Vera May Ditty


Vera M. Ditty, 96, of Lancaster, entered in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus on Sept. 7, 2019, in Lancaster.
She was greeted by her beloved husband, John Henry Ditty who predeceased her on Jan. 17, 2005, after sharing 63 years of marriage together.

Vera May was born April 21, 1923, in East St. Louis, Ill., a daughter of the late Grenville L. and Vera Violett Mitten.

She was a member of the National Honor Society at East St. Louis High School where she graduated in 1941.

Vera met John Henry Ditty in the summer of 1942 at the church picnic and they were married on Sept. 7, 1942. After World War II ended, Vera and Henry moved to Pennsylvania.
Vera was a stay at home mother for many years until all her children were in school. At that time, she became the secretary for St. John's Methodist Church and remained there for several years before going to work at the Selinsgrove Center. She retired from the Selinsgrove Center in 1986.

After Henry passed on in 2005, Vera moved to Lancaster to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Timothy Erdman.

Vera was predeceased not only by her husband of 63 years, but by her parents, her brothers, Louis Mitten and Robert Mitten, and her sisters, Bessie Hartman and Marie Hammond and their spouses. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Jeffrey Ditty, her great-great-grandson, Michael Timothy Pagan-Rodriguez, and her daughter-in-law, Sandra Ditty.

Vera May is survived by her children, Larry (Theresa) of Lake Ariel, John, A. Wayne (Susan), and Kevin (Kimberly), all of Sunbury, Keith (Sandra) of Lewisburg, and Barbara (Timothy) of Lancaster; 17 grandchildren, Steve, Andrea, Dori, Shane, Eric, Lisa, Rick, Amanda, Stephanie, Brian, Kimberly, Valerie, Quinton, Joshua, Sarah, Kristin, and Tammy; 32 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren with another great-great-grandchild due in January 2020; numerous nieces and nephews, but two close nieces, Sylvia Knauer and Kaye Luckey.

A private service will take place in Orchard Hills Cemetary, Shamokin Dam.

Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, Arch and Second streets, Sunbury, PA 17801.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the nurses and staff of Hamilton Arms Center in Lancaster, for the care given to Vera.

Arrangements are by the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury.
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Published on September 8, 2019
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4 posts

Gail Hoover Stotter
Sep 12, 2019
Stu and I want to say how very sorry we are for your loss Barb. Praying the Lord will sustain you through the days and weeks to come. Lots of love.
Melody Coghlan
Sep 10, 2019
Oh my! She is the image of your grandmother! Reading this brought a flood of memories of our childhood playing together. My heart aches with you, for losing your last parent is devastating. She will shine down on you, and continue to guide you.
Love to you and your family.
Melody and Raymond Coghlan
Bill stevens
Sep 09, 2019
Rest in peace sweet lady
Chuck and Linda sellitti
Sep 09, 2019
Prayers of comfort for all the surviving family, may the Lord welcome her with open arms, and may she rest in peace