Margaret ‘Margie’ Pfautz, 89, chemist, active at Lititz Moravian, enjoyed pinochle

By on July 16, 2014

Margaret “Margie” Yerger Pfautz, 89, died at Brethren Village Friday, July 11, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.

Born in Lititz to the late Robert H. and Mary Badorf Walter Yerger, Margaret attended F&M College and graduated with an A.S. in Medical Technology. On July 3, 1948, Margaret was married to Ray F. Pfautz, who passed away Feb. 9, 2008.

Margaret lived in Lititz and Lancaster, and worked for Dr. Locke Sr., as his chief chemist making allergy serums, then for Dr. Lou as a lab technologist until retiring on May 29, 1985.

Margaret was a member of the Lititz Moravian Church and was very active in the Women’s Fellowship. She will be especially remembered for making sock monkeys and stuffed bears that she donated to the church for the church bazaar. She was an avid pinochle player, and had a witty sense of humor.

Survivors include nieces and nephews: Robert Groff of Mount Joy, Ann Louise Alkire of San Diego, Calif., Sylvia E. Christman of Lititz, John Yerger, of Lititz, and Bruce Eshleman of Ickesburg.

Her siblings: Helen Eckman, Roy Yerger, James Yerger, Myra Groff, and Mary Eshleman preceded Margaret in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Spacht Funeral Home, Ltd., 127 S. Broad Street, Lititz, with Rev. Mark Breland officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call an hour prior to service for a viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Lititz Moravian Congregation Book of Remembrance, 8 Church Square, Lititz, PA 17543. Thanks to Brethren Village for their help and support.

The Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements. To offer an online condolence, visit

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