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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.

 2007  - N to Q


  Nafziger, Elfrieda NettieToews; . . Nafziger, Verna M. Sutter; . . Neff, Dr. Herbert; . . Neuenschwander, Deb Hershberger; . . Neufeld, Archie Wilbur; . . Nisley, Ora J.; . . Nissley, Lois I. Miller ; . . Noll, Irene G. Groff; . .Nolt, Ruth E.; . . Nussbaum, Frances "Fritzi" Mauger; . . Oberholtzer, Wilmer S.; . .Owolabi, Timothy Aladipo; . . Oyer, Leslie “Lec;” . . Pankratz, Elmer W.; . . Pankratz, Elsie Penner; . . Penner, Bertha Elsie Jantzen; . . Penner, Marie E; . . Peterson, Nancy J. Kelly; . . Pletcher, Margie L.; . . Preheim, Dorothy Ann; . . Pullman, LaVina Pullman; . .   

Nafziger, Elfrieda Nettie Toews
, 69, of Manhattan, KS died September 2, 2007 at Topeka, KS of a stroke. She was born July 22, 1938 at Hillsboro, KS to John A. and Nettie (Wilms) Toews.  On August 20, 1966 she was married to E. Wayne Nafziger, who survives.

Surviving are two sons, Brian Wayne Nafziger, and Kevin Jon Nafziger.

Also surviving are a sister, Wilma Kennedy, a brother, David Waltner-Toews and     a sister, Irene Meier.

Memorial services were held September 6, 2007 at All Faiths Chapel, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Richard Harris, Manhattan, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Nafziger, Verna M. Sutter
, 98, of Hopedale, died September 22, 2007 at Hopedale, Tazewell County, Illinois. She was born February 3, 1909 at Hopedale, to Amos and Mattie (Mast) Sutter.  On December 24, 1929 at Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL she was married to Arthur W. Nafziger, who was born November 4, 1908 and died December 20 1999.

Surviving are children, Paul A. (Gloria) Nafziger, Joel L. (Nancy) Nafziger, Patricia A. Murphy, Faye M. Coultas, 15 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

One daughter, Betty Jean Cender, one brother, Ervin Sutter, and two sisters, Amanda Springer and Sadie Nafziger preceded her in death.

She was a member of Hopedale Mennonite Church and its Women's Missionary Service Commission. She was a homemaker and an avid quilter.

Memorial services were held September 27, 2007 at Hopedale Mennonite Church, Hopedale, Tazewell County, Illinois with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Julie Hendricks, Hopedale, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Neff, Dr. Herbert,
88, of Granger, Indiana, died August 25, 2007 at his daughter's home, Granger, IN.  He was born October 16, 1918 at Wolfersdorf, Germany and was married to Ruth Horsch, who survives.

Surviving are children, Eva Nance, Barbara VanDamme, Heide Lind, Stefanie Devin, and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial services were held August 31, 2007 at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, IN.  The body was cremated.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Phyllis Miller,  South Bend, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Neuenschwander, Deb Hershberger
, 52, of Kidron, OH died February 1, 2007 at Kidron, OH  from cancer.  She was born June 3, 1954 at Wooster, OH to the late Roman and Marie (Stutzman 06/08/1923-09/24/2004) Hershberger. 

On May 18, 1974 she was married to Conrad Neuenschwander, who survives.

Surviving are children, DeAnn Mason, Conrad Neuenschwander, Jr., Rodney Neuenschwander, and five grandchildren.

Also surviving are three siblings: Maynard Hershberger, Dale Hershberger, and Garry Hershberger.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Samuel Hershberger and Larry Hershberger.

Memorial services were held February 4, 2007 at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, Kidron, OH with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ellen Nussbaum, Kidron, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Neufeld, Archie Wilbur,
76, of Loveland, Colorado died June 20, 2007 at Loveland, Larimer County, Colorado of cancer.  He was born August 29, 1930 at Beaver, Oklahoma to Edwin J. and Alma (Karber) Neufeld.  On January 17, 1953 he was married to Anna Ruth Cutrell, who was born November 13, 1933 and survives.

Surviving are children, Daniel Dwight Neufeld, Jo Ellen (Neufeld), eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Dawn Neufeld.

