KALONA - Lydia Mae Yoder was born February 22, 1932 in Thomas, OK, the daughter of John E. and Edna Mae (Yoder) Yoder. On November 27, 1952 she was united in marriage to Henry E. Bontrager in Weatherford, OK. They moved to the Kalona community in March of 1957, where Lydia was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of the Sharon Bethel Church, active with Iowa Clothing Center, and she served meals to tour groups for 20 years for the Kalona Historical Society. She enjoyed making quilts, gardening and tending to her flower beds. Lydia passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at her home in rural Kalona at the age of 87 years.
Lydia is survived by two sons; E. Wayne Bontrager of Kalona; Delmar (Carolyn) Bontrager of Wellman; two daughters; Laverta (Evan) Beachy of Kalona; Loretta (Elam) Stoltzfoos of Kalona; 9 grandchildren; Derek Beachy, David Bontrager, Jonathan (Hannah) Bontrager, Shaena (Freeman) Beachy, Jacob Stoltzfoos, Ashley Bontrager, Bradley (Debra) Stoltzfoos, Gregory Stoltzfoos, Aaron Stoltzfoos; six great grandchildren; Erin and Bentley Bontrager, Monica, Logan, Dallas and Addison Beachy; a brother; Toby E. Yoder of Paris, TX; and three sisters; Barbara Stutzman of Decatur, Bertha Schrock of Larussell, MO, and Dorothy Kinsinger of Oakland, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother Dave E. Yoder, and a sister Sylvia Yutzy.
Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Sharon Bethel Church. Ministers in charge are Leighton Yoder and Gabriel Beachy. Burial will be in the Sharon Bethel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Monday, January 27, 2020, at the Sharon Bethel Church. A memorial fund has been established for Washington County Hospice. The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for Lydia and her family.