Emma Esther Bontrager

Emma Esther Bontrager, 96, died on Oct. 15, 2020 in South Hutchinson, KS. She was born April 16, 1924 in Reno County, KS, the daughter of Jeremiah W. and Mattie (Troyer) Troyer.


She married Roy D. Bontrager on Oct. 8, 1948 in Yoder, KS. He preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 1998.


Emma and Roy were longtime residents of Garden City, KS, where they attended Garden Valley Church. She was a farmer’s wife and a devoted homemaker. Emma and Roy fostered children for many years. She also worked at the Garden City hospital as a nurse’s aide.


She is survived by her sister, Clara (Willard) Miller of Fairview, MI; brother, Jerry (Judy) Troyer of Hillsboro, KS; six grandchildren, Ryan of Santa Cruz, CA, Scot (Jennifer) of Frisco, Texas, Eric (Lindsey) of Sun Prairie, WI, Adam (Christy) of Bandhagen, Sweden, Nicole (Bill Strickland) of Parsons, KS, and Brook (James Carranza) of Satanta, KS; eight great-grandchildren, Elijah, Aiden, Gabriel, Addie, Avery, Emya, Ellie, and Evelyn; and daughter-in-law, Teresa Bontrager of Santa Monica, CA.


Emma was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sons, Curtis Leroy Bontrager and Jerry Daniel Bontrager; six brothers, John, Harry, William, Ora, Mose and Fred Troyer; and great-grandson, Kai.


Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 at Yoder Mennonite Church Cemetery, Yoder, KS. Friends may pay their respects from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at Ott Funeral Home, Haven, KS. The family will not be present. Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Friendship Communities in care of Ott Funeral Home, PO Box 217, Haven, KS 67543.