Maxine Hershberger, 95

Maxine (Weldy) Hershberger, 95, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at the home of her daughter/caregiver, Sharon Balyeat of White Pigeon, formerly of Nappanee, Ind.

She was born June 17, 1916, in Milford, Ind., to Tim and Ella (Brenneman) Weldy. On Aug. 19, 1936, she married Clyde L. Hershberger, and he died Nov. 15, 2001.

Surviving are daughters Carolyn (Glenn) Miller of Shipshewana, Ind., Mary Ellen (Richard) Miller of Westover, Md., Sharon (Keith) Balyeat of White Pigeon and Rose Herschberger (Mike) Groff of Shipshewana; a daughter-in-law, Rosa Hershberger of Elkhart, Ind.; a son, Wilbur (Elizabeth) Hershberger of Goshen, Ind.; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband; three sisters, Orpha Weaver, Rubedean Hochstetler and Florence Miller; three brothers, Floyd, Robert and Francis (Frank) Weldy; a son, Winford Hershberger; and a son-in-law, Gary Herschberger.

Maxine worked several years at Evangel Press in Nappanee. She was a faithful volunteer at World Missionary Press in New Paris, Ind., and the Clothes and Food Basket in LaGrange, Ind.

Maxine enjoyed being a homemaker and loved her family. She was a member at Salem Mennonite Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She also attended Calvary Chapel in Sturgis. Maxine had the gift of hospitality and enjoyed visiting friends and family. She will be remembered for her quiet, gentle spirit and lovely smile.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen, Ind., and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. service on Wednesday at Salem Mennonite Church, New Paris. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Terrill Yoder and Tom Miller will officiate.

Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press, Gideon’s International or Three Rivers Healthcare Hospice.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Three Rivers Healthcare Hospice for their wonderful care and guidance during Mother’s final days.

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