Francine M. Dounelis, 71, optician, active at Evangel Assembly of God, Bible study leader

By on June 15, 2016

Francine M. Dounelis, 71, Ephrata, died June 9, 2016, in Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Ragusa) Pepe, she was the wife of Philip H. Dounelis for 52 years.

An active member of Evangel Assembly of God, Ephrata, she was the church hospitality and food coordinator, and sang in the choir. Francine loved cooking, crocheting and cherished her family.

Formerly of Long Island, she was a 1961 Hicksville High School graduate, ran ministries, and Bible study from her home, and worked as an optician with Davis Optical.

Also surviving are sons: Philip H. (Gina LaBarca) Dounelis Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.; Christopher P. Dounelis, Deer Park, N.Y.; and Niko J. (Erin Staples) Dounelis, Coram, N.Y.; and grandchildren: Christian, Hannah, Jonathan, Caden, and Colten.

Siblings Marian Weyde and Richard Pepe predeceased her.

Viewings will be Friday, June 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 2 p.m., with Pastor Kevin Sylvester officiating at the funeral starting at 2 p.m.; all from Good Funeral Home, Reamstown. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery Annex, Denver.

Good Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, Reamstown, was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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