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Leona Bontrager

Leona E. Bontrager

March 25, 1936 -- July 4, 2013

Leona E. Bontrager, 77, of Bemidji, MN, most recently of Elkhart, IN died at 4:45 pm, on Thursday, July 4, at Hubbard Hill Estates, Elkhart. She had been in declining health. She was born on March 25, 1936, in Middlebury, to Henry and Sarah (Hochstetler) Miller. On June 12, 1955 she married Alvin J. Bontrager in Goshen, IN, he died November 8, 2011. Surviving are a daughter, Dawn (Lin Hoppel) Bontrager of Mishawaka; three sons, Daryl (Marlisa) Yoder-Bontrager of Lancaster, PA, Duane (Anne Martin) Bontrager of Harrisonburg, VA, Dennis (Jane) Bontrager of Goshen; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth (Jesse) Beachy of Gladys, VA, Elena (Amzie) Yoder of Albuquerque, NM; two brothers, Thomas (Naomi) Miller of Middlebury, Simon Miller of Goshen. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jesse and Alpha Miller and two sisters, Mary Bontrager and Martha Swartzentruber. Leona had moved to the Blackduck, MN area in the early1960's and lived there for 50 years. She was an active member of the Tenstrike Community Church and was a member of the Gideon's Auxiliary for many years serving as Chaplain for the state of Minnesota. Visitation will be from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday July 7, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury, IN. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday July 8, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. Services will be conducted by Pastor Steve Pomp of the Tenstrike Community Church in Tenstrike MN and Pastor Tyler Hartford of Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Memorials may be given to Habitat for Humanity, Tenstrike Community Church, or Gideon's International. Online condolences may be sent at