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January 25, 2018 Joseph E. Hershberger
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

1922 - 2018

Joseph E. Hershberger, 95, died at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Celebration of life service was held Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Kalona Mennonite Church in Kalona. Rev. Scott Swartzendruber and Rev. Josh Lundberg officiated. Burial was in the East Union Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for Kalona Mennonite Church and Pleasantview Home.

Joseph E. Hershberger was born to Edwin and Esther (Miller) Hershberger on May 16, 1922, near Kalona, Iowa. In his youth, Joseph attended Evergreen one-room school. On Aug. 28, 1941, he was married to Suvilla Bontrager. The couple celebrated 69 years of marriage before Suvilla’s death in 2011. They had lived on various farms in the area and later moved to Iowa City. Joe farmed, worked for Dane’s Coal Company and in construction for Paris Miller and for Earl Yoder Construction. His final job was at the University of Iowa as a locksmith.

Joe enjoyed memberships in several bowling leagues and joined several golf teams. He also enjoyed traveling and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

In 1987 Joe and Suvilla moved to the warmth of Sun City, Ariz., to enjoy their retirement. There, Joe golfed nearly every day and enjoyed their many new friendships.

In 2003 the couple moved back to Kalona to the Pleasantview Home. Joe was a member of the Kalona Mennonite Church.

Joe is survived by a daughter: Esther (Warren) Gingerich of Kalona; a son: Jeremiah (Dawn) Hershberger of Council Groves, Kan.; three grandchildren: Lisa (Tim) Harms, Jeff (Betsy) Gingerich, Dan Gingerich; five great grandchildren: Phil and Steve Harms, Katie, Sam and Calvin Gingerich; three stepgrandchildren: Sam, Joe and Pete Stiles; two brothers: John (Esther) Hershberger, Mark Hershberger; a sister: Rhoda Hershberger: a brother-in-law: Joe (Betty) Bontrager; and a sister-in-law: Esther Tate.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife: Suvilla; a son: Philip; a brother: Paul; and a sister: Magdalena Beachy.

The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for Joe and his family. www.powellfuneralhomes.com.

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