Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 13, 2017

By on December 13, 2017

Evelyn May Gerstlauer, 95, of Brethren Village, entered into rest Dec. 5 at Lancaster General Hospital. As a committed Christian woman, Evelyn was a member of Akron Mennonite Church. She had worked in retail at the former Doneckers Clothing Store in Ephrata. Evelyn loved cats and investing in the lives of her extended family. She was a long-time caregiver to her good friend, Betty Hunsberger.

LaVerne S. Haas, 85, of Manheim, died peacefully Dec. 8 at the Mennonite Home. For many years LaVerne worked for Fenner Drives, Manheim. LaVerne was an active and faithful member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Manheim. LaVerne and her sisters were known for singing gospel songs in four-part harmony. Her interests included gardening, puzzles of all types, and spending time with her family. Her brother, Aubrey, husband of Irene Steffy, lives in Ephrata. Her brother, Lee, husband of Laurie Steffy, resides in Akron.

Wayne M. Lapp, 80, Hustontown, and formerly of Akron, died Dec. 5. Mr. Lapp had been an insurance agent and had worked at General Motors. He enjoyed antiques, gardening and hunting. A daughter, Kim Marie Garman, lives in Denver.

Robert J. Lindemuth, 93, passed away peacefully Dec. 11 at Masonic Village, Elizabethtown. A veteran of World War II, Bob proudly served with the U.S. Army. A daughter, Jean M. Newell, lives in Ephrata.

Alverna Z. Mast, 89, of Parkesburg, passed away Dec. 10. She was born in Stevens and was a very active member of Sandy Hill Community Church of Coatesville. Alverna worked at Stoltzfus Meats, Intercourse, for over 40 years. She enjoyed flowers and flower arranging and worked as a florist. She also enjoyed gardening, her grandchildren, caring for others with her time and gift of prayer, and was a mentor to many. A sister-in-law, Jean Zimmerman, lives in Stevens.

Mary Catherine “Cass” (Aument) Nehr, 90, of Millersville, died Dec. 6 at St. Anne’s Retirement Community, Columbia. She had retired in 1995 after 27 years from Millersville University, where she had worked in the admissions office. She had sang alto for over 50 years in various church choirs. She was also part of the Singing Sisters Trio. Cass also loved working in her flower garden, especially with her beloved rose bushes. Her son, James H. Nehr, lives in Stevens.

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