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Mary W. Wentz

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 10, 2019 @ 4:33 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

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Mary Louise Whitney Wentz, 97, formerly of Strasburg passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Willow Valley where she had resided since 1995.  Mary was born in Mt. Rainier, MD and was the daughter of Leora J. Simms and Frank I. Whitney.  She was the wife of Dr. Henry S. Wentz.

Mary attended public schools in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Duke University in 1942.  She married her college sweetheart, Henry, in 1943 and moved to Strasburg in 1948.  Mary was active in the community and her church.  She was a member of the Lancaster City/County Medical Auxiliary (pres.), Visiting Nurses Association (pres. and treas.), Parish Resource Center (pres.), American Field Service (field dir.), and was instrumental in the founding of Hospice of Lancaster.  She served on the board of the United Way, the Lancaster General Hospital Auxiliary, Lancaster Community Concert Board. and was a member of the Strasburg Heritage Society (sec.).   She was on many church boards both locally and conference -wide including the Health and Welfare Committee of the Philadelphia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Mary was a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church and presently belonged to First United Methodist in Lancaster.

Mary enjoyed traveling with her husband and with her family, ballroom dancing, and spending time with family.  Special locations were Stone Harbor, NJ, The Greenbrier, and St. Martin.

Mary is survived by her husband, Dr. Henry S. Wentz, and their children, William H. (Anne) of Naperville, IL and Louise W. (Thomas) Aument of Lancaster.  She is survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer (Tim), Janine (Dan), Brandon (Michelle), and Cameron (Amanda), 3 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Marjorie Smith of Poulsbo,WA.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cedarbrook and the Glen 5th floor for the supportive and nurturing care extended to Mary during her illness. 

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Mary’s life on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Johnson Auditorium, Willow Valley Manor North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA.  A visitation will be held from 10:30 AM until the time of the service.  Attendees are encouraged to wear red to celebrate Mary’s life.  Interment will be private in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA  17602, Mathias Brunner Nursing Education Fund, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA 17602 (ATTN: June Draude) or Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive,  PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Condolences for the family of “Mary W. Wentz”

Condolence from Babe Quintrall on January 11th, 2019 5:09 pm

I’m sorry for your family’s loss of Mary. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. All the best wishes for your family at this time, take care.

Condolence from Kirsten R. Bishop on January 12th, 2019 7:52 am

My condolences goes out to the entire Wentz family – quickly followed by my gratefulness for Mary Wentz’s involvement with American Field Service – she helped to place me with the Emory Herr family for my senior year at L-S as an exchange student from Denmark . Respectfully , Kirsten ( Rosendal) Bishop

Condolence from Frances Belloni on January 14th, 2019 2:32 pm

Mary Wentz was very dear to me. Despite residing far apart, we shared a love for her parents that I treasured from my childhood. Aunt Leora was my grandfather’s only sister and much beloved by him. She embraced our family through her letters , support for our enterprises, and visits to New Orleans.
I inherited Henry’s book from my mother, Loretta, when she passed, and love every page of his memories of his practice in Amish country and his respect and kindness to his patients.
Cousin Mary and I shared a love of travel and communicated that through our constant annual letters. Her life was so rich, her memories so joyful, her intellect so curious, her family so loving that she was a model of gentility to us all. She shall be very fondly remembered for a life so well lived and her affect on us all.

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