Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Hartzler, Leroy J.
, 90, of Belleville, PA died September 22,
2000, at Valley View Haven Belleville, PA. He was born July 26, 1910,
in Belleville, PA. to Thomas B. and Bertha (Stolzfus) Hartzler. His
wife, Sadie (Kauffman) Hartzler, whom he married September 2, 1934,
died April 6, 1977.
He was a member of Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Belleville, PA.
Surviving are: children, Lee M. Hartzler, Belleville, PA Kenneth J.
Hartzler, Newton, KS., and Mrs. Frank (Kathy) Chambers, Lewistown, PA;
a sister, Mrs. Paul (Cora) Yoder, Belleville, PA; eight grandchildren
and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Lester Hartzler on April 3, 1989; a
sister, Mrs. Lester (Amanda) Zook; and brothers, Jesse Hartzler, Thomas
Hartzler, Raymond Hartzler, Paul Hartzler, and Jefferson Hartzler.
He was a dairy farmer and a truck driver for D.K. Hostetler.
Funeral service was September 26, 2000 at the Locust Grove Mennonite
Church, with the Rev. Max Hook and the Rev. Erie Renno officiating.
Interment will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, Belleville, PA.
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Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
Hartzler, Martin S.
, 79, of Mill Creek, PA died August 24,
2000, at Altoona Hospital. He was born January 8, 1921, in Belleville,
PA to Urie D. and Mary E. "Mamie" (King) Hartzler. His wife, Sadie E.
(Kauffman) Hartzler, whom he married May 11, 1947, survives.
Also surviving are: a foster son, Ronald Ritz, Somerset, PA; a sister,
Mrs. Glen (Alta) Hartzler, Belleville, PA; foster sisters, Mrs. Crist
(Rhoda) Peachey, Reedsville, PA and Lorene Kauffman, Spring Mills, PA.
He was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Ada and a stillborn;
and two infant brothers. He was a member of the Allensville
Mennonite Church and the Senior Men's Golden Age Sunday School Class.
He also taught Sunday school at Otelia Mennonite Church, Mount Union,
PA was a former member of the Big Valley Men's Chorus, and served in
C.P.S. during World War II.
Funeral service was August 28, 2000 at the Allensville Mennonite Church
with the Rev. Philip Barr and the Rev. Paul Bender officiating.
Interment was in the Allensville Mennonite Cemetery, Allensville, PA.
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Submitted by: Leon Hertzler
Survivied by his parents, to brothers, Daniel and Melvin Heller, a sister, Susanna Heller all of Metter; his maternal grandparents, Chester C. and Esther (Rudolpf) Weaver of Carlisle, Pa.; his paternal grandparents, Elwood S. and Gloria Heller of Annville, Pa.; and his great-grandfather, Samuel R. Weaver of Carlisle, Pa.
Graveside service: was June 8 2000 in Metter Mennonite Cemetery conducted by Elder Dewey Hugh Lee
Hoover, Kathryn Schmucker
October 29, 1911 – January 8, 2000
Kathryn S. Hoover
88 of 1225 Greencroft Dr.,
died at The Gables, Greencroft Health Care, Saturday at 8:45 PM,
January 8, 2000, where she had lived since suffering a stroke in
The daughter of Noah C. & Ida (Miller) Schmucker
she was born in LaGrange County, IN on October 29, 1911 and married
George E. Hoover at Goshen, IN on January 1, 1935. He died on
March 16, 1987.
She is survived by four sons, Melvin (Georgia),
Floyd (Esther), both of Elkhart, William (Nancy) of Mauldin, SC,
John (Donna) of Circleville, UT and by five daughters, Thelma (Rufus)
Martin of Nappanee, Ruth (Frank) Richards, Eva (Basil) Borntreger, both
of Goshen, Marie (Ron) Troyer, and Lois (Marty) Martin, both of
Elkhart; two foster children, Vernon Dudley and Grace Dudley; 33
grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, 2
step-great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; two sisters,
Rosa Cross and Edna Mast, both of Goshen.
Two daughters, Shirley Reichelt and Gladys Hoover,
one grandchild, Jerry Hoover, two brothers, William and Willard, and
one sister, Esther Schmucker, preceded her in death.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 11, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite
church cabin, CR 11 & 38, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. Burial will
be Wednesday morning in the Yellow Creek Cemetery at 9:00 A.M.
Memorial services, in charge of Ben Shirk and Wes Bontrager will be at
the Mt. Joy Mennonite Church, 200 N. 23rd St. Goshen, at 10:30 A.M
where she was a member.
