Mary Jane Fassnacht, 96, longtime area registered nurse, enjoyed creating life stories

By on May 31, 2017

Mary Jane Fassnacht, 96, of Lititz, and formerly of Ephrata, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Luther Acres.

Her husband, the late Roy U. Fassnacht, passed away Feb. 25, 1981. They were married Aug. 8, 1943.

Mary Jane was born in Akron, daughter of the late Edgar and Vera (Stephan) Binkley. She graduated from Ephrata High School in 1937 and Lancaster General College of Nursing in 1939.

As a registered nurse, Mary Jane worked briefly at the Ephrata Community Hospital, then at Dr. Eugene Miller’s medical office in Ephrata in the 1940s and then again in the 1960s, briefly as the Ephrata High School Nurse, and then most recently at the Denver Nursing Home. Mary Jane also worked part time at Royer’s Flower Shop.

Mary Jane attended Bethany United Church of Christ and Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, both of Ephrata. She was a life member of the Ephrata Women’s Club, member of the Ephrata Hospital Auxiliary, a Meals On Wheels volunteer, and Girl Scout Leader.

As a resident of Luther Acres, she enjoyed knitting, games, creating life stories, and participating in a variety of activities.

Mary Jane is survived by one daughter: Carla S. Weidman (John); two grandchildren: J. Scott Weidman (Lisa), and Rebecca Weidman (Andrew Sapiente); one great-granddaughter: Lucia Weidman; one sister: Ruth Goshert; one niece; and one nephew.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Jane was preceded in death by two sisters: Beulah Eshleman and Dorothy Groff.

Graveside funeral services were held May 27 at Mellinger’s Cemetery in Schoeneck.

Memorial donations may be made to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ephrata, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, or to Luthercare.

To send online condolences, visit Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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