Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 8, 2017

By on February 8, 2017

Violet May Forrest died Jan. 27. Her nail polish was perfect and she was wearing two rings and a necklace. If you knew her, you aren’t surprised. She was 96. She worked as a window trimmer at downtown stores and in the kitchen of Lafayette Elementary School. But her favorite job was making slipcovers for sofa and chairs. She continued to sew slipcovers into her 80s. A longtime resident of Valleybrook, she lived at Ephrata Manor where a wonderfully caring staff took care of her. Her grandson, David S. McFalls and wife, Yahna (Conroy), live in Ephrata.

Reginald A. Grossman, 70, of Lancaster, passed away Feb. 4. He was a very active member of the Lancaster Alliance Church. He served in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a utility operator for High Steel of Lancaster retiring in 2015 after 39 years. Reg loved to play basketball, volleyball and golf. His sister, Susan Miller, lives in Ephrata.

Kathryn “Dorothy” Derstine Hackman Martin, 92, passed away recently. A minister’s wife, she was a warm and welcoming woman, who always included others around the table. She was always looking for the positive and was incredibly accepting and nonjudgmental of people both close to her and from all walks of life. She had a deep love of music, and played the organ. She was a member of Akron Mennonite Church.

Charles Patrick Michener, 69, passed away Feb. 3, at the home of his son, Donald. Lovingly known as “Pat,” he was witty and had an artful way of looking at life. He once worked at Hamilton Watch. He later opened a donut franchise, a pizza shop, and Michener’s Outdoors, in Austin, Texas. His son, James Michener, husband of Kim, resides in Ephrata.

Richard M. Sensenig, 92, of Coatesville, died Feb. 3 at Freedom Village, West Brandywine. He proudly served his country as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Engineers during World War II in China, Burma, and India. He was employed by Lukens Steel Co. in Coatesville, and then RCA, GE and Thompson Consumer Electronics in Lancaster, as a senior member of the technical engineering staff in the color television tube development division. His son, David Sensenig, and wife Margaret, live in Ephrata.

Miles J. Shaeffer, 50, of Lancaster, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 1 at his home. Miles was a pitcher for the Manheim Township High School Blue Streaks baseball team, and a former drum major for the marching band. He was an accomplished and amazing drummer. He was employed by The Restaurant Store, Wyomissing, as a sales leader. His daughter, Heather R. Shaeffer; and a nephew, Justin Keller, reside in Ephrata. A sister, Wanda Bomberger, wife of Robert, lives in Reinholds.

Helen L. Sheaffer passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 103. Following her education, she was a social worker in Lewistown and Philadelphia. Following her husband’s graduation, they returned to New Holland where they both opened practices in New Holland for 40 years. Her sons, Dr. John Sheaffer, married to Sharon McDowell Sheaffer; and J. Steven Sheaffer, married to Clare Weaver Sheaffer, live in Ephrata.

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