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Lazarus Project

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.

2000 G


Gehman, John E.; . . Glick, James L.; . . Gongwer, Ruby Kauffman; . . Grieser, Galen D.; . .  


Gehman, John E.
78, of Port Trevorton PA died March 18, 2000, at the Lewistown Hospital. Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Terre Hill, PA to Harry and Sarah (Eby) Gehman. His wife, Anna Mae (Mull) Gehman, whom he married April 18, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are: children, Larry Gehman, Middleburg, PA; John Wayne Gehman, McAlisterville, PA; Mrs. Larry (Louise) Eichner, AuGres, Mich., Mrs. Carl (Sharon) Graybill, Cocolamus, PA; Pauline Gehman, Palmyra, PA; Mrs. Timothy (Mary Alyce) Lauver, Mifflintown, PA and Ida Mae Gehman, Lebanon, PA; brothers and sisters, Jacob Gehman, Thompsontown, PA; Lester Gehman, Manheim, PA; Martin Gehman, Altmore, PA; Mrs. Norman (Edith) Groff, Mattawana, PA; Mrs. John (Lucy) Rudy, Lancaster, PA; and Mrs. Hiram (Grace) Aungst, Elizabethtown, PA; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; three foster grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Gehman.

Services will be March 23, 2000 at the Shade Mountain Mennonite Church, with Ivan Martin Jr. and LeRoy Bair officiating. Interment will be in Shade Mountain Mennonite cemetery, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA. The George P. Garman Funeral Home Inc., Mount Pleasant Mills, is in charge of arrangements.

Source: Benn-Hertz Obit collection. Orig source unknown.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Glick, James L.
, 52, of Lewistown, PA died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000, in the emergency room of Lewistown Hospital. Born Oct. 2, 1948, in Belleville, to N. Norman Glick of Belleville and the late Effie (Kauffman) Glick.

His wife, Betty (Goss) Glick, whom he married April 29, 1972, survives. Also surviving are: stepmother, Sarah K. (Peachey) Glick of Belleville; a son, Tyler Black, 609 Chris Ave., Lewistown; and a brother, Robert E. Glick, Newton, Kan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Glick in 1995.

He was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville and was president of the Men's Merchant League. He was also a member of the United Steelworkers of America Local 1940.

Services will be held at Wednesday Dec. 13, 2000 at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, with the Rev. Ivan Yoder officiating. Interment will be in Juniata Memorial Park.

Source: Miscellaneous Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Obituaries
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Gongwer, Ruby Kauffman

Feb. 28, 1927-June 9, 2000

GOSHEN - Ruby K. Gongwer, 73, died at 5 p.m. Friday (June 9, 2000) at Elkhart General Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Fairview Mich. to Fred and Lizzy (Reber) Kauffman. On Sept. 31, [30] 1956, in Wakarusa, she married Ivan Gongwer.

He survives with two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Deb) Bode, Bristol and Mrs. Jeff (Ann) Spratt, Goshen; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Melvina) Roe, Morley, Mich., Mrs. Vera Shea, Mio, Mich., and Mrs. Peter
(Adeline) Peachey, White Pigeon; a brother, Chuck Kauffman, Dayton, Ohio. ; five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Hendrich.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home in Wakarusa and one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service Monday at Holdeman Mennonite Church, Wakarusa. The Rev. Vernard Guengrich, of the church, and the Rev. Russell Krabill, a retired minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (West) Cemetery.

Mrs. Gongwer was a homemaker, having worked at Greencroft for 10 years before retirement. She moved to the Wakarusa area in 1954. She was a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church and a graduate of Fairview High School.
Memorials may be given to the church.   

The Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 2000
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Grieser, Galen D.

Galen D. Grieser, 94, Wauseon, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold, where he had resided since 1991.
 
Born May 5, 1905, near Wauseon, he was a son of Edward and Aldina (Vonier) Grieser. He married Ada Rupp, Feb. 10, 1927, and she preceded him in death on June 25, 1989.
 
A lifelong resident of the Wauseon area, he farmed, was a brick layer, and with his wife, owned and operated the former My-T-Fine Restaurant in Wauseon from 1958 to 1965.
 
He was a member of the Central Mennonite Church, Archbold.
 
He is survived by two sons, Richard L. (Conna) Grieser, and J. R. (Mary) Grieser, both of rural Archbold; four daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Geneva) Good, Archbold; Mrs. Gene (Wauneta) Meller, Mrs. Don (Linda) Vasvery, and Mrs. Randy (Diane) Nafziger, all of Wauseon; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a sister, Marjorie Frey, Archbold.
 
Services were Friday, 10 a.m., at the Central Mennonite Church. Randy Nafziger, James Groeneweg, and Edwin Allen, pastors, officiated the ceremony. Burial followed in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Obituary: Archbold (Ohio) Buckeye, 15 Mar 2000
Submitted by: Mona Mann


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