Thelma Burkholder

Thelma Burkholder

Thursday, April 11th, 1957 Friday, May 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Thelma H. Burkholder

Thelma H. Burkholder, 62, of East Earl, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Hospice & Community Care, Mt. Joy. Her husband of 41 years, Harold R. Burkholder, survives.

Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Lydia Jane (Martin) Hurst.

A loving, wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker, Thelma's family was her passion. Thelma was last employed as a dietary aid at Garden Spot Village and was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church. Her kind and gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four children and 16 grandchildren: Chad married to Krystal Burkholder and their children, Timothy, Hans, Tanner, Sophia, Chloe; Eric married to Sharon Burkholder and their children, Victoria, Taylor, Madalyn, Brielle; Duane married to Sandra Burkholder and their children, Lincoln, Diesel, Colston, Finnley; Staci married to Keldon Martin and their children, Hollie, Dakoda, Weston; three sisters and six brothers.

She was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Tyler, Grace and Roman.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Rd., Ephrata (Martindale). The family will receive friends at the church on Tuesday from 5 – 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Wellspan Ephrata Cancer Center Patient Help Fund, 460 N. Reading Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be posted at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Martindale Mennonite Church
    171 Hurst Rd.
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    Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Martindale Mennonite Church
    171 Hurst Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    9:00am - 10:00am
  • Service

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Martindale Mennonite Church
    171 Hurst Rd.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
    Nelson Bowman
    David Sensenig
    Luke Weaver
  • Interment

    Martindale Mennonite Cemetery
    171 Hurst Rd.
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Donations are being accepted for: Ephrata Cancer Center.

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Daniel Z Shirk

There is so little we can say. So little we can do. When God has called a loved one home. Who means so much to you.
When smiling eyes are closed in sleep. According to God's Will. And that dear voice you lover to hear. Has suddenly grown still. But there are those who think of you. And those who always care. And who will stop and say a prayer about the burden you must bear. And so this gentle message is. Sincerely meant to be. A prayerful thought of fond regard. And heart-felt sympathy.
Daniel and Alma Shirk you have our sympathy
Comment | Posted at 08:52am via Condolence

Maryann Good

So Sadden to know Thelma, passed on. She is with her Heavenly Father. Our Condolences David. Maryann & Kevin Good--DL Good Htg Service.
Comment | Posted at 10:35pm via Condolence

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