Deaths of Local Interest – Sept. 23, 2015

By on September 23, 2015

Lizzie B. Fisher, 58, of Bart, passed away Sept. 18 at her home after a lengthy illness. Lizzie was the owner of Fisher’s Houseware and Fabrics, Georgetown and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Her daughter, Martha, wife of Joseph Zook, lives in Ephrata.

Ruth M. “Grandma Ruth” Good, 102, formerly of Manheim, passed away Sept. 14 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz. Ruth retired in 1979 from the former Hamburg State School and Hospital. She was a member of Manheim Brethren In Christ Church. Her interests included sewing, quilting, reading and vegetable gardening. Her granddaughter, Sherri, wife of Daniel Pitman, lives in Denver.

Paul C. Katherman Sr., 71, of East Earl Township, passed away Sept. 16 at his residence. Paul worked 30 years at Allen-Sherman and Hoff as an industrial mechanic. In his spare time, he enjoyed listening to music, restoring jukeboxes, cars, and taking family vacations to the beach. He is survived by his child, Kelly Ann Good, wife of Tracy, of Ephrata.

Miriam Adina Miklas, 68, recently of Lancaster, went to be with the Lord Sept. 15 at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy. She worked for the City of Baltimore for 30 years. Adina had fond memories of her trips to Europe, Mexico, and Israel where she enjoyed visiting missionaries and experiencing other cultures. “She just had the gift of helps, helping anyone she could with a ready smile.” Her nephews, Jonathan Miklas (Christine) and Joel Miklas (Rachel), live in Denver.

Paul L. Simmers, 77, of Oxford, formerly of Nottingham, passed away Sept. 20 at Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford. He was employed with Longwood Gardens for 36 years, and retired in 2000. Roy was a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Oxford, and Penn Dutch Pacers Volksmarch Club. His stepdaughter, Sharon McGrath (Mark), lives in Ephrata.

Claude Lester Sweigart, 92, of Luther Acres, Lititz, formerly of Lancaster, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 15. Claude loved his church, Zion Lutheran in Leola; golf; and telling bad jokes. He was a Mason, Shriner and a member of the Ephrata Elks. A U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, he received a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four Bronze Battle Stars.

Gerald R. Troop, 74, of New Holland, formerly of Churchtown, died Sept. 17 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Ephrata, Gerald retired in 2002 from Frontier Communications after 43 years of service.. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed funnel cakes, Monopoly with the grandchildren, summer family beach vacations, wood working, bluegrass music, John Wayne movies, building dollhouses, and serving his church and community.

M. Annette (Raber) Wagner, 60, of Marietta, passed away Sept. 18 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Annette cherished spending time with her friends and always looked forward to beach vacations with her sisters and mother. She was especially proud of her children and adored her young grandsons. Her family and friends will lovingly miss her strong willed, opinionated personality. Her daughter, Angela S. Urban, wife of Robert, lives in Denver.

Richard J. Weaver, 64, of Leola, died after a brief illness on Sept. 16, at the University of Penn Hospital, surrounded by his family. Richard worked for the past 46 years for Horst Excavating in Lancaster most recently as a field superintendent. He was an amateur photographer, enjoyed bird watching, hiking, gardening, hot air balloon enthusiast, and most importantly spending time with his beloved grandchildren. A brother, Eugene Weaver, fiancé of Terry Blodis, lives in Ephrata. His sister, Linda Weaver, resides in Akron.

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