Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 4, 2015

By on November 4, 2015

Earl S. Fisher, 94, of East Earl, passed away Oct. 29 at Denver Health and Rehabilitation Center, after a brief illness. He retired as a farmer and manager at Charlie Groff’s Farm, (the former Stauffer Homestead Farm), where he raised purebred livestock beef cattle. He also worked part time at the former Wenger’s Greenhouse and at Petal Perfect as a delivery driver. He enjoyed spending time at the family mountain retreat. His son, Robert E. Fisher, husband of Marie (Landis), lives in Ephrata; Daughter Mary Louise Andrew, wife of Michael, resides in Terre Hill.

Geraldine E. “Gerry” Geiman, 82, formerly of Manheim, passed away Nov. 1 at Brethren Village Retirement Community, Lancaster. Gerry was a homemaker most of her working life, and a member of the Manheim Historical Society. Surviving are two daughters: Gwendolyn J., wife of Eugene Harsh; and Cynthia A. wife of Barry Danz, both of Ephrata.

Joyce Geib, formerly of East Petersburg, died Oct. 30 at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. A graduate of Warwick High School, she had been a production worker for Pfizer and belonged to the Pfizer Retiree Group. She was a longtime member and past president of the East Petersburg Women’s Club. Joyce was a great cook and with Bernie she traveled throughout the United States and many parts of the world. Joyce was born in Ephrata.

Paul Elvin Reed, 74, of Dayton, Va., passed away Nov. 1 at his residence. He served as pastor of the Rawley Springs Mennonite Church for 36 years. He also worked as an editor for Christian Light Publications. Paul was a school teacher in Lancaster County and also at Berea Christian School in Harrisonburg, Va. His sister, Irene Zimmerman, lives in Denver.

Alice K. Rowley passed away Oct. 30. As a young girl she was an accomplished accordion player and played in a local accordion band. She loved to dance. She held various administrative support positions at Elizabethtown College working for the director of athletics, dean of students, and the president of the college. However, her true love was retailing fine women’s clothing. She completed her retail life at Doneckers in Ephrata, working with upscale women’s clothing as a sales consultant.

Abner David “Skip” Smoker, 84, formerly of Gap, passed away at Landis Homes, Lititz, Oct. 27. He was a member of Forest Hills Mennonite Church of Leola. He was a self-employed excavator for 38 years retiring in 1997. Abner had also worked for Mennonite Central Committee in Reedley, Calif., from 1954-1956. He enjoyed antique tractors, hunting and just tinkering.

Laura Mae Voran, 94, of New Holland, died Oct. 30 at Landis Homes. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Willis R. Voran. Laura Mae was trained as a registered nurse, but after marriage, she and her husband worked together on the family’s egg-producing poultry farm. She also gave her time to the Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland, serving as the board chair at one time. She is survived by two children: Eileen Voran and W. Ray Voran Jr. married to Val (Hart); two grandchildren: Benjamin Voran, married to Sarah (Clemo); and Sara Voran fiancée of Kris Pursel, all of Brownstown; and an unofficially adopted daughter, Denise Strick, Talmage.

John S. Warfel III passed away Oct. 30. He passed peacefully after a long illness at The LifeCare Hospital of Chester County. John had a big heart and a great love for his family. He is survived by his son, Colby Warfel, of Ephrata.

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