March 25, 1936 -- July 4, 2013

Leona E. Bontrager, 77, of Bemidji, MN, most recently of Elkhart, IN died at
4:45 pm, on Thursday, July 4, at Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart. She had been
in declining health.  She was born on March 25, 1936, in Middlebury, IN to
Henry and Sarah (Hochstetler) Miller. On June 12, 1955 she married Alvin J.
Bontrager in Goshen, IN he died November 8, 2011. Surviving are a daughter,
Dawn (Lin Hoppel) Bontrager of Mishawaka; three sons, Daryl (Marlisa) Yoder-
Bontrager of Lancaster, PA, Duane (Anne Martin) Bontrager of Harrisonburg,
VA, Dennis (Jane) Bontrager of Goshen; nine grandchildren; two sisters,
Ruth (Jesse) Beachy of Gladys, VA, Elena (Amzie) Yoder of Albuquerque, NM;
two brothers, Thomas (Naomi) Miller of Middlebury, Simon Miller of Goshen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jesse and Alpha
Miller and two sisters, Mary Bontrager and Martha Swartzentruber. Leona had
moved to the Blackduck, MN area in the early1960's and lived there for 50
years. She was an active member of the Tenstrike Community Church and
was a member of the Gideon's Auxiliary for many years serving as Chaplain
for the state of Minnesota. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday
July 7, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury, IN.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday July 8, at Pleasant View
Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.  Services will be conducted by Pastor Steve
Pomp of the Tenstrike Community Church in Tenstrike MN and Pastor Tyler
Hartford of Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Memorials may be given to
Habitat for Humanity, Tenstrike Community Church, or Gideon's

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                                        Current Online Condolences

Dawn and family--
We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing.  Our love and thoughts are
with you.
From: Steven and Kevin
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My condolences go out to you Dawn, Lin, and your entire family.  Thinking of
you all.
From: Sharon DeVinney
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Daryl, Duane, Dawn, Dennis, and families,
We're thankful for the way the Lord has shown His kindness and love through
Leona's life - to us and so many others.
From: Adam, Vicky, Stefan & Josiah Charon
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We're sorry to hear of your family's loss of Leona and also earlier of Al.  May
the Lord comfort you at this difficult time and also in the ensuing months and
years at those times when something will trigger a longing for them. Our
family enjoyed meeting and getting to know both Al & Leona back in 1982
when we began attending Tenstrike church.  They are both such wonderful
people, and they are missed by many here in MN. We know they are now
having an awesome time together in heaven, and we look forward to
spending time there with them in the future.  May their testimony of love for
and dedication to the Lord be a legacy in your family that keeps inspiring
generations to come to trust Him and live for Him, as they did.
From: the Brittain family (Bob & Pat, Eric & Laura & family, Heather & girls)
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I'm sorry for your loss.  Leona was one of my best friends.  She worked for me
for many years and she was more of a friend than an employee.  May God be
with you.  You will be in my prayers.
From:  Rae M
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The Lord’s blessings of peace and comfort in your time of loss.  Leona was a
testament of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and a very pleasant woman to
have known.
From:  Eileen Smeby
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We are all so sorry to hear of your loss - you have our deepest sympathies. It
was our pleasure to know Leona during the time she lived with us. We have
fond memories of her time here.
Take care.
From: The staff of WindSong - Bemidji, Mn
Leona E. Bontrager