Emma Jean James Mensch Jordan, 84, of Danville
PA passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at
her residence. She was born January 1, 1937 in Danville PA, the daughter of
the late Ralph and Anna Houseknecht James.
She graduated from Danville High School in
1954 where she served as Class Secretary until 2020. She enjoyed planning
and organizing the annual picnic for her classmates each year.
Emma Jean was employed at the Danville Silk
Mill during her senior year of school; W.T. Grant Company for 22 years and
the Danville Earned Income Tax Office for 18 years. After her retirement
she enjoyed working at Bea Butler’s and Beiter’s in Danville
She is survived by her husband of 18 years,
Richard Jordan. They were married November 16, 2002. She was married for
43 years to her first husband, Marlin Mensch, who preceded her in death in
Emma Jean was a very dedicated and active
member of Trinity United Methodist Church Danville PA where she served
faithfully in many ministries there. She was referred to as the “unspoken
leader” in so many selfless ways there. She will be remembered and deeply
missed for her quick wit, kind spirit and her ever present smile.
She was an avid shopper and loved animals.
She also enjoyed gambling and taking trips to Atlantic City NJ with her
family and friends.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by
two sons: Timothy Mensch and his wife Christina and granddaughter Chelsea
Elizabeth Nicole of Turbotville PA and Keith Mensch and his wife Dawn and
granddaughter Willow Marie of Orangeville PA She is also survived by her
sister, Barbara Barron and her husband David of Danville PA and her nephew
Matthew and great-niece, Christina. Also surviving are three stepchildren:
four step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren. Several nieces
and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy
who died at birth.
A Celebration of Emma Jean’s life will be held
on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church 84
Lombard Street Danville, PA with the Reverend David Layser and the Reverend
Ronald French officiating. Family and friends will be received from 9:30 AM
until 10:45 AM and also on Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the
church. Social distancing and masks will be required. Burial will be held
in Odd Fellows Cemetery Danville PA where she will be laid to rest next to
Marlin Mensch. Friends
and family may view her service remotely by Facebook Livestream at
The family will provide flowers. Memorial
contributions may be made to the church or LAPS Lycoming Animal Protection
Society c/o LAPS Treasurer, 2415 North Hills Drive Williamsport PA 17701.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West
Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821.
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