Deaths of local interest

By on June 8, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Hope, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 4, 2011 after a brief illness. Mary served in the US Army from March 1944 to January 1946 as a Technician 5th grade where she served on Luzon and Southern Philippines. After the war, she worked for Strawbridge & Clothier. Her daughter, Lynda, wife of Terry Turner, resides in Ephrata.

Ray S. Summy, 90, of Mount Joy passed away peacefully at his home Thursday, June 2, 2011. Ray worked for Drohan Brick, and later as a self-employed dairy and general hauler until his retirement in 1973. A proud veteran of WWII, he served in the US Army under General Patton. His daughter, Diane (Stephen) Graybill, and sister, Grace (Irvin, Jr.) Graybill, both live in Stevens.

John W. Leakey, 76, of Leola, died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, May 31, 2011. He was a long-distance truck driver for Mrs. Smith’s Pies in Pottstown and later drove truck for John Nolt Oil. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the New Holland American Legion Conestoga Post 662 and the AMVETS Post 136 in Ephrata. His son, Jody L., husband of Lisa (Rathman) Leakey, lives in Akron.

Verna Mae Alexander-Beaner-Platt went home to be with the Lord at the age of 100 on Monday, May 30, 2011. She and her husband ran the balcony restaurant at Southern Market. She was also employed at various candy factories. She was later employed at RCA, where she retired in 1975 after 22 years of service. Her daughter, Dawn L. Miller, lives in Ephrata.

Stephen T. Gallagher, 31, went to our Lord Friday, May 27, 2011 after succumbing to acute heart failure at Hospice of Philadelphia. Among his many professional accomplishments, he was an analyst programmer in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His parents, Michael and Joann Gallagher Sr., live in Ephrata; and his sister, Kelly, lives in Reinholds.

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