Ellen Andrelczyk, volunteer

March 29, 2013

Ellen Andrelczyk, 84, of Lewes and formerly of Drexel Hill, Pa., died Friday, March 29, 2013, at Harbor Healthcare in Lewes, where she had been a resident for one and a half years.

Ellen was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Kennard N. and Margaret Ware. She graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1946 and from Mary Washington College in 1950, with a degree in sociology.

She worked in the admissions office at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa., for more than 25 years before retiring to Lewes.

She was a former active member of the Lewes Presbyterian Church and the Lewes Historical Society, where she had served as a docent at the “doctor’s office.” She was also a proud member of the Polar Bear Club, “retiring” from winter swims in her 70s. She was a dedicated volunteer, and over the years had worked with Meals on Wheels, Read-Aloud, Lewes Aid and the Lewes Convalescent Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph P., in 1995.

She is survived by five children, Stephen P. and his former wife Barb of Lancaster, Pa., Kennard C. and his wife Margaret of Drexel Hill, Pa., Joseph P. and his wife Gail of Athens, Ga., Edward J. and his wife Susan of Woodbury, N.J., and Janet of Milton; six grandchildren, Mike and his fiancee Stacey of Lancaster, Pa.; Pete of Lancaster, Pa., Brian of Orlando, Fla., Meaghan of Drexel Hill, Pa., and John and Kate of Woodbury, N.J.; and three great-grandchildren; Joseph, Keira and Jackson of Drexel Hill, Pa. Services will be private.

Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.