Nellie Whitcraft, 80, EM resident, homemaker

By on February 22, 2012

Nellie A. Whitcraft, 80, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Circleville, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John N. and Mildred M. (Karr) Crago. Formerly of New Holland, at the time of her death, she was living at Ephrata Manor. She was married to Robert N. Whitcraft and together they celebrated their 57th anniversary on Dec. 24, 2011.

Nellie was a homemaker and a member of the New Holland Church of the Nazarene. She enjoyed crafts, cooking and baking, but mostly, dedicated her life to her husband and four children.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her four children: Keith R., husband of Vicky (Herrin) Whitcraft, of East Earl; Liana J. Whitcraft, of Ephrata; Brian F. Whitcraft, of New Holland; and John "J.D." Whitcraft, of Ephrata; five grandchildren: Shawn Reich, Derrek Reich, Christiana (Whitcraft) Hess, Chad Whitcraft and Brandon Whitcraft; five great grandchildren: Alexa Hess, Miranda Hess, Owen Reich, Gavin Reich and Hailey Reich; and two sisters: Louise (Crago), wife Ugene Griffith, of Lancaster, Ohio; and Helen (Crago), widow of Francis Crago, now wife of Carl Bobbitt, of Lancaster, Ohio.

Preceding her in death are two brothers: Leslie D. and Francis E. Crago.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 22 Ephrata Manor Donecker Chapel. Rev. Kenneth Mingledorff and Chaplain Sally Maxwell officiated. Interment took place at Pleasant View Cemetery, located on Fritztown Road in Sinking Spring, immediately following the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Groff High Funeral Home to defray expenses.

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