Deaths of Local Interest: Nov. 19, 2014

By on November 19, 2014

William W. “Bill” Boley, 60, New Holland, died peacefully Nov. 16, after a seven-month battle with cancer. Bill retired from CNHi as a welder after 32 years of service. He was a member of Howell Lodge #405, F. & A.M., Honey Brook and the Penn Dutch Sportsmen’s Club. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being at his cabin in Potter County. His sister, Mary, married to Timothy Edwards, resides in Terre Hill.

James H. Burkhart, 88, of New Holland, died Nov. 13. James retired from the former Sperry New Holland and later worked 20 years at Shady Maple Farm Market. He was a member of the Gospel Light singers and also sang with men’s choruses and playing with Bluegrass Gospel bands. His son, Kenneth J., married to Pat (Glick) Burkhart; and and a sister-in-law, Ruth (Good) Burkhart, live in Ephrata.

Barry E. Diffenderfer, 54, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 7. Barry last worked for Orkin Pest Control, Harrisburg. He was a member of Lancaster First Assembly of God. A brother, Jeffrey (spouse of Angie), live in Ephrata.

Judith L. Duffy, 75, of Leola, passed away Nov. 16. Over the years, Judith held several jobs including bank teller, and more recently working in accounts payable with Chemgro. She was an avid reader and gardener, loved to travel, collect antiques, and was active in the Widow to Widow Program. Her son, Christopher R., husband of Cathy Latschar Duffy, lives in Brownstown.

Charles H. “Chuck” Engle, 74, of New Holland, passed away Nov. 17 at the Denver Health & Rehabilitation Center. He drove truck for many years, and was known locally as the “Eagle Man” because he followed the seasons with the “New Holland Eagles” for six years. He spent many hours at Middle Creek Wildlife quietly watching nature and the animals as they went about life.

Ruth E. Gehman, 86, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 12 at the Mount Joy Hospice Center. Ruth was a member of Hershey Mennonite Church where she attended her entire life. She volunteered at the White Horse Gift and Thrift Shoppe. Ruth was a talented seamstress with a home sewing business. She also worked at Yoder’s Restaurant as a banquet waitress. Her brother, Menno Eby, resides in Ephrata.

Marie Johns, 89, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 11. Marie had been a homemaker and was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed golfing. Marie was a longtime member of Pearl Street UMC of Lancaster. Her son, James W., married to Suzan Johns, lives in Ephrata.

Zane Earl Kauffman, 90, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 11 at Lancashire Hall. Zane served his country honorably in the Second World War in the 39th Field Artillery Battalion of the 3rd Infantry division, achieving the rank of corporal before the close of the war. He worked as a cattleman through various firms at the Lancaster Stockyards until its eventual close in 2008. He had a deep fondness for traditional American music. His sister, Grace Kauffman McCoy, lives in Denver.

Rev. Dr. Noah S. Martin, 74, Johnstown, went to be with the Lord Nov. 16 at his residence. Born in Ephrata, he was an ordained minister in the Western PA District of the Church of the Brethren. He established Noah’s Ark Publishing Company and authored, edited and published a number of inspirational books, pamphlets, and articles.

Cindy Lou Phenicie, 69, of Quarryville, passed away at home Nov. 11. Cindy was a teller at several local banks. She was a member of Colerain Baptist Church and participated in widow-to-widow and release time at Memorial United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed needlepoint and crochet. A son, Paul, husband of Gloria Phenicie, lives in Ephrata.

Dorothy L. Poe, 83, of Peach Bottom, passed passed away Nov. 16. In the past, she had worked at the former Sperry Rand Co. of New Holland and Lukens Steel Co. of Coatesville. Dorothy loved the beach, bluegrass music, sweets, cooking and, most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Her daughter, Deborah, wife of James Liehr, lives in Ephrata.

Dorothy L. Seiple, 89, of Lancaster died at Susquehanna Nursing Home, Columbia on Nov. 11, 2014. She was a homemaker and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She enjoyed golfing and sewing. A brother, Lester M. Bowman, lives in Ephrata.

Annabelle Weaver, 88, formerly of Blue Ball, died Nov. 14 at Ephrata Manor. A homemaker, she was a member of Blue Ball Lioness Club and the Blue Ball Sunshine Club. She enjoyed bowling, the Phillies, playing cards and games and eating at SquireSide Cafe and Town Hall Restaurant. The family would like to thank the Ephrata Manor first floor nursing staff and the nurse practitioners for Heart Care at Ephrata Community Hospital for their kind and attentive care of Annabelle.




About Editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *