Rhoda A. Burkholder84, United Zion resident, homemaker, waitress

By on July 18, 2012

Rhoda A. Burkholder, 84, of Manheim, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

Born in Penn Township, she was the daughter of the late Harry B. and Martha Sangrey Oberholtzer. She was the loving wife of Paul A. Burkholder and they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in October of this year.

A homemaker, Rhoda worked as a waitress at the Manheim Auto Auction and the former Lynden Diner, Manheim. She also worked at the former Hamilton Watch Co. Rhoda was a member of Speedwell Heights Brethren in Christ Church, Lititz. Her interests included quilting, gardening and she was a seamstress. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters: Linda, wife of Kenneth Koser, and June, wife of John "Sid" Achenbach, both of Ephrata; six grandchildren: Wesley Koser, Joanna Philpot, Melanie Heck, Jessica Achenbach, Neil Koser and Alison Koser; six great-grandchildren: Bradley and Katlyn Heck and Justin, Avery, Aidan, and Kam Koser; three sisters: Verna, wife of Eugene Merrick, of Wellsville, N.Y.; Jean, wife of Marlin Ginder, of Manheim; and Mary Anne, wife of Robert Gouchnauer, of Lancaster; and three brothers: Jay, husband of Rhoda Oberholtzer, of Lititz; Harry Jr., husband of Dorothy Oberholtzer, of East Petersburg; and Charles Oberholtzer, of Lititz, and Carole Oberholtzer, of Mountville; and a sister-in-law: June Oberholtzer, of Columbia. She was preceded in death by a brother: Clair Oberholtzer.

Her funeral service was held at Speedwell Heights Brethren in Christ Church, Lititz, on July 14 with Pastor Adam Forry officiating. Interment took place in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Penn Township.

Kindly omit flowers. Those desiring may send contributions in Rhoda’s memory to Speedwell Heights Brethren in Christ Church, Building Fund, 413 West Brubaker Valley Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send the family online condolences, visit buchfuneral.com.