OBITUARY: Erma Lee Garber Goering

Erma Lee Garber Goering passed away on Sept. 20, 2021.

Erma was born to Daniel J Garber and Elma Aeschbacher Garber on Feb. 23, 1931, on the family farm near Versailles, Mo. Erma loved being outdoors and interacting with her three brothers, D. Clifford, Vernon and Laurel, and her sister Lydia. She enjoyed fishing in the farm pond, watching birds, gardening and music. Erma attended Morgan County Public Schools, and on May 19, 1949, she graduated from Versailles High School. Upon her confession of faith, Erma was baptized on April 12, 1944, by the Rev. Howard Raid at the Bethel Mennonite Church, Fortuna, Mo., where she was a lifelong member.

Erma attended Bluffton College in Bluffton Ohio before beginning work as a secretary for most of her adult life.

In the late 1960s, she moved to Newton, where she lived until her marriage to Wilbert “Toby” Goering on July 27, 1985, at which time she moved to Moundridge. All of a sudden, she not only became a wife, but also a stepmother and grandmother. After becoming part of the Goering family, Erma joined Toby in attending Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge.

In addition to following the stock market, Erma continued to enjoy gardening, fishing, bird watching and traveling around the United States with Toby after her retirement.

Erma is survived by three step children, Janice Johnson (Merlyn) of Greeley, Colo., Sharon Regehr (Duane) of Hesston and Barb Goering (Joe Smucker) of Newton; two former daughters-in-law Carol Goering of Hutchinson and Ailene Amador of Hutchinson; 10 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Daniel and Elma, her husband, Toby Goering, brothers D. Clifford, Vernon and Laurel, her sister, Lydia Lehman, stepson Larry Goering, grandchild Kerry Johnson, and great-grandchild Sierra Issel.

A brief service of remembrance will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the Eden Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall with visitation following until 8 p.m. Masks are required.

A simple graveside service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Bethel Fellowship Church Cemetery, 37830 Bethel Church Rd, Fortuna, Mo., 65034.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Pine Village, Moundridge, Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Bethel Fellowship Church, Fortuna, Mo., or Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in care of Moundridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 410, Moundridge, KS 67107.

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