Obituary for Alene Elizabeth (Wert) Yoder

Alene Elizabeth (Wert) Yoder died June 16, 2015 in The Country Rest Home near Greenwood, Delaware, surrounded by her loved ones.  She was 86.

Mrs. Yoder was born January 1, 1929 in Bunkertown, PA, to the late Michael and Alma (Lauver) Wert. She chose early to follow Jesus, and the rest of her life was defined by that decision.  At sixteen, she moved to Delaware to work, met the love of her life, Mark Yoder, married him and lived in the Greenwood area for the rest of her years.  She worked side by side with her husband, first as a farmer’s wife and then wherever needed in her husband’s business when he became the owner and administrator of The Country Rest Home.  She also served as a pastor’s wife, and provided care for handicapped adults in her home.  Through all the years, the thing she did best was being an incredible Mama and Grandma.  She loved life and babies and birds and reading.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses: Clinton Yoder of Wagener, SC; Nelson & Rose (Beidler) Yoder of Morris, PA; Mary Ann & Daniel Yutzy of Milford, DE; Mark, Jr. & Polly (Heatwole) Yoder; Sarah & Bert Slaubaugh; and Alma & Jerrel Heatwole, all of Greenwood.  Also surviving are five sisters; Orpha (Lloyd) Gingrich of Cocolamus, PA, Gladys (Jesse) Yoder of Dover, DE, Freda Zehr and Alma Jean (Harvey) Yoder of Harrisonburg, VA, and Ruth Ann (Allan) Shirk of Lancaster, PA,  a brother, J. Lloyd (Beverly) Wert and a sister in law, Mary Wert, of Lancaster, PA. She is also survived by 27 beloved grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mark Yoder, Sr., a daughter in law, Frieda Mishler Yoder, a great-granddaughter, Ariel Yoder, and her oldest brother, Harold Wert.

There will be calling hours at Greenwood Mennonite School on Friday evening, June 19, from 6-8:30.  There will be calling hours at the same location from 10 – 10:45 on Saturday morning, June 20, with the funeral following at 11.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Laws Mennonite Church Building Fund, 125 Schlabach Road, Greenwood, DE 19950.

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  1. Laura Dillard Paasch

    Maryann,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I remember coming to your farm as a child, when I would visit Grammy, Louise Pittman, to see the animals and play with Alma Jean. Your parents were always hard at work, but would find time to speak.
    Bless you and your family for taking such good care of your mother!
    With deepest sympathy,
    Laura Dillard Paasch

    • Thank you, Laura. I loved your Grammy so much as a little girl. She was a welcoming place for me and my siblings so often. Such a classy lady, keeper of the perfect lawn and house. I remember when you were born and how happy she was with her grandbaby. And I loved the pictures that she would show me of her Joanie’s precious girls. She was just so proud of her granddaughters — both “Joanie’s” and “Little George’s.” And what a friendship Mama and Mrs. Pittman shared. They would talk on the phone and your Grammy knew all the town gossip, and how they did go on! If Mama wanted to know something, she would call your Grammy.

      Thank you for your kind words. They certainly brought an avalanche of wonderful memories. And I will be sure to tell my sisters, Sarah and Alma. They will be so comforted to hear.

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