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Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

 2002  - H


Harnish, Esther H. ; . . Hartzler, Levi C. ; . .   Hershberger, Paul A.;    Hershey, Edna H.;   Hershey, Mae E.;   Hershey, Martha;   Hershey, Velda M.; . . Hess, Joseph H. ; . . Hess, Mabel K.;   High, Catherine R. "Kit";   High, Verna K.;  Hochstedler, Mary Kempf ; . . Hoover, Mabel W.;   Horning, Helen A.;   

Harnish, Esther H
.

Born 3-7-1903, East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 12-12-2002, Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa.

Wife of: Clarence H. Harnish (5-3-1904/1-15-2001)  Daughter of: Late Martin R. and Ella Herr Miller

Esther was a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher, and active member of the sewing circle.
She loved quilting.  She volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee relief efforts.

Survivors: Sons, David M. (Florence Rheinheimer) Harnish of Ephrata, Pa., John (Evelyn Hershey) Harnish of Lancaster, Pa., and Paul M. (Dorothy Kolb) Harnish of Warrington, Pa. Daughter, Ruth M. Shenk of Lebanon, Pa. Grandchildren: 12. Great-grandchildren: 24.  Sister, Anna Miller of Landisville, Pa.

Preceded in death by daughter, Rachel M. Hershey, brother, David Miller, and sisters, Martha Ranck and Frances Hertzler.

Services: Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, Pa., on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Gerald B. Garber officiating.  Burial: Adjoining cemetery.
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,

published Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Harnish


 

Hartzler, Levi C.
March 20, 1909 - April 20, 2002

GOSHEN — Levi C. Hartzler, 93, of 1225 Greencroft Drive, died at The Cottages in Greencroft Gables at 6 a.m. Saturday (April
20,2002). He was born on March 20, 1909, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the son of Anchie and Rhoda (Yoder) Hartzler. On Sept. 23, 1939, at Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago, he married Irene Mavercik; she died on Dec. 12, 1997.

Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Dwight (Carol) Grieser of Goshen; a son, Ronald Lee Hart­zler of Newton, Kan.; four grand­children; three great-grandchil­dren; and two sisters, Mrs. Harley (Bertha) King of West Liberty, Ohio, and Mrs. Russell (Orpha) Reed of St. Paris, Ohio.

Mr. Hartzler was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

A 1935 graduate of Goshen Col­lege, he received his master’s de­gree from Northwestern Univer­sity in 1940. From 1935-37, he served as pastor at Mennonite Home Mission in Chicago, and was then a relief worker in Spain until 1939.

From 1939-49, he was a mem­ber of the Goshen College faculty, and was ordained a deacon at Col­lege Mennonite Church on June 27,1943 — a position he kept for 32 years. He was secretary for relief and service and information serv­ices for the Mennonite Board of Missions between 1949-59.

He taught English, Bible litera­ture and cadet teaching from 1959 until his retirement in 1974 for Elkhart Community Schools.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church, where the memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Revs. Firman Gingerich and Klaudia Smucker will preside, and burial will follow at Violett Cemetery.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Hershberger, Paul A.


Born: 4-15-1918, Sugarcreek.  Died: 11-9-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Husband of: Marilyn J. Gerber Hershberger.  Son of: William O. and Mary Ann Miller Hershberger

Survivors: Besides his wife, a son, Steven K. (Calvin Roggie) Hershberger of Akron, Pa.; four grandchildren; two brothers, William O. (Dorothy Walker) Hershberger of Annondale Va., and Clayton T. (Eileen Smith) Hershberger of Sugarcreek.

Preceded in death by daughter, Dora Sue Hershberger, and three brothers, Cloyse, Dennis and David. Paul attended Forest Hills Mennonite Church and was a member of the Friendship Bible Class.

Services: Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, Pa. on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.  with Rev. Calvin Yoder officiating.  Interment in
Akron Mennonite Cem., Arkon, Pa.
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer
Journal, published
 Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard


Hershey, Edna H
.

Born: 12-22-1910, Pequea Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 11-30-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Park R. Hershey (6-25-1908/12-9-1995).  Daughter of: Late Elmer B. & Mary Herr Thomas

Survivors: Son, David T. Hershey of Manheim, Pa.  Daughters, Jane (Clair K.) Brenneman, and Lois, both of Lancaster, Pa., and Jean (Kenneth K) Witmer of Lititz, Pa. Grandchildren: 6.  Great-grandchildren: 10.  Great-great-grandchildren: 1 Sister, Betty Enck of Lititz, Pa.

