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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.

2011 A to B


   Adams, Nancy Lee Cooper; . . Alderfer, Alvin H.; . . Alderfer, Florence Aquilla; . . Alderfer, Levi C.; . . Alderfer, Mary "Betty" Elizabeth Delp; . . Alderfer, Robert C.; . . Alderfer, Rosa Marie Hunsberger; . . Alderfer, Verna M. Delp; . .  Allebach Willard M.; . . Althaus, Larry Ned; . . Amstutz, Irene M.; . . Anders, Earl M.; . . Anderson, Emma M. Thomas; . . Andrews, James Carl; . .   Arbogast, Elsa Yoder; . .  Arn, Sarah Eleanor Kratz; . . Auker, Althea E. Swartz; . . Auker, Rachel M. Martin; . . Auker, Warren S.; . . Ayers, Ruth L. Amstutz; . . Bachman, Elda Long; . . Bachman, Joseph Alvin; . . Baer, Harold L.; . . Baker, Anna Mae Moyer; . . Basbagill, Kathleen Iona Rohrer; . . Basinger, L. Eugene; . . Batterman, Evelyn Frances Rhodes; . . Bauman, Jeffrey M.; . . Blauch Claude A.; . . Beachy, Alice Mae Miller; . . Beachy, Bryan David; . . Beachy, Elsie M. Leaman; . . Beachy, John E.; . . Beachy, Lovina Beachey; . . Bechtel, Edgar W.; . . Bechtel, Irene Souder; . . Becker, Evelyn M. Ranck; . . Beechy, John M.; . . Beery, Wesley Alan; . . Begly, Norman David; . . Bender, Delmar I.; . . Bender, Floyd Samuel; . . Bender, Ross T.; . .  Benner, Iva Catherine; . . Benner, Kathleen "Kathy" M. Brown; . . Benner, Michael Alan; . . Benner, Stanley Longacre; . . Birkey, Leslie V.; . . Bishop, Lloyd; . . Blauch, Claude A.; . . Blosser, Matthew John; . .  Blosser, Wilma Lehman; . . Bohn, Alden Lantz; . . Boldt, Marie Funk; . . Boll, James LaMar; . . Boll, John H.; . .  Boller, Leona M. Gingerich; . . Bontrager, Alvin J.; . . Bontrager, Andrew; . . Bontrager, Eli A.; . . Bontrager, Felty E.; . . Bontrager, Glendon L.; . . Bontrager, Ira J.; . . Bontrager, Isaiah Jon; . . Bontrager, Jonathan Wayne; . . Bontrager, Joseph M.; . . Bontrager, Martha E. Miller; . . Bontrager, Matthew David; . . Bontrager, Noah M.E.; . . Bontrager, Rosie C.; . . Bontrager, Sylvia M. Yoder; . . Borkholder, Jeriah Michael; . . Bowman, Edna M. Weaver; . . Bowman, Ivan Earl; . . Bowman, Joanne Gaye Bowman; . . Breckbill, Willis L. "Bill"; . . Brenneman, Olive M. Troyer; . . Brown, Jalil; . . Brubacher, Ivan; . .  Brubaker, Daniel A.; . . Brubaker, Daryl Allen; . . Brubaker, Frances Elizabeth; . . ,Brubaker, Martha Jane Reist; . . Brubaker, Noah M.; . .  Brubaker, Paul W.; . . Brubaker, Pearl I. Wyble; . . Brubaker, Ray M.; . . Buehler, Vincent Grant; . . Buckwalter, Carl R. "Bucky"; . . Buckwalter, Irvin S.; . . Burkey, Arnold A.; . . Burkholder, Ammon N.; . . Burkholder, Anna M. Horst; . . Burkholder, Anna N. Zimmerman; . . Burkholder, Bertha Naomi; . . Burkholder, Carrie Yoder ; . . Burkholder, David Z.; . . Burkholder, Dorothy Jane Sheaffer; . . Burkholder, Ethel Lena Wenger; . . Burkholder, George M.; . . Burkholder, Grace H. Fox; . . Burkholder, Helen Mae Yoder; . .  Burkholder, Maria M.; . . Burkholder, Noah Z. . . Byler, Betty M. Hershberger; . .   


Adams, Nancy Lee Cooper,
56, of Sarasota, FL died January 27, 2011 at the same place from flu/asthma complications.  She was born June 22, 1954 was married to Stan Adams.

