Deaths of local interest – Nov. 26, 2014

By on November 25, 2014

Eugene Michael Breidenstein, 55, of Quarryville, died Nov. 17 in Lackawanna County. A self-employed truck driver, he also had worked at the former Lancaster Malleable Castings Company for 26 years until they closed. He and his family faithfully attended Shiloh Community Church in Quarryville. His son, Allen Dean, married to Brandie, lives in Ephrata.

Mary E. Brown, 90, of Annville, died Nov. 22 surrounded by her children. She retired from Federal Civil Service at IGMR in 1988. After retirement, she served as a Hospice volunteer and was active in both Cub Scouting and Girl Scouting. Mary was a member of Palmyra United Zion Church where she had a card ministry. Her son, James R. Brown, husband of Diane Weaver Brown; and her daughter, Bonnie K. Ulrich, live in Ephrata.

Shaaron H. Charles, 67, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., passed away Nov. 18 at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. From 1968 to 1983 she worked for I.T.T. Grinnell, Wrightsville and Pennsylvania Malleable Iron Corporation in Lancaster as a receptionist and switchboard operator, and doing clerical, administrative tasks, and sales. She was a sales associate for the Bird’s Nest, a jewelry, handbags, and accessories shop. Her sister, Beverly Campbell, lives in Ephrata.

Pauline W. Gilleland, New Holland, died Nov. 23 just a few days short of her 86th birthday. Polly spent her entire professional career in early childhood education and had a special place in her heart for those elementary school students who faced challenges in their young lives yet showed so much potential. Polly loved to read and was very active in her book club. Her daughter, Valarie A. Weaver, wife of Doug, lives in Terre Hill.

Clarence S. Heller Jr., 87, died Nov. 22. He worked for 20 years as a salesman for Turkey Hill Ice Cream. He had also worked, with his wife, Lois, as a tour host for both Menno and Heritage Travel, as well as working at both the Manheim and Garden Spot Auto Auctions. He enjoyed golfing, was a great storyteller and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. His daughter, P. Darlene, wife of Philip Harnly, lives in Ephrata.

Travis Michael Hubbard, 27, Etters, passed away Nov. 14. He attended Red Land High School and enjoyed fishing, playing sports, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his parents, James C. and Karen D. Fassnacht, formerly of Ephrata, now residing in Deltona, Fla. His maternal grandmother, Patricia Fassnacht, lives in Ephrata.

Doris J. (Burkhardt) Murray, 76, of Lancaster, passed away Nov. 19 at LGH. Doris had worked as an LPN at Maple Farm, Akron. Earlier in life, she was an inspector at the former Hubley Toy. She was a long-time member of Faith United Church of Christ, Lancaster.

Robert Frank “Chip” Martin, 95, of Lititz, died peacefully at home Nov. 18. He was involved actively with the Lititz Rotary Craft Show for 32 years. Chip began working for Wilbur Chocolate Company in 1937, and he became the vice president of manufacturing, retiring in 1984 after 46 years of service. He loved driving down Main Street, in Lititz, even if it meant taking a longer route. His stepdaughter, Diana, wife of Vernon Sweigart, lives in Ephrata.

Geraldine L. Sides, 81, of Leola, died Nov. 17 after a brief illness. Born in Ephrata, Geraldine was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors. “She loved being in the dirt” as she would say. She also enjoyed painting and crafting.

Christ R. Zook, 55, of Quarryville, passed away Nov. 20 at home. Born in New Holland, he was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. His brother, Stephen R., husband of Lena Beiler Zook; and his sister-in-law, Leah Zook, all live in Ephrata.

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