July 28, 1926 - March 22, 2013
GOSHEN — Josephine “Jo” (Huser) Troyer, 86, died early Friday morning, March 22, 2013, in her home surrounded by her family. She had been in declining health since December.
She was born July 28, 1926, in Berne to Henry and Verena (Schwartz) Huser.
She is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (Paul) Christophel of Harrisonburg, Va., Verena “Kay” (Larry) Schrock of Goshen and Mary (Dave) Hoefer of Goshen; a son, Mark Troyer of Syracuse; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; several great-stepgrandchildren; a sister, Mary Bobear of Clifton Park, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Huser of Austin, Texas, and Freeda “Fritz” Huser of Goshen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her children’s father, Rudy Troyer, in 1992; her husband, Robert Hartzler, in 1994; four brothers, Sam, Bill, Dale and Merlin “Lee” Huser; and a sister, Leah Kalb.
A Goshen resident since 1956, Jo was the owner and operator of The Lunch Room from 1959 to 1971 and Plain & Fancy Restaurant from 1969 to 1998, both in Goshen.
She was a member of College Mennonite Church, where she enjoyed helping in the kitchen. She was a 35-year volunteer with Goshen General Hospital Auxiliary, and a past board member of Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Mich. Her gift with food continued as many were recipients of her signature soups and pies.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, memorial service will be conducted at College Mennonite Church. Family friend, the Rev. Sam Troyer, and Pastor Pamela Yoder of College Mennonite Church will officiate. A private graveside service will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Salvation Army in honor of the first Pancake and Sausage Day, which was hosted in 1963 at The Lunch Room; The Window; or MCC for the Mennonite Relief Sale.