‘A heart of service’: Celebrating the legacy of Vira Hershberger


by Ryan Cornell for Eastern Mennonite University. Full article available here.

Vira Hershberger served EMU for 26 years, from 1970 to 1996, at its dining hall. She sits with her son, Larry, in her kitchen. (Photos from the Hershberger family)

Food service endowment honors longtime dining hall employee 

For 26 years, the sound of Vira Hershberger’s knife slicing through heads of lettuce was a familiar and comforting rhythm in the dining hall kitchen of EMU (then known as Eastern Mennonite College). From 1970 to 1996, Hershberger dedicated herself each day to arranging the salad bar and greeting everyone she met with warmth and friendliness. Today, her legacy of humble service and love continues through a memorial endowment in her honor. […]

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