Emma B. Zeiset, 99, Amish tour guide, had gift of hospitality, 156 great-grandchildren

By on November 8, 2017


Emma B. Zeiset, 99, of Denver, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Cocalico Christian Home.

She was born in East Earl Township to the late Amos W. and Anna W. (Burkholder) Weaver, and was the wife of the late Amos S. Zeiset, who died in 2001.

Emma was a member of Springville Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference) in Ephrata. She had worked for the Cinderella Knitting Mill, Denver, Walter W. Moyer and Spring Glen Kitchens, both in Ephrata. Emma worked as a tour guide in the Amish country. She also farmed with her husband, and enjoyed flower gardening.

Emma had the gift of hospitality. In addition to her family, she provided a home for many others who flourished under her care. She pieced a quilt top for each of her grandchildren, and she was interested in the genealogy of her family.

Emma is survived by nine children: Mary Susan, wife of Roy Lehman of Cambridge Springs; Anna R. Page of Mountville; Alan W. Zeiset, husband of Esther S. of White, Ga.; Samuel W. Zeiset, husband of Lois of Willow Street; John David Zeiset, husband of Nancy of Memphis, Mo.; Roy W. Zeiset, husband of Anna H. of Orrstown; Raymond W. Zeiset, husband of Mary of Myerstown; Lloyd W. Zeiset, husband of Karen of Akron; A. Leon Zeiset, husband of Verna of Chambersburg; 41 grandchildren; 154 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Alta Weaver of Lititz; and Lillian, wife of Jason Shaum of Letonia, Ohio; and a brother: Amos B. Weaver, husband of Ruth of Stevens.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters; a son-in-law: Brian C. Page; a daughter-in-law: Phoebe Zeiset; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Nov. 7 at Springfield Mennonite Church, Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment took place in the Springville Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions in Emma’s memory may be made to Cocalico Christian Home, 316 N. 5th St., Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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