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Obituary: Mrs. Edwin A. Sawyer

Sister Elizabeth (Stempel) Sawyer died in Lititz, Pa., on April 12, 2014 at age 99. She was born March 3, 1915 in Winston-Salem, N.C., a daughter of Edward and Adelaide (Ross) Stempel.

Sister Sawyer attended public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Staten Island, N.Y. and graduated from Bethlehem Business College, Bethlehem, Pa.. She was united in marriage to Brother Edwin A. Sawyer on June 18, 1938 at the Old Chapel in Bethlhem.

She served alongside her husband in ministry settings in Pennsylvania (Coopersburg, Allentown, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Philadelphia, Lititz), North Carolina (Winston-Salem), Maryland (Upper Marlboro), Ohio (Dover), Arizona (Peoria) and Alberta (Edmonton).

Her husband, Edwin; son, Robert; daughters Jean and Marilyn; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren survive Sister Sawyer.

A memorial service was held April 17, 2014 at the Old Chapel, with the Rev. David Wickmann and the Rev. Janel Rice officiating. Burial was in Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem.

Memorials were welcomed for Moravian Open Door or a charity of choice.


From the June 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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