Bertha M. Burkholder, 91, former resident, mother of 13, Center Mennonite Church member

By on April 13, 2016

Bertha M. (Weaver) Burkholder, 91, of Kutztown, died Saturday, April 9, 2016, in the residence of her son-in-law and daughter, Moses and Wilma Zimmerman.

She was the widow of Eli Z. Burkholder who died Oct. 2, 2005. Born in Caernarvon Township, she was a daughter of the late Peter S. and Mattie E. (Martin) Weaver.

Mrs. Burkholder was a member of Center Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference, Kutztown. She lived in the Ephrata area for 10 years when she was younger.

She is survived by four daughters: Wilma W. (Burkholder), wife of Moses S. Zimmerman, Kutztown; Ellen W. (Burkholder), wife of Phares K. Newswanger, Kutztown; Lucy W. (Burkholder), wife of Lawrence K. Newswanger, Hubbardston, Mich.; Alma W. (Burkholder), wife of Leroy B. Snyder, Fleetwood; eight sons, Walter W., husband of Emma L. (Zimmerman) Burkholder, Kutztown; Landis W., husband of Rachel N. (Weaver) Burkholder, Kutztown; Eli W., husband of Irene Z. (Nolt) Burkholder, Bowers; Aaron W., husband of Elva B. (Shirk) Burkholder, Kutztown; Edward W., husband of Lucy Z. (Nolt) Burkholder, Kutztown; Stephen W., widower of Esther W. (Sauder) Burkholder, Fleetwood; Lawrence W., husband of Marlene B. (Snyder) Burkholder, Kutztown; Weaver W., husband of Edna M. (Martin) Burkholder, Saegerstown; sister-in-law; Esther M. Weaver; 91 grandchildren; 212 great-grandchildren.

Bertha was predeceased by her husband; parents; son: Elvin W. Burkholder; sister: Martha (Weaver) Shirk; brothers: Phares and Allen Weaver; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services were held April 10 at Center Mennonite Church, Kutztown. Interment followed in the adjoining church cemetery.

Ludwick Funeral Homes Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at

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