Deaths of Local Interest – Feb. 18, 2015

By on February 18, 2015

Mary Towers Gooding, 69, passed away peacefully Feb. 11 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. She was a charter member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She was employed for 15 years as a medical secretary, later serving as manager of the Gooding Group Foundation until her retirement. Always active in the community, Mary was involved with the Junior League of Lancaster, the Women’s Symphony Association of Lancaster, the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster, and the Lancaster Day Care Center. Mary’s greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her many grandchildren. Her son John R. “Russ” Gooding and wife Stephanie, reside in Stevens.

Benjamin F. Hoover, 84, of New Holland, died unexpectedly Feb. 15. He was a farmer and a member of the New Holland Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. His son, Mahlon, married to Martha (Martin) Hoover, lives in Ephrata. Sisters, Lydia, married to Rufus Martin; and Lizzie, married to Aaron Martin; both reside in Denver.

Jean D. Longenecker, 89, a resident of Brethren Village Retirement Community, died Feb. 14 at Lancaster General Hospital, as the result of a stroke. A gifted pianist, in her childhood she practiced by trying to copy the player piano in a home where she babysat. She lived in Clay briefly in the 1950s. She worked for a time as a music teacher at the Terre Hill Elementary School.

Annetta F. Sweigart, 95, of Galeton, passed away peacefully Feb. 9 at her home. Annetta worked for RCA in Lancaster, retiring after 42 years of service. Annetta and her husband, Marty, moved to Potter County during retirement to spend their time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. She also enjoyed the games Sorry, Yahtzee, and any card games. Her son, Warren, husband of Christina Sweigart, lives in Akron.

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