Joan A. Liechty, 93, of Berne, IN went to be with her Heavenly Father on November 17, 2021. Joan was born on November 25, 1927, in Kirkland Township Adams County, IN to the late Victor and Alta (Barger) Byerly. She married Loren Liechty on January 2, 1949.
Joan was a member of Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren from youth – 1972. Since 1972, she was a member of First Missionary Church in Berne. She was a member of the Friendly Bible Sunday School Class as well as a Sunday school teacher and nursery worker for many years. Before marriage Joan worked at the Craigville Telephone Company as a telephone operator for her Grandfather John Barger who founded the phone company. She also worked in the office of General Electric in Decatur, IN. Joan was a homemaker and a cook for 30 years at South Adams School.
Joan was a supportive wife and loving mother. She was an avid reader and loved to travel and wintered in Mesa, Arizona for a number of years. She loved to cook and bake, especially her ‘family favorite’ cut-out Christmas cookies.
Survivors include her husband, Loren L. Liechty of Berne, IN; sons, Terry Liechty of Decatur, IN, Gary (Betty) Liechty, William “Bill” (Margaret) Liechty; daughter, Penelope “Penny” (Steve) Haines; sister, Barbara Nussbaum, Berne, IN; brother, Wayne Byerly, Decatur, IN; seven grandchildren, Ben (Rebeccah) Liechty, Luke (Amy) Liechty, Tammy (Nathan) Meyer, Jason (Maggie) Liechty, James (Lauren) Liechty, Nichole (Nikki Haines) Summersett, Justin (Carson) Haines; and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ronald Byerly; sisters, Delores Landis and Marjorie Byerly; and granddaughter, Nichole “Nikki” Summersett.
Visitation will be from 1:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021, at First Missionary Church, 950 US-27, Berne, IN.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, also at the Church, with calling one hour prior to services from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Pastor Michael Wenger and Pastor Rick Schwartz will be officiating. Burial will follow at M.R.E. Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Missionary Church.
Arrangements by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home
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