Surviving are her mother, Jean Cooper, two daughters, Michelle Reed of Phoenix, AZ, and Crystal Adams of Parish, FL, three grandchildren, a sister, JoAnne Allen of Clarksville, GA, and two brothers, John Cooper of Gainesvlle, GA, and Jake Cooper of Seneca, FL.

A son, George Adams and a sister, Jody Beachy preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 1, 2011 at Bayshore Mennonite Church, Sarasota, FL with burial in Palms-Robarts Menorial Park, Sarasota, FL.

Submitted by: Judi Mullett, Sarasota, FL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Alderfer, Alvin H.
, 69, of Harleysville, PA entered Heaven on December 9, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was the loving husband for 48 years to Nancy G. (Freed) Alderfer. He was born January 18, 1942 in Harleysville, PA to Jacob and Edna (Hunsberger) Alderfer. Alvin was a lifetime member of Salford Mennonite Church.

Survived by his wife, Nancy and Brenda S. Snyder (Daughter) of Souderton, PA; Brian S. Alderfer (Son) & wife, Jennifer of Perkiomenville, PA; Karla A. Tierney (Daughter) & husband, Brian of Harrisonburg, VA; Stanley Alderfer (Brother) & wife, Eva of Souderton, PA; Gladys Yoder (Sister) & husband, Clyde of Souderton, PA; Earl Alderfer (Brother) & wife, Ruth of Harleysville, PA; Lester Alderfer (Brother) & wife, Louise of Souderton, PA; Jacob Alderfer (Brother) & wife, Mel of Harleysville, PA; Darlene Clemmer (Sister) & husband, Jacob of Pennsburg, PA; Samantha Alderfer (Granddaughter) of Perkiomenville, PA Caleb Alderfer (Grandson) of Perkiomenville, PA Alvin Tierney (Grandson) of Harrisonburg, VA.

Funeral service was December 14, 2011 at Salford Mennonite Church. Burial will take place at Salford Mennonite Cemetery. Harleysville, PA.

Source: Anders Detweiler Funeral Home &
Crematory Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Alderfer, Florence Aquilla
- 86, of Souderton, PA; formerly of Hickory, NC died December 14, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes. Born October 16, 1925 in Bedminster Twp., PA to Henry and Aquilla (Miller) Alderfer.

Florence received her nurses training at Grand View Hospital and from Eastern Mennonite College. Following her training, she went into voluntary service spending time in migrant camps in Texas and Arizona. Florence was a member of Deep Run Mennonite Church East of Perkasie, PA and Hickory Mennonite Church in Hickory, NC.

Survived by: Grace Scheetz (Sister) of Souderton, PA; Mary Rice (Sister) of Souderton, PA; Elizabeth Myers (Sister) of Souderton, PA; Claude Alderfer (Brother) of Souderton, PA; Alice Detweiler (Sister) & husband, Elmer of Bedminster, PA; Miriam Detweiler (Sister) & husband, Durrell of Hickory, NC; Pearl Freed (Sister) & husband, Norman of Perkasie, PA; Gladys Alderfer (Sister-In-Law) of Troy, PA.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Willard Alderfer.

Funeral services was December 21, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Summit View Auditorium, Souderton, PA. Burial was at Deep Run Mennonite Cemetery East.

Source: Anders Detweiler Funeral
Home & Crematory, Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Alderfer, Levi C.
, 87, of Telford, PA died November 16, 2011 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA from bladder cancer. He was born March 21, 1924 in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA to Levi L. and Edna D. (Clemmer) Alderfer. On March 23, 1946 in Montgomery Co., PA he was married to Arlene H. Musselman, who was born January 22, 1924 and survives.

Surviving are children, Nancy Leatherman and husband Daniel; John Alderfer and wife Janet; and Ruth Bower and husband Dennis, 10 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Derek Ray Bower, and four sisters, Alma Clemmer, Mary Anders, Martha Mininger, and Edna Freed preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held November 19, 2011 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Barb Moyer, Telford, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Alderfer, Mary "Betty" Elizabeth Delp,
90, of Sellersville, Montgomery Co., PA died August 13, 2011 at the same place from bladder cancer. She was born August 23, 1920 at Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA to Ephraim and Grace (Wismer) Delp. She was married to Wellington K. Alderfer, who was born March 6, 1918 and died September 20, 2002.

