Deaths of Local interest – Nov. 8, 2017

By on November 8, 2017

Linda M. Engle, 63, of Quentin, passed away Oct. 31 at the Health Center of Cornwall Manor. She was secretary at the family business, Engle Body Shop, Inc. She was a member of Ruhl’s United Methodist Church, Manheim and Cornwall United Methodist Church, and a member of the former Quentin Auxiliary. Linda enjoyed old cars, car shows, animals, gardening, cooking and baking. A brother, Dennis, husband of Anne Ruhl, lives in Ephrata.

James E. Hartman, 50, of Somerset, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 2. He was employed by Quality Spouting in Maytown. He enjoyed riding his Harley, four-wheeling, and riding ATVs. He was a member of the Elizabethtown American Legion Post #329. A brother, Kevin Hartman, lives in Denver.

Ronald C. Heiser, 77, of Lancaster, passed away on Oct. 30. A U.S. Army veteran, Ronald had worked for the Winchell Company of Philadelphia for many years. Following this, he had worked for Man’s World Gentlemen’s Clothier in Delaware. Following his retirement, he had worked at the National Toy Train Museum in Strasburg. He enjoyed trains, was a big baseball and football fan, and loved to read. His son, Ronald Heiser, lives in Ephrata.

David K. Lapp, 64, of New Holland, entered into rest Nov. 5 at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. Born in Gordonville, he was the owner of Mentzer Road Woodworking. A brother, John, husband of Malinda Lantz Lapp, resides in Ephrata.

LaVonda L. (Powers) Popish, 56, of Ringtown, Schuylkill County, entered heaven at her home on Nov. 5. Following work as an automotive technician, LaVonda pursued a degree in nursing and spent more than 30 years in the healthcare field. She was also an inventor and small business owner, founding Popish, Inc,. to sell and distribute the medical personal belongings case she created. Her brother, John Paul Jones Powers (Tammy), lives in Ephrata.

Sandra L. Scheirey, 71, of Lititz, passed away Nov. 3 at home. She attended Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, Ephrata. Sandra was an accountant for Phillips Ford Manheim. She was a graduate of Warwick High School, class of 1964. Sandra was a strong woman of faith who supported various organizations, and was known to be very giving and charitable. She had a love for music and singing, and played the organ for over 40 years. She loved her family, especially spending time with her two grandsons.

Arthur Good Shopf, 79, of Felton, passed away Nov. 1. He was a school teacher, having taught at Eastern York High School and at the Lancaster Vo-Tech (CTC) in Brownstown, Willow Street, and Mount Joy. He was a professional horse trainer for 20 years; a former member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Mountville; and was a CDL Instructor, having helped start the Mount Joy CTC Truck Driving School. His sister, Jane S. (Monroe) Stoltzfus, lives in Ephrata.

Jay F. Walmer, 88, formerly of Elizabethtown, died Nov. 1 at Luther Acres Manor in Lititz. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was employed by the Manheim Central and Hempfield school districts as a counselor and English teacher, and school psychologist. He enjoyed teaching night courses for Penn State University and his participation in the Elizabethtown Lions Club. He loved volleyball and photography. A daughter, Lisa W. Strickland, wife of Scott, lives in Stevens.

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