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Ellen Mergenthaler (neé King), of Newtown, passed away with her family by her
side on Dec. 6, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 59.
She was the beloved wife of Thomas (“Pete”) J. Mergenthaler; devoted mother of
Lauren A. Mergenthaler, Karen L. Tucci (neé Mergenthaler) and Kenneth P.
Mergenthaler. She was the dear sister of Deborah Tucci (neé Kostaras). She was
also the cherished sister-in-law of John and Dotti Mergenthaler; Irene and Jerry
Schulman; and Otto and Susan Mergenthaler. She had a step sister and two step
brothers. Mary Ellen had several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death
by her sister, Cynthia King and her sister-in-law, Lorraine Haas (née
She was the driving life force behind the people who loved her. She had a
passion for traveling, cooking and entertaining. She was a world class
entertainer. Holiday meals were an extravaganza. She loved the beach. Her
favorite destinations were Paris, Punta Cana and Atlantic City.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William King and Bernice
King (neé Pragheimer). She was a 1968 graduate of Neshaminy High School and
received her B.A. in Education, suma cum laude, from The College of New Jersey.
She first built a career as an educator and then a client relations specialist
in educational sales. She was masterful at building relationships in both her
personal life and in her career.
If so desired, contributions may be made in Mary Ellen’s memory to: Penn Hospice
at Rittenhouse, 150 Monument Road, Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd 19004, or online at