Deaths of Local Interest – Dec. 27, 2017

By on December 27, 2017

Thomas John Cummings, 76, passed away at his Manheim Township home on Dec. 13. A veteran of the US Navy, Tom served as a seaman on the USS Monrovia from 1958-1962. He worked for Nolt Construction for over 20 years and then as a press operator for RR Donnelley for 10 years. Known as a jokester and kidder he loved spending time with his family and his dogs. His daughter, Tabitha, wife of Bart Dietrich, lives in Ephrata.

Rochelle V. Dietz, 80, of Felton, and formerly of Brunnerville, died Dec. 20 at WellSpan York Hospital. A former member of the Lititz Moravian Church, Rochelle let her light shine for both children and music. For over 38 years Rochelle was a kindergarten teacher for the Red Lion Area School District; previously she taught kindergarten in the Brownstown Elementary School. Over the years Rochelle conducted several community church choirs and handbell choirs. Throughout her life Rochelle adopted and loved animals of all kinds. Her brother, Barry L., husband of Marilyn Erb, lives in Ephrata.

Marvin R. Hohenstein, 94, of Willow Street, passed away at Willow Valley on Dec. 19. He served on the USS Minneapolis during World War II. He spent 25 years in the public electronics industry before beginning his civil service career at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Marvin retired in September 2001 with 32 years of dedicated federal service and as the last remaining World War II veteran working at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Edgewood Area. His granddaughter, Rachael, wife of Michael Wehn, lives in Terre Hill.

Amos E. King Jr., 77, of Ronks, passed away Dec. 20 at his home. Amos was a retired farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. A son, John E., husband of Rebecca King, resides in Denver.

Donald H. “Sully” Sullenberger Sr., 82 of Lancaster passed away at Conestoga View Dec. 19. He had worked in the ice cream plant for Penn Supreme. He served as manager, steward, and bartender for the Hubley Social Club for nearly 45 years. He loved sports, especially the NY Mets and the Raiders. He played pinochle and cards nearly every weekend. His son, Donald H. Sullenberger Jr., lives in Ephrata.

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