Unknown if any of these siblings are still alive: Dorothy, Mae, Leon Neufeld, and Gaylen Neufeld.

He sang bass in the Menn-o-Four Quartet; was a skilled carpenter/builder/fixer of mechanical equipment; enjoyed softball, classical music, horses, woodworking, flying small aircraft, and fishing.

Memorial services were held June 30, 2007 at First Mennonite Church, Denver, Denver County, Colorado with burial in the adjoining Memorial Garden.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Connie Rempel, Denver, CO
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Nisley, Ora J.

GOSHEN -- Ora J. Nisley, 80, of 64213 S.R. 13, died at 7:18 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2007) in The Courtyard Healthcare Center of Goshen.

He was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Goshen to Jacob and Katie (Chupp) Nisley. He married Ada Graber on March 23, 1948, in Shipshewana.

She survives, along with eight sons, Mervin (Linda) Nisley of Bristol, Larry (Jennifer) Nisley of Evansville, Elroy (LorEtta) Nisley, Marion (Ruby Mae) Nisley and LaVern (Kathy) Nisley, all of Goshen, Ora (Irene) Nisley Jr. of Topeka, Marlin (Elma Sue) Nisley of Millersburg and Vernon (Katie) Nisley of Ligonier; three daughters, Elsie Fern (Sam) Bontrager of Hillsboro, Wis., LeAnna (Samuel) Bontrager of Topeka and Miriam (LaVerne) Bontrager of Shipshewana; 72 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William (Dorothy) Nisley of LaGrange and Melvin (Ella) Nisley of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Yoder; a brother, Leo Nisley; and two sitllborn grandchildren.

Friends may call all day today at the family home, 64213 S.R. 13, Goshen. The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the family home with Bishop Ernest L. Schrock and the Home Ministers officiating. Burial will be in Clinton Brick Cemetery, Goshen.

Mr. Nisley was a blacksmith and ran a buggy repair shop. He was a deacon in the Old Order Amish Church.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.millerstewartfuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Aug. 10, 2007
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Nissley, Lois I. Miller

DONNA, Texas -- Lois I. Nissley, 73, of Donna, died at 6 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2007) in Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Edinburg, Texas.

She was born Nov. 12, 1934, in Kansas City, Mo., to Jacob and Barbara (Gingerich) Miller. She married Vernon Nissley on Aug. 23, 1958.

He survives along with two daughters, Charla Oveido of Conway, S.C., and Loreen (Stephen) Hostetler of Millersburg, Ohio; three sons, Laural (Geraldine) Nissley of Goshen, Ind., Verton (Amy) Nissley of Elkhart, Ind., and Cecil Nissley of Washington, Iowa; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Eunice (Otis) Yoder of Colona, Iowa.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church, Nappanee, Ind., and one hour prior to Monday's 10 a.m. funeral service at the church. Pastors Clarence Bontrager and Pete Kuhns will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Conservative Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Nissley was a missionary in Mexico for 38 years with Beyond the Border Gospel Missions and moved to Texas in 1958.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee, is assisting with arrangements.

Memorials may be given to Beyond the Border Gospel Missions.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 8 2007
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Noll, Irene G. Groff
, 78, of Manheim, PA died August 30, 2007 at Landis Homes, Lancaster County, PA after a lengthy illness.  She was born October 6, 1928 at Upper Leacock Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Martin R. and Edna M. (Martin) Groff.  Her mother was born October 3, 1903 and died October 27, 1956.  Her father was born November 17, 1904 and died April 27, 1991.

On October 23, 1948 at Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, PA she was married to John B. Noll who was born May 25, 1922 and died March 3, 1987. 

Surviving are two daughters, Susie, wife of Lamar F. Dourte, Linda, wife of Amos N. Sauder and two grandchildren.

Also surviving is a brother, Jay M. Groff, spouse, Doris Groff.

She was a farmer's wife, an excellent homemaker who enjoyed baking, and was known at Landis
Homes as the "puzzle lady."

