Deaths of Local Interest – July 23, 2014
Nancy J. Brubaker, 74, of Mount Joy passed away July 19 at Rheems Nursing Center. She was a member of Elizabethtown Brethren In Christ Church. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. A son, Ronald Devlin, lives in Ephrata, and a daughter, Renee Friedhofer, resides in Akron.
George H. Davidson, 86, of Downingtown, formerly of Coatesville and Terre Hill, went home to be with the Lord July 16 at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. George served in the U. S. Army following World War II. He worked as a machinist for the former Lukens Steel, Coatesville, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Lighthouse Assembly of God, New Holland. An avid fisherman, he also enjoyed model railroads, his player piano, and working with tools.
Philip B. Detweiler, 60, partner of David Clifton Jr., of Reading passed away July 6. Philip was a graduate of the Baltimore Institute of Culinary Cooking, also worked as a property manager for many years in Baltimore and Lancaster. His son, Nathan Detweiler, lives in Ephrata.
Barbara L. Hammer, 70, of Leola, entered into rest July 15 after a brief illness. A licensed practical nurse, Barbara worked earlier for LGH and thereafter mostly in private duty nursing. An avid Ocean City, Md. beachgoer, she loved being with family and friends. Her daughter, Lisa Benner, lives in Brownstown.
Louise Mattson, 84, of Honey Brook, died unexpectedly July 17 at her home. Louise was a waitress for 30 plus years at the People’s Restaurant and also worked for Digital Direct. She was a member of the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church. Louise loved her dear family and cherished her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. A sister, Mary Brossman, resides in Ephrata.
Emerson James Metzler, five-day-old infant son of J. Karl and Kelly L. Stoltzfus Metzler of Lancaster, passed away July 18. Despite Emerson’s short earthly life, he was deeply loved and touched many lives. He was the twin brother of Will Ethan Metzler. His great-grandparents, Minnie Benner Metzler and Menno Eby, reside in Ephrata.
Louis R. Thomas, Jr., 70, of New Holland, passed away in the company of his family July 20. He was known and loved for his sense of humor, his generosity, his spectacular asparagus patch, and the dizzying array of homemade candies that he made with his family each Thanksgiving. His son, Matt Thomas and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Stoudt, live in Adamstown.