Preceded in death by a daughter, Anna Mary Hershey, brother, Chester Thomas; and two sisters, Anna Thomas and Mary Bowman.

Edna was a member of New Danville Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School.  She and her husband operated a stand at Central Market for many years, selling poultry, vegetables, baked goods and other homemade items.

Services: New Danville Mennonite Church, 103 Marticville Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Curtiss Kanagy and Rev. Jay C. Garber officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard



Hershey, Mae E.


Born: 5-16-1923, Salisbury Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 10-16-2002, Lititz, Pa.

Wife of: Sanford E. Hershey.  Daughter of: Menno and Martha Landis Eby

Survivors:  Daughters, Sharon M. (Wilbury) Hershey of Lancaster, Pa., Sue A. (John) Martin of Toledo, Ohio and Sylvia M. (Arlon) Martin of Santa Barbara, Calif. Sons,  Carl E. (Doris Weaver) Hershey of Landisville, Pa. and Andrew M. (Yvonne Lefever) Hershey of Paradise, Pa.
Grandchildren: 14.  Great-Grandchildren: 3.  Brothers, Menno L. (Marian Landis) Eby of Gordonville, Pa. and Martin L. (Evelyn Mellinger) Eby of Strasburg, Pa.  Sister, Ruth (Donald) Gehman of Gap, Pa.

Preceded in death by infant daughter, Louise Hershey.

Mae was a lifelong member of Hershey's Mennonite Church, Kinzers, Penna.  She was previously secretary and treasurer of the sewing circle and assisted her husband with his ministry.  She was also a housekeeper in various homes.  She enjoyed quilting, rug making, needlepoint and embroidery.

Services: Hershey Mennonite Church, 401 Hershey Church Road, Kinzers, Pa. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Toshi Imchen, Pastor Glenn C. Hershey and Pastor Donald W. Good officiating.  Interment in Hershey Mennonite Cemetery, Salisbury Twp.  Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home, Paradise, Pa.
A complete obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer
Journal, published
Thursday, October 17, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard


Hershey, Martha


Born: 5-26-1914, Manor Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 12-23-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Elvin R. Hershey (5-29-19114-20-2001).  Daughter of: John C. and Lettie Myers Hostetter

Survivors: Sons, Nelson H. (Thelma W.) Hershey of Mountville, Pa., J. Wilson (Donna D.) Hershey of Lancaster, Pa. Daughters, L. Ruth (E. Richard) Bruckhart of Manheim, Pa. and Miriam E. (Harvey G.) Ruhl of Mount Joy, Pa. Grandchildren: 14. Great-grandchildren: 29.

Preceded in death by brothers, Aaron M., Christian M. and John Hostetter.

Martha was a member of Rohrerstown Mennonite Church where she was active as a Sunday School teacher and in the sewing circle.  She and her husband formerly had a market stand at the former West End Arcade Farmers Market, Lancaster, Pa.

Services: Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, 601 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002 at 1 p.m. with Rev. David L. Weaver and Rev. Millard P. Garrett officiating.  Interment in Rohrerstown Mennonite Church Cem.
Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer
Journal, published,
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard.



Hershey, Velda M
.

Born: 8-2-1917, Kinzers, Lancaster County, Pa. Died: 11-11-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Edwin R. Hershey (8-23-1916/7-4-1990).  Daughter of: Late Isaac H. and Esther I. Martin Eshleman

Survivors: Sons Kermit E. (Norman Copenhaver) Hershey of York, Pa., Wilbur L. (Sharon Hershey) Hershey , and Edwin Ray Hershey, both
of Lancaster, Pa. Brother, James (Helen Cook) Eshleman of Fort Wayne, Ind. Grandchildren: 5.  Great-grandchildren: 6

Preceded in death by sister, Elva Leaman, and a great-grandson.

Velda was a homemaker and a member of Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church, Quarryville, Pa.

Services: Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church, Church Road, Quarryville, Pa. on Thursday, November 14, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jay L.
Ranck and Pastor Wim. E. Hershey, Chaplain Dorcas J. Martzall & Deacon Isaac E. Hostetter officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer
Journal, published
Tuesday November 12, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard


Hess, Joseph H.
, 92, of Mechanicsburg, PA, died, March 13, 2002, in Community General Osteopathic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA. Born March 9, 1910, in Upper Allen Twp. Cumberland Co., PA to Christian B. and Fannie Horst Hess and the widower of Ruth Zimmerman Hess. He was a former chairman of the board of trustees at Slate Hill Mennonite Church, past president of the board of trustees at Union Church in Mechanicsburg, PA and was on the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions. He was a member of the Lancaster Mennonite High School Board, Mennonite Historical Society, and a lifetime member of Upper Allen Fire Co.

