Orpha W. Gingrich

Orpha W. Gingrich, 94, of Evendale, Pa., died March 30, 2021. She was born Dec. 27, 1926, to Michael W. and Alma (Lauver) Wert in Fayette Township, Juniata County.


On June 22, 1947, she married J. Lloyd Gingrich, with whom she shared 72 years of marriage. Together, they farmed for many years in Evendale.

She attended Fayette High School and graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1942.

Her employment included working in the McAlisterville sewing factory for two years and teaching at a Liberty one-room school and at Belleville Mennonite School after having attended Millersville Teacher’s College.            

She was a homemaker who enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, for whom she prayed every day. Opening her home to others, even those from around the world, her warm and accepting spirit blessed many. She enjoyed gardening, particularly her flowers, preserving food, making butter and selling it, and sewing, especially making doll clothes in later years. A highlight was a trip to Europe and the Holy Land.

Her church membership included Lauvers Mennonite Church in Evendale, where she will be remembered as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She loved reading, especially the Bible, and memorized 1 John and a significant amount of the Gospel of John. For many years she led neighborhood Bible studies.

Survivors include her children, Margaret (Tim) Varner of McAlisterville, John M. (Rosanne) Gingrich of Richfield, David (Phyllis) Gingrich of Thompsontown, Dale (Gladys) Gingrich of Richfield, Barbara Gingrich of Richfield, Paul (Debra) Gingrich of Dillsburg and Marie (Kirk) Vredevelt of Alto, Mich.; siblings Gladys (Jesse) Yoder of Delaware, Freda Zehr of Virginia, Alma Jean (Harvey) Yoder of Virginia, L. Lloyd (Beverly) Wert of Lancaster and Ruth Ann (Allen) Shirk of Lancaster; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Lloyd Gingrich, on April 11, 2020; a brother, Harold (Mary) Wert; a sister, Alene (Mark) Yoder; and a brother-in-law, Vernon Zehr.

A co-celebration of life for J. Lloyd and Orpha Gingrich was held at Lauvers Mennonite Church, Richfield. Burial was in Lauvers Mennonite Cemetery.

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