Surviving are children, Terry W. Alderfer and Wife Jean Marie; Edward Alderfer and wife Faith; Steven D. Alderfer and wife Karen; Christine Moyer and husband Clare; and Mary Anne Alderfer, 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Harold W. Delp and Robert W. Delp preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held August 17, 2011 at Rockhil Mennonite Home, Sellersville, PA with burial in Salford Mennonite Cemetery, Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA.

Submitted by: Bradley W. Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Alderfer, Robert C.
, 81, a Souderton, PA died Aug. 19, 2011 at the home of his daughter, Lisa. He was the beloved husband of Betty (Grasse) Alderfer for 61 years. Born in Lower Salford Township, son of Paul K. and Mary (Clemens) Alderfer. He was a member of Souderton Telford Rotary Club and Zion Mennonite Church.

Survived by his wife Betty and three children: Robert G. Alderfer and wife Mary T. of Souderton, PA; Brad Alderfer and wife Patty of Telford, PA; Lisa Alderfer of Perkasie, PA; Three grandchildren: Libby Alderfer of Telford, PA; Caleb Alderfer of the Republic of Georgia and Robert E. Alderfer of Souderton, PA. and Four siblings: Leon and his wife Pat of Houston, TX; David and his wife Vivan of Oxford, PA; Paulette Fly of Lansdale, PA; Charles and his wife Carolyn of Telford, PA.

His Memorial Service was Sept. 1, 2011 at Zion Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA.

Source: William,Bergey
Koffel Funeral Home Inc., Teford, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Alderfer, Rosa Marie Hunsberger
- 83, of Telford, PA; formerly of Harleysville, PA died February 1, 2011 at Hahnemann University Hospital. She was born in Morwood, PA to Paul and Edna (Ruth) Hunsberger. She was the wife of the late Paul M. Alderfer. She was a member of Line Lexington Mennonite Church and more recently she attended Franconia Mennonite Church.

Survived by: Ruthann Nice (Daughter)& husband, Robert H. of Telford, PA; Paul David Alderfer (Son) & wife, Teresa of Lansdale, PA; Dale B. Alderfer (Son) of Telford, PA; Richard Hunsberger (Brother) & wife, Mary Ellen of Souderton, PA; Donald Hunsberger (Brother) & wife, Sarah of Harrisonburg, VA; Ronald Hunsberger (Brother) & wife, Mary of Souderton, PA; Arlin Hunsberger (Brother) & wife, Naomi of Goshen, IN; Kathryn Seitz (Sister) & husband, Kenneth of Harrisonburg, VA; Merrill Hunsberger (Brother) & wife, Mabel of Waterloo, Ontario; Martha Hunsberger (Sister-In-Law) of Telford, PA; 4 grandchildren - Rebecca, Riley, Lashonda & Ryan.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Winfield Hunsberger and a sister, Ruth Hunsberger.

Memorial services was February 5, 2011 at Franconia Menno nite Church,Telford, PA Burial was private at the convenience of the family.

Source:   Anders Detweiler Funeral
Home & Crematory, Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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Alderfer, Rosa Marie Hunsberger, 83, of Telford, Montgomery Co., PA died February 1, 1011 at Philadelphia, PA from a stroke.  She was born July 14, 1927 in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA to Paul and Edna (Ruth) Hunsberger.  On November 6, 1948 she was married to Paul M. Alderfer, who died February 8, 1990.

Surviving are a daughter, Ruthann Nice & husband Robert; two sons, Paul David Alderfer & wife Teresa; and Dale B. Alderfer, 4 grandchildren, one sister, Kathryn Seitz & husband, Kenneth; and five brothers, Richard Hunsberger & wife, Mary Ellen; Donald Hunsberger & wife, Sarah; Ronald Hunsberger & wife, Mary; Arlin Hunsberger & wife, Naomi; and Merrill Hunsberger & wife, Mabel.

A brother, Winfield Hunsberger and a sister, Ruth Hunsberger preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 5, 2011 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, PA with burial in Line Lexington Mennonite Cemetery, Line Lexington, Bucks Co., PA.

Submitted by: Barb Moyer, Telford, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Alderfer, Verna M. Delp
, 98, of Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA died February 28, 2011 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA.  She was born December 17, 1912 at Harleysville, PA to Warren and Fannie (Moyer) Delp.  She was married to Norman M. Alderfer.

Surviving are a daughter, Mildred Alderfer and a sister, Anna Gehman and husband Harley.

