Deaths of Local Interest – May 4, 2016

By on May 4, 2016

Oliver W. “Buzz” Babikow, 83, of Willow Street, passed away April 28 at Lancaster General Hospital. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He established his family greenhouse business Greenleaf Enterprises Inc. in 1968 and retired in 1996 prior to selling his business. Buzz was a longtime member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. His daughter, Julie Stauffer, lives in Ephrata.

Dana E. Brown, 65, of Manheim, passed away April 29 at the Bob Fryer and Family Inpatient Center of Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. After Dana graduated from Elizabethtown Area High School in 1970, he enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country during the Vietnam War. He spent his career as a construction worker. His brother, Kenneth E. Brown Jr., lives in Denver. Sister, Joyce J. Landis, resides in Reinholds.

Gladys L. Moyer Claassen died April, 21 at the Health Center at Landis Homes in Lititz. In 1987, Gladys came to Akron Pennsylvania for a V. S. assignment with MCC. Gladys was a volunteer at the MRC quilt room, the Ephrata Community Hospital and many other avenues where she shared her life with others. She was active in the Akron Mennonite church.

Anna B. Horst, 83, of Richland, entered into rest April 26 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. She was the wife of Mervin W. Horst with whom she shared 62 years of marriage. She was a member of Millbach Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference. Her sister, Susan, wife of Paul M. Martin, resides in Stevens.

Elaine M. (Horton) Law, 87, of Lititz, passed away April 29 at Luther Acres. Elaine worked as a beautician and was a member of Pequea Baptist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. Her brother, Ron Horton, lives in Ephrata.

Charles G. Martin, 94, of Garden Spot Village, New Holland, formerly of Union Grove, died peacefully May 1. Charles worked as a butcher and attended markets in Reading and the Lancaster area during the early years and worked for Martin’s market in the Morgantown store. He was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and youth worker in earlier years. His brother, Wayne Martin, husband of Mary, resides at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata.

Clyde Kennith “Butch” Neal passed away April 29 after a brief illness. He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1963. He served as Engineman Second Class until 1967. An expert storyteller, Clyde often regaled his listeners with wild tales from his Coast Guard days, on which he looked back fondly. He also taught woodworking and electronics at Manheim Township High School for 27 years before retiring in 2001. His daughter, Pamela, wife of Parker Lindstrom, lives in Ephrata.

Dolores Stroud, 69, of Brecknock Township, passed away at home April 30 after a long fight with cancer. Dolores worked as an occupational therapist at various facilities including Ephrata Hospital and Lancaster Rehab Hospital, from which she retired several years ago. She continued to work part time as needed. She is remembered for her ever present smile and her laughter.

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