Surrounded by family, Susan (Slabach) Mullet, 78, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2019 at Lifecare
Hospice in Wooster, Ohio, following an extended illness.
Sue was born on March 23, 1941, in Sugarcreek, Ohio, where she was the 7 th of 8 children born to Mary
D. (Miller) Slabach, and Christian N. Slabach. She spent her childhood on a small family farm, and grew
to appreciate simple pleasures as well as hard work, alongside her 7 siblings.
Sue was Valedictorian of the first graduating class of Hiland (Berlin) High School in 1959, where she met
LeRoy Mullet, and on July 1, 1961 they married. They lived in Berlin for the first years of their marriage,
where Sue gave birth to their two sons, Steve and Tony. After living in Harrisonburg, VA for a number of
years as LeRoy finished his education, they returned to the Berlin area.
Through her adult years, Sue wore many hats. Much of her time was spent working in various family
businesses, most of which was at Dutchland Realty and Construction. Her primary enjoyment was
outside of the businesses, however – raising her two boys and spending time with family and friends.
Sue was always engaged in her “creative” side. Accomplished in crochet, knitting, and quilting, she used
her wide-ranging seamstress skills for family as well as many charitable causes. She also had a passion
for writing, especially for dramatic productions. Over the years she wrote countless skits and smaller
productions for church groups and other organizations. She also wrote and directed two full length
plays – historical tributes for the town of Berlin, Ohio and for Martins Creek Mennonite Church.
Additionally, in the last 10 years of her life, she wrote her own memoir. She was an active member of
Martins Creek Mennonite Church, where she devoted much time and energy, including serving as the
first woman elder of that congregation.
Following her husband LeRoy’s debilitating stroke in 1998, Sue assumed the role of his primary care
giver for the next 10 years. At that time the two of them began splitting their time each year between
Sarasota, Florida and Berlin, Ohio. LeRoy died in the fall of 2008, and in 2014 Sue married her current
husband Gordon Hershberger, who provided her dedicated and unwavering care in her final months.
Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to very many. Those who
know her understand her many gifts and her warm and generous spirit. She lived her life with a quiet
strength and grace, a lively sense of humor and a steadfast faith.
Sue is survived by her husband Gordon Hershberger; her children Steve (Tracey) Mullet and Tony
(Annelle) Mullet; grandchildren Michaela (Nevin) Blosser, Brad Mullet, Braxton Mullet and Luke Mullet;
sisters Ann (John) Hostetler, Edna (Bill) Ressler and Mary (Neil) Schrock, and many nieces and nephews.
Sue was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Melvin, Albert and Monroe, and her sister Alta.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Monday, July 29, at Martins Creek Mennonite Church.
Calling hours will also be at the church on Sunday, July 28, from 2-5pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in her memory. Online at
CFF.org, or via mail to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8001 Sweet Valley Drive, Suite 3, Valley
View, OH 44125.
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