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Lynn and Sue Ratzell

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Sue Ratzell Scholarship Fund​ for Nursing​

Lynn Ratzell and his family established this scholarship fund in memory of Sarah Jane “Sue” Ratzell, who passed away in 2013.  Sue was a trained nurse who worked at Miller Memorial Blood Center before retiring and applying her training to her many volunteer hours, including those with the Red Cross.  This memorial fund supports nursing students at DeSales University by providing a scholarship to a fourth-year nursing student who demonstrates an interest in community and public health.

“I discussed the idea of a scholarship with our children, Thomas and Michelle,” said Lynn. “We agreed that nursing with a focus on community health and wellness was what best represented ‘mom.’ My daughter found the Community Foundation. I talked to them and they helped identify the programs that support nursing in the local community. We chose DeSales University and the rest is history. I am very proud of what we have accomplished with the help of the Community Foundation.”

Remembering a loved one…

Sue Ratzell was the beloved wife of Lynn Ratzell. Together they shared 49 years of marriage. Born in Quakertown, Pa., she was a graduate of Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital with a certificate in Nursing and most notably worked at Miller Memorial Blood Center for many years before retiring. She was an active member of Christ Church UCC, Bethlehem, Pa., where she taught Sunday school for many years and volunteered for many congregational groups and events including the soup kitchen.


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Maureen Wendling

Maureen Connolley Wendling
Director of Donor Initiatives
Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
840 W. Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101
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