Barbara L. Youndt, 83, Muddy Creek Lutheran lifer, EASS board member, Girl Scout leader

By on April 11, 2018

Barbara L. Youndt, 83, formerly of Reamstown and Fivepointville, entered into rest on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Ephrata Manor.

The daughter of Mahlon and Dorothy (Fry) Leid, she was born at home on July 4, 1934, on Main Street in Reamstown.

On Dec. 9, 1950, she married James “Jim” Youndt. They were entrusted with seven children: Rebecca (Randal) Houser, Getha (Leon Douglas) Loose, Lessley (Sandi Belchick) Youndt, Allen (Carole Stahl) Youndt, Andrew (Kim Hess) Youndt, Phillip (Tina McCarty) Youndt, and Scott (Jennifer Lesagonicz) Youndt.

Jim preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 2016 after 66 years of a true and faithful marriage. They resided in their Fivepointville home for all 66 years. Barbara remained in their home until Sept. 9, 2017 then moved to Ephrata Manor.

Barbara was a dedicated member of Muddy Creek Lutheran Church from her birth until her death. She was a very active member, teaching Sunday school from Kindergarten through adult lecture classes, vacation bible school, choir member, and church council member.

She was also an active volunteer as a Girl Scout leader, food bank coordinator, and board member through Ephrata Area Social Services. She was also a devoted caregiver to many family members and friends. Her greatest joy was their large family: seven children, 16 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. The love shared at their annual family Christmas party was her greatest joy.

Barbara is also survived by two brothers: M. Kent (Kay Packer) Leid, and Craig F. (Jan Ficthorn) Leid.

She lived her life according to John 15:5: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.”

The funeral service will be Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, 11 S Muddy Creek Road, Denver, with Pastor Peter Schwabe-Fry officiating. Interment will be in Muddy Creek Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Rather than flowers, consider contributions to the Muddy Creek Lutheran Church Elevator Fund, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, PA 17517; or Fivepointville Ambulance, 1094 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA 17517.

Good Sipler Funeral & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to serve the Youndt family. Condolences may be offered at

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