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Dr. Henry Stauffer Wentz

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 6, 2020 @ 3:48 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

Dr. Henry Stauffer Wentz died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Arbor View at Willow Valley Retirement Community at the age of 98. He was born on March 14, 1921 to Joseph and Arline Stauffer Wentz and named after grandfather, Henry M. Stauffer. He graduated from Upper Leacock High School in 1937, Duke University in 1941, and Jefferson Medical College in September, 1944, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, an honorary medical fraternity. After an internship and residency at the Lancaster General Hospital he was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the Medical Corps of the Army of the United States.

Dr. Wentz married his college sweetheart, Mary, in 1943 and returned to Lancaster County in May 1948 when he began his solo practice of general (family) medicine in Strasburg. Dr. Wentz was assistant physician in the poliomyelitis unit at the Lancaster General Hospital from 1950 until it closed in 1957 with the advent of the Salk & Sabin vaccines. He helped Dr. Nikitas Zervanos begin the Family Practice Residency Program at the Lancaster General Hospital. He developed the model family practice unit in Quarryville in 1972 and worked with the program from 1971-74. He returned to help establish a group practice at Eastbrook Family Health Center on Route 30 East and retired in 1988 after 40 years of medical practice.

He was chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Lancaster General Hospital from 1974-78. He had several articles published in medical journals and was a member of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was president of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society in 1982. He was secretary/treasurer for the Medical and Dental Staff of LGH from 1967-69. He became a pioneer of the American Academy of Family Practice in 1955 and became a charter member of the American Board of Family Practice.

He was a past member of the Lions Club of Strasburg and a member of the Board of Directors of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District from 1960-66. He was a member of the Strasburg Wesley United Methodist Church and held many positions in the church and taught Sunday School. He and his wife were interpreters for the United Methodist Committee on Relief from 1992-94. In 1995 they moved into the Willow Valley Retirement Communities and joined First United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

Dr. Wentz and his wife served in short term service with Care/Medico in Honduras and the Christian Medical Society in the Dominican Republic. Henry has worked at Standing Rock and Fort Belknap Indian Reservations in North Dakota and Montana, respectively.

He wrote Patients Are A Virtue: Practicing Medicine in Pennsylvania Amish Country – a collection of his experiences in the practice of medicine in Strasburg, PA – which was published in 1997. Dr. Wentz served on the 100th Anniversary Committee of the Lancaster General Hospital in 1993 and was chairman of the 150th Anniversary Committee of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society in 1994.

Dr. Wentz was a member of the Peter Wentz Farmstead Society Board of Directors and President of the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation which collected medical artifacts for future display. The Foundation helped the Lancaster General Hospital develop some of their historic displays.

Dr. Wentz is survived by his two children, William H. (Anne) of Cincinnati, OH and Louise W. (Thomas) Aument of Lancaster. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim), Janine (Dan), Brandon (Michelle), and Cameron (Amanda), 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, with whom he celebrated 75 years of marriage.

The family would like to thank the staff on the 3rd floor of the Glen and the Arbor View staff for their supportive and nurturing care while a resident on your floor. He always commented about how much he enjoyed and appreciated all the staff.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Johnson Auditorium at Willow Valley North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. The family will greet friends from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Greenwood Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mathias Brunner Nursing Education Fund, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602 (Attn: Danielle Geyer), Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601, or Lampeter-Strasburg Education Foundation, 1600 Book Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Condolences for the family of “Dr. Henry Stauffer Wentz”

Condolence from Kirsten R. Bishop on January 7th, 2020 6:53 am

Sincere sympathy is extended to Louise , Bill , and the entire Wentz family . It has been a special privilege to touch base with Doctor Wentz , off & on , since 1961 . First through Mrs. Wentz and AFS , then through Wesley UM church in Strasburg , and most recently a delightful lunch at Willow Valley this past September . The Wentz’s entertained my parents in their home , and my parents later included them in a family meal at Groff’s Farm Restaurant . Appreciating many memories , Respectfully Kirsten R. Bishop

Condolence from John Berry on January 7th, 2020 11:22 am

It is with sadness that I read of Dr. Wentz’s passing. While you mourn his death please find comfort in knowing he is at peace resting in the arms of our loving savior, Jesus. My condolences to you Louise and all of your family.

