PRATTS, Va. - Bertha A. Lehman, 75, of Pratts, Va., passed away peacefully at home after a short illness Monday, April 1, 2013.
Family will receive friends Thursday afternoon 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Oak Grove Mennonite Church located at 571 Tom Johnson Rd., Aroda, Va. Funeral services will be held on April 5, 2013 at Oak Grove Mennonite Church at 10 a.m.
Bertha Lehman accepted Christ as her personal Savior in her youth and strived to fulfill her Christian life till death. She was born to Paul and Carrie (Horst) Lehman on Sept. 4, 1936 at Salem, Ohio.
After graduating from High school she pursued a nursing career and received her degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
In her nursing career she was employed by Wooster Community Hospital in Wooster, Ohio, later in fulfilling God's calling she was lead to set her roots in Madison County. She placed her Church membership at Oak Grove Mennonite Church where she acquired a deep love for her church and faithfully served until her death. She had previously worked at Mt. View Nursing Home, Culpeper Regional Hospital, and was employed at Child Help in Lignum, Va, at the time of her death.
In addition to employment she reached out her community with Food Bank, and touched many lives in her church by opening her home to many young people and sharing of her monetary goods where she had opportunity.
Left to mourn her absence is one sister, Clara and her husband, Alvin Nussbuam of Apple Creek, Ohio, and three brothers, Roy Lehman and wife Mary Susan of Cambridge Spring, Pa., Melvin Lehman and wife Jeanette of New Waterford, Ohio, Elmer Lehman and wife Pamela of Salem, Ohio.
Also grieving her parting are the Vernon and Mary Peachey family and sons Justin and Naomi Peachey, Jordon and Sarah Peachey and Julian, all of Madison County, who became her family through loyalty. Also are Lidia and Rebecca Jara of whom she motherly loved and had in her home.
Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews, 14 step nieces and nephews and 42 great-nieces and nephews.
The Lehmans and the Vernon Peachey family wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to Oak Grove Mennonite Church that has been supportive in their prayers, deeds of kindness through the years and her illness and death. Also a special thanks to Lorraine Highlander and co-workers who encouraged Bertha in many ways.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715 Culpeper, Va., 22701.
The Preddy Funeral Home, 540-948-3600, in Madison, Va., is in charge of arrangements.