Lillian M. Johnstin101, Moravian Manor resident, farmer’s wife, oldest St. John’s member

By on July 18, 2012

Lillian M. Johnstin, age 101, passed into the arms of Jesus Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Moravian Manor.

Lillian would have celebrated her 102nd birthday as she was born July 22, 1910, the daughter of Adam and Anna Brill Marley, Marietta.

Lillian was a "Marietta gal," attending school there and a member of the Episcopal Church. Following school, she worked in the silk mill in Columbia, walking or riding the trolley over Chiques Hill. Lillian married the late James F. Johnstin and moved to Maytown and became a farmer’s wife. Lillian was a wonderful cook, preparing large meals for the men helping to bring in crops at harvest time. Lillian joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Maytown and was its oldest member. She enjoyed shopping with her grandchildren, entertaining her friends on the social ministry committee and going to Mount Gretna during the summer months.

Lillian is survived by her son: Tom, husband of Gloria Johnstin; her daughter: Pat Vogel; grandson: Jason, husband of Sylvia Johnstin; great-grandson: Sam; great-granddaughter: Lily; granddaughter: Stacy, wife of Bob Barton; great-granddaughter: Grace; her granddaughter: Sue, wife of John Frey; great-grandson: Andrew; great-granddaughter: Alyssa; and sister: Marion, a resident of ManorCare in Elizabethtown.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister.

Lillian’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff and especially to Karen, Richard, Dr. Howse and the entire South Wing team at Moravian Manor for the outstanding care and love shown to Mom for the past six plus years.

A funeral service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Maytown, on July 14. Interment followed in the Maytown Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Smedley Funeral Home Ltd., Marietta. For more information, visit

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