Emma Burkholder, 85, Hurst Custom Draperies owner, Bethany Grace Fellowship member

By on August 24, 2016

Emma (Weaver) (Hurst) Burkholder, 85, formerly of Ephrata, went home to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully, with her family by her side, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz.

She was born in Earl Township to the late Aaron and Emma (Weaver) Weaver, and was the wife of Melvin W. Burkholder for 37 years. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul H. Hurst, in October 1971.

She was a member of Bethany Grace Fellowship, East Earl. Emma was a self-employed seamstress for many years, and owned Hurst Custom Draperies. She enjoyed sewing clothing for her children and grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Emma is survived by a son: Bob, husband of Debra (Hoover) Hurst, of Ephrata; three daughters: Joanne (Hurst), wife of Keith Weaver, of Reinholds; Cheryl (Hurst), wife of Barry Wissler, of Ephrata; Sandra (Hurst), wife of Barry Martin, of Ephrata; four stepdaughters: Glenda (Burkholder), wife of Randy Witmer, of Lititz; Joyce (Burkholder), wife of Jay Weaver of Lancaster; Gail Burkholder of Ephrata; Sharon (Burkholder), wife of Kevin Adams, of Lancaster; 12 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; four brothers: Irvin, husband of Esther (Eberly) Weaver, of Stevens; Melvin, husband of Anna (Hackert) Weaver, of Denver; Aaron Weaver of Ephrata; George, husband of Evelyn (Weber) Weaver, of Reinholds; and a sister, Anna Mary, wife of Paul B. Hurst, of Ephrata.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a brother: Ivan Weaver; three sisters: Edna Weaver, Verna Horning, Edith Weaver; a stepson-in-law: Bob Witmer; a step-grandson: Mitchell Witmer; and a step-great-grandson: Eli Eisenhour.

Graveside services were held Aug. 21 at Hinkletown Mennonite Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at Bethany Grace Fellowship, with Pastor Adams officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff at Landis Homes and Hospice and Community Care for their gentle, loving care and support for Emma.

Memorial contributions in Emma’s memory may be made to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543; or Hospice and Community Care-Mount Joy, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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