We are heading to a funeral today. Middle Daughter will hold down the fort at home. This is the first of my Sweet Mama’s siblings to pass away. Uncle Harold was one of her favorite people growing up. They ran trap lines together, fished together, and shared happy moments together. I caught this picture of them at the last reunion that their cousins had, back in 2011. It looks conspiratorial, doesn’t it?
Here is the obituary. I learned things about my uncle that I never knew before. But I wasn’t surprised. The people in my Sweet Mama’s family are an unusually gifted and resourceful bunch.
Harold William Wert, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. He was the loving husband of Mary F. Hepner Wert of Lititz, for over 66 years. Born and raised in McAlisterville, PA, he was the son of the late Michael W. and Alma G. Lauver Wert.
He will be lovingly missed by his wife, Mary and his children: Jeanne M. Witmer, East Petersburg, Janice E. wife of Ernest Miller, Elizabethtown, H. Thomas Wert husband of Grace, Manheim, Stephen L. Wert husband of Kathy, Mount Joy, and John D. Stahl-Wert husband of Milonica, Pittsburgh; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Siblings: Orpha wife of J. Lloyd Gingrich, Richfield, Alene Yoder, Greenwood, DE, Gladys wife of Jesse Yoder, Dover, DE, Freda Zehr, Greenwood, DE, Alma Jean wife of Harvey Yoder, Harrisonburg, VA, J. Lloyd Wert husband of Beverly, Gap, and Ruth Ann wife of Allan Shirk, Neffsville. Preceding him in death is a son-in-law, Dale E. Witmer.
In 1943, Harold graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA. Following their marriage, he and Mary moved to Lancaster. Harold was employed many years as a milkman for the former Queen Dairy, Lancaster. He then owned and operated a franchise of Archway Cookies and later worked for Horst Group in construction until his retirement.
Harold loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and spending time in the mountains. He was part owner of “Bushy Bungalow” cabin in Galeton, PA taking his family on wonderful vacations and going hunting there. He later enjoyed building a log cabin with a friend in Richfield, PA and spent many weekends there with his family and friends. These weekends always included his preparation and serving of his famous chicken barbeque.
Harold was a master craftsman in all areas of his life. He built furniture, retiled bathrooms, laid carpets, put on new roofs and did all engine and body work possible on his cars. He loved working with his hands and any job that needed doing he accomplished well.
He loved singing and music. He was a member at Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim and participated as a song leader there and in other churches throughout his life.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral service at the Erisman Mennonite Church, 8 South Erisman Road, Manheim, on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Interment is in the adjoining church cemetery. There will be a public viewing at the Landis Homes Retirement Community WEST BETHANY CHAPEL, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz on Sunday from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with additional viewing time on Monday afternoon at the church from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Those desiring may send contributions in Harold’s memory to Landis Homes Caring Fund, Development Office, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.