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Mary Ellen (Zerbe) DeFrees

Mary Ellen (Zerbe) DeFrees

Sunday, April 10th, 1932 - Saturday, May 25th, 2019
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Mary Ellen (Zerbe) DeFrees, 87, of Reinholds, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy.

She was born in Mohnton to the late William and Katie (Miller) Zerbe and was the wife of Robert A. DeFrees.

Mary Ellen had been a member of both Muddy Creek Lutheran and Swamp Lutheran Churches. She was a 1950 graduate of Mohnton High School. She was last employed by Weaver Markets, Blainsport for 35 years, and earlier employed at Snyders Store in Mohnton. Mary Ellen enjoyed bowling and going to the casinos.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Eric DeFrees of Reinholds, a daughter, Lori S., wife of Michael Vicklund of Ephrata; four grandchildren, Jordan, husband of Chrisandra Zimmerman, Melissa, wife of Mark Steiner, Michael and Tyler Sweetwood; three great-grandchildren, Luke Steiner, Zamora and Avelynn Sweetwood.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Forrest, Lewis and Edward Zerbe.

A viewing will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm at Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver. Funeral and interment services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Mary Ellen’s memory may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P. O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604 .

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home
    533 Walnut Street
    Denver, PA 17517
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  • Service

    private at the convenience of the family
    Address not given
  • Interment

    private at the convenience of the family
    Address not given


Donations are being accepted for: Hospice & Community Care-Lancaster.


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Posted at 07:47pm
Dear loving family of Mary Ellen,
I’m very sorry for the sad loss of your beloved and precious wife Mary Ellen, and beloved Mother, and loving grandmother. Please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family in your painful loss of an especially beloved member of your family. May you find comfort in the promise found at Revelation 21:4, “And (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” - Just imagine - a world with no tears of sorrow, no pain, and no death! Our loving God, Jehovah longs, or yearns for the time when he will resurrect those who have died. Then older ones will return to the days of their youth but with good health as Job 33:25 assures us. I hope that you will find comfort in these and other verses. They continue to bring me comfort in painful losses in my life. Please look at the web site JW.ORG as right now there’s an article on Is life worth living? and within it’s pages is the timely topic when a loved one dies. Take care,
Sincerely Yours,

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