Nofziger, Berneda

Berneda May Nofziger, 95, of Archbold, Ohio, died Dec. 6 at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home in Archbold where she had resided for six years.

Berneda was born Feb. 15, 1918, the first child of Harry and Sarah (Wyse) Wyse of Archbold. She married Dale A. Nofziger Dec. 31, 1938, and he preceded her in death July 31, 1981.
Dale and Berneda spent the first 22 years of their marriage farming and enjoying farm life with their children. Berneda was a loving wife and mother as she worked on the farm raising their six children. After the family moved to town and just before she turned 50, Berneda graduated from the Buckeye School of Nursing in 1968. She developed a career in nursing and worked until she was 72 years old. She thoroughly loved her work at Fairlawn Haven as a nurse for 22 years and exemplified the heart of a servant.

Berneda always enjoyed having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for holiday meals and special occasions. She also loved making new friends and never appeared to remain a stranger to anyone she met. Even though she lost numerous loved ones through death and endured hardships in her life, her faith in the Lord remained strong, and she was a positive witness for Christ to all who knew her.

As a youth of 13 years, she received Christ as her Savior and was baptized a Christian. She was a charter member of Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold, where she faithfully participated in activities and attended services. In her younger years she taught Bible school and Sunday school. She was a member of Lamplighters.

Berneda is survived by two sons, Larry (and Sally) Nofziger of Archbold and Lynn (and Maggie) Nofziger, of Brunswick; three daughters, Elaine (and David) Schnitkey of Archbold, Nedra (and Richard) Fredrick of Fayette, and Helen (and Ron) Leu of Archbold; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Pauline (and Paul) Short; and a brother, Ronald “Sonny” (and Shirley) Wyse.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen (Wyse) Kauffman; a grandson, Bradley Nofziger; a son, Lonnie Nofziger.

A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Zion Mennonite Church. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Pettisville Cemetery preceding the memorial service.

Memorial donations are suggested to The Gideons International, Fairlawn Haven, or the donor’s choice.