A TRIBUTE FROM THE FAMILY
In Memory of Kathryn Schmucker Hoover
Today we buried the earthly shell of what was our mom and our
grandma. But, we don’t want to remember just a shell. We
want to remember the life and vitality that was hers. We want to
remember how she enjoyed life, accepted change, and looked forward to
new experiences with enthusiasm and courage.
Since her stroke in February 1998 her life was a real challenge.
For the most part she accepted her limitations – paralyzed left arm,
inability to walk by herself, and a speech impediment with good
humor. Her body was giving out but her mind remained
active. She enjoyed visitors and wanted to keep up with family
What do we remember about Mom and Grandma?
She liked chickens. As a young girl she helped her father hatch
and raise laying hens. They sold dressed chickens at market. Later, as
a hired girl, she helped dress chickens, sold chickens, and canned
chickens. Then she married a chicken farmer. All this working
with chickens did not lessen her enjoyment of eating chicken. We,
her family and friends, remember a lot of good fried chicken, baked
chicken, and barbecued chicken. We remember with less enjoyment
feeding chickens, catching chickens, killing chickens, and dressing
She was a hard worker. She expected us to be the same – sometimes it
worked, often not. She wanted us to have a plan for what we were
to do. One of her often repeated phrases was, “Be efficient, have
She liked to work outside. She was the oldest in her family so she
became her father’s helper.
She spent many hours in the field plowing. When she was 14 – 16 years
old the family lived in Arkansas and raised rice. She walked the levees
and helped flood the rice fields. At one time they had a garage. She
learned to take apart the Model T Ford and put it together again. At
the time she learned to drive a car they did not have to have driver’s
Mom and Pop liked children. Due to physical problems they were
able to have only four children born to them. This did not end
their dream of a large family. When new opportunities came to
them they were able to enlarge their family by adopting five
children. This was not enough either, so there were four foster
children. This is not counting other people who were given a home
at their house when it was needed.
She needed lots of food for this big family. This meant a large
garden. It also meant that this large family was put to work – planting, hoeing, weeding, and harvesting!. With all these vegetables
there was also a large flower garden. We wondered if this was really
necessary but Mom got much enjoyment from her flowers.
Mom raised her family and then she helped raise her
grandchildren. She enjoyed babysitting – Did we take too much
advantage of that? But what fond memories the grandchildren and
great-grandchildren have of birthday cakes, making cookies, and clothes
made by Grandma.
She and Pop lived together for 52 years. When he went home in
1987 she was very lonely but she faced her new life with courage and
determination. Immediately after the funeral she told the rest of
the family that no one needed to stay with her, she knew she would have
to be alone, and she might as well start getting used to it. As long as
she was able to she did volunteer work, took trips, and helped her
Mom and Grandma was a growing person. At the time she moved to
Arkansas with her parents and siblings she was in the 7th grade. Since
she was needed on the rice farm she never returned to school. This did
not in any way stop her learning. She read much. She often told
us she learned from her children as they learned new things at school.
After she was in her 80’s she had a computer and learned to send and
receive E-mail from her widely scattered family.
She knew what she believed and was fearless in expressing it. In
her first diary at age 22 she wrote, “I’m 5 ft. 2 in. tall, weigh 117
lbs, have light brown hair and blue eyes. People say I don’t know
when to quit talking. I suppose they’re right, but sometimes I
don’t know what to say. I’m very changeable. I try to be real
cheerful all the time, but sometimes it’s real hard. But I’ll try
from now on to live a truer Christian life than I have so far.
‘Trusting Him we believe that the blessings we’re needing, We’ll surely
receive.’ My motto: Trust & be true.” Her faith did not,
however, allow her to reject people, even if she disagreed with a
person’s actions. She prayed faithfully for all in her large
Several years ago she left her family some notes about what she would
like at her funeral, such as the order of service, songs, and
scripture. One of her favorite songs was Amazing Grace. She
always said, “If you use it be sure to sing all four verses! The last
verse meant a great deal to her:
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.
Then she said, “But I don’t care what you do, I won’t be here!”
Don’t just remember Mom and Grandma as she was this last while, with
her handicaps. Remember her as vigorous and strong, happy and
enthusiastic, always with some goal in mind. (Remember how
you had to run to keep up with her in town?)
Remember her now as healed and reunited with Grandpa and the other
loved ones who have gone on before.
At the bottom of the scrap of paper on which she had written her
funeral suggestions she also left a message for us who have been left