Deaths of local interest

By on November 23, 2011

E. Elizabeth Keener, 96, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. In her early years, she enjoyed selling greeting cards and gift items. She enjoyed crocheting and flower and vegetable gardening. Her brother, H. Lester, husband of Mary Keener, lives in Ephrata.

Kenneth C. Liehr, of Smyrna, Del., passed away Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. He was 81. Ken spent several years working as a carpenter before joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where he worked until retirement in December 1985. His son, James T., husband of Deborah Liehr, and granddaughter, Daphne, live in Ephrata.

Dorothy M. (Shank) Eshleman, 89, of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at her son’s residence after a brief illness. Mrs. Eshleman was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed canning and freezing her produce. Her daughter, Betty J., wife of Kenneth Harmes, lives in Akron.

Charles M. Kieffer, Jr., 93, of Myerstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at the VA Medical Center, Lebanon. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he worked as a salesman for Knapp Shoes and Watkins Products for over 50 years and retired in 1979 from Sterling Drug, Myerstown. His brother, Nevin, husband of Verna Kieffer, lives in Denver.

Raymond L. Moyer, 87, of Manheim, passed away at home Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Raymond retired after 34 years as a welder for the Fuller Company, Manheim. He also worked at the Susquehanna Association for the Blind, Lancaster, as a supervisor for 23 years. Raymond proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His daughter, Karen A., wife of William R. See, lives in Ephrata.

Thomas J. "Big Duck on the truck" Witwer, 61, a truck driver, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 surrounded by his loving family at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mount Joy. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. His brother, John L. Witwer, is a former Ephrata resident.

Nancy Mae Wildasin Grasser, 79, of Columbia, passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 at Manor Care, Lancaster, after a brief illness. She was a homemaker for many years and previously worked at Lancaster Office Equipment and Supplies for over ten years. Her son, Robert, husband of Beryl Grasser, lives in Reinholds.

Edith Lydia Martin, 90, peacefully passed away surrounded by family Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at Hospice of Lancaster County, Mt. Joy Center. Edith and her husband moved south after retirement and lived in Fort Myers, Fla., until recently, when they returned to Lancaster County. Her daughter, Judy, wife of Luke Kurtz, lives in Denver.

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