Deaths of local interest

By on December 18, 2013

S. Jeanette “Nettie” Germer, 93, formerly of Mount Joy, passed away Dec. 11 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. She retired after 23 years of school nursing in 1982, serving at all the Donegal elementary schools. Nettie was one of the first nurses to help start the Mount Joy Ambulance Service. Her daughter, Rebecca Jo Ballenger, wife of Robert, lives in Ephrata.

Christian A. Graybill, 80, of Manheim, passed away Dec. 10 at the Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in the 7th Division Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict. He worked as an inspector with Alcoa for 32 years. His brother, Gerald Graybill, husband of Mary, is a resident of Ephrata.

E. Benuel King, 45, of Myerstown, died Dec. 9. Making picture frames was his hobby. He was a member of the Richland Mennonite Church. His brother, Samuel, and sister-in-law Dorothy, reside in Denver.

Robert L. Mann, 75, of Columbia, passed away Dec. 7. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Red Rose Memorial Post 2435. His daughter, Roberta, resides in Ephrata.

Margaret De Simone Morel, 98, born in Middletown, Conn. Aug. 16, 1915, passed away Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Luther Acres, Lititz. Her daughter, Valerie Jones, lives in Stevens.

Kathryn P. Topper, 88, of Coatesville, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at the Lancaster General Hospital. She was the widow of the late John J. Topper, who passed away in 1980. Local survivors include her granddaughter, Rachael Weidman, of Akron.

Roland E. Trout, 77, of Millersville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 surrounded by his loving family at Lancaster General Hospital. He was married to MaryAnn (Iskric) Trout for over 54 years. Local survivors include his son, Matthew Trout, husband of Angela, of Akron.

George Eugene “Gene” Way, 79, of Rheems, passed away on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at home. He was born in Manheim and he and his wife Nancy celebrated their 57th anniversary recently. His son Robert resides in Denver.

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