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Obituaries

June 26, 2013

Ella Marjorie Kaufman

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — KAUFMAN – Ella Marjorie, passed away June 24, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the age of 99. Born Jan. 11, 1914, in Rosenburg, Texas, to the Rev. Ezra and Mamie Lantz. Upon graduation from El Reno (Oklahoma) High School in 1931, she moved to Pennsylvania, where she attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having graduated with a music degree in 1935. She earned a master’s degree at Duke University and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Kappa Gamma. She taught at Heilwood, Stoystown, Lower Yoder and Westmont Hilltop high schools, where she began a 50-year tradition of producing Broadway musicals starting with “Oklahoma” in 1961 and ending with “Carousel” in 1973. She retired after 36 years of teaching in 1973. She also spent many years as a choir singer, choir director and choir accompanist. She and her husband, John, loved traveling the world, having visited 112 countries. One of the highlights of her travels included an interview with the prime minister of India, Indira Ghandi. Ella and John moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 2009 to be closer to her daughter and her daughter’s family. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Johnstown for 30 years, followed by memberships in St. Paul’s Presbyterian in Somerset and Mountain View Presbyterian in Scottsdale, Ariz. Preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, John, on July 26, 2011; and sister, Sue Gaston. Ella Marjorie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marge and Henry Glogosh; granddaughter, and husband, Lindsey and Bruce Yant; and great-grandchildren, Sedona and Lawson Yant, all of Arizona; and Doug and Bruce Gaston of Pennsylvania. A memorial service for John and Ella Marjorie will be held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1845 N. Center Ave., Somerset, at a date and time yet to be determined. Arrangements in charge of Hoffman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Boswell. For more information or to leave a message for the family, visit hoffmanfuneralhomes.com.

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