Patricia Fritz Shank, 88, RN in Ephrata hospital O.R., gifted keyboardist, dog lover

By on October 18, 2017

Patricia Fritz Shank, 88, of Lancaster, passed away at Landis Homes to be with the Lord on Sept. 20, 2017.

She joins her beloved late husband, Robert Good Shank, whom she had been married to for 27 years when he died in 2001. Born in the borough of Terre Hill, she was the daughter of the late Roy Sweigart Fritz and Miriam Catharine Getz, Terre Hill.

Pat was a registered nurse, graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1950, and graduated New Holland High School in 1946. Her favorite nursing role was in the operating room at the Ephrata Hospital for many years. She also worked as a visiting nurse at RCA, in several doctor’s offices, and volunteered at Meals on Wheels in Lancaster over the years. She and her late husband were members of Covenant United Methodist Church since the early 1970s.

Pat was an exceptionally gifted church organist, pianist, and accompanist. She cherished spending time with her family, and especially her five grandchildren. Pat was an avid gardener and enjoyed home canning the fruits of her labor. Pat, mom, and grandma will be fondly remembered for her selfless devotion as a nurse and mother in always wanting to care for others. Her whimsical sense of humor found her engaged in numerous feisty discussions with others about politics and sports. She also loved dogs, and especially had fond memories of pet, Sandy.

Surviving are children: Carol Stauffer, Toms River, N.J., wife of Ken; R. Douglas Maurer, Louisville, Ky., married to LouAnn; and Cynthia Burban, Jamestown, Ohio, wife of Peter; grandchildren: Kyle Stauffer, New Jersey, married to Megan; Molly Maurer, Hawaii, engaged to Jaylen Hunter, N.Y.; Makenzie Maurer, Kentucky; Kristina Burban and Stefanie Burban, Ohio; first cousins: Claudia Cox and Nancy Baucom, North Carolina.

Pat was an only child who was preceded in death by her dear cousin, accomplished Lancaster trumpet player, Richard W. Getz, in 1981, who was a special “brother” to her.

A funeral will be held at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 441 N. George St., Millersville, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

We will miss her presence in our lives; we are ever grateful for her dedication to us all.

To send online condolences, visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, Millersville, handled the arrangements.

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