Helen A. Mitchell, 104, helped found ECH, dies

By on December 12, 2012

Helen A. Mengle Mitchell

Helen A. Mengle Mitchell, 104, formerly of Ephrata and Reinholds, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Ephrata Manor.

She was born in Girardville, Pa. to the late Cyrus and Ella (Burns) Mervine.

A graduate of Girardville High School, Helen was a member of the school’s first girls basketball team. She earned a nursing degree from Temple University Hospital and began her nursing career at the Chavalier Jackson Bronchoscopic Clinic in Philadelphia.

Helen married the late Dr. Harold A.K. Mengle in 1931. With her encouragement, Dr. Mengle was instrumental in the founding of the Ephrata Community Hospital. After his untimely death in 1940, Helen worked many years as an operating room nurse where she was well known and well respected for her nursing skills. In 1943 she married the late Joseph Mitchell, the loving step-father to her two young children.

Helen loved to travel but most of all loved golfing and gardening. In her later years she enjoyed watching golf tournaments, and working jigsaw puzzles, but especially spending most of her day doing word search puzzles which she continued to enjoy until a week before her death. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata.

Surviving are a daughter: Linda Laukaitis-Pecorari, a son-in-law, John Pecorari, four grandchildren: Kim Roche (Brian), Lancaster, Christine Fake (Douglas), Lititz, Joseph (Jan), Newton, Mass., and Matthew (Cindy), Kirkland, Wash.; three step-grandchildren: Mario Pecorari (Whitney), Springfield, John Pecorari (Jenn), Monroeville, and Dana Shepherd, Olympia, Wash.; six great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren and four step great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister: Hilda Brown, Hanover; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceasing her along with her late husbands were a son: Lewis Mengle, a son-in-law, Dr. Ronald Laukaitis; two sisters; and two brothers.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Please omit flowers, rather memorial gifts may be made in Helen’s name to the Ephrata Manor Benevolent Fund, United Church of Christ Homes, Inc., 30 N. 31st Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. More MITCHELL, page A15

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