Survived by four sons, twins Galen A. of Dillsburg and Elvin B. of Mechanicsburg, C. Marlin of Alpharetta, Ga. and Joseph M. of Mechanicsburg; two daughters, Rosalie H. Roland and Rachel H. Gordon, both of Mechanicsburg; 16 grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth and two sisters, Ellen Smith and Ruth Hess.

Funeral service was March 16, 2002 at the Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Camp Hill, with the Rev. W. Lynn Shertzer officiating. Burial will be in Slate Hill Cemetery, Lower Allen Twp.

Source: The Sentinel Carlisle, PA.
Submitted by Leon Hertzler



Hess, Mabel K.


Born: 8-15-1909, Manheim, Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 12-16-2002, Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa.

Wife of: David B. Hess (5-17-1907/7-1-1996).  Daughter of: Late John B. and Amanda G. Kauffman Shenk

Survivors: Sons, Jim D. (Joan Michael) Hess, J. Larry (Janet E. Sangrey) Hess, and John B. (Sylvia Wissler) Hess, all of New Danville, Pa.
Grandchildren: 6.  Great-grandchildren: 2.

Preceded in death by brothers, Harry, Jacob, John & Elam Shenk. Sisters, Sue Johns, Amanda and Florence Shenk, Fannie Denlinger.

Mabel was a member of New Danville Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the sewing circle.  She was a Phillies Baseball fan and loved to play board games. She retired from Pine View Dairy.  She was a homemaker.

Services: New Danville Mennonite Church, 103 Marticville Road, Lancaster, Pa. on Thur. at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Curtiss Kanagy, Bishop Ernest M. Hess, Rev. Jay C. Garber officiating.  Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
 Lancaster Intelligencer Journal,

published Tuesday, December 17, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard



High, Catherine R. "Kit"

Born: 10-22-1909, Lancaster, Pa.: Died: 3-31-2002, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, Pa.

Wife of: Benjamin H. High*

Daughter of: Jacob and Lizzie Leaman Brackbill

Member: Neffsville Mennonite Church, Neffsville, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Mother of: Kitty L. (James H.) Bettis of Rehobeth Beach, Del., Carol S. (Kenneth E.) Stocker of Clinton Co., Pa., Herbert (Joanne Buckwalter) High of Elizabethtown, Pa.  Preceded in death by dau. Janet Brunk.

Preceded in death by: Brothers: Clayton & Jacob Brackbill. Sisters: Annie Smith, Lillie Weinhold, Mary Burkholder, Barbie Rhoads, Susan Brackbill, Fannie Brackbill, Emma Brackbill.

Burial: Willow Street Mennonite Cem., Willow Street, Lancaster Co., Pa.

*Note: Dates for Benjamin H. High: Born: 3-14-1909 and died 12-14-1995

Original Obituary can be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Published
Monday, April 1, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by Peggy Reichard


High, Verna K.

Born: 3-16-1921, Brecknock Twp. Died: 12-7-2002, Lancaster, Pa.

Wife of: Melvin N. High (11-30-1921/3-1986).  Daughter of: late Rufus H. and Susie Kurtz Musser.

Survivors: Sons, Leon (Marian Weaver) High, Glenn (Lucille Burkholder) High, both of Robesonia, Pa., Mervin (Martha Shirk) High of Cantril, Iowa, Melvin (Mabel Martin) High of Savannah, NY., Clair (Edna Mae Hurst) High of Myerstown, Pa., Elmer (Miriam Hoover) High of Lititz, Pa. and Marlin (Rachel Brubaker) High of Lebanon, Pa.  Daughters,  Mary (LeRoy) Musser of Manheim, Pa., Luella (Earl) Hoover of Lititz, Pa., Emma (Elmer) Zeiset of Savannah, NY, Rhoda (Earl) Gingrich of Lititz, Pa. and Lois (Harlan) Martin of New Washington, Ohio.  Grandchildren: 73.
Great-grand-children, 143

Brothers, Rufus K. Musser of Lebanon, Pa. and Alvin K. Musser of Memphis, Mo. Sisters, Lena (Lester) Martin of Myerstown, Pa., Emma (Aaron) Wise of Lebanon, Orpha (Harvey) Martin of Reading, Pa. and Phoebe (John) Zeiset of Cantril. Verna was a member of Weaveland Conference, Mountain View Mennonite Church, Lebanon, Pa. Services: Fairview Mennonite Church, Elco Drive, Myerstown, Pa. Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.  Intement
in adjoining cemetery.

