July 16, 1925 -- December 30, 2020

Edna Mae Bechtel, 95, of Goshen, died at 3:18 pm, on Wednesday, December
30 at Goshen Health Hospital. She was born on July 16, 1925, in Reno
County, KS, to Ervin J. and Barbara Ann (Eash) Yoder. On November 22, 1945
in Middlebury, she married Clarence Leroy Bechtel; he died January 21, 1995.
Surviving are three sons, Devon (LaVerda) Bechtel of Goshen, Allen
(Claudette) Bechtel of Waukesha, WI, Merlin (Sue) Bechtel of Kendallville; five
daughters, Rosetta (Elmer) Beachy, Violet (Wayne) Miller, Barbara (Ezra) Mast
all of Goshen, Lillian (Robert) Riegsecker of Middlebury, Joyce (Laban) Miller
of Goshen; 26 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara
Ellen Miller, Bertha Bontrager-Rhodes both of Goshen; brother, Wilbur
(Evelyn) Yoder of Goshen; sister-in-law, Gail Yoder of Goshen. She was
preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Sylvia Miller, Lydia
Ann Miller; brother, Perry Yoder; son-in-law, Dale Schrock and a
great-grandson. Edna accepted the Lord at a young age and served faithfully
as a member of Griner Church, where she was the longest active member.
She was very active in the sewing circle and teaching Sunday School. She
and her husband spent one year in service at Red Lake, ONT, Canada with
the Northern Lights Gospel Mission plus they made many trips to help with
Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS). Edna also enjoyed grading Bible
Courses from prisoners for the Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry and she was
known for her warm hospitality. She was still actively sewing and making
blankets for relief. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, January
3 at Griner Church, 12418 CR 20, Middlebury. The family will hold a private
funeral service at 10:00 am on Monday, January 4 at Griner Church. Services
will be conducted by son-in-law, Pastor Robert Riegsecker and grandson,
Pastor Chris Bechtel. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen. Memorials
may be given to Gospel Echoes, Crusades for Christ Africa Ministries, Griner
Missions or World Missionary Press.

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From: Betty & Lamar Yoder
Our deepest sympathy is extended to my dear Aunt Edna's family! I treasure
my memories of your dear family. My thoughts and prayers support your grief
journey. I'm sorry we are unable to express this in person to each of you...
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From: Pam Bechtel Prough
To the Bechtel family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fun
memories of Aunt Edna from my childhood...She showed us so much love
and hospitality. I wish we could all be together to celebrate Aunt Edna's
life...but I know we are all celebrating her entrance into heaven. We will see
her again one day! Prayers for you all! Hugs.
Edna Mae Bechtel
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