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Vivian H. Yoder Obituary
Yoder, Vivian H.Vivian H. Yoder, 90, of Allentown, PA, died May 3, 2014, in Phoebe Home. Married to Rev. George H. Yoder for 66 years, she was born in Telford, PA, to the late Raymond and Emma (Freed) Hedrick. She taught high school English, wrote poetry and fiction, served as church organist and choir director, and was a peace activist. Her students at Pennridge and Emmaus High will remember her as one of the most passionate teachers they ever had. Her family and friends appreciate her vitality, humor, compassion, and childlike energy and joy. Vivian was active in the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and a leader in Action for Nuclear Disarmament (A.N.D.), Interfaith Peace Resource Center of Lehigh Valley, and LEPOCO Peace Camp for Children. She served Penn NE Conference of the UCC for 6 years as delegate to the PA Council of Churches Legislative Action Committee, and also served 4 years on the PNEC In-Care Committee. While her roots in the local community ran deep, she also loved to travel. She and George made trips to Europe, Greece, Russia, and Iceland. She also "traveled" through the books she read and subjects she studied, such as the college genetics courses that she took when she was in her seventies, simply because she found science fascinating. Vivian had a lifelong passion for music, especially classical and jazz. She was a wonderful cook and provider of fun and sustenance. She once mounted an unbroken stallion and, although she was seventy-something and a novice rider, she cheerfully extended her arm in the air, as if she'd been riding bareback her whole life. Survivors: Husband. Children: Rev. Rebecca Stephens, wife of Barry Stephens, of Allentown; Philip Yoder, husband of Stef Brok, of Birdsboro; Susan Bauer of Moundsville, WV; Barbara Yoder, wife of Edward Connor, of Berkeley, CA. Grand and great-grandchildren: Eric and Jen (Tice) Stephens and daughter Hazel Grace; Emily (Stephens) and Christian Sutter; Bhagavan and Ananga (DeLeon) Bauer and sons Nava Kishore and Nitia; Suki Bauer; and Nara Bauer. Brother Dr. G. Winfield Hedrick, husband of Jackie (Mood) Hedrick, of Harleysville. Hedrick nieces Donna and son Matthew Buck and husband Marland Brown, Connie and husband Karl Deibler, Cheryl Taketa and daughter Kamaile, and Jennifer DeLong. Services: Memorial Service 11:00AM Saturday, May 17, 2014 in St. John's UCC Church, 36 S. 6th St., Allentown. Call 9:30 to 11:00AM Saturday, May 17, 2014 in the church. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown, www.jsburkholder .com. Contributions: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Vivian's name to the church, PA 18101 or Phoebe Ministries, 1925 Turner St., Allentown, PA 18104 or the .
Published in Morning Call on May 5, 2014
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