Phyllis J. Baumgartner

Phyllis J. Baumgartner, 98, died Jan. 4, 2024. She was born June 26, 1925, to Mahlon E. Hartzler and Verda M. (Zook) Hartzler in Goshen, Ind. She married Howard E. Baumgartner on Aug. 17, 1947, and he survives.

Phyllis was an alumna of Bluffton University. She sang in the Chancel Choir and the Mennonite Choral Society at First Mennonite Church and was a member of Emmaus Road Mennonite Fellowship in Berne, Ind. She served as a member of the Swiss Village Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Trustees of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, vice president of Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA and was a co-founder of the women’s retreat at Camp Friedenswald. She provided leadership with Women in Mission (Mennonite Women) and the Mennonite Central Committee International Trainee program and was a longtime active member of the Berne Mothers Club. She was a substitute teacher for many years at South Adams Schools. She and Howard enjoyed traveling together throughout the world and spending time with their family.

She is survived by her husband of 76 years, Howard Baumgartner, of Berne; five children, Barbra J. (James Myers) Gant of East Liberty, Ohio, Jean (Wendell) Miller of Bluffton, Ohio, Joyce (Marvin) Hall of State College, Pa., James (Naomi) Baumgartner of Goshen and David (Tanya) Baumgartner of Berne. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a step-great-grandchild.

Memorials can be made to Swiss Village Samaritan Fund, Bluffton University or Mennonite Central Committee.


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