Mary J. Hiestand91, tax office secretary, piano teacher

By on February 15, 2012

Mary Jane Thompson Hiestand, 91, formerly of Manheim and Annville, went home to be with her Lord Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at Brethren Village.

Born in Lebanon, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Esther Gass VanWinkle.

Mary Jane retired from the Lebanon County Earned Income Tax Office. Previously, she was employed as a secretary for Lebanon Valley College, Annville. An accomplished pianist, Mary Jane taught piano privately for many years.

She was the wife of the late J. Loverne Hiestand, who died in March of 2001. Her first husband was the late Rev. Sterling D. Thompson, who died in February of 1964.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Manheim, where she volunteered her time playing piano and organ at the church. Previously, she was a very active and faithful member of Zion Evangelical Congregational Church in Annville, where she was a lay delegate to the church’s national conference, served on the official board of the church, choir director, Sunday school teacher and helped with her husband’s ministry. Mary Jane was a member of the Lititz Springs Chapter #499 Order of the Eastern Star. Her interests included: needlecraft, crocheting, jigsaw puzzles, flower gardening and playing bingo.

Surviving are a son: David J. Thompson, of Annville; a daughter: Diane E., wife of Lee J. Lamkin, of Newark, Del.; two stepsons: Roger C., husband of Marie Hiestand, of Florence, Ariz.: Leslie L., husband of Sandra J. Hiestand, of Manheim; two grandchildren: Philip A. Bush, Jennifer M. Fisher; two step grandsons; three great-grandchildren: Sterling, Alyssa and Sayde; and three step- great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death is a grandson: Todd Bush; and a daughter-in-law: Beverly Light Thompson.

Her funeral service was held at Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, Manheim, on Feb. 10. Interment took place in Grandview Memorial Park, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Mary Jane’s memory to the Trinity Evangelical Congregational Church, 48 Market Square, Manheim, PA 17545 or to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603.

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