Deaths of Local Interest – March 23, 2016

By on March 23, 2016

Ricky L. Eberly, 60, of East Earl, died unexpectedly March 18 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Born in Ephrata, he attended the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. Ricky was a welder for 27 years for Zimmerman Manufacturing. The following relatives live in Terre Hill: daughter, Patty, married to Dexter Answer; son, Ricky M., married to Amy Beth (Wallin) Eberly; and sibling James D., married to Frances (Cease) Eberly. His sister, Lori M., married to Michael Mowen, lives in Ephrata.

Laura R. Martin, 79, of Myerstown, passed away March 19 at home. She was a member of the Mount Zion Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. A daughter, Louise H., wife of Edwin Hoover Jr., lives in Stevens. Daughter, Ella Mae, wife of David Zimmerman, resides in Reinholds. Son, John Jacob, husband of Lydia Hoover, lives in Denver. Sister, Ella R. Hoover, is a resident of Denver.

Jane H. Schroeder, 72, of Mount Joy, died March 20 at Lancaster General Hospital. Jane was employed by the School District of Lancaster as an elementary music teacher for more than 20 years. Later, she was employed providing customer service by the former Doneckers in Ephrata, K-D Tool in Lancaster, and Harrington Hoist in Manheim. She sang with Musica Sacra and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus and also was a flutist for summer music events.

Melvin M. Stauffer, 72, of Bethel, passed away March 12 in Manor Care, Lebanon. Melvin was employed in poultry processing and was a truck driver. He was a member of the Bethel Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. A son, Dale M. Stauffer, husband of Carol, lives in Reinholds. His daughter, Brenda Martin, wife of John; a sister, Verna Weiler, wife of Ralph; and sister-in-law, Joyce Strite, wife of Stephen; all live in Ephrata.

William Melvin Weaver, 86, passed away March 13 in Oak Lea at Virginia Mennonite Community Center. While serving as a pastor at South Seventh Street Mennonite Church, he taught music, Bible, and shop at three different Christian Day Schools: Conestoga, Ephrata, and Gehmans. He was the founding pastor of Halifax Mennonite Community Church during the years he worked for Camp Hebron as program director. Singing and gardening brought him much joy in his life.

Claude R. Wenger, 86, of Myerstown, passed away March 18 in his residence. He was the husband of Arlene L. Dierwechter Wenger with whom he would have celebrated a 65th wedding anniversary in September. He was a carpenter who made much of his own furniture and specialty items; and he was a dairy farmer who had worked for Wen-Crest Farms after his retirement. His brother, Leon Wenger, lives in Ephrata.

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