June Elizabeth (Gerber) Bixler, 88, of Ann Arbor, Mich., died Aug. 18, 2022. She was born July 9, 1934, to Earl and Susan (Schumacher) Gerber in Dalton, Ohio.
She was raised on a dairy farm and graduated from Dalton High School, where she was class president. She attended one year at Bluffton College, and upon her return home began working at the livestock auction at Kidron Auction in Ohio. On Sept. 9, 1956, she married Jim Bixler in Kidron.
They moved to Ann Arbor in 1960. She began working at the University of Michigan Dental School library and as an administrative assistant at the Center for Human Growth and Development for many years. She was then employed at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital until her retirement. She selflessly and lovingly managed a busy household with three children while working full-time. She was a supportive friend and confidant to her family and many friends and made her home a welcome gathering place for many. She had a love of gardening and delighted in the flowers from her garden. After retirement, she enjoyed traveling with Jim to various European locations.
Her steadfast faith was evident throughout her life, from her Mennonite upbringing to becoming a member of First Presbyterian Church in 1983, where she sang in the choir and served as a deacon. She quietly served the underserved by making a mission trip to Haiti, volunteering at Mennonite Central Committee’s Ten Thousand Villages store and at Friends In Deed, an organization dear to her heart, dedicated to helping others in the community.
Survivors include two daughters, Caroline Bixler and Ingrid (Barry) Stoltzfus; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; a son, Grant Bixler; and four siblings, Grace Lehman, Paul Gerber, Frank Gerber and Doris Gerber.
A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. Donations in her memory may be made to Friends In Deed, Ypsilanti.