Esther D. Sauder, 93, helped create the ‘Hidden Garden’ at Brethren Village, enjoyed travel

By on December 17, 2014

Esther D. Sauder, 93, of Brethren Village, Lancaster, and formerly of Manheim, passed away at the Lancaster General Hospital Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.

Born in East Lampeter Township, she was the daughter of the late Henry Z. and Estella Wenzel Diffenbach. Esther was the loving wife of the late Mervin S. Sauder who died in August 2002.

She was an active and faithful member of the East Fairview Church of the Brethren, Manheim, and served as a Sunday School teacher in her early years. Esther and her husband enjoyed spending time in Mount Gretna, and Sarasota, Florida, as well as traveling throughout many parts of the world. Esther was a host to many foreign exchange students and loved to extend hospitality to family and friends in her home. She was a member of Manheim Area Farm Women and enjoyed crafts. Esther had a deep passion for flower gardening, and helped to create and expand the “Hidden Garden” at Brethren Village. She adored her family and surrounded herself with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving is a son: Larry D., husband of Sandra Stoudt Sauder of Manheim; two daughters: Sandra, wife of Barry Garman of Elizabethtown; and Robin, wife of Ray O’Boyle of Rheems; six grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death is a granddaughter: Stephanie Lynn Sauder; a sister: Dorothy Leaman; and three brothers: Henry Jr., Roy, and Abram Diffenbach.

Services were held Dec. 13 at the Brethren Village Chapel, 3001 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Interment will be private in East Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Those desiring may send contributions in Esther’s memory to the Brethren Village Good Samaritan Fund, 3001 Lititz Pike, P. O. Box 5093, Lancaster, PA 17606.

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