The Life of Phyllis J. Steltz

Phyllis J. (Anderson) Steltz, 81, a resident of South Mountain Memory Care, Emmaus, PA, and formerly of Longswamp Township, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 in Cedarbrook Nursing Home, Allentown, where she was a patient for the past six months. She was the widow of Stanley W. Steltz, who died on October 28, 2018.

Born in Souris, North Dakota, Phyllis was a daughter of the late Oscar and Edna (Boettcher) Anderson. Growing up in North Dakota, Phyllis was a graduate of Bottineau High School, and was member of Mouse River Church, Souris, Bottineau County, where she and Stanley were married on May 16, 1959.

Phyllis worked as an Accountant by Keith Knitting Mills, Mertztown, and Campbell Soup. Most recently, she worked as a Receptionist at Canns – Bilco, Alburtis, a Cashier at Radcliffe’s Great Value, Mertztown, and at Big John’s Garden Bargain Land, Longswamp Township. Phyllis served as the Treasurer for Mertztown Rod and Gun Club for over 45 years, and for their Fish Pond for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, bird watching, collecting bells, gardening and flowers. An accomplished piano and accordion player, Phyllis, along with her late husband, Stanley, were members of The Long Valley Ramblers, a local country music group.

Phyllis is survived by her three children, Connie L. Steltz, Mertztown, Cindy M. (Steltz), wife of Keith R. Rauenzahn, Alburtis, Scott W., husband of Tammi S. (Bryant) Steltz, Fleetwood; four grandchildren, Tasha L. (Steltz), wife of Jason Humphrey, Schuylkill Haven, Ryan F. Rauenzahn, Alburtis, Trevor S. Steltz and Levi C. Steltz, both of Fleetwood; two great-grandchildren, Viola Grace and June Lanai Humphrey; and a brother, Robert Anderson, Bottineau, ND.

At Phyllis’s request, there will be no services.

The family requests contributions be made in Phyllis's memory to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Topton, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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No words.For many years she was like a second mother to many of us.RIP beautiful lady,we remember you dearly.

Posted by Matt H on 11/11/2020


Just want to extend my sincere sympathy to Phyllis's family. I worked with Phyllis at Canns-Bilco for many years, We always had a good relationship. Lots of fun plus some serious conversations. I loved hearing of her days growing up in North Dakota. All about her mon and dad and the farm. She always made it sound so much fun. She always got the weekly paper from her home town and she would share it with me. I neer knew anybody but I sure enjoyed learning about life in another part of the country. She was a sincere person and loved her family very much(especially those grandchildren) I was to visit her home one time. She really loved Stanley very much too. I could tell the way she talked about him. I am so glad to call her my friend. God bless you all. Mary Jane Seman

Posted by Mary Jane S on 11/12/2020