Deaths of local interest
Erwin G. Martin, 94, formerly of Terre Hill, died Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Fairmount Homes. He served as deacon for 34 years, was in civilian public service in Grottoes, Va., was a sewing machine mechanic and worked at the former SLC Corp., Blue Ball, and the former Her Majesty sewing factory, New Holland. His daughter, Lucille, wife of Larry Groff, and his brother, Lester R., husband of Dorothy Stauffer, live in Denver.
Elizabeth "Betty" Wenger, 79, of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lancaster General Hospital. A homemaker, she was an active member of the Bird-In-Hand United Methodist Church. Her granddaughter, Leann, wife of Dave McDonald, lives in Ephrata.
James Smith Leaman, 83, of Lancaster, died peacefully Thursday, March 22, 2012 with his grandchildren by his side after a brief battle with pneumonia. Jim retired in 1987 from RCA, where he was a technician in the color tube division and then was a grocery cart receiver at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill. His daughter, Barbara, and granddaughter, Brittany Veith, live in Ephrata.
Harvey Z. Martin, 71, of East Earl, entered into rest peacefully Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at his residence after a brief illness. He was a member of the Churchtown Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference and a self-employed carpenter. His daughter, Regina, wife of Jay Martin, lives in Denver.