Mabel W. Mellinger 101, served fudge to President Bush

By on August 24, 2011

Mabel W. Mellinger

Mabel W. Mellinger, 101, a resident of Landis Homes, was called to her eternal home by her Lord and Savior Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.

She was the wife of the late William G. Mellinger, who died in 1999. Born May 22, 1910 in East Lampeter Township, she was the daughter of the late Jacob G. and Lizzie Burkhart Witmer.

Mrs. Mellinger was a homemaker and a charter member of the Neffsville Mennonite Church. Mabel also spent many years working at Central Market. She ended her market days working for Shutt’s Fudge.

A highlight of her time spent at market was serving fudge to President George H. W. Bush and Governor Dick Thornburgh.

Mabel volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital as a Gray Lady for 37 years and retired in 2000 with almost 6,000 hours of accumulated volunteer time. She enjoyed crocheting, raising violets and was known for her homemade apple dumplings and noodles.

Surviving is a son: William G. Jr., husband of Elizabeth Brubaker Mellinger, of East Petersburg; and their children: Melinda Hoin, Bill Mellinger III and Christina Beiler; two daughters: Anna, wife of the late Ira L. Diller of Easton; and her children: Cynthia Keepers, Scott Diller and Lynette McKeever; and Dorothy, wife of Donald High, of Lancaster; and their children: Michael (deceased), Lisa Clark, Marc High and Joel High; 22 great grandchildren; and two sisters: Ruth Griffith, of Montana; and Miriam Harnish, of Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by four sisters: Esther Huber, Anna Stokes, Alice Peifer and Viola Mylin.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of the Manheim House at Landis Homes for the wonderful care they provided to Mabel in the last days of her life.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 20 at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, with the Rev. Dwight Rohrer officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family in the Mellinger Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Mellinger’s memory may be made to the Caring Fund at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

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