Original obituary may be obtained from
Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, published Monday,

December 9, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.
Submitted by: Peggy Reichard

 

Hochstedler, Mary Kempf, 93, of Wellman died Thursday, April 25, 2002 in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, following a brief illness.

Private graveside services were Friday, April 26 in East Union Cemetery rural Kalona. A memorial service was Saturday April 27, in Powell Funeral Home, Wellman, with Pastor Larry Rediger officiating.

Born January 4, 1909 in Gohner, Nebraska, she was the daughter of John and Eliza (Swartzendruber) Kempf. She grew up in Shickley, Nebraska and moved to Iowa in 1930 where she lived with her aunt Barb Swartzendruber. She worked in Iowa City as a cook and house-keeper.

She was united in marriage to Monroe S. Hochstedler December 24, 1931 in the Kalona home of Dan Fisher. The couple lived in the Wellman community where Mrs. Hochstedler was a homemaker.

She was baptized in the Salem Mennonite Church in Shickley and, later, she and her husband were baptized in the Jordon River. Mrs. Hochstedler was a member of Kalona Christian Fellowship and was associated with Mennonite Renewal Services.

Survivors include two daugh-ters. Rose and husband Marlin Brenneman of Iowa City and Iva and husband Don Showalter of Kalona; three sons, Keith and wife Elaine Hochstedler of Iowa City, Kenneth Hochstedler of Wellman and Rowen and wife Susan Hochstedler of Newburyport, Massachusetts and former wife Carol Hochstedler of Kalona; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and three brothers, Roy Kempf, Jacob Kempf, and Jay Kempf.



Powell Funeral Home, Wellman, in charge of arrangements.
May 2, 2002 - The Kalona News, Kalona, IA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH



Hoover, Mabel W.

Born: 1-23-1921, East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa. Died: 4-12-2002, East Earl, Pa.

Wife of: Joseph N. Hoover (10-23-1918 / 2-1979 )

Daughter of: John G. and Anna Weave Leid

Survivors: Daughters, Lizzie (Curtis) Watkins of Wheeling WV, Lydia Hoover of Narvon, Pa., Alta (Howard) Robin of New Holland, Pa., Mabel (George) Zimmerman of Rushville, NY, Edith (Milton) Hurst and Rebecca (Leon) Horning, both of East Earl, Pa.

Grandchildren: 38. Great-grandchildren: 23.

Sisters: Ella Zimmerman of Versaille, Mo, Lizzie Imhoff of Goshen, Ind., Emma (Willis) Nolt of Lititz, Pa., Susanna (Allen) Lemmon of Boston.

Brothers: John, Paul and Elmer Leid, all of New Holland, Pa.

Preceded in death by brother, Ivan Leid

Member of: Bowmansville Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference)

Mabel was a homemaker.

Services:  Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at the home,  409 Black Creek Rd., East Earl Pa. at 8:30 a.m, followed by service at Weaverland Mennonite Church, East Earl at 9;30 a.m., with Bishop Titus Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Weaverland Mennonite Cem., East Earl, Pa.

Original obituary may be obtained from:
Intelligencer Journal, Published Monday,
April 15, 2002, Lancaster, Pa
.

Submitted by Peggy Reichard

Horning, Helen A.

Born: 12-25-1931, Lancaster Co., Pa.  Died: 12-13-2002, Akron, Lancaster Co., Pa.

Wife of: John H. Horning, who survives.  Daughter of: Late Charles W. & Mamie Eberly Long.

Survivors: Sons, John L. of Manheim, Pa., and Thomas L. (Lisa Shirk) Horning or East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.. Daughters, Carol (William) Brenneman of Lititz, Pa., Jewel Horning and Becky Grove, both at home. Grandchildren: 5.  Great-grandchildren: 1
Preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Wilmer and Howard Long, and a sister, Anna Seibert.


Helen was a member of Ephrata Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Pa. She raised birds and was a memorabilia collector.


Services: Ephrata Mennonite Church, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata, Pa. on Wed., Dec. 18, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. with Revs. David Burkholder, Jeffrey High, and Glenn Hoover officiating.  Interment in Hammer Creek Mennonite Cem., Elizabeth Twp., Lancaster Co., Pa.

Original obituary and photo may be obtained from
Intelligencer Journal, published
Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, Lancaster, Pa.

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