Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 6, 2016

By on January 6, 2016

Freddie Cloutier, 77, of Lopatcong Township, N.J., formerly of Lititz, passed away Dec. 29 in St. Luke’s Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J. She was a receptionist with Acme-Albertsons in Lancaster, years ago. She also was previously employed by American National Bank in Philipsburg. She was a member of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Lititz. Her daughter, Julie Hamilton, wife of Bruce, lives in Clay.

Ray C. Epler, 58, of Manheim, died at home Dec. 31. He worked for Alcoa, Lancaster, for many years. Ray’s interests included cooking, reading and watching movies. His daughter, Deidre, wife of Dave Jones, lives in Ephrata.

George S. Harris, 46, of Mount Joy, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 26. He was employed at Greiner Industries. George was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church and enjoyed working with metal, both creating and repairing. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife and daughter. His mother and father-in-law, Irene and William Nolt, reside in Denver.

Helen I. Lauderman, 92, of Lititz, passed away Jan. 2 at Luther Acres. Helen was a registered nurse with a career spanning 42 years. She had worked in the practice of Dr. Joseph Grosh of Lititz for 36 years and had worked at the Ephrata Community Hospital for six years as well. Helen was a charter member of the Lititz Lioness Club. She enjoyed playing pinochle, stamp collecting, puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Her son, Brad Lee Lauderman, married to Deborah, and brother, Richard Singer, reside in Ephrata.

Martha R. (Hoover) Nolt, 85, of New Holland, formerly of Leola, passed away Jan. 1 at her home. A homemaker, she was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference). Her sister, Esther (Marvin) Zimmerman, lives in Denver. A sister-in-law, Esther Hoover, resides in Ephrata.

Ruth J. Smith, 91, formerly of Lititz, passed away Jan. 1 in York,. Ruth had worked for the RCA Corp. for 30 years, last working there as the main receptionist. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church in Lancaster, whose congregation was started by Ruth and her late husband. Her daughter, Becky S., married to John C. Fisher, lives in Stevens.

Noah N. Zimmerman, 86, of Newmanstown, entered into rest Jan. 3 at his home. Born in Ephrata, Noah was a retired excavator, working for L & N Zimmerman Excavating in Newmanstown. He was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. His daughter, Marian, wife of Leonard Horst; and a sister, Arlene Zimmerman, live in Ephrata. His daughter, Joanne, wife of Lester Burkholder, resides in Denver.

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