Three brothers, Ernest Delp, Linneaus Kulp, and Roland Kulp, and two sisters, Pearl Kulp, and Alma Derstine preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 3, 2011 at Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Bradley W. Alderfer, Harleysville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Alderfer, Verna M. Delp - 98, of Souderton, PA; formerly of Telford, PA died February 28, 2011 at Grand View Hospital. Born in Harleysville, PA to Warren and Fannie (Moyer) Delp. She was the wife of the late Norman M. Alderfer. She was a lifelong member of Salford Mennonite Church of Harleysville, PA 

Survived by: Mildred Alderfer (Daughter) of Souderton, PA; Anna Gehman (Sister) & husband, Harley of Souderton, PA; Lorraine Schwoyer (Niece) & husband, Robert of Harleysville, PA; Connie Landis (Niece) & husband, Larry of Franconia, PA.

She was preceded in death by three brothers; Ernest Delp, Linneaus and Roland Kulp; two sisters, Pearl Kulp & Alma Derstine. Funeral service was March 3, 2011 at Salford Mennonite Church, burial was at Salford Mennonite Cemetery Harleysville, PA.

Source:  Anders Detweiler Funeral Home Souderton, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler




Allebach Willard M.
, 90, of Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA died February 19, 2011 at the same place.  He was born July 10, 1920 at Souderton to Paul H. and Mamie (Moyer) Allebach.  On May 22, 1976 at Souderton he was married to Emma S. Nyce, who was born April 15, 1923 and survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Lou Bechtel and Joyce Z. Ruth & husband Dan,
7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Marie Allebach.

His first wife, Lourene (Ziegler) Allebach, in 1975, a son, Richard Z. Allebach, two sisters, Helen Alderfer and Ruth Landes and two brothers, Stanton Allebach and Mark Allebach preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 26, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes Chapel, Souderton, PA with burial in Franconia Mennonite Church Cemetery, Telford, Montgomery County, PA.

Submitted by: Barb Moyer, Telford, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Althaus, Larry Ned
, 72, of Bluffton, OH died July 20, 2011 at the same place. He was born December 7, 1938 and was married to Patricia Althaus, who survives.

Surviving are children, Jeffrey Althaus, Randall Althaus, and Annette Heslep.

Memorial services were held July 25, 2011 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluffton, OH.

Submitted by: Patricia Althaus
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Larry Ned Althaus, 72, of Bluffton died at 5:40 pm July 20, 2011 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. He was born December 7, 1938 in Bluffton to Henry and Gertrude Diller Althaus. On December 13, 1958 he married Patricia Drury and she survives.

Mr. Althaus was a farmer and retired from the Ford Motor Company as a toolmaker. He was a member of First Mennonite Church, Bluffton where he served on various boards and committees. A member of the Allen East Ohio Young Farmers, Allen County Farm Bureau and its council circle 35, Farm Service Agency of Allen County and Board of directors of Farmer's Elevator of Beaverdam and the Swiss Community Historical Society. Graduate of Bluffton High School in 1956. He enjoyed woodworking and his antique tractors.

Survivors also include two sons, Jeffrey (Dianne) Althaus of Columbus Grove, Randall (Janice) Althaus of Bluffton, a daughter, Annette (Nathan) Heslep of Bluffton, six grandchildren, Traci (Steven) Heinze, Katie Althaus, Julie Althaus, Abbey Heslep, Amelia Heslep, Jason Althaus, two brothers, Jerry (Irene) Althaus of Bluffton, Gary (Janis) Althaus of Brookville and a mother in law, Louise Drury of Sebring, FL.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am Monday at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. Revs. Steven Yoder and Louise Wideman will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Mennonite Cemetery, Bluffton. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Saturday and 2-6 pm Sunday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services. Memorial contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church Capital Improvement Fund or the Swiss Community Historical Society.

Source: Tributes.com
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Amstutz, Irene M
., 83, of Kidron, OH died November 12, 2011 at the Wayne County Care Center. She was born in Kidron on August 29, 1928 to Moses and Aldine (Nussbaum) Amstutz. She lived all of her life in Kidron. She was a
member of the Kidron Mennonite Church.

She is survived by siblings, Vilas (Mabel) Amstutz of Elida, Esther Steiner of Kidron and Lila (Ralph) Smucker of Smithville; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Paul George Amstutz.

