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Beth Elaine Hershberger

Beth Elaine (Hartman) (Boettger) Hershberger was born on February 5, 1957 to Robert and Rhoda Hartman. She grew up in Kidron, Ohio. She was the second of three girls, the “middle” child.

She learned to play the piano when she was seven years old, and took lessons for nine years straight. She was an accompanist at her home church, Pleasant View Mennonite Church, in North Lawrence, Ohio from the time she was in junior high. She also played at the different churches that she attended (most recently Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston, KS), as well as for choirs in high school and college. In times of stress and anxiety, her solace was often playing the piano. She also loved to read and go for walks.

Beth accepted Christ as her personal Savior one Sunday when her Grandpa Yoder was preaching and gave an alter call. She was 10 years old.

Beth and Barb, her older sister, used to play house together with their dolls. They also rode their bikes together on the road where they lived. Inevitably, someone would crash, and it was usually me.

She graduated from Central Christian High School in 1975 and then continued her education at Hesston College, Hesston, KS, graduating in 1977 with an A.A. degree in Business. She worked at Hesston College, General Conference Church Oversees Mission, Schowalter Villa, Bachman Plumbing and Heating, Hesston Eye Clinic, Goering Hardware, and did transcription in the home.

She married Conrad Boettger in 1979 and two children became part of their family, Jenna Marie and Joel Conrad. She later married Kermit “Dee” Hershberger in 1997, and his two sons became part of their family, Seth Alan and Chad Aaron.

She is survived by her husband, Dee, of the home; Jenna (David) Boettger Boring along with Verona and Finn, Portland, OR; Joel Boettger along with Karina Ortman, Wichita KS; Seth (Sarah) Hershberger along with Collin, Natalie and Grady, Newton, KS; and Chad (Tara Shae) Hershberger along with Kohen, Archer, and Pennington, Derby, KS. She is also survived by her Mother Rhoda Hartman, Kidron OH, and two sisters, Barb (Ralph) Reinford, Dalton, OH; and Brenda (Mark) Hartman-Souder, Syracuse, NY, along with nieces, nephews and their families.

Private graveside services will be held at Eastlawn Cemetery, rural Newton. Memorial services will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 23, at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Whitestone Mennonite Church or Mennonite Church USA (MCUSA) in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, PO Box 32, Hesston, KS 67062.


Ott Funeral Home
102 N. Wichita
Haven, KS 67543


Whitestone Mennonite Church
629 Crescent Dr
Hesston, KS 67062