Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Contact Us

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, October 24 — Psalm 119:65–72
Ezekiel 28:11–29:12; 1 Peter 1:1–12

Be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating. Isaiah 65:18

Great and amazing are your deeds, Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, King of the nations! Revelation 15:3

Dear Lord, we recognize your creative power in our lives. We wait with eager hope to see your power. Thank you for not only bringing us to this very hour, but bringing us through it in victory, too. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Buy the Book