Memorial services were held September 4, 2007 at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, East Petersburg, Lancaster County Pennsylvania with burial in Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville, Lancaster County, PA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ruth Durborow, East Petersburg, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Nolt, Ruth E.
, 82, of Talmage, Lancaster Co., PA died February 12, 2007 from cancer.  She was born to Enos and Mabel (Mowrer) Nolt.

Memorial services were held February 16, 2007 at Stumptown Mennonite Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster Co., PA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Don Sharp
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Nussbaum, Frances "Fritzi" Mauger,
68, of Akron, PA died March 21, 2007.  She was born  at Pottstown, PA to Francis and Charlotte (Edwards) Mauger.  She was married to Donferd Nussbaum, who survives.

Surviving are children, Eric Nussbaum married to Jodi; Kathy married to Chad Eberly; Kristy married to Merlel Zehr, and six grandchildren.

Memorial services were held March 24, 2007 at Akron Mennonite Church Akron PA.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Janet Weber, Akron, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Oberholtzer, Wilmer S.
83, of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA and formerly of Brickerville, PA died  December 4, 2007. He was born July 27, 1924, to J. Melvin and Suey (Stauffer) Oberholtzer. He was married to Della R. (Landis) Oberholtzer. He was a member of the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church

Survived by his wife and daughter, Carolyn, wife of Clair E. Martin of Lititz, PA; eight grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Christian of NJ and Chester of Lititz, PA. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Weaver,.

Funeral Service was December 8, 2007 at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church, with Pastor Samuel Burkholder, Pastor Fred Heller and Deacon Mervin Gingrich officiating. Interment will be in the Hammer Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Lititz, PA

Source: Obiturary files of
Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Owolabi, Timothy Aladipo
, 58, of Dalton, Ohio died July 8, 2007 at Canton, Ohio.  He was born June 19, 1949 at Ilesha, Nigeria to Samuel and Alice Owolabi, who are deceased.  On June 21, 1981 he was married to Sheila Abiodun Oke, who survives.

Surviving are children, Daniel (Erica) Owolabi, Samuel Owolabi and Elizabeth Owolabi.

Also surviving are brothers - Olusegun,Akin and Tunde Owolabi and sisters - Ayo, Funke and Aniola Owolabi.
   
Memorial services were held July 14, 2007 at Orrville Mennonite Church, Orrville, Ohio.

He was a professor at Ashland University and had worked part-time as an American Sign Language instructor at Akron University, Kent State University and Malone College; he had also served as pastor for the deaf at Orrville Mennonite Church; he was active in Christian Mission for the Deaf of Africa.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Jan Kauffman, Orrville, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Oyer, Leslie “Lec,”
89, of Fisher, Illinois died May 8, 2007. He was born September 11, 1917 to Joe and Bertha (Zimmerman) Oyer.  On February 25, 1941 he was married to Ruth Oyer (11/30/1917), who survives.

Surviving are children, Carolyn Miller, Nan Cagle, Kandy Beesley, Kathy Dennemann, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held May 12, 2007 at Dewey Evangelical Mennonite Church, Dewey, IL with burial in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher, IL.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Angela Beachey
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Pankratz, Elmer W.
, 79, of Inola, Oklahoma died September 26,2007 at Inola, OK. He was born February 11, 1928 at Inola, OK to Benjamin and Mary (Hiebert) Pankratz.  On  September 13, 1952 at Inola, OK he was married to Elvera Jantz.

Surviving are son: Dwight Pankratz & wife Frieda; daughters: Susan Landers & husband Richard; Mary Ann Beasley & husband John; Anita Schumer & husband T.J., and eight children.

