Jill Ann Mentzer, 58, of Wampum, PA went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 22, 2013 after an extended illness. She was surrounded by loving family and friends as she entered into eternal rest.
She was born December 29, 1954, as the second of four children born to the late Jack Duwayne Mentzer and Shirley May Thomas Mentzer of New Castle.
She was a 1972 graduate of Laurel High School and received a diploma in Nursing in 1974 from the Community College of Beaver County. She married the late James Edward “Butch Beltz at Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church on December 21, 1974, built a home and raised two daughters, Rachel Elizabeth and Rebecca Lynn Beltz on Dutch Ridge Road, Ellwood City.
Jill accepted Jesus Christ as Savior on February 21, 1981 and joyfully served in teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, and Women of the Church at Berean Presbyterian Church for over 15 years, before joining First United Brethren Church in Eastbrook, PA. Here she was active in World Vision Missions, the Worship Team, and Music Ministry.
She loved the outdoors, photography, movies, poetry, and writing. She had a heart for animals and loved her career in Nursing. She was employed over 30 years by the Ellwood City Hospital and taught classes such as CPR, Crisis Prevention Techniques, and Diabetes Education.
Although she was preceded in death by her father, husband, and sister, Pamela Mentzer, she leaves her mother, two brothers – Jack E. Mentzer of New Castle and Russell W. Mentzer of Portersville, her beloved daughters, Rachel Elizabeth (Luke) Miller and Rebecca Lynn (Andrew) Pilch and one granddaughter, Peyton Elizabeth Pilch.
Her life is meant to be celebrated. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 on Thursday, April 25 at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Memorial services will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the First United Brethren Church Eastbrook, PA with Rev. David Bell and Rev. Alan DiChristoforo officiating. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall for family and friends following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the World Vision Missions.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.
Blessed be the name of the LORD!
Rachel and Rebecca, Sending my love and prayers for you both during this really difficult time. Your mom was a beautiful woman….I celebrate her life and all of the wonderful footprints that she has left for us to follow in faith and love……Big hugs girls….Love you both, Ronda
Our hearts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Jim
Her life IS meant to be celebrated and we do. What a wonderful, caring, loving person she always was, even in her most difficult times. My deepest condolences to you. – Michelle Wilson, HR Department, EC Hospital.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Jill will always be remembered for her kindness. Thinking and praying for all of her family & friends.
Although I never had the privelage to meet you Jill, you raised two great daughters. Rachel and Rebecca, I am very sorry for your loss.
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Rachel and Rebecca,
Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers this day although I know for certain that your mom is now with your dad. I wanted to let you know that I am in Jacksonville Florida with Brandie until next week. Please give Rusty, Peyton and your grandma my love. I am blessed to have been able to call your Mom—-My Friend. I love you…………
Jill was such an inspiration to all that she touched. Even after the cancer came she was a stronger person in Christ than I have ever known. She was and remains to be the best example of Christianity I have ever known. Even when she was suffering her thoughts and concerns were always for others.
I am sorry for your loss but I rejoice at Jills freedom from cancer and pain. I can only imagine the celebration happening in Heaven right now.
Love in Christ,
Sorry for your loss Rachel & Luke!
Rachel and Rebecca,
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom. We were saddened to hear of her passing. You girls have been through so much in the last few years. We continue to lift you up in prayer.
Denise & Darryl Houpt
Rachel and Rebecca….Sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I have wonderful memories of her as we were growing up! She always had an eye out for us girls!
Big hugs, Melissa and family
I worked with Jill at Ellwood Hospital and I will always remember her joyfull outlook and her special
care and attention she gave her patients and co-workers..Jill will be greatly missed by all that knew
her. My deepest condolences to your family.
Much Love is sent Your way across the miles Jill was just a sweetie from the time she was a little girl so many enjoyable memories with this great family for as far back as memories go..Love and many Blessings to you all.. Aunt Pat Uncle Dick and Valorie, and Great Aunt Pat to you Becca and Rachel, and Great Great Aunt Pat to you little Peyton.. Can still vision Jill on the big rope swing singing in my yard. Such a Happy Soul…
To Jack and Family,
Condolences on the loss of your sister.
From, past neighbors, Sharon Buckley and kids.
Dear Rachel and Rebecca,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. your mom was such an extraordinary person! She was an amazing friend for my mom, and even recently as she was suffering, she inspired hope and faith in my own mom as she still struggles with the loss of my dad and my grandpa. Jill will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Steph DiFirischia Clauss