Marian J. Hess, 85, nurse’s aide at St. Joseph Hospital, enjoyed volunteer work

By on March 25, 2015

Marian J. Hess, 85, of Harrisburg, formerly of Millersville, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at Hershey Medical Center. Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Gertrude (Reese) Vital.

She worked at various nursing facilities and was a nurse’s aide at the former St. Joseph Hospital for 15 years retiring in 1993. Marian was a longtime member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster. She enjoyed gardening, weeding, cross stitching, doing crossword puzzles, playing bingo, watching the Phillies, doing volunteer work, and caring for others.

Her family brought a lot of joy to her and she enjoyed her grandsons and great-grandsons immensely and loved all babies. Marian found great comfort and joy in her faith in God. She was the most loving and forgiving person we knew. She had a difficult childhood, but made that a tool to be an extremely strong and independent woman.

Marian is survived by a son: William G. “Bill” Hess, husband of Laurel of Lititz; a daughter: Kelly S. Haarer, wife of Kenneth of Harrisburg; five grandsons: Ryan Dougherty (Carolina), Karl Froehlich (Gen), Robin Hess, Nathan Froehlich (Ariel), Christopher Hess (Arabella); and four great-grandsons: Mitchell, Dylan, Brycen, Henry; three brothers: James, Daniel, David; and one sister: Dorothy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers: Anthony and Eugene; her sister: Gertrude; and her beloved daughter: Kathleen.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 407 Lafayette St., Lancaster. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private in Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to the church at the above address.

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.LR20150326_BobiHessMarian1

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