Fay L. Rathkey 74, crossing guard for Lititz Elementary for 20 years.

By on February 13, 2014

Fay L. Rathkey

Fay L. Rathkey

Fay L. Rathkey, 74, died unexpectedly of natural causes Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lititz.

Born in Landisville, she was the daughter of the late Ross M. and Myrtle Dunkelberger Fair. Fay worked as a hair dresser for Kay Summy Beauty Salon, Manheim, the former Kelly’s Deli in Lititz, and was a school crossing guard for the Warwick School District at the Lititz Elementary School for 20 years.

She was the loving wife of John H. “Jack” Rathkey Jr. and they observed their 53rd wedding anniversary in July of last year. Fay was a member of the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Lititz, taught Sunday school in her early years, and served as sexton with her husband at the church for 30 years. She was also a member of the Lititz Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Her interests included crocheting, knitting, baking and cooking. Fay had a life-long passion for her family, and enjoyed participating in activities with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two daughters: Lisa A., wife of John Rapp Jr. of Millersville and Julia A., wife of John Welsh of Lititz; a son: Scott W., husband of Cynthia Burke Rathkey of Lititz; eight grandchildren; one step granddaughter; a brother: Ross G. “Whitey,” husband of Carol Fair of Lititz, and three sisters: Janet, wife of Harry Reynolds Sr. of Lititz; Martha, wife of John Decker Jr. of Lititz and Alta, wife of Donald Hamric of Lancaster. She was preceded in death by a brother: Frank M. Fair and a sister: Alice Deitz.

Relatives and friends attended her funeral service at the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Lititz, on Feb. 7. Interment was held at Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster.

Those desiring may send contributions in Fay’s memory to American Diabetes Association, 301 Chestnut Street, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17101. To send the family on-line condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.

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