Irene M. Hershberger, 83 of Lisbon, Ohio went home to be with her Savior Jesus on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Salem Regional Medical Center. She passed away peacefully with her family at her bedside. She had been under the care of Community Hospice following a short illness.
Irene was born on July 26, 1937 in Walnut Creek, Ohio, the daughter of the late Elvina (John L.) Raber. Irene was known for her amazing Amish style cooking and baking. In her younger days, Irene worked as a nurses aid at Joel Pomerine Memorial Hospital in Millersburg, OH, but the majority of her employment was as a cook and baker for various restaurants, including The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Walnut Creek. She loved to cook and bake, especially for her family and friends! She cooked for many church functions and camps. She also cooked for the Banquet of Salem for many years. Irene’s other hobbies included sewing, gardening, and reading. She was a long time member of the First Christian Church of Salem. Her life was dedicated to her family and her faith in God. Irene was a wonderfully devoted wife and mother and an extremely fun, loving, and greatly cherished grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are her son, Gary (Debbie) Hershberger of Middlefield, OH and her daughter, Gloria (Bud) Weekley of Lisbon, OH. Grandchildren, Raymond (Lindsey) Pate, Joshua (Jennifer) Hershberger, Seth (Gayla) Pate, Sarah (Steve) Blake, Nathan Pate, Amanda (Shawn) Haines, Laura (Dave) Roeser.
Great-grandchildren, Hannah (Thomas) Malkamaki, Grace Hershberger, Emily, Ethan and Seth Blake, Isaac, Abigail, Elijah and Ava Pate, Shawn and Levi Haines, Caleb, Mylan, and Layla Pate, Lucy Irene, Lincoln, and Silas Roeser. She is also survived by a sister Martha (Terry) Rheese, Uncle Melvin (Betty) Miller and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father, Elvina, and John L. Raber and her husband of 60 years, Ervin M. Hershberger.
Friends may call on the family on Monday, October 26, 2020, at Salem First Christian Church, 1151 E. 6th Street, Salem, OH from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Services will follow the visitation at the church at 11:00 am on Tuesday. Pastor Leonard Moore will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Schrock Family Cemetery in Walnut Creek, OH.
Arrangements were lovingly made by Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, Salem, OH.(www.apgreenisenfh.com)
Donations may be made to First Christian Church of Salem, 1151 E. Sixth Street, Salem, Ohio 44460 or to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663, 330-343-7605. www.myhospice.org
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