Clara B. Sauder, 93, worked at Akron Shoe, Sunday School teacher, seamstress, pianist

By on December 13, 2017

Clara B. Sauder, 93, of 333 Wheatridge Drive, Ephrata, formerly of New Holland went home to be with her Lord on Dec. 2, 2017.

Born in Farmersville, she was the daughter of the late J. Landis and Clara Rutt Buchen. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Isaac L. Sauder.

Clara was a member of New Holland Mennonite Church where she served as Sunday school teacher and summer Bible school teacher. She enjoyed sewing with the women’s sewing circle, making comforters and baby layettes for Mennonite Central Committee. In later years she sewed many baby layettes. She was a gifted pianist and continued to play piano into her 90s.

Clara was employed at Akron Shoe Factory, and later at New Holland Lingerie. Early in their marriage, Clara and her husband worked with physically and mentally challenged individuals at the Woodbine Colony in Woodbine, N.J.

She was preceded in death by two sons: Donald R. and Delmar L., married to Lois Lantz, Gordonville, who survives.

Also surviving are her son: Jay W., married to Joyce Yoder, Meyersdale; and daughter: Joyce E. Davenport, Fishersville, Va.; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Clara was also preceded in death by four siblings and their spouses: Esther and Parke Herr, Vera and Martin Weaver, Elizabeth and Nelson Landis, Kenneth and Rhoda (Thomas) Buchen; and her brother: Caleb.

She is survived by her brother: Curvin (Lois Garber); and four sisters: Thelma Sauder (Raymond, deceased), Rhoda Leaman (Ben), Lois Kautz (Don), and Laverne Peifer (Chris). Clara is also survived by her dear friend and caregiver: Katie Kauffman.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

If desired, contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements with Groff-High-Eckenroth Funeral Home, New Holland. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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