Deaths of Local Interest: Jan. 28, 2015

By on January 28, 2015

Fay Winifred (Seiler) Beck passed away Jan. 23 at Garden Spot Village, New Holland. Fay was a dedicated homemaker maintaining an impeccably clean and inviting home for her family. Fay recently attended St. Paul E. C. Church in Reamstown. Her greatest joy was doting on her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will always be fondly remembered for her wonderful PA German cooking and baking, most notably her homemade chicken pot pie and huckleberry and lemon sponge pies.

Ethel M. Abram Brubaker, 89, passed away peacefully Jan. 25 at the Mennonite Home. Ethel was a homemaker and a foster mother to 19 infants from 1967 to 1972. She enjoyed embroidery, auctions and her dachshunds. Her son, James Abram, and his wife Jean, live in Ephrata.

James B. “Sonny” Getz, 75, of Narvon, died unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 22. Sonny was involved in the automotive industry, both with sales and service. His son, J. Darrin, married to Denise (Doyle) Getz, lives in Ephrata.

Joseph W. “Joe” Greiner, 85, of Brethren Village, formerly of Leola, passed away Jan. 25. Born in Ephrata, he was an insurance broker and co-owner of the George W. Bard & Son Insurance agency, now part of the BCF Group, Lancaster. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 1950s. He loved playing and spending time with his grandchildren. In spite of his physical limitations, he kept his sense of humor till the end.

Elizabeth F. Kauffman, 91, of Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata, went home to be with Jesus Jan. 23 while surrounded by family and caregivers. A homemaker and accomplished seamstress, Elizabeth sewed countless quilts and comfort tops for the needy. Elizabeth was a member of the Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church, Bird-In-Hand, where she was active with the sewing circle. A quiet, caring person, she loved to connect with and encourage people on a one-on-one basis. The family extends a special thanks to the staff at Lincoln Home and to Hospice for their wonderful care for our mother.

Paula Metash, 99, passed away peacefully with her loving daughters and son-in-law by her side Jan. 17 at Ephrata Manor. Paula was a devoted homemaker, a wonderful cook, a skilled seamstress, and an avid gardener. Paula was also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; she visited the museum weekly to attend lectures and to view the exhibits. While living in Pennsylvania, she was a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where she did volunteer work in Philadelphia. She will be greatly missed by all.

George David Motto, 72, left his residence at Fairmount Homes to live with his Savior Jan. 19. He was employed as a machinist for Piersol Pine, Oaks until its closing in 1985. In the 1970s, Dave and his wife assisted in the sponsorship and resettlement of Vietnamese refugees to the United States. He was the beloved husband of Ferne (Moyer) Motto and they celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary on Dec. 13.

Emma Oberholtzer, 85, of Lebanon, wife of the late Norman K. Oberholtzer, daughter of Isaac and Annie (Sauder) Garman, died Friday, Jan. 23, at her late home. She was a member of Mountain View Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference, Lebanon. Her daughter, Anna Mary, wife of Leon Nolt, lives in Stevens.

Paul B. VanAulen passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Jan. 24. Paul retired in 2010 as superintendent of transmission and distribution of water from the Lancaster City Water Department, where he was employed for 50 years. Paul served in the Navy during WWII as a seaman second class. He was a former Boy Scout leader in the 1960s and 1970s. His daughter, Kathy Seifred, wife of Dave, lives in Ephrata.


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