Helen E. Burkholder

Helen E. Burkholder, 89, of Lititz, Pa., died Jan. 6, 2024. Born in Lancaster on Sept. 5, 1934, she was the daughter of John S. and Esther Erb Hiestand. 

Helen was the faithful and loving wife of Roy S. Burkholder, with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage on April 23. She demonstrated a love for the Lord, her family and everyone she encountered.

She graduated from East Donegal High School in 1952 and Eastern Mennonite College in 1954. For most of her life, she shared her love of music with numerous students through teaching piano. For 40 years, she imparted her knowledge of God’s Word to public school students through the Warwick Released Time. Early in their married life, she and Roy worked in the summer camp program at Tel Hai Camp in Honey Brook. She was an active member of Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster, where she served as pianist, children’s Bible teacher, choir member and kitchen worker.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three children, Carolyn (Roger) North of Lititz, Jon (Karen Vaselaros) of Manheim and Kenneth (Karen Frankenfield) of Dublin; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Robert E. (Barbara) Hiestand, Marian (Larry) Carpenter and Nadyne Batts.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John E. (Dianne) Hiestand.

Contributions may be made to Warwick Released Time (warwickreleasedtime.org).

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