Chester B. Burkholder, 77, builder, father of eight, attended Springville Mennonite Church

By on May 17, 2017

Chester B. Burkholder, 77, of Ephrata, passed away Thursday morning, May 11, 2017, at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital, following a brief illness.

A builder, he was a member of Springville Mennonite Church.

Born in Ephrata Township, he was the son of the late Chester M. Burkholder and Nora S. Burkholder Weaver, and was the husband of the late Esther Mae Martin.

Chester is survived by four sons: Roger M., married to Shirley (Horning) Burkholder, of Stevens; Chester M., married to Joyce (Nolt) Burkholder; Gary M., married to Jalisa (Martin) Burkholder, both of Denver; Daryl M., married to Janelle (Weaver) Burkholder, of Ephrata; four daughters: Marilyn M., married to John W. Sensenig, of Cato, N.Y.; Karen M., married to Nelson L. Sensenig, of Red Creek, N.Y.; Julia M., married to Wilmer H. Good, of Narvon; Jeanette M., married to Richard M. Hoover of Denver; 64 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Walter B., married to Martha H. Good, of New Holland; Vernon B., married to Edith Z. Stauffer, of Ickesburg; and one sister-in-law: Elva D. Martin of Peach Bottom.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Delmas B. Burkholder; a grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held May 15 at Springville Mennonite Church, Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers.

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

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