Obituaries

Ruth S. Byler, 90

February 21, 2021

Ruth S. Byler, 90, of Lititz, passed away peacefully into God’s loving arms on February 21, 2021.

Ruth was born on February 5, 1931 to Christ and Esther Lapp in Lampeter, Pa. She was preceded in death almost three years ago by her husband, J. Robert. Bob and Ruth called Brethren Village home for the last almost10 years.

Ruth is survived by her three children – Carol (Beanie) Denlinger of Ephrata; Don (Cathy) Byler of Landisville; and Ron (Mim Shirk) Byler of Goshen, Ind.; seven grandchildren – Jesse Shirk Byler, Ryan (Seely) Byler, Kristi (Danny) Steech, Brianna Byler, Lindsey (Dustin) Strauss, Lauren (Mark) Lefever and Lia Denlinger; and eight great grandchildren – Adley and Bryce Byler, Ellyson and Brock Steech, Chase and Brooke Strauss and Olivia and Layla Lefever. Ruth was preceded in death by a grandson, Jared Denlinger, and her five Lapp brothers – John, Christ, Richard, Bob and Jerry.

Ruth worked as a waitress at Plain & Fancy Farm and Dining Room for more than 25 years. She was a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church where she and her husband were actively involved with their friends and church community.

Ruth’s children remember their mother as someone who was always in the background caring for others. Ruth was committed to her family and loved to visit and participate in family events.

A family visitation and graveside service are planned on February 26 and 27.

Ruth’s children are grateful for family and friends who have remembered Ruth in their thoughts and prayers during these last three years since her husband and our father died, especially during these COVID months when we and others have not been able to visit her regularly. Thank you for your words of encouragement and compassion.

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Condolences to the Family

February 26, 2021

 
Dear Byler family,
       Your parents were our next door neighbors here in Fieldcrest at Brethren Village!! They were the first to befriend us when we moved into our apartment 6 years ago. They were so amazing !  Great example of love and commitment! We had great conversations, everyone on our  floor loved them as well !  We all send our love and thoughts and prayers!  They loved their family,that’s for sure!!  Our sympathies to you Carol,Don and Ron and all the others!, sorry we can’t meet you at the visitation.   God bless!  
                    Jim and Eunice Esch
                     Fieldcrest 306

February 26, 2021

Family of Ruth   You have our sympathy. Have fond memories of all the good times at P@F with mom and dad.   After P@F going out to eat with mom and the girls from P@F, we sure had a fun time, picking different resturants, and all the laughs. Cherish your memories, she was a great lady. Gene and Audrey Martin

February 26, 2021

Ron and Mim, We send our sympathy and prayers on the passing of Ron’s mother.  We were unaware she lived here at Brethren Village where we have lived since July, 2019.  We are sorry we never met her.  God’s peace to you and your family, Ora and Rhoda Mast

February 24, 2021

I attended Neffsville Mennonite Church since childhood but that wasn’t where I first got to know Bob and Ruth Byler. In high school, I waitressed at Oregon Dairy and got to know them quickly. From there, they were always smiling faces at church! Always a couple to say “hi, how are you?”. They were a wonderful, kind couple and will be missed! Peace to the family especially through these most unusual times to grieve. 
Kelsey Martin

February 24, 2021

Sending my sympathies and love to the Byler family in the loss of your sweet mother.What a lot of memories I have of spending time with her and your dad… at P & F and the weekend trips we took as couples, singing down by the stream in the Poconos, and many more memories.And now that’s what you all have….. memories!May they help as you again walk thru the grief of loosing your other parent.God bless you all!My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Lois Beard

February 24, 2021

Hello Don,  I was sorry to learn of your mother’s passing and hope that your current sorrow will soon be replaced with many good memories of her.   Our mothers are very special people.  Blessed are those who die in the Lord.   With sympathy, Dale W (CVHS ’73)

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