H. Rebekah Fleischmann 100, teacher and award-winning author, St. Paul member
Hannah Rebekah Fleischmann died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 100 Monday, July 16, 2012 in Fairfax County, Va., near Washington, D.C.
She was born on May 26, 1912, in Curry Run, a daughter of Knowles Hoyt, husband of Vaughn Thompson Thorp. Rebekah Fleischmann’s husband was George S. Fleischmann, of Lititz, who died in 1998 at age 92. They were married for 68 years.
George and Rebekah Fleischmann graduated from Millersville Normal School in Lancaster, now Millersville University, where they met. They were public school teachers in Pennsylvania. Later on, as federal civil servants, they taught in Alaska, the American Southwest and Micronesia, in addition to Federal civil service in Hawaii and Japan, after which they served in the U.S. Department of State in Lebanon and Afghanistan. Rebekah Fleischmann was a prolific, prize-winning writer of poetry and children’s stories. She and her husband retired in Virginia, later moving to Lititz, where they belonged to St. Paul Lutheran Church. In addition to writing, she was an excellent amateur pianist and painter. She and her husband were members of the Order of the Eastern Star, in which they served as worthy matron and worthy patron in Yokohama, Japan. They were supporters of the arts including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and gave generously to their church as well as to numerous charities in the U.S. and abroad.
Mrs. Fleischmann is survived by a daughter: Marilyn V. Fleischmann, of Lititz; a son: Nicholas T., husband of Sandra W. Fleischmann, of Vienna, Va.; and by their two children, Rebekah Fleischmann’s granddaughter: Lydia C. M. Fleischmann, wife of Stephen E. B. Bolton, of Washington, D.C.; and grandson: Raymond L. K. Fleischmann, of Seattle, Wash.
Arrangements are being made by Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz. For more information, visit spachtlifecelebration.com.