Lowville - A memorial service for Beryl J. Gingerich, 91, Brookside Circle, will be held at 11 AM Thursday, October 3 at the Lowville Mennonite Church. Burial will be private.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adirondack Funeral Home, Croghan.
Beryl died Sunday night in Watertown at the Ellis Farm Hospice Facility.
Born in the Town of Lowville on February 21, 1922 to Samuel and Barbara Lehman Gingerich, Beryl attended a country school in the Town of Watson and graduated from Lowville Free Academy in 1938.
He married Marion Jantzi in May 1946 at the Lowville Mennonite Church. They operated a dairy farm in Lowville until 1975. Marion died in 1977. On November 23, 1978, he married Eunice Zehr at the Lowville Mennonite Church with her brother, Rev. Richard Zehr officiating.
After selling the farm, he was employed at the Lowville Farmers Coop in the lumber yard. He also volunteered at Beaver Camp for several years.
Beryl loved spending time in his sugarbush, making maple syrup and was a member of the American Maple Museum. He was active in many roles at church, was an avid reader, loved travelling, woodworking and visiting his grandchildren.
Besides his wife he is survived by his children, Samuel (Erin Holmes), Pierre, South Dakota, Jane (Paul) Lehman, North Tonawanda, New York, Florine(Douglass) Purcell, Edmonds, Washington, Barbara Baker, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Janelle (Stephen) Corn, Florence, Montana.
Also surviving Beryl are a sister, Lila Widrick, Croghan; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A sister, Joan Zehr died before him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Rd., Lowville.
Online condolence can be shared at www.adirondackfh.com.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Watertown, NY
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