Deaths of Local Interest – Jan. 14, 2015

By on January 14, 2015

Robert (Bob) S. Bloom, 88, of Lancaster, passed away Jan. 7 at Homestead Village. Robert was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, class of 1947. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 through 1946. Robert started Colebrook-Terry, Inc. in 1950 with 25 employees. The company grew to five plants with a peak of 450 employees. The plants were located in Akron, Brownstown, Colebrook, Leola and York. The business closed in 1996.

Mary E. Byers, 94, of New Holland, passed away Jan. 6. She was born in Terre Hill. Mary was employed at Garden Spot High School cafeteria from 1964 until her retirement in 1982. Mary was an active member of the Pilgrim Bible Church and enjoyed bird watching, playing piano, flower gardening and playing her favorite card game from childhood, Muggins.

Anthony “Tony” Colatta Jr., 76, of Leola, passed away Jan. 9 at his residence. Tony was the owner/operator of Colatta Beverage in Leola from 1977 until his retirement in 1994. Tony was a member of Our Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ephrata. He also taught Qi Gong at various places around the area including the YWCA, and was an avid LCHS football fan along with the Phillies and Notre Dame. His daughter, Tonyah Colatta-Rigney, wife of Scott Rigney, lives in Stevens.

Carlos Augusto Da Fonseca, 46, of York, formerly of Akron, died Jan. 5 at Hershey Medical Center of natural causes. Carlos was a self-employed landscaper. Carlos could brighten any room with his handsome smile and witty jokes. He was born in Boco Vagos Aveiro, Portugal and was of the Catholic faith.

Mike A. Duncan, 52, of Lititz, passed away at Lancaster General Hospital Jan. 11. Mike had been employed by Johnson & Johnson, Lititz for 33 years as a manufacturing production coordinator. Mike enjoyed spending his time playing darts, fishing, and recently began playing golf. His son, Anthony White, lives in Ephrata.

John P. Gilbert Jr., 82, of Lititz, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, at Maple Farm. He was a life member of the Adamstown VFW Post 8795. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to the mountains. John worked as a tow motor operator for J.L. Clark for 33 years before he retired in 1994. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.

Eli S. Glick, 57, Bird-In-Hand, passed away Jan. 11 at Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo. Eli was a lawn furniture maker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. His son, Aaron Jay, husband of Susie Marie King Glick, lives in Stevens

Clyde J. Hoppert, 64, of Lancaster, died Jan. 6 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. Clyde was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, and was employed as an injection molding supervisor. An avid cook, he loved gardening and watching the Steelers and Flyers. He was very involved in his family’s lives, especially his grandchildren’s sporting events. His daughter, Sheri L. Weichler, and her husband Tom, live in Ephrata.

Emma M. Musser, 77, of Narvon, died Jan. 10 at Reading Hospital & Medical Center. Born in Ephrata, she was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Mennonite Church, Bowmansville. She was an avid gardener. Her sister, Mary Keppel, lives in Reinholds. A sister Dorothy, married to Joel Lindburg, lives in Ephrata. Her brother, Richard and Robert Mohler, live in Adamstown and Akron, respectively.

Ruth S. Sheaffer, 89, formerly of Elliottsburg and Newport, died Jan. 9 at the Rheems Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Elizabethtown. She was a member of Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church, Shermans Dale. Her sisters, Shirley Pfautz and Orvilla Oberholtzer, live in Ephrata.

Fannie B. Smucker, 89, of Narvon, passed away Jan. 5 at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy. A homemaker, Fannie spent many happy hours sewing crafts for various stores in the area. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. A son, Elmer L., husband of Katie (Esh) Smucker, lives in Denver. A daughter, Fern L., wife of Samuel Beiler; and son Benuel L., reside in Stevens.

Jesse L. Townsley Jr., 89, formerly of Westwood, passed away Jan. 9 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. He was the beloved husband of Dolores E. Townsley, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Jesse was employed by Richard A. Armstrong Co. of Romansville as a drill press operator, retiring in 1990. He was a member at Towerville Christian Church. His daughter, Yvonne Snow, wife of Rev. M. Craig, lives in Stevens.

Allen B. Zimmerman, infant son of Ammon H., Jr., and Jane N. (Burkholder) Zimmerman, died Jan. 5 at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He was one week old. His maternal grandparents, Ivan S. and Lizzie Z. Burkholder, live in Ephrata.

Elizabeth H. Zimmerman, 78, of East Earl, died Jan. 7 at the home of her daughter Lucinda Hoover. Elizabeth was a homemaker and a member of the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference. Her brother, Aaron H., married to Dorothy (Zimmerman) Martin; and a sister, Anna M., married to Reuben Ringler, all live in Denver.


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