Elizabeth Rice

Elizabeth Jean Rice
Elizabeth Jean Rice, after more than 86 years of joyful living and exceptional life experiences, transitioned to the next adventure of the human soul on Thursday, November 14, 2013, after spending the evening at home with her loving and admiring family. She was the adoring and devoted wife of Elwood S. Pete Rice for more than 60 years until his passing in November 2011. Born January 16, 1927 and raised in Johnstown, PA, she was one of two daughters of Charles E. and Isabel A. Peterson (nee Taylor). Jean chose to attend college and proudly graduated from Penn State University with a degree as a registered dietitian. While at Penn State she participated in many campus activities and was a member of the Penn State Blue Marching Band. After leaving her beloved alma mater, Jean relocated to Bethlehem, PA to accept a position as a registered dietitian at St. Lukes Hospital. Shortly after her arrival in the Lehigh Valley, Jean met Elwood and they wed on April 21, 1951. While Pete served his country in the Korean War, Jean diligently attended to her career. After her husbands return, they became parents to their son, David Charles, in 1954. Jean held her position in the dietary department at St. Lukes for 42 years, teaching students, helping patients, making close friends, and loyally supporting that healthcare institution until she retired in 1994. Jean was a member of the Christian community of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Allentown and, with husband, Pete, served and honored her loving God and Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in various ministries in that parish and volunteered in the community at-large. Jean and her husband were ardent Penn State fans and devoted supporters. For more than 25 years Jean and Pete faithfully followed their beloved Nittany Lion football team to every home and most away games as well as bowl game appearances. When Jean and Pete were not traveling to Penn State events, they embraced the adventure of domestic and foreign travel. Jean also loved and enjoyed her home using her domestic talents to make it a warm and comfortable family haven. In her retirement, Jean continued to serve in the capacity of volunteer at St. Lukes and at the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank. Jean Rice will forever be remembered as a loving daughter, faithful wife, nurturing mother, proud grandmother, thankful great-grandmother, joyful friend, dedicated professional, and one who offered help to anyone she met. All who knew Jean would describe her as a most pleasant and happy person, a genuine lady. Her positive spirit and joy of life will continue to inspire her family and friends. Survivors: Son, David; half-sister, Charlotte; stepsister, Sally; brothers-in-law, Raymond and Neil; grandchildren, Erik and Brianna; great-grandchildren, Jolie, Aisley, and Henry; two expected great-grandchildren; niece, Kristen; and nephews, Tim and Jeff. Services: Interment at Cedar Hill Memorial Park on Thursday, November 21, at 11 a.m. Calling hours at 12 p.m. and memorial/celebration service at 1 p.m. in the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank, 534 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA 18102. (610)821-1332.

Funeral Home

Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, P.C. - Allentown
1629 Hamilton Street  Allentown, PA 18102

Published in Morning Call on Nov. 19, 2013