Mary W. Raihl, 91, taught in the Cocalico School District, waitress at Zinn’s Diner

By on June 21, 2017

Mary W. Raihl, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Maple Farm Nursing Home, Akron, where she was a resident for the last six months.

She was born July 17, 1925, in Clay Township. Mary was the daughter of the late George R. and A. Mildred (Foose) Walter. She was of the Lutheran faith.

Mary graduated from Ephrata High School in 1943. She went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in education in three years. She graduated in 1946 from Millersville State Teacher’s College. She was a teacher in the Cocalico School District for 21 years, then worked as a waitress at Zinn’s Diner for 27 years.

Mary is survived by two grandchildren: Mark (Kathleen) Jobes and Michelle Sola (Michael Strothers); four great-grandchildren: Pamela and Katherine Sola, Emily and Jacksen Jobes; and a brother: George (Faye) Walter Jr.

She was preceded in death by her daughter: Pamela Faye (Raihl) Jobes; her companion: William Flory; and her sisters: Emily Shenk and Dorothy Woerner.

In accordance with her wishes, Mary will be cremated with no viewing. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maple Farm who contributed to Mary’s care and comfort during her stay. Additionally, we would like to thank Sandy Stoltzfus, who provided additional comfort and care during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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