Also surviving is a sister, Edna Lorene Brown

Memorial services were held September 30, 2007 at Eden Mennonite Church, Inola, OK.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Marilyn Isaac, Inola, OK
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Pankratz, Elsie Penner
, 96, of Goshen, IN died February 22, 2007 at Goshen, IN.  She was born March 1, 1910 to Abraham and Aganetha (Balzer) Penner.  On August 21, 1933 she was married to Henry J. Pankratz, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Lenore (James) Waltner, Louise (Emil) Kreider, Barbara (John) Fast, Stanley (Eileen) Pankratz, ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by two sisters and one brother, Hulda Rich, Martha Unruh, and Albert Penner.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2007 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake, Minnesota with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Penner, Bertha Elsie Jantzen
, 90, of Beatrice, Nebraska died February 15, 2007 at North Newton, Kansas of pulmonary complications.  She was born July 19, 1916 at Plymouth, Nebraska  to Alexander and Helen (Entz 10/04/1878- 07/18/1963) Jantzen.  On February 17, 1939 she was married to Alfred T. Penner, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Marvin James and Ruth Eby Penner; Harold Allen ("H.A.") and Barbara Mosemann Penner; Milbert LaVern and Ruth Gingerich Penner; Alfred Timothy ("Tim") and Faith Hershberger Penner; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by all her siblings: Marie Anna and spouse, Gustav A. Jantzen; Frieda Gertrude and spouse, Herman Epp; Edward Gerhard and spouse, Katie Epp; Ella Justine and spouse, Henry W. Penner; Gerhard Alex and spouse, Helen Regier; Margarete Helen and spouse, Albert J. Claassen; and Herbert John and spouse, Martha Holland Jantzen.

Memorial services were held February 20, 2007 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Nebraska  with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Harold A. ("H.A.") Penner, Akron, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Penner, Marie E
., 89, of Beatrice, Nebraska died February 2, 2007 of natural causes.  She was born January 23, 1918 at Dallas, Texas to W.S. and Della (Gray) Poole.  She was married to Waldo Penner, who is deceased.

Memorial services were held February 6, 2007 at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Gage Co., Nebraska with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Mary Baumfalk, Beatrice , Nebraska
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Peterson, Nancy J. Kelly
, 74, of Lancaster, PA died March 26, 2007 at the same place. She was born August 18, 1932 at Steelton, Dauphin Co., PA to Elmer E. and Anna C. (Kovacic) Kelly. In Lancaster Co., PA she was married to Frederick W. Peterson, who survives.

Surviving are children, William R. Jr. (Kristina Schmitt) Frank; Bradley A. (Elizabeth Eades) Frank; Barry F. (Morie Fletcher) Frank; Lori A. (Albert C.) Suter III; Leslie M. (Robert) Hartenstine; three stepsons, Fred W. (Carol) Peterson; Bradley W. (JoAnn) Peterson; Christopher W. (JoAnn) Peterson; and stepdaughter, Susan E. (David) Watson; nine grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and a sister, Alice J. Kelly.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She was previously married to William Frank Sr. and was a Registered Nurse.

Memorial services were held March 30, 2007 at Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen, Lancaster, PA with burial in Conestoga Memorial Park, Lancaster, Lancaster Co., PA.

Submitted by: Peggy J. Reichard, Mountville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Pletcher, Margie L.
, 74, of Goshen, IN died May 29, 2007 at Goshen, Ind.  She was born November 13, 1932 at Perryton, Texas. 

Survived by an adopted daughter, Wanda G. Guice.  Also surviving are siblings: Wilma Srof, Juanita Dietz, and B. R. Pletcher, Jr.   

Memorial services were held June 2, 2007 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. She was cremated.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Ethel Hoffman, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Preheim, Dorothy Ann
, 59, of Freeman, SD died October 17, 2007 at Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD. She was born October 14, 1948 at Yankton, Yankton Co., SD to Lynn and Ethel (Waltner) Preheim.  Her mother survives.

Memorial services were held October 20, 2007 at Salem Mennonite Church,  Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Sharon Birkey, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Pullman, LaVina Pullman
, 82, of Freeman, SD died December 29, 2007 at Freeman, Hutchinson County, South Dakota.  She was born May 1, 1925 at Hitchcock, SD to Dave and Mary (Gross) Pullman.  On May 2, 1946 at Fessenden, ND she was married to Paul P. Pullman, who was born July 18, 1926 and died February 7, 2002.

Surviving are a daughter Judy and husband Zeke Bittner, Sons: Randy and wife Leona, Ron and wife Claudia, LeRoy and wife Kathy and daughter, Karen and husband Dave Bartling, 19 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held January 3, 2008 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, Freeman, Hutchinson County, South Dakota with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

She was a member of Mennonite Church USA.
Submitted by: Kathy Pullman
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



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