Deaths of Local Interest – March 2, 2016

By on March 2, 2016

Thomas R. Ellis Jr., 47, of Lititz, passed away Feb. 18 at Lancaster General Hospital. He worked as an electrician at Specialty Bakers in Lititz for five years. His brother, Michael T. Ellis, resides in Akron.

Kenneth Richard Frey, 89 of Lancaster, passed away peacefully Feb. 21 at Lancaster General Hospital. Ken served in the Army, having been the last man drafted from Lancaster County following World War II. He was a self-employed contractor in both carpentry and drywall, retiring in 1989. Retirement brought years of enjoyment marketing nutritional supplements, traveling, gardening and cooking. His son, Kevin Frey, husband of Marcia, is a former Ephrata resident.

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Fry, 90, of Maple Farms Nursing Center, Akron, formerly of Neffsville passed away peacefully Feb. 23. Betty was a cook for the former Neffsville Café and American Legion Post No. 34. She also enjoyed babysitting for others in her own home. She found enjoyment in volunteering for Trinity Lutheran Church, and participated in their sewing circle.

Ella B. High, 98, formerly of Manheim, went home to be with her Lord Feb. 25 at Landis Homes Retirement Community. A homemaker, Ella worked in her earlier years at the Bomberger’s Store in Elm, and part-time at the Manheim Auto Auction. Her interests included gardening, traveling and she loved to spend time with her family. A brother, Luke, husband of WillaMae Sauder, lives in Ephrata.

Anna O. Kurtz, 86, of Myerstown, passed away Feb. 27 in her home. She was the wife of Norman H. Kurtz to whom she was married for 65 years. She was a member of the Martins Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. Her sisters, Mabel, wife of Ivan Horst; and Mary, wife of Ivan Hurst, live in Ephrata.

Georgia L. Prentice, 67, of Manheim, formerly of Hatboro, passed away Feb. 26 at Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center in Mount Joy. She was employed as an administrative assistant by Procter & Gamble in Hatboro for nearly 15 years, and by Weyerhaeuser in Ephrata for more than 10 years. In addition to reading and solving crossword puzzles, she enjoyed traveling and camping. Her daughter, Paige, wife of Jeffrey Formicone, lives in Reinholds.

Marilyn L. Stoltzfus, 60, of Leola, went to be with Jesus on Feb. 24. She owned and operated her own commercial cleaning service. A member of the Worship Center, she liked gardening, games, puzzles; and especially liked spending time with family. Her son, Derek, married to Lori Stoltzfus, lives in Ephrata.

Carl R. Stoner, 67, of Lititz, passed away Feb. 26 at Hospice & Community Care in Mount Joy. Carl worked for Yellow Freight as a truck driver for 30 years. He was a great husband and father and loved spending time with his family especially at the shore at Ocean City, Md. He also loved classic cars. His son, Tim Kashner, lives in Ephrata; son Mike Stoner resides in Stevens. His brother, Dale Stoner, husband of Janet, lives in Brownstown.

Patricia J. Wolf, 76, of Lancaster, went home to be with her Lord Feb. 27. Pat enjoyed being a Girl Scout, earning various badges and became a troop leader. For many years, she also helped to formulate a scouting program for girls in the Lancaster inner city area, and was dedicated to helping girls have a Girl Scout learning experience with the hope of improving their lives. She loved music, gardening, drawing, genealogy, fishing, reading and visiting her family and friends. Her daughter, Lisa Wolf Werner, wife of Jeffrey K. Werner, resides in Ephrata.

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