Elsie (Harder) Regier 97, died Thursday, June 16, 2016 at her Rural Newton Residence. She was born September 9, 1918 in Whitewater, Kansas to Gustav and Anna (Wiebe) Harder. On May 17, 1945 she married Herman B. Regier at Emmaus Church in Whitewater and he preceded her in death on September 27, 1998. Elsie was a longtime member of the First Mennonite Church in Newton. She enjoyed the farm life and did not shy away from work helping her husband farm and raise livestock. She could often be found driving a tractor or working in her garden and tending her flowers. She was a determined lady who continued to hang her laundry on the clothes line well into her late 90’s. Elsie enjoyed her time living at Kidron Bethel Apartments making friends and connecting with people before moving back to the farm to live with her daughter and her family. She was happy to reconnect with her daughter and family and grow closer to each other during her final years. Elsie was devoted to her Lord and Savior and read her bible every morning. She enjoyed spending time with her loving family and many friends.
She is survived by her daughter Karen Regier of Newton, KS; son James Regier of Haysville, KS; 2 brothers Gerhard Harder of Whitewater, KS and Arthur Harder of Olathe, KS; 1 sister Ella Judy Harnly of Lancaster, PA. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and was expecting her 5th great grandchild soon.
Elsie is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas with Pastors Anita Kehr and Kay Schroeder presiding. Graveside committal service will precede the memorial at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wichita or First Mennonite Church caring fund both in care of Petersen Funeral Home.