Condolence from Dr Larry Carroll on January 7th, 2020 2:19 pm

It was an honor to be with Henry at the recent LGH Family Practice Residency celebration. He was an invaluable part of that organization’s inception. It was an honor to recieve the Henry S. Wentz award at the close of my career. It was an honor to be his colleague and hear of his adventures both before and after retirement, especially while having lunch with Mary and Henry at the Health Campus where they volunteered. May we all have as full and meaningful life as Dr Wentz.

Condolence from Pam Vnenchak on January 7th, 2020 3:59 pm

On behalf of the Family Medicine Residency I extend our condolences. We are grateful to Henry for his vision and contributions to the early days of the residency. His legacy lives on through the Henry Wentz teaching award. This annual award recognizes excellence in teaching and is presented at the graduation banquet.

Condolence from Ray & Evelyn Souders on January 7th, 2020 4:44 pm

Our Sympathy to the Wentz Family. Henry and Mary were some of our favorite neighbors when we lived on Strasburg’s Hillcrest Ave. We have fond memories of being their lawn service for many years. Also, as they were getting ready to move to Willow Valley, our daughter returned from Mission Service in Central America and Mary so generously offered her several pieces of furniture for her new apartment. Both Henry and Mary lived long and full lives and have left quite a legacy.

Ray & Evelyn Souders

Condolence from Timothy Graybill on January 8th, 2020 2:25 pm

My mother Lois (now 92 at Mennonite Home) , sister Sue (Peoria, IL) and I ( Spring Run, Willow Valley) are extremely grateful for the unmixed blessing being Dr Wentz’ patients (including our father, Richard, who passed in 1990) during all the years of his practice in Strasburg and Eastbrook. Special sympathy to Strasburg Elementary and Lampeter-Strasburg ’68 classmate Louise and family.

Condolence from Richard W Howarth on January 9th, 2020 8:31 am

Henry and Mary Wentz were among the most helpful, hospitable and open members at the Wesley United Methodist Church when I served at Pastor there. They gave me more than a few pointers and challenges for which I remain grateful.

Unfortunately, I am currently subject to coughing spells; so it would not be a good idea for me to attned today’s service at Willow Valley. I want to send you my sincere sympathy and regards

Condolence from Ted Rinehart on February 7th, 2020 2:05 pm

Dear Louise,
My sincere apologies, I didn’t realize your fathers passing until now. The fondest memories were on Hillcrest, with your family across the street. He was a mentor to Ann, and so many others he touched. Through his charitable, selfless giving, his legacy lives on.

Condolence from Larry Vittone on March 19th, 2020 10:05 am

I had the great pleasure of reading Dr. Wentz’s book “ Patients Are A Virtue”. I was curious to see if he was still alive and note he had just passed away. I was going to write him to tell him of how much I enjoyed reading of his experiences. I would have loved to have meet him.
The book I got from the Library was signed by Dr. Wentz.
Larry Vittone

Condolence from Larry Vittone on March 19th, 2020 10:06 am

I had the great pleasure of reading Dr. Wentz’s book “ Patients Are A Virtue”. I was curious to see if he was still alive and note he had just passed away. I was going to write him to tell him of how much I enjoyed reading of his experiences. I would have loved to have meet him.
The book I got from the Library was signed by Dr. Wentz.

Condolence from Christine Kurtz on April 2nd, 2020 12:30 pm

What an honor to have spent many of my “growing up years” in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Wentz.
I merely knew Dr. Wentz as” Louise’s Father”.
What special memories I have of his warm smile, gentle demeanor and kind heart.

Heartfelt sympathy to Louise, Bill and family.
What a light in the world he was….now he shines from above.

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