Ethel Jean Bitzer Hall, 98, RCA retiree, Willow Street UCC member, enjoyed reading, golfing

By on June 8, 2016

Ethel Jean Bitzer Hall passed away June 4, 2016, at Landis Homes.

Ethel was born in Lancaster, the daughter of John Guy and Laura Kauffman Bitzer, on March 2, 1918.

She spoke happily of her years growing up on Lemon Street. She graduated from Stevens (Girls) High School as a class officer and member of the National Honor Society. While raising her family, she worked for Bell Telephone Co., Dr. Atlee, Lancaster General Hospital, and retired from RCA in 1980.

She married Charles R. Hall Sr. in 1939 and together they enjoyed raising their children, traveling, playing golf, gardening, birding, and spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren for 70 years. In addition, Ethel enjoyed reading, stitching, and the women’s league at Overlook Golf Course where she co-hosted member-guest outings. As a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ for 52 years, she was active on the consistory, in Sunday School, and Bible studies. She joined the Jerusalem Church in Manheim after moving from her home in Willow Street to the Long Community at Highland in Lancaster where she lived independently until her 99th year.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; their infant daughter Judith; her brothers, John of Baltimore and Robert of Lancaster; and sisters, Edith Musselman of Lancaster, Anna Musser of Lititz, and Dorothy Ruoss of Ephrata.

Ethel is survived by her three children: Carolyn M., wife of Fred Garner, of Lititz; Charles R. Hall Jr., husband of Mary S. Hall, of Lancaster; and Douglas C. Hall, husband of Kathy L. Hall, of Lititz. Her six grandchildren are: Judith M. Risser, wife of Terry Risser, of Lancaster; Steven F. Garner, husband of Marci Miller, of Lancaster; Ethan C. Hall of Brookeville, Md.; Matthew S. Hall of Jeffersonville, Vt.; Owen D. Hall of Richmond, Vt.; and Sara K. Giorgis, wife of John D. Giorgis, of Silver Springs, Md. She was very proud of her nine great-grandchildren: Megan and Luke Risser, Logan and Jonathan Hall, Wesley and Violet Garner; and John Paul, Madeline, and Thaddeus Joseph (TJ) Giorgis.

Family will greet friends at Jerusalem Church, 1620 Newport Road, Manheim, on Saturday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m. The service will follow at 10:15 a.m. Interment will follow the service at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery in Strasburg,

To leave an online condolence for the family, visit: DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Lancaster, had charge of the arrangements.



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