Marian Rose Chávez, 58, School District of Lancaster teacher, UZRC Eucharistic minister, avid reader

By on May 24, 2017

Marian Rose Chávez, 58, of Lititz, went to the loving and gentle embrace of our Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of George and Rosemarie (Kostiuk) Matusick. She was the loving wife of David Chavez, with whom she celebrated more than 24 years of marriage.

She was a graduate of Hazleton High School. Marian later went onto Bloomsburg University where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and continued her education at Millersville University, where she received her master’s degree. She retired as an elementary teacher from the School District of Lancaster after 32 years of service.

Marian was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where she was in parish council; volunteered as a Eucharistic minister at United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz. She was also a member of the Holy Family Lay Discalced Carmelite Community and participated as a cantor for the Songs for the Journey Group.

She was an avid reader, loved animals, traveling around the United States and abroad, music and the arts, gardening, and family gatherings.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice and Community Care for the care and compassion extended to Marian during her illness.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son: Alexander D. Chavez of Lititz; two sisters: Linda, wife of Dr. Ramesh Kumar, of Pennington, N.J., and their two sons: Nathan and Neil Kumar’ and Gloria, wife of Daniel Wittig, of Newtown Square.

Services were held May 24 at St. James Catholic Church, Lititz, with the Rev. James O’Blaney C.Ss.R. as celebrant. Interment was in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marian’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, 110 W. Laurel Ave., Cheltenham, PA 19012; or to St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, PA 17543.

To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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