Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 14

By on October 14, 2015

M. Laverne Carpenter, 81, of Manheim, passed away peacefully at home Oct. 8. Laverne was an active member of Conestoga Valley Church of Christ in Lancaster. She was employed by Armstrong World Industries for 10 years. Laverne’s greatest joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially these last few days, and having them all together as she hosted holiday gatherings in her home. Her daughter, Dawn L., wife of Edwin F. Motter, lives in Stevens. Daughter Beth A., wife of Bradley B. Ulrich, resides in Ephrata.

Patricia (Patti) M. Grier, 78, of Mount Joy, passed away Oct. 8 at Ephrata Manor. She was the wife of James D. Grier with whom she was married 58 years. Alongside her husband Jim, they owned and operated Grier’s Market in Farmdale for 36 years. Patti was a faithful member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lancaster and enjoyed going to theatrical productions with her friends.

Idella K. Hagens, 95, of Strasburg, passed away Oct. 8 surrounded by family. She was a long-time member of St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg. Idella was a homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, enjoyed flower gardening and traveling on bus trips with the Strasburg Senior Citizens. Her grandson, Robert, married to Amanda Kidhardt, lives in Denver.

Lester Leon Smith, 89, of Lebanon, died Oct. 9 in the Lebanon VA Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Violet I. Noll Smith. Lester was employed as a bricklayer/mason retiring from Horst Group, Lancaster. He served in the US Navy during World War II and was a member of the Ephrata VFW, Post 3376 and Ephrata AmVets. He was an avid bowler and Philadelphia sports fan. He is survived by children, Sandra Martin and husband Ken of Denver; Thomas Smith and wife Shellie of Terre Hill; James Smith and wife Vickie of Akron.

Paul M. “Leaky” Weaver, 85, of New Holland, formerly of Blue Ball, passed peacefully on Oct. 10 at Garden Spot Village. Paul was part owner of Weaver and Witwer Heating and Plumbing until 1980. He then started Creative Energy Systems, specializing in geothermal heat, until 1998. Considered the Blue Ball historian, he contributed photos to an exhibit on the town displayed in the society’s museum and made historical presentations to local organizations. His sister, Edna Mull, lives in Ephrata.

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