Deaths of Local Interest – July 27, 2016

By on July 27, 2016

Melvin Mast King, 82, of Gordonville, died July 17, surrounded by the family he loves. Mel was a faithful and committed member of First Deaf Mennonite Church. He worked at Rutt Custom Cabinetry, retiring in 1998 after 35 years. He enjoyed mowing the lawn on his John Deere tractor, eating breakfast at local restaurants, telling detailed stories about growing up on the family farm, and socializing with many friends. He had a fun loving sense of humor and was a gracious, kind, and thoughtful person. His desire was to live life in peace and as a follower of Christ. A daughter, Lisa, wife of Craig Kachel, lives in Brownstown. A daughter, Vanessa, wife of Dan Boyer, resides in East Earl

Kevin N. Leid, infant son of Jason S. and Lois Z. (Newswanger) Leid of New Holland, passed away July 18 at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Del. His paternal grandparents, John and Lucy (Sensenig) Leid, live in Ephrata.

James Sauder, 81, entered peacefully into the arms of his blessed Savior July 22, at Fairmont Homes of Ephrata, following a recent struggle with Parkinson’s disease. In his youth, he helped start Bender’s Mennonite Church near Nazareth. He was ordained Mennonite minister. He and his wife were deeply dedicated to Christ’s service and were commissioned in late 1960 to overseas service by Eastern Mennonite Missions, with whom they served at various places for 30 years.

Idalia N. Sweeney, 67, of Landisville, died July 19, at Hospice and Community Care Mt. Joy. Idalia retired as a registered nurse from the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. She loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She was of the Roman Catholic faith. Her daughter, Meagan K. Sweeney, lives in Ephrata.

Edward H. Williams Jr., 70, of New Holland, passed away July 18. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. He was a member of Calvary Church. Until his death, he was employed by Regal Abstract, Lancaster, as a manager and settlement officer. He is known for making a variety of flavors of homemade ice cream. A son, R. Matthew Good, husband of Katherine Robb, lives in Ephrata.

Esther M. Zimmerman, 91, of Lebanon, passed on to her eternal reward July 14, at home. Esther was a member of the Mt. Zion Mennonite Church. Her son, Abram, husband of Mary Ellen Nolt Zimmerman; sister, Anna Ruth Lauver; and a brother, Amos Zimmerman, all reside in Ephrata.

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