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Barbara B. Risser


Barbara Baer Risser, 93, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where she was a resident.

Mrs. Risser was born on May 11, 1929, in Hagerstown, MD, to the late Jonas Eby Hege and Elizabeth Baer Hege. Mrs. Risser was an avid reader, writer, poet, and published author, having published four books in her life. As a faithful servant of God, she taught Sunday School and was a women’s group leader at Greencastle Antrim Women’s Fellowship. She enjoyed the beach, loved her family, and provided hospitality to many guests in her home, including the children of the Fresh Air Program they often hosted. She was a member of Zion Mennonite Church.

On November 19, 1950, she married Benjamin Meyers Risser, who preceded her in death on March 23, 2018.

Mrs. Risser is survived by her children, Ben Risser and wife Kathy, of Broadway, VA, Dave Risser and wife Doris, of Wooster, OH, Phil Risser and wife Pam, of Greencastle, PA, Joy Yoder and husband Elwood, of Harrisonburg, VA, Jewel Yutzy and husband Dave, of Timberville, VA; siblings, Dorothy Groff and husband Marvin, of Canton, PA, David Hege and wife Arlene, of GA; a brother-in-law, John Brenneman; sister-in-law, Cora Horst; grandchildren, Autumn Isom and husband Jeremy, Heather Harper, Alisha Justice and husband Brent, Jon Risser and wife Jonalyn, Mark Risser and wife Laura, Daniel Risser and wife Cara, Elizabeth Barthlow and husband Jason, Lena Weaver and husband Adam, Leah Laughlin and husband Sam, Amanda Risser, Nate Yoder and wife Maggie, Maria Billings and husband Aaron, Phil J. Yoder, Ben Yutzy and wife Risa, Aaron Yutzy and wife Andrea, Lauren Troyer and husband Anthony; and 35 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Risser was preceded in death by her siblings, Lois Brenneman, Nathan Hege and wife Arlene, Martha Hossler and husband Paul.

Visitation and viewing will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at McMullen Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Zion Mennonite Church in Broadway with Pastor Sarah Miller Piper officiating. Burial will be held privately at Lindale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gift and Thrift of Harrisonburg, 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolence may be made to the family by visiting

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Posted online on June 09, 2022

Published in Echo Pilot