Jay D. Weaver, 84, Ephrata H.S. grad, Millersville U. math professor, genealogist, author

By on September 20, 2017

Jay D. Weaver, 84, died on Sept. 1, 2017 at Brethren Village, Lancaster.

Born in Ephrata Township on April 20, 1933, he was the son of the late J. Landis Weaver and Ada S. (Horst) Weaver; and was married to Mary N. (Musser) Weaver of Landisville, for 62 years.

In addition to his loving wife, Mary, Jay is survived by a daughter: Ellen Weaver; a son: James Weaver, husband of Sherry; a grandson: Joshua Weaver; two great-grandsons; three sisters: Arvilla Langsdale, Donna Foster, Elizabeth Weaver; and two brothers: John and Ronald Weaver.

Jay was a member of the Lancaster Church of the Brethren where he sang in the chancel choir. He taught the Questers Bible Series and various adult Sunday school classes. At various times, he served on the church board and on a number of committees, including chairing the education commission and the worship commission.

He was a graduate of Ephrata High School and Millersville University, where he majored in mathematics education. He also received a master of science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois, and did extensive graduate work at the Pennsylvania State University.

His teaching career included several years at the former West Reading High School, West Reading, and at Warwick High School, Lititz. In 1959, he joined the mathematics department at Millersville University, retiring there in 1988 with the rank of Professor of Mathematics Emeritus.

He had several articles published in mathematical journals and co-authored a textbook entitled Modern Mathematics for Elementary Teachers. While at Millersville University, he chaired the committee that created the computer science major and authored the original proposal for that program. He also served as statistician on a research project, studying macro-invertebrate life in the Susquehanna River at the Three Mile Island atomic power plant. While on the faculty at Millersville he served as director of the computer center, a member of the judicial committee, a board member on the college credit union, and numerous other departmental and college-wide committees. He also chaired 13 master’s papers committees. He also was a member of the honorary fraternities Phi Sigma Pi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Jay researched his family history and published his genealogy in Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage journal in 1995. For many years, he maintained a website where he posted his genealogical information. After retiring from teaching, he began a career of writing in connection with that website. His writings include poetry, hymns, devotionals, essays, and personal stories. Most of these appeared on a page he called his “Thought for the Week.” In 2009 these materials were published in a book entitled Footprints through the Forest.

Jay and Mary raised their family in the village of Conestoga where he helped found the local Jaycee chapter, serving as secretary, and later as president for one year. They lived at the Oaks Condominium in East Lampeter Township for 15 years prior to moving to Brethren Village in 2008. Over the years, Jay and his wife were avid campers and travelers. They spent 17 winters in Venice, Florida, where they worshipped and sang in the choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Their travels included Europe, South and Central America, much of Canada, and they visited every state in the union at least once.

A service celebrating the life of Jay will be held on Saturday, Sept., 30, at 1:30 p.m., at Lancaster Church of the Brethren; 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster. A time of visitation will take place at the church from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Burial will be held privately and at the convenience of the family.

To leave the family online condolences, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, assisted Jay’s family with the arrangements.

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