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Elizabeth A. Christian | 85

December 15, 1936 - October 18, 2022

Elizabeth A. Christian, 85, a resident of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 630 Chestnut Avenue, DuBois, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Pinecrest Manor, after a lengthy illness.

She was born December 15, 1936, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Herman and Julia Selle Pontzer. She grew up in Kersey and was a graduate of Kersey High School, Class of 1954. Elizabeth was educated at the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Erie and worked as a registered nurse in clinical setting for many years before serving as a Pennsylvania Public Health Nurse based in Ridgway, DuBois, and Clearfield. She worked as a liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Legionalla (Legionnaire’s Disease) outbreak in 1976, leading a cohort of public health officials from Western PA in state-wide testing and mitigation efforts. Elizabeth was one of the first public health officials in Western PA to join the fight against acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Elizabeth was most proud of her outreach work in our outlying rural communities.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughter: Kathryn “Kathy” Suto (John) of Los Angeles, CA; her son: Christopher Casey (Michelle) of DuBois; a step-daughter: Kim Fidler (Ralph) of Schuylkill Haven; two grandchildren: Peter and Sarah Casey; two step-grandsons: Zachary and Chad Fidler; three sisters: Margaret Pontzer of Hagerstown, MD; Kathryn Tanouye (Edwin) of Rockville, MD; and Mary (Greg, dec.) McClure of Bonita Springs, FL; a brother: Joseph Pontzer (Carol) of Athens, GA; two sisters-in-law: Kathleen (Robert) Pontzer of Milford, MA and Victoria (Herman, dec.) Ehrhardt of Lancaster, PA; and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Wayne Christian, Elizabeth was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Pontzer, Jr. and Robert (Kathleen) Pontzer.

Elizabeth was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in DuBois. She loved to travel, attend Penn State football games, and to spend time in her kitchen, creating delights and sharing her amazing culinary gifts.

Elizabeth’s children would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the team at Pinecrest Manor Reflections Wing for their kindness and familial care of their mother. Angels, all; those selfless caregivers will forever be in their hearts.

There will be no visitation. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery in Kersey.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to donations may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association at Their work supports finding a cure for, and supporting families struggling with, Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.



No Visitation

Funeral Service

To Be Announced

Final Resting Place

St. Boniface Cemetery

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  1. My prayers, thoughts, and deepest sympathy go out to your entire family. My mom is presently in Reflections and Elizabeth and mom seemed to hit it off so to speak in their funny little way. It was heartbreaking to hear of her passing’

  2. Kathy and Chris, it was an absolute honor and joy to care for your mom.
    I was so happy to meet you Kathy! Chris, it was always nice to see you. Her obituary was absolutely beautiful and I was so touched by it. Her nursing career was amazing, you must be so proud. You both have my deepest sympathy.

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