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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


Tuesday, April 24 — Psalm 54
Leviticus 16:26–18:5; Mark 6:7–13

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 36:5

God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4–5

How sweet, God of Easter, are the promises which you bestow on us: your immeasurable love. Your grace which saves us. Your gift of new life in Christ. Accept our grateful shouts of thanks and praise! Amen.

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