Miriam T. Burkholder

By on October 16, 2013

82, Lititz resident, licensed

practical nurse, MCC volunteer

Miriam T. (Thomas) Burkholder, 82, of Lititz was born Oct. 14, 1930 and entered fully into the presence of Jesus, whom she loved, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013.

Although not a smoker, Miriam bravely faced two lung cancers in 26 years. She donated her body to the Pennsylvania Humanities Gift Registry.

She was born in Willow Street to Amos Harnish and Martha Myer Thomas.

Miriam was a dear, caring, loving mother and faithful spouse of Paul G. Burkholder for nearly 64 years.

She served with her pastor husband in the South Bronx, N.Y., Corvallis, Ore. and Pipersville. Summers in the Bronx, she enjoyed registering and getting children ready to send to the country through the Fresh Air Fund.

As a licensed graduate practical nurse, she worked five years at the Doylestown hospital and 16 years at Ephrata Community Hospital.

Following retirement, she volunteered for two years with Mennonite Central Committee in Belle Glade, Fla. as infant nurse in a day care center and taught prenatal care for teen mothers, many with HIV. Later, with their motor home, they volunteered with SOOP (Service Opportunities for Older Persons).

There wasn’t anything too much for her to do for others. She lived 13 enjoyable years at Landis Homes where she volunteered placing cut flowers on dining tables, feeding persons in assisted living and driving shuttle car. She embroidered and quilted quilts for grandchildren and made many dish cloths for family and friends.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: daughter Judy and Jerry Stoltzfus of Goshen, Ind.; son Glenn and Rita (Fisher) Burkholder of Bloomington, Ind.; Phil Swartley, husband of deceased daughter Renee of Perkasie, Pa.; daughter Marilyn and Frantz Brandenburg of Westboro, Mo.; son James and Tamara (Eckert) Burkholder of Bird-In-Hand and son Kevin and Jackie (Sabol) Andress of Denver. She has 16 much-loved grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Thomas. Two sisters survive: Lois Thomas, Lititz and Rhoda Buchan, Ephrata.

Miriam is a member of the Forest Hills Mennonite Church where she and her husband served several years as pastoral visitors.

Family visitation will be Oct. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Azalea Room at Landis Homes Retirement Community and Oct. 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola with memorial service following.

Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions can be made to Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA, Landis Homes Caring Fund, Lititz, PA or Hospice & Community Care of Lancaster, PA.

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