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.
She was the wife of the late Robert Ryan Mengel, who preceded her on Nov. 13, 1974.
Pauline was born on Sept. 8, 1920, in Millerstown, Greenwood Township, a daughter of the late Ezra Henry Sr. and Cora Irene (Dietz) Minium.
She attended Watts and Stony Run grammar schools. In 1971, Pauline obtained her nursing home administrators license by taking the first mandatory test to become licensed, at Elizabethtown College.
In 1951, she and her late husband owned the Mengel's Service Station and in 1953, opened Mengel's Restaurant, all 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, and was its nursing home administrator from 1964 to 1979. In 1987, Pauline retired from the Juniata County Courthouse as its chief clerk.
She was a member and past church 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 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter No. 222, Selinsgrove, from 1978-1979, served as pianist for the former International Order of Rainbow for Girls, past president of the Womens Community Club, Richfield, chairperson of the food committee for the 1968 Richfield Sesquicentennial, the Richfield Ambulance League, and past president of the Democratic Women of Juniata County, Mahantango Grange No. 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: a 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; a brother, Ezra Minium Jr., on April 6, 2006; two sisters, Ethel Hood and her husband, Norman, and Almera Varner; a 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, May 12, 2013, with a memorial service by the Order of Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter No. 222, at 8:45 p.m. at George P. Garman Funeral Homes, Inc., 9366 state Route 35, Mount Pleasant Mills. The casket will then be closed.
A service of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, state Route 35, and Church St., Richfield. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Andrew C. Weaver. Burial will be made 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.