Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 11, 2015

By on February 11, 2015

Allan C. Bewley, 89, formerly of Leola, passed away Feb. 2 at Brethren Village. Allan co-owner/operator of Wenger’s Flowers, Leola, and after retirement he worked at the Garden Spot Auto Auction. Allan was a member of the Upper Leacock Fire Company where he served as a firefighter, assistant fire chief and fire police. He was the founder of Paradise Lake Retreat, Denver, and was a member of the Pine Ridge Hunting Camp, Sullivan County. His son, Bradson T., husband of Kathy (Martin) Bewley, lives in Akron.

Brenda E. Carr, 55, of Ronks, passed away at her home Feb. 4. She attended Gap Community Church. For most of her working career, she did clerical work. She loved watching the live stream of the Decorah Eagles. She was very social and enjoyed making new friends and making memories with her family and friends. She loved catching sun dogs in the sky. Her daughter, Dawn R. Walton Bridge, companion of Michael Ford, lives in Ephrata.

Rachel C. Enck, 84, passed away Feb. 2 at Lancashire Hall. Born in Lititz, she was a member of the Lititz Church of the Brethren and enjoyed being a homemaker, reading the Bible, sewing, gardening and collected cards she received during holidays. Her son, Lester D., married to Dawn Troop Enck; and her daughter, Rose A. Enck, all reside in Ephrata.

Richard P. Kurtz, 73, of New Holland, died peacefully and unexpectedly at his home Feb. 4. He loved animals and was a self-employed farm hand. He also loved his grandson. His daughter, Stacy Kurtz, and his brother, Ted Kurtz (husband of Esther), reside in Ephrata.

Nita F. Rhine, 89, formerly of Palmyra, passed away Jan. 31 at Moravian Manor, Lititz, surrounded by her family. She was a member of Gravel Hill United Methodist Church, Palmyra and the Evangelical Free Church of Hershey. Her son, Richard P. Strosser, lives in Akron.

Ellen F. Rodgers, 85, of Lancaster, formerly of Blue Ball, died Feb. 5. She worked as an executive secretary and office manager, most recently for the Ephrata Manufacturing Company. She was a member and past Worthy Matron of the former Samuel Fear Chapter (Honeybrook), now Lititz Springs Chapter No. 499 Order of Eastern Star, and the Blue Ball Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. She was an accomplished soloist and musician and enjoyed sewing, collecting dolls, and helping serve meals with Meals on Wheels in the New Holland area.

Zachary T. Williams, 25, of Manheim, passed away Feb. 5 at home. He worked in sales for Rexel Electrical and Data Supply, Lancaster. He was a member of Green Hill Sportsmen’s Association, was a gun enthusiast, a survivalist, enjoyed reading, and his dog “Gunner.” His mother, Kay L. VanBuskirk, lives in Denver.

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