Maureen McFadden Landis, 88

March 31, 2021

The family of Maureen Landis announces her passing in Lancaster, Pa on March 31, 2021 from a non-Covid related illness. Maureen was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late James A. and Brigid McFadden at Misericordia Hospital on September, 1932. A first generation Irish-American she was fiercely proud of her Irish and Scots heritage. Her family moved to Lancaster in 1945 when her father became employed by Hager’s Department Store. Upon graduation from Sacred Heart Academy, she briefly served in the women’s Marine Corps before marrying Marine Sgt. Stanley F. Landis. Upon his discharge they built their home in Willow Street, PA where she became involved in politics working for Senator John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president.

She went from a volunteer working on campaigns to running for office herself, (she was the first woman to run for mayor of Lancaster City) becoming Chair of the Lancaster City Democratic Committee and a member of the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee. She also served as president of the Lancaster Women’s Democratic Club and the Lancaster Young Democrats. An avid and prolific reader, one of the highlights of her life was hosting James Michener when he visited Lancaster during his run for Congress. Maureen worked most of her life in the Communication industry most recently for Lancaster newspapers and St. Anne’s Catholic Church and school.

She is survived by her children Stanley S. Landis, Lancaster; Kathleen A. Landis (Jim Althouse) Doylestown, PA; and Kevin E Landis, Rohrerstown. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Stan, son Brendan F, and her brother James (Jimmy) McFadden.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2427 Marietta Ave, Lancaster at 10:15AM with burial to follow in St. Joseph’s New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, along with the cremated remains of her son, Brendan who died in May 2020.

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April 13, 2021

I never knew aunt Maureen well.  Her resume from her obituary is impressive.  I knew her children more than her and enjoyed my contact with them.  My prayers for peace and comfort are with her family and friends.
Marti Landis Jones

April 09, 2021

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with your family. So interesting to learn of all the things she was involved in. Very impressive!
Carolyn Bergey

April 06, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your mother. Thoughts and Prayers are with your family 🙏
Beth Kirchner Young

April 05, 2021

I am sorry for your loss.  As a Democratic City Committee member I wanted to acknowledge her work for good government in Lancaster City and County.  I had no idea what all she had been involved in.  Prayers to your family.
Thomas Hassler

April 04, 2021

So sorry to read of your mom’s obituary.  She was a great tribute to women.  And Brendan gone too soon.  Thinking of your family.  Prayers and peace.
Mary Lynn Hobday DiPaolo

Thursday, April 08, 2021
10:15 AM
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church
2427 Marietta Ave
Lancaster, PA
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