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Amelia Yoder

A celebration of life for Amelia M. Yoder, 80, of Kalona will be held Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM at the Fairview Mennonite Church in rural Kalona.  Burial will follow at the Fairview Mennonite Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Thursday, June 13 from 2-4 and 5-8 PM at the Fairview Mennonite Church.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Hospice of Iowa City and the Fairview Mennonite Church. Amelia Yoder died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Amelia Marie (Swantz) Yoder was born September 16, 1932 in rural Johnson county, the daughter of Emmet and Anna (Helmuth) Swantz.  She attended West Lincoln rural school.  On May 23, 1954 she was united in marriage to Daniel E. Yoder at the Fairview Church.  She was a homemaker and worked at the Serve You Well Bakery, the Kalona Bakery and the Kalona Cheese Factory.  Amelia was a member of the Fairview Mennonite Church where she was active in the sewing group, and taught vacation bible school and Sunday school.  She assisted Daniel in coordinating the Mennonite Disaster Service for 17 years.  Amelia enjoyed tending her vegetable and flower gardens, canning, bird watching and quilting.   Her grandchildren were a highlight in her life and she was always known to be available to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Survivors include her husband Daniel of Kalona, two children; Jane Hershberger of Kalona and Lowell Yoder of Kalona, two grandchildren; Nicole and Michael Hershberger, one sister; Barb Miller of Kalona, one brother; Charles "Chuck" (Lorena) Swantz of Kalona, four sisters in law; Mattie Swantz, Mary Swantz, Gretchen Swantz and Susie (Edwin) Hostetler and one brother in law; L. David Yoder all of Kalona.

Preceding Amelia in death were her parents; one daughter Carol Yoder (1958), son in law; Del Hershberger, three brothers; Lewis, Wilson and Jonas Swantz, one sister; Fannie Yoder, three brothers in law;Henry E. Miller, Lewis Yoder and Delmar Yoder and one sister in law; Leona Yoder.

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From the Merle Miller family, We want to express our sympathy to Danny, Lowell and Jane. We were saddened by the news of Amelia, she was a wonderful lady and always friendly to those she knew loved. We were blessed to have known her and time we spent at their home having fellowship when we came to Kalona to visit. You all are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Much Love

Bridget Miller Jul 19 2013 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. May you always remember that Jehovah God loves us; he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for our us- Psalms 83:18; John 3:16. One day soon, all suffering and death will be no more - Revelation 21:3, 4.

Doris Jun 15 2013 12:00 AM

To Amelia's family - our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you celebrate and remember Amelia.We have many fond memories of the times when you were MYF sponsors---like 50+ years ago.We will think of your family every time we go past your home on Highway 1.We are sorry to have missed the visitation and service but were on the Sail & Sing Christian Cruise at the time. Sincerely,Ruth and Paul Hershberger

Ruth Hershberger Jun 15 2013 12:00 AM

Uncle Danny, Jane, Lowell, and family Greetings and sincere sympathy to all of you. It is such a blessing to have family and friends but especially during times of loss and sadness. God sends angels to watch over, encourage, and comfort us during times of deep valleys. Be encouraged to know that we are there in mind and spirit to pray strength and courage for you our dear family, we love you very much. Chris and Nelda Summers

Nelda Summers Jun 13 2013 12:00 AM

Jane and Family, Sorry for the loss of your mother/grandmother.Please know you and your family are in our thoughts. Shawn, Chris, Tyler & Makenzie

Shawn Reynolds Jun 13 2013 12:00 AM

Danny, Lowell, Jane, Nicole and Michael, Our family has been thinking and praying for you all, as this has been quite a journey.Our thoughts continue to be with you all, in the coming days of many adjustments and loss of our dear Amelia (Mic).There are many happy memories to share, and God will give you comfort and peace. On a brighter note--God has taken Mic home to complete comfort and happiness.May God bless you all! With love--Clair, Lorna, Mose and Molly Yoder

Lorna Yoder Jun 11 2013 12:00 AM