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Nina Yoder

Nina Marguerite Bender (Bontrager) Yoder, 94, of Kalona was born December 5, 1917 in rural Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Lewis and Barbara Miller Bender. Nina Yoder died Sunday, October 7, at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City.

Services will be Thursday, October 11 at 11:00 AM at the East Union Mennonite Church, rural Kalona with Pastor Jay Miiller officiating. Burial will be prior to the service at 10:00 AM in the East Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct, 10 at the Peterseim Funeral Home from 2-4 and 6-8 pm.

A memorial fund for Pleasantview Home or the East Union Education Fund has been established.

Nina attended rural Evergreen School and Kalona High School. She was employed at the E. J Hesselschwerdt Store prior to her marriage and the Miller Hardware Store for many years. She was a life long member of the East Union Mennonite Church where she was active in many facets including the Sewing Circle and Sunday school teacher. She also was a charter member of the volunteer group at the Crowded Closet and the Mennonite Central Committee activities.

Nina was united in marriage to Vernon Bontrager at the Bender home on February, 20, 1945. After his death she married Dale E. Yoder on August 21, 1981.

Survivors are her children; Lynn and Linda Bontrager of Cambridge, OH, and Gene and Judy Bontrager of Kalona, six grandchildren, Brian and Chrissy Bontrager, Karl and Andrea Bontrager, Galen Bontrager, Nevin and Natalie Bontrager, Derek and Nici Bontrager and Karen Bontrager and Zach Walton, four great-grandchildren, eight step-children; John and Janet Yoder of Spokane, WA, Kathy and Tom Quinn of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Dick and Jane Yoder Short of Kalona, Frank and Jane Yoder of Kalona, James and Anna Marie Yoder of Wellman, George and Debbie Yoder of New York, Bill and Kristi Yoder of Amana, and Dave and Lisa Yoder of Kalona, 16 step-grandchildren, Rebecca Townsend, Luke Yoder, Jonathan King, Sarah Yoder, Amanda Short, Daniel Yoder, Benjamin Yoder, Lydia Short, Ida Short, Laura Yoder, Jesse Yoder, Adam Yoder, Kelsey Yoder, Lindsay Swartzendruber, Rachel and Emma Yoder and 4 step-great grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters; Mary and husband Lloyd Miller of Glendale, AZ, Vera Yoder of Wellman and Gladys and husband Robert Fisher of Kalona and one brother Daniel and wife Ora Bender of Harrisonburg, VA.

Nina was preceded in death by her parents, both her husbands, Vernon (April, 1977), Dale E. (October, 1995), a son, Gail Loren Bontrager, a great granddaughter, Caroline Bontrager, and two brothers, Clarence and Paul Bender.

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I am sorry to hear about your loss. Nina was a wonderful woman . Her sons my cousins we also remarkable. I remember as smileing and busy.

Janice Yoder Myers Jan 23 2013 12:00 AM

The LoganAs in Brazil are saddend with NinaAs passing. Ortrun worked with her at MillerAs in Kalona. They always had a great time. But in my youth I remember vividly Nina running around in the kitchen getting the sunday meal on the table. Always a gift to go there. Nina leaves alot of great memories.

Marlan Logan Oct 10 2012 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences on your loss. We lived just a short way down the road from Nina, Vernon and family. I always admired Nina. She was always the same no matter where you saw her. I never had an opportunity to spend time with Nina, but I always felt close to her. She really was a very special sweet lady!

Bonnie McKray Bender Oct 10 2012 12:00 AM

Thank You!!! for being my Grandma.I have outstanding and fond memories of spending time with my Grandma Nina at the thrift store sorting clothes, helping her bake and cook ( Yummy Fluff, Holiday Mix, poached eggs and cinnamon rolls), Iowa Christmas's,going to church with her and sitting next to her quilting. I cherish the quilt that was given to me that she made and Grandpa cut the quilt blocks for her. Many fun times at your house in Kalona. These are just a tiny portion of all my fond memories. Grandma Nina will very much be missed.Condolences to all the family members that are going through this rough time.Love~ Rebecca S. Townsend (Yoder) , Richard Townsend and Nyomi Avery.

Rebecca Townsend Oct 10 2012 12:00 AM

To my Bontrager cousins,I am sorry to hear of the death of Aunt Nina. I have a few foggy memories of being at your home when we were visiting Kalona. She always seemed like such a "proper" lady with a pleasant disposition. Even though I can't be there, I will remember you in thought and prayer, knowing that the God of all comfort is with you.

Loren Bender Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM

To the Bender,Bontrage r and Yoder Families.I extend my sympathy on the death of Nina. I have stayed with Dale and Nina on different occassions when working at the Pleasant View Sale or the Iowa Mennonite Relief Sale. I have pleasant memories of their attendance at the WI Relief Sale in the 1990's. I apologize for not keeping in closer contact in recent years. I also have memories of Nina and her sister from their days at Miller's Hardware. May God Comfort You at this time. May your memories sustain you in the days ahead. Kalona has lost a gem. Peace

Richard Wildermuth Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM


Colleenn Stoltzfus Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM

John and I are sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. We are glad she didn't have to suffer a long time.Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you close this chapter of your life.

Colleenn Stoltzfus Oct 9 2012 12:00 AM