Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 3, 2018

By on January 3, 2018

Clarence T. Armer Jr., 95, passed away peacefully Dec. 24 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. He worked as a stone mason for many years and retired as a welder from Goodhart and Sons, Lancaster. He served in the Air Force during World War II in the South Pacific. Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing and attending local auctions. His daughters, Lynda, wife of Marlin Huss, and Susan, wife of James Shannon, live in Ephrata.

Dorothy M. Harner, 96, formerly of Morgantown, died Dec. 27 at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center. Dorothy worked at Metropolitan Edison Company from 1945-1955 in Reading and then operated Harner’s General Store in Morgantown with her family until it closed in 1975. She was a member of St. John Center Lutheran Church, East Earl.

Ray G. Horst, 92, of Schaefferstown, passed away Dec. 23 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. He worked as a farmer and later was employed at the Cornwall Ore Mines, and retired from RCA in Lancaster. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Ray was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Schaefferstown; scout leader in Schaefferstown, and was a council member for Lebanon County. His son, Ray K. Horst, husband of Mary, lives in Stevens.

Jean M. Ludwig, 65, of East Earl, died Dec. 29 at Ephrata Hospital. Jean retired from Dart Container Corporation in 2013 after 30 years of employment. She enjoyed Harley riding, vacationing in the Outer Banks, fishing in Chincoteague, Va., reading, and watching Wheel of Fortune. The family would like to thank the nurses and nurse’s aides on the second floor of Ephrata Hospital for the excellent care given to Jean.

Barbara Z. Nolt, 84, of New Holland, passed away on Dec. 24 at her home after a brief illness. Born in East Earl Township, Barbara was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. She is survived by 15 children. Her daughter, Alta, wife of David Fox lives in Ephrata. Daughter Etta, wife of Luke Martin, lives in Reinholds. Daughter Alma, wife of Clarence Fox, resides in East Earl.

Mabel M. (Weaver) Petersheim, 94, formerly of Blue Ball, died Dec. 26 while residing at Fairmount Homes. She was a member of the Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown. She did volunteer work for the ladies auxiliary of the Blue Ball Fire Hall, Friendship Community and Tel Hai Retirement Community. In her earlier days, she worked as a sewer for Milberg Factory, New Holland, and as an egg candler for Victor Weaver, Inc. She enjoyed working outdoors, being at the cabin at Seven Acres, fishing, and helping others. Her sister, Pauline M. (Weaver) Johnston, lives in East Earl.

Althea M. Wiggins, 86, of Manheim, passed away Dec. 21 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a crafter by trade and worked her stand at Root’s Market and the Green Dragon. Althea was a longtime member of the Lancaster Church of the Brethren.

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