Mary Katherine Sauder, 87, EHS grad, assistant director of nursing at LGH, avid traveler

By on February 7, 2018

Mary Katherine (Mary Kay) Sauder, 87, lifetime resident of Lancaster County, on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, joined her parents, Earl and Alice Sauder, in Heaven.

Mary Kay earned a master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University. She was in the first graduating class of Goshen College School of Nursing. She also graduated from Ephrata High School. After becoming an RN she worked at Lancaster General Hospital, retiring as assistant director of nursing to care for her parents.

In addition to being an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Akron, she served on the boards of Luther Acres and Nurses Christian Fellowship. Mary Kay also loved traveling and took frequent trips to destinations around the globe.

Mary Kay is survived by her sister: Arlene Piepgrass of Lancaster; her nephew: William Piepgrass, husband of Marcia Piepgrass, of Lancaster; and her two nieces: Rebecca Cooke, wife of Jim Cooke of McLean, Va.; and Mary Alice Patterson, wife of Robert Patterson of Haddonfield, N.J. Mary Kay was unusually close to her nieces and nephew, as well as their children, taking them on trips and enjoying sports with them.

Also surviving are nine great-nieces and great-nephews: Stephen Piepgrass, married to Candace Piepgrass of Richmond, Va.; Anna Cave, married to Marcus Cave of Bethesda, Md.; Rachel Petersen, married to Curt Petersen, of Leawood, Kansas; Alex Cooke, married to Julia Cooke, of Arlington, Va.; Ryan Cooke of New York, N.Y.; Emily Budd, married to Joseph Budd, of Raleigh, N.C.; Michael Patterson, married to Stacy Patterson, of New York, N.Y.; Jonathan Patterson, of Charlotte, N.C.; and Megan Patterson of New York, N.Y. Miss Sauder was also survived by her great-nieces’ and great-nephews’ 13 children.

A memorial service was held at Zion Lutheran Church, Akron on Feb. 3. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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