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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.  
Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

 1999 - G


  Gisel, Ella M. Short;   Graber, Raymond J.;   Grieser, Jennie A.;  


Gisel, Ella M. Short

Ella M. Gisel, 86, Archbold, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1999, at Northcrest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Napoleon, where she was admitted Monday.
    Born Oct. 11, 1912, near Archbold, she was a daughter of Daniel and Anna (Kutzli) Short. She married Chester D. Gisel on June 4, 1935, and he preceded her in death on May 11, 1993. She lived in Wauseon for 60 years before moving to Archbold in 1995.
    A graduate of Bowling Green State University, she taught 26 years. She began teaching in two one-room schools in the Archbold area, Edinburg, and Clair Schools. In 1956 she returned to the classroom to become the first kindergarten teacher at Chesterfield School, near Oakshade. When it closed she taught at the Lyons Elementary School, which was then a part of the Evergreen School system. Memberships included a charter member of the Inlet Mennonite Church, rural Wauseon, and the Fulton County Retired Teacher Association.
    Surviving is one son, Merle (Carolyn) Gisel, Archbold; two grandsons; three sisters, Mrs. Harold (Florence) Richer, Wauseon; Mrs. Clarence (Marjorie) Roth, and Mrs. Orval (Ilva) Sauder, Archbold.
    Memorial services are Saturday, 4 p.m., at the Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold. Rick Jones and Ron Guengerich are the officiating pastors. Burial will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Friends may call at Short Funeral Home, Archbold, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday and 2-9 p.m. Friday.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 25 Sep 1999
Submitted by: Mona Mann



Graber, Raymond J.

Raymond J. Graber, 88, Archbold, died Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, at Fairlawn Haven, Archbold, where he had resided since June 2, 1999.

        Born Oct. 7, 1910, near Archbold, he was a son of Eli and Nancy (Goldsmith) Graber.  On Jan. 19, 1936, he married Mildred Liechty, who survives.  A lifelong Archbold area resident he was a farmer and worked at Rupp lumber Co., Pettisville, for many years.  He also worked as a carpenter with his brother.  He was a member of Central Mennonite Church, volunteered with Mennonite Economic Development Association, Mennonite Disaster Service, and Care and Share.

         Also surviving are three sons, John (Kathryn) Graber, Archbold; Ken (Martha June) Graber, Wheaton, Ill.; and Dave (Jeanne) Graber, Kalamazoo, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Leland (Deloris) Good, Wauseon; a brother, Vernon Graber, Wauseon; a sister, Anna Stuckey, Archbold; and 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

         Services were at 3 p.m. Monday in the church.  Wayne Pipkin, Jeffrey Smith, and Charles Gautsche were the service in the Pettisville Cemetery.                

Obit: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 11 Aug 1999 
Submitted by: Mona Mann



Grieser, Jennie A.

Jennie A. Grieser, 57, Archbold, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in her home from cancer.

        Born Aug 12, 1941, at Luckey, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edwin and Esther (Eiseman) Henschen, and married Ralph Grieser on May 11, 1963.  She lived most of her lifetime in the Archbold area, and worked as a telephone operator for the United Telephone Co., then as a receptionist at Beatrice Frozen Specialties, and at ITT Higbie, Archbold.  A member of the Zion Mennonite Church, she was the church organist for 25 years, sang in the choir, and was in the bell choir.
        Surviving are her husband, Ralph; one son, Todd Grieser, Archbold; one daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Ann) Olmstead, Wauseon; two grandchildren; her mother, Esther Henschen, Archbold; and one brother, James Henschen, Wauseon.
        Memorial services were Sunday, 4 p.m., at Zion Mennonite Church with Ron Guengerich and Dee Swartz, the officiating pastors.  Burial preceded the service at Pettisville cemetery. 
Obit: Archbold Buckeye,20 Jan 1999
Submitted by: Mona Mann


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