Ellen Elizabeth Lender, age 88, of McKean, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Edinboro Manor. Born in Titusville, PA on July 6, 1928, she was one of twelve children of the late William J. and Anna Elizabeth Barrett Slater. She married James W. Lender Sr. in November 1947, and he preceded her in death October 5, 1990.

lender-ellen001?? Ellen grew up in Pleasantville, PA, and after getting married, lived in various places before moving to the Erie area, and then to McKean in 1964. She was primarily a homemaker, always busy raising her family and helping her neighbors. She enjoyed fishing, camping, and crocheting, and was a great baseball fan. Ellen was a member of the McKean United Methodist Church and St. Francis Usher’s Club.

Family members that remain include her son, James W. Lender Jr. and wife Julia of McKean; a daughter, Darla Kay Zatek of North East; five grandchildren– Stephen Lender, Michael Lender, Tonya Meeder, Kimberly Habas, and Ronald Zatek Jr.; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ellen is preceded in death by her husband, Jim; six sisters–Mary Hollobaugh, Anne Reed, Grace Kinnear, Pearl Thompson, Eileen Alexander, and Malaura Wyzykowski; five brothers–James, Charles, Francis, Fredrick, and Thomas Slater; and son-in-law, Ronald Zatek.

Friends may call at Van Matre Family Funeral Home, 306 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and may attend funeral services there Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Tom Shelow officiating. Interment will follow in Venango Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Edinboro-McKean VFW Post 740 Auxiliary, 10613 Rt. 98, Edinboro, PA 16412.