Clara Bontrager, 94

Clara E. Bontrager, age 94, of Colon passed away Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010, at her home.

Clara was born Jan. 28, 1915, in Marshall County, Ind., a daughter of the late Levi and Katie (Borkholder) Miller.

On Oct. 25, 1936, she married Jake D. Bontrager. He preceded her in death Nov. 2, 2004.

Clara had lived in St. Joseph County most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She is survived by two sons, Truman Jay (Susan) Bontrager and Orvin Lee (Miriam) Bontrager, both of Colon; two daughters, Shirley Ann (Merle) Yoder of Colon and Vera Kay (Paul) Fry of Burr Oak; a son-in-law, Tobias Yoder of Mendon; 26 grandchildren; 126 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Gunter of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Treva Jane Yoder; a grandson, Jonas Yoder; a great-grandson, Ervin Troyer; three sisters; and four brothers.

The family will receive relatives and friends after noon Tuesday and all day Wednesday at the Orvin L. Bontrager residence, 58062 Lepley Road, Colon.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Elmer Miller residence, 24467 Truckenmiller Road, Centreville.

Burial will follow at Old Order Amish Cemetery in rural Centreville. Arrangements were made by Schipper Funeral Home in Colon.

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