Deaths of Local Interest – Nov. 16, 2016

By on November 16, 2016

Dr. Robert M. Brackbill Sr., 92, of New Holland, formerly of Landisville, died Nov. 10 at Garden Spot Village. He practiced dentistry for 44 years in Landisville. He also served as president of the Mount Joy Rotary Club and the Denver-Adamstown Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Rotary Award. He also enjoyed golfing, traveling, and playing bridge. His daughter, Abby, married to Jeffrey Zell, lives in Terre Hill.

Robert E. Fenton, 73, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 12 at his home. Bob was a quality control auditor for many years for electric and gas companies, and most recently with PSEG out of New Jersey. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He loved cooking, socializing, hunting, fishing, boating and eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. His son, Matthew M. Fenton, husband of Terri, resides in Stevens.

Theodore L. “Ted” Fink, 83, of Manheim, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Nov. 7 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. For more than 35 years Ted was employed at the former Raymark Industries, Manheim. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant and tank commander. He was a passionate outdoorsman and a member of the Elstonville Sportsmen’s Association. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His daughter, Celeste K., wife of Carl Eshelman, resides in Akron.

Kitty Foster, 81, of Lancaster, died peacefully Nov. 8 at Conestoga View. Kitty was a self-taught antique dealer; specializing in Victorian-era antiques. She was the owner and operator of Fascination Antiques, with locations in Adamstown and Lancaster. Kitty had a life-long passion for animals and faithfully volunteered for many years for the Humane League of Lancaster County.

Joan L. (Consylman) Heistand, 75, of Lancaster, entered into rest on Nov. 11 at LGH after a brief illness. She was the wife of Warren J. Heistand. Joan was a homemaker. She also stood on market with her husband, Warren selling fruits and vegetables. Later in life, Joan had worked in the cafeteria at McCaskey High School. Joan was a member of the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, Ephrata, where she was a member of the Homemakers Sunday School Class. Services will be held Nov. 19 at Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata, at 11 a.m., with a viewing two hours prior to the service. Interment will be in the Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster.

Georgianna Marie Flood Herr, née Yecker, 82, died Nov. 3. “Georgie” had an excellent work ethic and was never one to sit still. She ran a personal care home for several years. She then ran an in-home daycare until all her children were grown. She began her outside career on the deburring bench at Bulova until her retirement in 1993. An excellent seamstress and avid crafter, she lovingly made things for her family and friends. She also had a passion for shark fishing. Her daughter, Kathleen M. Leach, wife of Peter, lives in Ephrata.

Yvonne T. Kaufhold, 79, of Lancaster passed away Nov. 8. She had been residing at Homestead Village at the Gelhard House. Yvonne was a member of Grace Fellowship Church of Ephrata where she was a part of the nursery ministry and women’s Bible study. She was a compassionate, loving, and generous individual, which was especially evident when it came to her family. She adored spending time with them. She was a spunky lady. She was a terrific cook and hostess and enjoyed listening to music, singing, and was an avid bowler.

Howard M. Wyble, 83, of New Holland, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 12. A mechanic, he owned and operated Wyble’s Tune-Up Shop, New Holland. He also worked at the Manheim Auto Auction for more than 40 years, and earlier for John Sauder Chevrolet. He collected and restored John Deere tractors; often went to auctions; and was a member of the Worship Center. A pilot, he enjoyed flying his Mooney airplane. His brother, Charles Wyble, lives in Denver.

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