Grace Bergey Brenneman

Grace Bergey Brenneman, 98, died Feb. 14, 2023, at Souderton Mennonite Home. She was born March 28, 1924, in Doylestown, Pa., the daughter of Oliver and Elizabeth (Ruth) Bergey.

She graduated from Doylestown High School in 1941, attended Hesston College and taught in a one-room school in Arkansas for one year. She married Paul G. Brenneman on Jan. 11, 1945.

She was a lifelong member of Doylestown Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday school, summer Bible school, women’s Bible studies and was a member of the Woman’s Sewing Circle.

During the summer, she hosted many Fresh Air children at their farm. Her community involvement included the Bucks County Christian Women’s Club and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Bucks County Medical Society. She was a volunteer for Care and Share Thrift Store, Mennonite Heritage Center, Mennonite Resource Center and feeding the elderly at Souderton Mennonite Homes.

She and Paul served two years in Puerto Rico with Mennonite Board of Missions (1951-53) and six months in Monrovia, Liberia, in 1991 with Church World Service. They traveled extensively, making sure to visit their children, extended family, friends and acquaintances.

Her interests included swimming, skiing, reading, golfing, quilting and traveling (she visited every continent). She was always ready to play games, especially Scrabble and Rummikub. Known for her kindness and hospitality, she served delicious meals to family and friends. She was known for her cinnamon buns and shoo fly pies. She loved the Lord and everyone around her.

She is survived by four children: William Brenneman (Marsha Robertson), Beth (James) Styer, SusanBrenneman (Archie Vomachka) , Joanne (Wayne) Speigle; daughter-in-law Ann Detwiler Brenneman; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings Chester Bergey, Eunice Hess, Lois Swartzendruber and Ted Bergey. She was predeceased by husband Paul, sons Donald and Timothy, a grandson, and brothers John Bergey and Richard Bergey.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 1 at Souderton Mennonite Home Auditorium.

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