Erma Wenger, formerly of Greenfield Road, Lancaster, passed away on January 15, 2015 at Landis Homes following lifelong pulmonary disease. She was the wife of Daniel L. Wenger with whom she celebrated 51 years of marriage in August. Born in 1940 in Caernarvon Township to the late Samuel E. and Lydia (Hollinger) Sauder, she received a gift of $5.00 from the SICO Foundation for being the first baby born in Lancaster County that year.
Erma graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School and worked at Goodville Mutual Casualty, before spending a year of voluntary service with Mennonite Board of Missions in Denver, CO working in the pharmacy of University Hospital of Denver. She was administrative assistant at Philhaven Hospital for two years prior to her marriage.
With her husband she served one year with Eastern Mennonite Missions in New York City as hostess of the Voluntary Service Unit.
She was a part-time waitress over a 30 year period at Good and Plenty Restaurant in Smoketown, PA. A member of Mellinger Mennonite Church she served as President of the Sewing Circle for about 25 years. She has volunteered at Water Street Ministries and Material Resources Center in Ephrata. She also taught in the Domestic Science School in Musoma, Tanzania where she lived for 4 years with her family under Eastern Mennonite Missions.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Heidi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Andrea, Baltimore, MD and Jo (Linford) Fisher, Cranston, RI, four grandchildren, Eden, Elliot, Helena and Harrison Fisher; four sisters, Mildred (Juan) Pinto, Barceloneta, PR, Edna Snader, Ephrata, Bertha Kreider, Denver, Dora Horst, New Holland, and a brother, Laurence (Evelyn) Sauder, Harrisonburg, VA. She was predeceased by a son, Daniel Ray, a brother, Leroy (Irene) Sauder, and a sister, Miriam Landis.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Mellinger Mennonite Church on April 4, 2015 at 3 PM. Visitation begins at 1 PM. Her body has been donated to Humanity Gifts Registry for medical research. Please omit flowers. Gifts may be forwarded in her memory to either Global Disciples, 315 W. James St., Suite 202, Lancaster, PA 17603 www.globaldisciples.org or The Worm Project, c/o Franconia Mennonite Conference, 569 Yoder Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438. www.wormproject.org.