-year honorary member of the Rajah Shrine, Reading.

Ethel McClure Witmer Tucker, 90, passed Aug. 19 at Ephrata Manor. Ethel’s teaching career spanned from 1946 in Quarryville, until her retirement in 1988 from Smoketown Elementary School. She had several works of poetry and children’s books published. She loved dancing, swimming, writing, painting, and the beach.

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