Marion D. Colonell, 96, long-time ECH director of nursing

By on August 20, 2014

Major Marion D. Sweigart Colonell, 96, formerly a long-time resident of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Manheim, where she resided.

Her husband, the late Arthur W. Colonell, passed away April 25, 1996. Born in Ephrata Township, Marion was a daughter of the late Walter and Minnie Sweigart.

She was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. Marion graduated from Ephrata High School in 1936 and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1940. After graduating from St. Joseph, she stayed on as an instructor.

Marion served as a nurse in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1964. She was Chief of Nursing at the 76th Field Hospital in Darmsted, Germany during World War II, was Assistant Director of the 24th Field Evacuation Hospital during the Korean War, and also served in Italy and Japan. Stateside, Marion was Chief of Nursing at the USMA Hospital in West Point, N.Y., Valley Forge Hospital, Fort Chaffee Hospital, Ark., Oliver General Hospital, Ga., and Brooks Hospital, Texas.

Marion retired from the Army as a Major and earned the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Award with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After her military service, Marion returned to Ephrata and was employed as the Director of Nursing at Ephrata Community Hospital from 1968 to 1984. Marion was a member of the PA State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Retired U.S. Army Officers Association, and a Lifetime Member of Cloister Post 429 American Legion in Ephrata.

Marion is survived by one sister: Reba D. Sweigart of Mount Joy; two nephews: J. Craig Steinmetz (Patricia Kauffman) of Manheim, and Randy Sweigart of N.C.; four nieces: Madolin D. Heisey (James Heisey) of Mount Joy, Ann S. Nolt (Terry Nolt) of Akron, Kay Sweigart and Jan Hamil of Ga.; 15 great-nieces and nephews; and 17 great-great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents; Marion was preceded in death by one sister: Hazel L. Steinmetz; and one brother; Russell J. Sweigart.

Marion’s family wishes to thank the staff of Pleasant View Nursing Home for providing her with a home, extended family, and loving care for the past 10 years.

Services were held Aug. 21 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, with Rev. Henry E. Herbener officiating. Place of interment was Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata.

Donations in Marion’s memory may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 167 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send an online condolence, visit Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, was entrusted with the arrangements.


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