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Doris J. (Schulz) Harris
August 24, 1932 ~ December 4, 2020 (age 88)

LOWVILLE – Doris S. Harris, 88, formerly of the Brookside Senior Living Community, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020, at the Lewis County General Hospital.

Doris was born on August 24, 1932, in the town of New Bremen, to the late Herman and Rozella Brothers Schulz.  She attended Beaver River Central School.  She married Kenneth A. Lyndaker, and worked alongside Kenny in the woods and drove truck.  Regrettably, their marriage later ended in divorce.  With Louis Pokorny, she married a second time.  They owned and operated Pokorny Trucking in Beaver Falls.  President of the company, Doris ran the office.  She and Louis, however, also, later, divorced.  A longtime caregiver for her mother before her passing, Doris took on a new career working for the Lewis County Department of Social Services as Community Services Aide and for the Lewis County Office for the Aging as a Home Visitation Aide.  Hoping to find love once again, she married Leonard Harris on November 24, 2001, at the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, with Rev. Bruce W. Chapman, officiating.  Mr. Harris died November 29, 2007.

A member of First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, Doris served as an Elder, Sunday school superintendent, and cleaning lady.  In addition, she participated in the sewing circle.  Throughout, she made daily devotions and prayers an important part of her life.  In addition, she served as chairperson for Red Cross blood drives in Beaver Falls.

Doris enjoyed bowling with several area teams and taught bowling many years ago.  She bowled until she was 84 years old.  Doris was an avid sports fan of her children, grandchildren, and the New York Yankees.  She spent hours playing card games with her children and their friends.

She is survived by four daughters and their husbands:  Cindy and Jeff Eaton, of Croghan, Kathy and Mark Wiebe, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Sheila and John Zehr, of Castorland, and Janine and Henry Grunert, of Lowville; two sons and their wives, Lauren and Kay Lyndaker, of Lowville, and Robert and Debra Lyndaker, of Beaver Falls; five step-daughters, Dr. Bethany Harris and David Back, of Safety Harbor, Florida, Sarah Davis, of Sackets Harbor, Debra and Jay Gross, of Oldsmar, Florida, Celia Harris, of Belmont, Massachusetts, and Dr. Rachel Harris Orgel, and Seth Orgel, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Beth Schulz, of Beaver Falls; a sister, Jennie Gerber, of Bluffton, Indiana; eighteen grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-greatgrandchild; as well as by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is predeceased by her husband, Leonard; her brothers and sisters-in-law:  Kenneth and Lois Schulz, Carl and Irene Schulz, Vernon and Yasmine “Dickie” Schulz, and Norman and Mary Schulz; and a brother-in-law, Lee Gerber.

The funeral will be held privately at the First Mennonite Church with Ed Steckly, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the First Mennonite Cemetery.  Doris’ funeral video will be shared on the First Mennonite Church Facebook page in the afternoon of December 12, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, PO Box 266, Lowville, New York 13367; or to the Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, Pennsylvania 17501-0500.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2020.

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