Joseph E. Hershberger



Joseph E. Hershberger died at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona, Iowa, on January 18, 2018, at the age of 95.


Joe grew up in the Kalona, Iowa area and was married to Suvilla Bontrager. They had lived on various farms in the area and later moved to Iowa City. Joe farmed, was in construction, and was a locksmith at the University of Iowa. Joe enjoyed bowling and golf, traveling and puzzles. They lived in Sun City, Ariz. for a time.


Joe is survived by a daughter, Esther Gingerich and husband Warren; a son, Jeremiah Hershberger and wife Dawn; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, John and Mark; a sister, Rhoda Hershberger; brother-in-law, Joe Bontrager; and sister-in-law, Esther Tate. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suvilla; a son, Philip; a brother, Paul; and a sister, Magdalena Beachy.


Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Kalona Mennonite Church in Kalona. Burial will be in the East Union Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home in Kalona

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