Mary Jane Burkholder

Mary Jane (Janie) Burkholder, 91, of Baltimore, Md., died June 29, 2022. She was born Feb. 27, 1931, to Reuben and Mary (Denlinger) Myers in Bird-in-Hand, Pa.  


She married Harold E. Burkholder on June 16, 1951.  

In 1953, she and Harold were asked by Eastern Mennonite Missions to move to Baltimore to help establish a Mennonite congregation that is now known as Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church. She spent many years serving in youth activities, Youth Haven and teaching Sunday school. She loved her many years volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages in Fells Point. She loved gardening, bird watching, family camping trips, canoeing, puzzles, baseball and NASCAR.

Survivors include four children, Ruth Ann (James) Gochnauer, J. Michael (Carolina) Burkholder, Barbara S. (Stephen) Liberto and David K. (Rosemary) Burkholder; two sisters, M. Jean (Norman) Graham and E. May Shenk; a brother-in-law, Charles (Aleda) Burkholder; and a sister-in-law, Susan Burkholder; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; three sisters; one brother; five brothers-in-law; one sister-in-law; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Mount Claire Christian School in Baltimore or Mennonite Disaster Service.

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