Mary Kathryn Eicher, 94, of Berne passed away Monday, September 14, 2020, at Swiss Village in Berne. She was born August 8, 1926, in Berne to Palmer and Edna (Lehman) Moser. She was married November 1, 1947, to John Eicher.
She graduated from Berne High School in 1944. She was an active and faithful member of First Mennonite Church. Her church activities included Women in Mission, teaching children’s Sunday school and visiting the parents of newborn infants as a member of the Cradle Roll Committee.
Her work life centered on Moser Motor Sales, a Ford dealership in Berne that was started by her grandfather, A. J. Moser. For many years, she and her husband were co-owners of the business along with her brother, Millard Moser and his wife, Janean. She worked at the dealership for 35 years as a bookkeeper, payroll clerk and receptionist.
At home, she was the quiet, steady influence that held the family together. Her planning and behind the scenes work made it possible for the whole family to enjoy all of the fun and adventure thought up by her husband. As a young woman, she spent several years caring for her invalid grandmother and mother and keeping house for her father, husband and brother. After raising her own family, she often cared for her grandchildren, and she loved preparing their favorite meals for them.
In retirement, they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and to Switzerland. Even as her health declined in the past few years, she actively prayed for and encouraged her family, friends and those who cared for her.
She is survived by her three children, Phil (Cindy) Eicher; Jim (Linda) Eicher; and Greta (Scott) Lehman, all of Berne; sister, Margie (Dick) Baum of Bloomington, Illinois; brother, Millard (Janean) Moser of Berne; two step-brothers, Kenyon (Mary) Sprunger of Poneto; and Benjamin (Sue) Sprunger of Bluffton, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on December 1, 2018; step-mother, Viola (Sprunger) Moser; and step-sister-in-law, Betty Sprunger.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at First Mennonite Church in Berne. Officiating will be Rev. Jim Schwartz, Rev. David Moser and Rev. Kenzie Intemann. Burial will take place at a later date at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
It is also requested that all family and visitors wear a mask when entering the church and throughout the memorial service and to practice social distancing by sitting as individuals or family groups. For those who prefer or who are in a high risk category, go to firstmennonite.org., where the service will be livestreamed.
Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Berne Preschool or Swiss Village Samaritan’s Fund.
Arrangements provided by Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Yager-Kirchhofer Chapel in Berne. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.