Mary Jane Erdman, 91, passed away peacefully
on Sunday, October 4, 2020. She resided at 101 Mateo Drive, Maria Joseph
Manor, Danville for 14 years and more recently at Heritage Springs Memory
Care in Lewisburg.
Mary Jane was born on January 19, 1929, the
daughter of the late William Edward Deiterick and Martha (Yost) Deiterick,
of Bloomsburg Pa. After relocating to Washington D.C., Mary Jane graduated
valedictorian from Anacostia High School, with magna cum laude honors.
Having received three scholarships, she attended American University and
George Washington University.
Returning to central Pennsylvania, Mary Jane
married Jim Erdman, a lifetime member of the Catawissa Reformed Church, in
1951. She went on to become a valued employee of Bloomsburg University,
Geisinger Hospital as secretary to the comptroller, and spent 35 years of
her professional life as the Executive Secretary to the President, Donald
Seebold, of the First National Bank of Danville, retiring in 1994.
Mary Jane and Jim traveled extensively
including England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Bermuda,
Hawaii, Italy and Morocco. Their travels also included numerous cruises and
road trips to Maine to visit their niece. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage
before Jim passed away in 2006, at which point Mary Jane moved to a cottage
at the Maria Joseph Continuing Care Community. Since then, her faithful
Shish Tzu, Sasha, had been her constant companion.
Volunteer work was always a part of Mary
Janeís life serving for the Girl Scouts, the Catawissa Eastern Star as an
officer, a Sunday school teacher at the St. Peterís Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Grovania, the Geisinger Hospital, and the Maria Joseph Manor.
Mary Jane will always be remembered as a
confident woman with a quiet, unpresuming strength. She will be dearly
missed by many who were very thankful for her presence in their lives and
inspired by her example of being a lady.
Mary Jane is survived by three nieces and
three nephews: William Weller of Baltimore, Md., Phillip Weller of Valencia,
Ca., Gordon Deiterick of New Cumberland, Pa., Mary Weller of Melbourne,
Fl., Suzanne Stackhouse of New Berlin, Pa., and Patti Deiterick Cluff of
North Berwick, Me.
She was preceded in death by two brothers:
Jack and Robert Deiterick, and one sister Kathryn Weller.
A Celebration of her life will be held at
graveside at Hillside Cemetery in Catawissa PA in the Spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Danville SPCA 1467 Bloom Road Danville PA in memory of Sasha or to the St.
Peterís Evangelical Lutheran Church 227 County Line Road Danville PA 17821.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42
West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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