Edith M. Nekut85, RCA chemical engineer, accomplished baker

By on January 11, 2012

Edith Mayaud (Woolever) Nekut , a retired RCA chemical engineer and resident of Lancaster since 1950, passed away peacefully on her 85th birthday, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 while a resident of Moravian Manor’s Herrnhut South Wing Community, their social dementia unit.

Born Dec. 29, 1926 in Philadelphia, Edith was predeceased by her two husbands. Her first husband, Charles (Carl) Jean Gabriel Mayaud, a professor at Franklin and Marshall College, died in 1971. Anthony (Andy) G. Nekut, her second husband, an RCA electrical engineer, passed away in late 2001.

Edith graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1948 on full academic scholarship with a degree in Chemistry. She briefly lived in Cuba with Carl, who was teaching at the University of Santiago, before Castro took power. They then settled in Lancaster after Carl began teaching at Franklin & Marshall College, building a home together at the foot of Blossom Hill near Neffsville. After working briefly for Lorilliard, Edith joined RCA as a chemical engineer, retiring in 1975 after a distinguished career, where she received several patents. Edith was an accomplished cook and bread baker, teaching the latter for many years. She had quite a green thumb, filling her greenhouse (built by Andy) with orchids year-round. She and Andy had a prodigious vegetable garden. Edith was never without massive pots of flowering plants and herbs wherever she lived.

She is survived by two children: Christian Mayaud, of Bronxville, N.Y., and Valerie Lieberman, of Cranford, N.J.; and two stepchildren: Margaret Tolzman, of Bethesda, Md.; and Stephanie Boyer, of Columbia, Md.; nine grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Edith’s third stepchild: Anthony Nekut Jr., of Ithaca, N.Y. passed way during September 2011.

Her memorial service will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Details can be found at memorialforedithnekut.tumblr.com. There will be a private burial at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Moravian Manor, especially those in the Herrnhut South Wing dementia unit.

In lieu of flowers, a gift can be sent either to Moravian Manor, c/o Diane Ford, 300 W. Lemon St., Lititz, PA 17543 (specify Herrnhut South Wing); or to Resources Office Helfarian at Bryn Mawr College, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899 (specify the Scholarship Fund).

To send the family online condolences, visit snyderfuneralhome.com.

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