Helen Pauline (Nagle) Erb, 94, member of first Queen of Candles court, R.N., friendly, a great baker

By on May 1, 2019

Helen Pauline (Nagle) Erb, 94, of Lititz, formerly of Mount Joy, passed gratefully into the arms of Jesus on April 22, 2019.

She was born to Anna S. (Stauffer) and Harry S. Nagle on Jan. 4, 1925, the eighth of nine children. Of these, she is survived by two sisters-in-law: Violet (Luther) and Bette (Gilbert “Poss”) Nagle.

Helen graduated from Lititz High School in 1942 and Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She was a registered nurse, working in surgery, obstetrics, home health, and later, school nursing. She retired from the Lancaster School District.

Helen became the bride of Marvin Eshleman Erb on Sept. 26, 1959. They were married 46 happy years until his death in February 2006.

She is survived by two children: Anita (Jim Pyle), Lake Placid, Fla.; and John (Kelly), Lancaster; and three amazing grandsons: Alex, Evan, and Nathan Erb.

Mummie was an enthusiastic gardener, growing all matter of vegetables and flowers. She gamely tried to instill these bucolic pursuits in her children, usually to no avail. She loved the challenge of a good jigsaw puzzle (often with the assistance of her grandsons) and was a fan of board games, teaching the merits of Scrabble and Parcheesi to her family. She loved spending time with family at their summer home in Indian River, Del., beaching, boating, clamming, crabbing, and fishing. She was an excellent lattice pie and fancy cookie baker, a talent her daughter sorely wishes was genetic. She even put up with her husband’s passion of restoring old Camaros and attended many a car show without complaining, at least not out loud, to him. She served as a mentor to newcomers at Landis Homes, where she resided for the last 11 years.

Helen was modest, but would be (mostly) pleased to have you know she was a member of the Court of the very first Queen of Candles Pageant in July of 1942 at Lititz Springs Park. She loved to dance and sing and even modeled clothing for her seamstress sister, Rhoda, in her younger years. Even though she hated shopping, she always dressed and accessorized nicely.

Helen lived her life with grace and dignity. To have a friend, you must be a friend, and Mummie was overflowing with the blessings of friendship. Helen was absolutely certain of her heavenly home and it is with peaceful hearts her family has that assurance.

Services were held April 27 in the Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, Lititz, with The Rev. Dr. David Pierce officiating. She was interred at Kraybill Mennonite Cemetery, Mount Joy.

If desired, memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, at landishomes.org/giving/donate-online.

Arrangements by Sheetz Funeral Home, Mount Joy. Memories and condolences may be shared at sheetzfuneralhome.com.

 

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