El­lis E. Stern Jr., for­merly of Coatesville

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

El­lis E. Stern, Jr., 92, died Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24, 2016 at his home in Wilm­ing­ton, DE.

He was the hus­band of Made­lyn Toad­vine Stern with whom he shared 24 years of mar­riage. He was pre­ceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ellen Du­laney Stern who died in 1990.

Born in Coatesville, he was the son of the late El­lis E. Stern, Sr. and Anna M. Pen­negar Stern.

El­lis left Grove City Col­lege dur­ing his fresh­man year to en­list in the U.S. Army. He served in the 13th Air­borne Di­vi­sion dur­ing World War II, at­tain­ing the rank of Staff Sergeant and ex­e­cut­ing nu­mer­ous para­chute jumps in the Euro­pean Theater.

Af­ter his hon­or­able dis­charge from the Army, El­lis grad­u­ated from Dick­in­son Col­lege; where he was the Se­nior Class Pres­i­dent, a mem­ber of Phi Delta Theta Fra­ter­nity and was in­ducted into The Raven’s Claw.

He be­gan his ca­reer as a banker at Wilm­ing­ton Trust Com­pany in Wilm­ing­ton, DE, and in 1958 moved with his fam­ily back to Coatesville to join his fa­ther at the Na­tional Bank of Coatesville. El­lis re­tired as Vice Pres­i­dent of Merid­ian Bank in Parkes­burg in 1989. He was a grad­u­ate of the Stonier Grad­u­ate School of Bank­ing.

El­lis was a mem­ber of the Coatesville Ro­tary Club where he served as past pres­i­dent and was a Paul Har­ris Fel­low. He also was a mem­ber of the Brandy­wine God­dard Lodge #383 F. & A.M., the Ra­jah Tem­ple, Sons of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and a life mem­ber of Veter­ans of For­eign Wars.

Through­out his ca­reer, El­lis fo­cused a great deal of at­ten­tion on pub­lic ser­vice. He served on the Caln Town­ship Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the Chester County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion. He was a mem­ber of the Board of Chester County Wa­ter Re­sources Au­thor­ity, Coatesville Coun­try Club, Hand­i­Crafters, Coatesville Hospi­tal, Fairview Ceme­tery and was chair­man of the Se­lec­tive Ser­vice Board. He was a mem­ber of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church in Coatesville, where he par­tic­i­pated in the choir and served as a War­den, as well as be­ing on the Vestry.

As a banker, El­lis served as the Chester County Bankers As­so­ci­a­tion Chair­man and the Penn­syl­va­nia Bankers As­so­ci­a­tion Group 2 Chair­man.

He en­joyed sports of all kinds, par­tic­u­larly ten­nis and golf, but his true joy was spend­ing time with his fam­ily.

Sur­viv­ing him, in ad­di­tion to his wife, Made­lyn, are his daugh­ters, Ali­son S. Wood (Lee Ber­gan) and Anne (Cinde) Til­ley (Douglas) and four grand­chil­dren, Christo­pher (Ashley), Ryan (Me­gan Hud­son), Michael and Jes­sica Til­ley. He is also sur­vived by three stepchil­dren, Wes­ley, Har­vey and Lynda Reed.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m., Fri­day, De­cem­ber 9, 2016 at the Epis­co­pal Church of the Trin­ity, 323 E. Lin­coln High­way, Coatesville. Rel­a­tives and friends may call be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church, 323 E. Lin­coln Hwy, Coatesville, PA 19320. In­ter­ment will be in Fairview Ceme­tery, Coatesville.

On­line con­do­lences may be made by vis­it­ing www. har­ris­moun­tain.com.

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