Anna Mary Mellinger, 90, of Lancaster, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
Born on the family farm in Strasburg Township, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth (Buckwalter) Mellinger. She is survived by her siblings, Betty Jane, wife of Richard Neal of California, John Robert husband of Mary Jo Mellinger of Missouri, Allen, husband of Ann Mellinger of Strasburg Township and Nancy Mellinger Zendt of Maryland. Anna Mary was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Mellinger and a brother, Richard Mellinger.
Anna Mary graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Lancaster and Dunbarton College of Washington, DC. She received an MA in English Literature from Penn State University and an MA in International Relations from UCLA, California.
She began teaching in a one-room school in Strasburg Township, but left for Alaska in 1952 to teach for three years in Cordova and Juneau. Anna Mary returned to teach in Lancaster for two years before teaching in the Overseas Schools for the Department of Defense. For thirty-five years, she taught in England, Germany and Turkey.
She traveled extensively on five continents and was a tour guide to family and friends during the summer.
After forty-five years of teaching, she returned to Lancaster county and retired.
There will be a Celebration of Anna Mary’s Life on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, with Father Deogratias Rwegasira officiating. The family will greet friends from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a contribution in her memory to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
PLEASE NOTE: We were informed that PennDOT will be paving South Decatur Street on Monday. Please use West Main Street, South Fulton and Franklin Streets for the Rear Entrance to the Funeral Home!