Deaths of Local Interest – July 22, 2015

By on July 22, 2015

Darla A. “Cookie” Ash, 68 of Leola, died unexpectedly July 15 at her home. Born in Ephrata, she had worked at the former SLC in the sewing and shipping departments and later for Shadow Interiors in New Holland and most recently as a waitress at various local restaurants. She was an avid sewer and craft worker and was very involved in her church. grandchildren also brought her great joy.

George N. Griffy, 47, of New Holland, died July 13 at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital. George was a warehouse packer and supervisor for over 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching professional wrestling, and playing with his dog, Gunnar. Hi son, Nelson Griffy, lives in Ephrata.

William E. Hanna, 78, of New Providence, passed away July 19 at the Lancaster General Hospital. He worked for the former Lukens Steel Co. of Coatesville, for over 40 years retiring in 1996. He was a veteran serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Bill enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping, going to flea markets and even operating a flea market stand. His brother, Donald Hanna, husband of Amy, resides in Denver.

Joy I. Hibshman, 68, of Ronks, died July 19 at Lancaster General Hospital. Joy retired in 2007 as a corrections officer in the Lancaster County Prison. She was a 1965 graduate of Warwick High School. Joy enjoyed Native American culture and was a member of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Her son, Travis, lives in Ephrata.

Richard A. Landes, 96, husband of the late Evelyn (Bechtel) Landes, died July 15 at Ephrata Manor. He was a Collegeville High School graduate, earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Penn State, and proudly served his country as a US Naval officer in World War II. He was a process chemist for Greene Tweed & Co., North Wales. He previously worked as chief chemist for Research & Development at the Lee Tire Co., Conshohocken. His daughter, Carol L. Buncie, lives in East Earl Township.

Ciro Charles Sanicola, 93, died July 16, at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim. Ciro last worked as a master carpenter with the NYC Transit Authority. A WWII Marine Corps sergeant, he maintained Corsair fighter planes serving on an aircraft carrier in the Asian-Pacific theater. He enjoyed vintage WWII airplane shows, swimming, fishing and playing baseball. His daughter, Maryrose S. (Col. Neil) Vestermark, resides in Denver.

Donald A. Weaver, 81, of Lancaster, died peacefully at Ephrata Manor July 18. Born in Terre Hill, he served in the US Navy during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge he worked as a maintenance man and eventually retired from the Lancaster Airport. Don had the ability to engage anyone in lively conversation, and loved history. He truly was a terrific storyteller and a highly intelligent man. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes.

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