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Eileen June Hartzler Lehman, 92

Eileen June Hartzler Lehman
June 12, 1931-February 3, 2024
Eileen June Hartzler was born near Orrville, Ohio to the late Harvey and Edith Hartzler.  Eileen was raised on a farm north of Orrville, Ohio, along with her five siblings, Harold, Helen, Ruth, Lois, and Glenn. Their family attended Martins Mennonite Church. She attended Goshen College and graduated with a degree in Early Education, the first in her family to attend college. She married Freeman Lehman August 26th, 1955. After moving to Kidron, Ohio, Eileen went on to teach first grade for a total of 31 years (25 years at the Maple Street School in Orrville). She loved reading and was a frequent guest at the local library, often completing a book a week while raising a family and teaching full time.
Eileen was an active member of Sonnenberg Mennonite Church. She served on church leadership committees and was one of the first female elders at Sonnenberg. She loved teaching Bible stories and spent many years as a Sunday School teacher for both children and adults. Eileen and Freeman had a vision to share music and art in many forms at church and in the community and they both participated in church and community choirs and theater productions.
Eileen was involved in service to others and in retirement volunteered at MCC Connections and the Kidron Historical Center. She also enjoyed travel and learning about different peoples and cultures.  In 1992 she traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua on an MCC learning tour and in 2008 went to Liberia to help train teachers for Bridge of Hope, a school for girls who were not otherwise able to get an education. Eileen and Freeman traveled frequently to Europe for music performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and Choir and in the US to hike or to camp with family and friends. They had friendships and family spanning the globe and enjoyed visiting new places and also reconnecting with friends.
Devoted to her family, Eileen was always ready to lend a hand with projects or to cook a meal and help with her grandchildren, especially delighting in teaching her grandchildren how to prepare family favorites such as strawberry fluff and cheese fondue. She loved attending concerts and sporting events that her children and grandchildren were involved in. Her family knew her love and care in large and small ways.
Eileen is survived by her three children, Eric (Marcia) Lehman, Archbold, Ohio, Joel (Rose) Lehman, Strasburg, Ohio, and Emily (Maynard) Miller, Goshen, Indiana. Her grandchildren include Katie (Jackson) Maust, Leah (Kraig) Miller, Peter (Paige) Lehman, Clayton Lehman, Maria (Melvin) Lopez, Ben Lehman, Rowan (Sarah) Neuville, Talia Miller, and six great-grandchildren, Julia and Levi Maust; Finnegan, Agatha, and Waylon Miller; and Maxwell Lehman.   Freeman and all of Eileen’s siblings preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 11:00 am at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church near Kidron.  The family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 am prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in memory of Eileen to MCC Connections, 4080 Kidron, Dalton, OH 44618, or the Bridge of Hope School, c/o Abbas Arms Ministry, Box 128, Dalton, OH 44618.
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