The Daily Item
MILLERSTOWN — Pauline Ida Mengel, 92, of Millerstown, formerly of Richfield and Mifflintown, entered into rest on Monday, May 6, 2013, at SUN Home Hospice Care Center, Sunbury.
Pauline was born on Sept. 8, 1920, in Greenwood Township, Millerstown, a daughter of the late Ezra Henry Sr. and Cora Irene (Dietz) Minium. She was married to Robert Ryan Mengel, who preceded her on Nov. 13, 1974.
She attended Watts and Stony Run grammar schools. In 1971, Pauline obtained her nursing home administrator’s license by taking the first mandatory test to become licensed at Elizabethtown College.
In 1951, she and her husband owned the Mengel’s Service Station and in 1953 opened the Mengel’s Restaurant, both in Richfield. Both were known as the Willow Drive Sunoco Service Station and the Willow Drive Custard Shop and Restaurant. In 1964, she founded the Mengel’s Nursing Home, which later became the Zendt Home and is now the Richfield Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was its nursing home administrator from 1964 to 1979. Pauline retired in 1987 from the Juniata County Courthouse as its chief clerk.
She was a member and past council president of St. John Lutheran Church, Richfield, where she was past president and member of WELCA, sang in the choir and served as part-time organist. Other memberships included past matron (1978-79) of the Order of Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter 222, Selinsgrove, serving as pianist for the former International Order of Rainbow for Girls, past president of the Women’s Community Club, Richfield, chairwoman of the Food Committee for the 1968 Richfield Sesquicentennial, the Richfield Ambulance League, past president of the Democratic Women of Juniata County and Mahantango Grange 2087, Richfield.
Pauline was an accomplished cook and baker. She was involved in the production and design of several quilts for Richfield Dutch Days.
Pauline was the last of her immediate family. She is survived by one sister-in-law, Phyllis Minium, of Richfield; several generations of nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, friend and neighbor, Lavonda Bauman.
In addition to her husband, Pauline was preceded by her son, Robert E. Mengle, on Dec. 4, 2006; one brother, Ezra Minium Jr., on April 6, 2006; two sisters, Ethel Hood and her husband, Norman, and Almera Varner; one nephew, Gene Varner; and two nieces, Linda Swartz and Sue Winey.
Friends and family are invited to a viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with a memorial service by the Order of Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter 222 at 8:45, in the George P. Garman Funeral Homes Inc., 9366 Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills. The casket will then be closed. A service of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Lutheran Church, Route 35 and Church Street, Richfield, with her pastor, the Rev. Andrew C. Weaver, officiating.
Burial will be in Richfield Union Cemetery.
Should friends desire, memorial gifts may be made to her church, St. John Lutheran Church, c/o Lonnie Snyder, Photo Lane, Richfield, PA 17086.