Mary Schantz, founding member of several local organizations, dies at 98

By on January 16, 2013

Mary G. Schantz, R.N.

Mary G. Schantz, R.N., 98, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, Jan.12, 2013 at her farm.

Her husband, the late Dr. Paul S. Schantz, M.D., passed away in 1980. Mary was born in Ephrata Township, near Bergstrasse, daughter of the late Henry and Magdalena (Martin) Graybill.

She attended New Holland High School, West Earl High School, and La Junta Mennonite School of Nursing in La Junta, Colo. She worked as a Registered Nurse and assisted her husband at his medical practice in Ephrata for 45 years.

Mary was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ in Ephrata where she had served as President of the Board of Christian Education, on the Church Consistory, and was a Deacon and Elder. She was formerly active in the Ephrata Area Young Farmers, Ephrata Women’s Club, Ephrata Community Hospital Auxiliary, and the Lancaster County Farmland Trust. To confirm her stewardship of the land, she preserved her farmland and woodland under permanent conservation.

She was also a founding member of the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley, founding member of Ephrata Area Social Services, and founding member of the Ephrata Library Board.

Mary is survived by her daughter Deborah, wife of Nasser Basir of Highland, MD, four step-children: Ann, wife of Dr. Robert McInroy, M.D. of Camp Hill, PA, Dr. John Schantz, M.D., husband of Beverly (Baum) Schantz of Lancaster, PA, Paul Schantz, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA, and Joseph Schantz, husband of Ann (Goldstein) Schantz of Rockville, MD; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Surviving are Mary’s siblings: Lois, wife of Paul Dagen, Omar Graybill, husband of Edna, Jacob Graybill, husband of Janet, Orpha Harnish, Eunice, wife of Jesse Enck, and Marie, wife of Levi Hoover; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Paul and her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a step-son: Dr. Troy Schantz; a step-daughter: Elaine (Schantz) Boynton; and four brothers: Mervin, Paul, Arthur, and Noah Graybill.

Friends will be received at Bethany United Church of Christ, 140 E. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522, from 5-6 p.m. on Wed., January 16, 2013. Memorial services will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. William LaSalle officiating. A time of fellowship at the church will follow the service. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary’s memory may be directed to the Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley at, or to Bethany UCC at the above address.

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Arrangements entrusted to Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata. More SCHANTZ, page A6

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