Lorraine S. Schwendemann, 87, worked for Ephrata Apparel and Clay Township, enjoyed practical jokes

By on May 20, 2015

Lorraine S. Schwendemann, 87, of Newmanstown, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

She was born in Hopeland to the late Milton and Edna (Shearer) Ditzler and was the wife of the late Grant Schwendemann.

Lorraine was a lifelong member of the Hopeland United Methodist Church and was a member of the “Snappy Snippers.” She was employed at RCA during World War II, followed by Ephrata Apparel for 37 years, and Clay Township for 22 years. Lorraine enjoyed sewing, reading, and playing practical jokes on people.

She is survived by a son: Neal, husband of Elaine (Mackley) Schwendemann, of Newmanstown; two grandchildren: Joel, husband of Melissa (Hacker) Schwendemann, of South Grafton, Mass.; Jill, wife of Charles Snyder, of East Petersburg; two great-grandchildren: Anna and Jack of South Grafton, Mass.; four sisters: Emma Hummer of Lititz, Lena Fasnacht of Ephrata, Phyllis Townsley of Stevens, Brenda Shomp of Cornwall; and a brother: Carl Ditzler of Ephrata.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death three brothers: Alvin, Ralph and Wilbur Ditzler.

A viewing will be held Thursday, May 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Hopeland United Methodist Church, 295 N. Clay Road, Lititz, followed by her funeral service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Russell Eberly officiating. Interment will take place in the Hopeland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lorraine’s memory may be made to Pleasant View Retirement Community Benevolent Fund, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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