Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 14, 2013

Esther (Graber) Stutzman

Oct. 21, 1946-June 13, 2013


— BRONSON, Mich. — Esther (Graber) Stutzman, 66, of 852 George Road, died peacefully on Thursday.

She was born in Elkhart, Ind., Oct. 21, 1946 to Ora and Fanny (Yoder) Graber.

On April 4, 1968, she married Levi Stutzman Jr. They were married for 45 years.

She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by her husband, Levi; five sons, Paul and Emma, David and Freda, John and Christina and Melvin and Barbara, all of Bronson, and Aden, at home; six daughters, Ruth and Matthew Keim, Yoder, Kan., Miriam and Sam Wickey, Fanny and Mark Wickey, Martha and Samuel Bontrager, Susan and Edna, all of Bronson; brother, John Graber of Ecuador; sister, Edna and David Miller of Cisne, Ill.; and sister-in-law, Anne B. Graber of Richmond, Texas; uncle, Herman Yoder, Nappanee, Ind.; and two aunts, Edna Yoder, Fredrickstown, Ohio, and Annie Miller, Goshen, Ind. She had 45 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ora A. Graber, who died in 2006; mother, Fanny (Yoder) Graber, who died in 2011; brother, David Graber, who died in 1992; and a stillborn sister.

Visitation will take place at the Paul Stutzman residence, 878 George Road, Bronson, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the David Stutzman residence, 812 George Road, Bronson.

Burial will follow at Naylor Cemetery in LaGrange County, Ind.

Arrangements are being handled by Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home, Bronson, www.dutcherfh.com.