Catherine K. Esch89, Oregon Dairy employee

By on May 30, 2012

Catherine K. (Nafziger) Esch, 89, of Lititz, formerly of Ashlea Gardens, New Holland, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Landis Homes in Lititz, after a brief illness.

Born in Milbank, Ontario, Canada, Catherine was the daughter of the late Elia and Magdalena (Boshart) Nafziger. Her husband, Wilbur C. Esch, died in 2008.

Catherine worked part-time as a waitress and most recently at Oregon Dairy in the restaurant. She was a member of the Ridgeview Mennonite Church, the New Holland Senior Citizens, the Goldenaires Senior Citizens Chorus, the W.M.S.C. Sewing Circle at Ridgeview, the Youth for Christ Ladies Auxiliary and the Country Gardeners Club of Blue Ball. She also volunteered with the Ladies Auxiliary at the Water Street Rescue Mission and the Reuzit Shop.

Surviving are four sons: James W., husband of Eunice (Lehman) Esch, of Adamstown; Earl L., husband of Etta (Stoltzfus) Esch, of Leola; Arland E., husband of Lori (Rabe) Rigdon Esch, of Lebanon, Ohio; and W. Theodore, husband of Lois H. (Musser) Esch, of Denver; two daughters: W. Charlene, wife of Dervin Hart, of Manheim; and Christine E. Esch, of Lancaster; 21 grandchildren; two step- grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; a brother: P. Melville Nafziger, of Lititz; and a sister: Adeline King, of Lititz.

Preceding her in death is a son: Carl Jerome Esch; a daughter: Irene Marie Metzler; seven brothers: Samuel B., Ephraim, Ira, Andrew J., Ezra, Levi and Emanuel Nafziger; and a sister: Lovina Mast.

Funeral services were held on May 29 at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, Gordonville, with the Rev. Nelson Yoder, the Rev. Melville Nafziger and the Rev. Mick Sommers officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Landis Homes Sharing Fund.

To send the family online condolences, visit groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements were made by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.