Mary M. Baumbach

In Memorial


Mary Michele (Shelly) Baumbach, born June 12, 1945, passed away on February 5, 2018 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA.  Only diagnosed in recent months with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) she had shown symptoms many months.  She was born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, the daughter of Mary and Howard Stackhouse.  Shelly is survived by her husband of 49 years, Walter.

An RN graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, Shelly loved her patients.  A career in medicine was the inevitable outlet for a heart longing to help others. Shelly worked in a variety of medical settings including Lancaster Osteopathic Hospital and  Conestoga Oral Surgery.  She also worked as an office RN for private physicians.  Wherever Shelly did nursing, her patients were the beneficiary of her loving care.

Shelly was also dedicated to the animals that filled her life.  From horses, her fiercest passion, to the dogs and cats that found a welcome mat at her home in Willow Street, Shelly loved them and wanted to save them all.  An active, dedicated volunteer when she was able and a financial supporter later in life, Shelly’s heart ached for unwanted and uncared for animals.  She often said animals saved her life and she wanted to do the same for them.

A Service of Remembrance and Gratitude will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 in the Roosevelt Assembly Room of the Masonic Health Care Center at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, 600 Freemason Drive.  Visitation will be held from 1:15 pm to start of service.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Masonic Village Hospice, ORCA, and Helping Hands for Animals Inc.  See websites for donation information.Cremation Services of Lancaster(717) 273-6283

Condolence Messages

  1. Timothy Nickel, Masonic Village Hospice Chaplain :

    The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse’s ears.
    – Arabian proverb
    The wind, breath, spirit of heaven came to Shelly in so many different ways, but it was most enjoyed when it came on the back of a horse.
    Ride in grace.

  2. Mike and Bernie Rufock :

    Walt, we were so sorry to hear of Shelly’s passing. Maria from our group at Bible. Study called and told us this evening. We can’t be at the service tomorrow, but we have admired the strength and courage of you both. We will always remember Shelly’s thoughtful and spirited contributions to our discussions. We hope that memories of happy times with Shelly and the support of family and friends will be a comfort to you at this time of sadness and loss. We are so sorry.

    Mike and Bernie Rydock

  3. Don and Nancy Stewart :


    Sharing your sadness.

  4. Don and Nancy Stewart :


    Sharing your sadness.

  5. Carl and Doris Graver :

    So sorry to read about Shelly’s passing. She was a special lady and we count it a privilege to have known her. You have our sincerest sympathy Walt.

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