Paul Wesley Saneholtz, 76


Paul W. Saneholtz, 76, of Ocean View, Del., died Sunday June 10, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del. He was born March 7, 1942, in Sunbury, Pa.

Saneholtz’s family moved to Herndon, Pa., where he helped with the many chores on the family farm, along with his sisters. He graduated from Mahanoy Joint High School in 1960.

He made his career in the food industry, first as a sales representative for Louis Lehrman & Sons, a wholesale grocery company. He then became a food broker and a vice president for James A. Weaver (which later merged into Acosta Foods) for 30 years, until his retirement in 2008.

Saneholtz was an active sportsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, scuba diving, skiing and camping. He loved woodworking and making furniture pieces for his home. He enjoyed youth activities with his children and was a Cubmaster and Boy Scout leader for both of his sons and was a soccer coach for many years with Back Mountain Sports in Shavertown, Pa.

Always with a book in his hands, Saneholtz had a desire to learn about a wide variety of topics. Since retirement, he had enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren at the beach and spent many hours at the Indian River Inlet. He was active in the Romeo men’s group and the men’s breakfast group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church, where he had been a member since moving to Ocean View, Del., in 2004.

He dearly loved his family and friends and cherished time spent with them. He loved the Lord and was strong in his faith. He leaves a legacy of love and family devotion, and will be greatly missed.

Saneholtz was preceded in death by his parents, Paul W. Saneholtz Sr. and Mary Conrad Saneholtz. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jeannette M. Saneholtz; four children, Robin Steffenber and her husband, Barry, Paul D. Saneholtz and his wife, Marta, Kimberley Shaw and her husband, Ray, and Michael T. Saneholtz and his wife, Charity; his two sisters, Barbara Neitz and her husband, Les, of Herndon Pa., and Cinda Miller and her husband, Bruce, of Muncy Pa.; several nieces and nephews; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The family will greet friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018, with a celebration-of-life service at 2 p.m. at Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church, 81 Central Avenue, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Mariners Bethel U.M. Church Hope Center Fund. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.