Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 1, 2017

By on February 1, 2017

Josiah D. “Joe” Ashenfelder, 90, of Willow Street, formerly of Downingtown, passed away Jan. 25 at Willow Valley Retirement Communities. He worked at Lukens Steel Company as a first class machinist, first in the machine shop, and later in the metallurgical laboratory, retiring in 1992 with 48 years’ service. In his spare time, Joe enjoyed woodworking and making furniture. Joe had a good sense of humor, with a bit of orneriness. His daughter, Susan V. Lambert, lives in Ephrata.

Lena S. Burkholder, 85, of New Holland, died Jan. 30 at her home. Lena was a homemaker and a member of the Martindale Old Order Mennonite Church. Her son and daughter-in-law, Ivan and Lizzie Burkholder, live in Ephrata.

J. Roy Hostetter, of Manheim Township, passed away Jan. 28 at Calvary Fellowship Homes. Roy retired from the USPS Lancaster plant where he worked in maintenance. Roy was a member of Calvary Church and once enjoyed singing in the choir. Roy was a very kind and quiet man, and enjoyed reading. His stepson, Glenn R. Wilds, lives in Denver.

Timothy R. Krueger, 52, of Mountville, passed away Jan. 28 at his residence after a battle with cancer. He worked for RGS Associates in computer aided drafting. He was a PIAA basketball and football referee for 20 years. His brother, Andrew Krueger, husband of Gloria, resides in Ephrata.

Edward A. LaCava, 84, passed away at his Lititz home surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 21. Ed served as an E-3 Radarman in the US Navy during the Korean War. He then held the position of director of the calibration laboratory at Lakehurst, N.J., Naval Air Station. Fishing, photography and cabinetry woodworking were some of his favorite pastimes. His son, Michael LaCava, husband of Elizabeth, is a resident of Akron.

Abram T. Lefever, 93, of Landis Homes, Lititz, died peacefully at his home Jan. 24. He was the husband of Ruth (Myer) Lefever and they had celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on June 2. A farmer most of his life, Abram moved to a Lebanon County dairy farm in 1960, where he and Ruth lived until retiring to Landis Homes in 2009. He regularly served as a volunteer helping others and was an avid deer hunter. His son, David M.O., husband of Katrina Oberholtzer Lefever, lives in Akron.

Eileen W. Senft, 69, of Lititz, passed away Jan. 23 at Lancaster General Hospital. She formerly worked and loved her job in electronics with EMW Inc. of Lititz. Eileen enjoyed spending a week at the Jersey shore every summer. She was a lover of classic movies and enjoyed needlepoint, cooking, and collecting antique jewelry. A son, T. Daihn Moyer, and a daughter, Christina L. Moyer, live in Lititz.

Raymond M. Weiler passed away Jan. 22. He was born in Hinkletown. He is survived by his siblings: Ivan M. Weiler married to Esther Lehman; Harvey M. Weiler married to Edna Martin; Ella M. Weiler married to Samuel Martin; Moses M. Weiler married to Vicki Ressel; and Clarence M. Weiler married to Judy Ann Martin.

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