Memorial service was November 16, 2011 at the Kidron Mennonite Church with Pastors Thomas Dunn and Lydell Steiner officiating. Graveside services was held prior at 10:15 am in the Kidron Mennonite cemetery.

Source: Spidell Funeral Home
Brewster & Mount Eaton, OH.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Anders, Earl M.
, 99, of Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA died November 6, 2011 at the same place. He was born May 18, 1912 at Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA to Menno and Lizzie (Moyer) Anders. On October 8, 1932 in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA he was married to Mary B. Nyce, who was born June 30, 1914 and died August 15, 2002.

Surviving are children, Betty Kratz and husband Robert; Donald Anders and wife Catherine; Earl Anders Jr and wife Elaine; Aldine Frankenfield and husband Dale; and Rebecca Derstine and husband G. Dale; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a sister, Betty Hackman and husband Harrison, and a brother, Lewis Anders.

A grandson, Barry Anders, sisters - Alma Nyce and Sallie Landes and brothers - Marvin, Willis, and Linneaus Anders preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held November 13, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA with burial in Franconia Mennonite Cemetery, Telford, Montgomery Co., PA.

Submitted by: Barb Moyer, Telford, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Anderson, Emma M. Thomas

July 12, 1923 - Dec. 25, 2011

NAPPANEE — Emma M. Anderson, 88, of 11552 N. 1000 W, Nappanee, died at 1:25 p.m., Dec. 25, 2011, at her residence. She was born July 12, 1923, in Fargo, N.D. to Martin K. and Mary Ann Schlabach Thomas. She married Noah S. Anderson on Dec. 31, 1942. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are sons, Ivan Ray Anderson, Goshen and David Lee (Wilma) Anderson and Noah (Lorene) Anderson Jr., both of Nappanee; daughters, Inez Mae Mast and Rosetta Anderson, both of Nappanee, Treva (Elmer) Otto and Mary (Marvin) Otto, both of Kokomo, Elizabeth “Betty” (Richard) Yoder, Topeka and Anna Marie (Harley) Miller, Etna Green; a son-in-law, Lester T. Miller, Kokomo; 45 grandchildren; 99 great-grandchildren; step-sisters, Catherine Hochstetler, Nappanee, Sylvia Hochstetler, Milford and Betty Yates, Ligonier; and step brother-in-law, Henry Hochstetler, Nappanee.

Friends and family may call all day today at the Noah Anderson Jr. residence (11691 N. 1000 W.) where funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 27, 2001
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Andrews, James Carl, 68, of South Bend, IN died April 14, 2011 at the same place. He was born June 24, 1942 at South Bend, IN to James Ralph and Rose (Cira) Andrews. On August 1, 1970 at Archbold, OH he was married to Janice Kauffman, who survives.

Surviving are children, Jonathon (Sharon), of Georgetown KY, Joy (Albert) Bain of San Diego CA, 5 grandchildren, Rylee Griffin, Tyler James & Ashlynn Andrews and Addison & Marcus James Bain, and a brother, Larry (Nora) Andrews.

Memorial services were held April 19, 2011 at Kern Road Mennonite Church, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN with burial in Porter Rea Cemetery, North Liberty, IN, Potato Creek State Park, St. Joseph Co., IN.

Submitted by: Phyllis Miller
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Arbogast, Elsa Yoder
, 98, of Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA died April 2, 2011 at the same place.  She was born April 21, 1912 at Brandon, CO to Levi and Ella (Hershberger) Yoder.  On April 20, 1946 she was married to Olie M. Arbogast, who was born May 31, 1911 and died October 17, 2005.

Surviving is a foster son, David Thompson, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held April 5, 2011 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Lindale Mennonite Cemetery, Linville, Rockingham Co., VA.

Submitted by: Ann B. Hensley, Harrisonburg, VA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin  



Arn, Sarah Eleanor Kratz
, 71, of Lansdale, PA died May 10, 2011 at the same place from cancer. She was born December 9, 1940 at Lansdale, PA to Horace Spare and Sarah Eleanor (Wampole) Kratz. On December 28, 1958 at Lansdale, PA she was married to John W. Arn, who survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Christel Boysel; and Kendra and Christian Hosgood; and a son, Nathan and Robin Arn, and 6 grandchildren.

Sarah and John served at Herold Mennonite Church Cordell, OK and at Bethlehem Mennonite Church, Bloomfield, MT. Later they served with the General Conference Missions in Taichung, Taiwan as missionaries.

Memorial services were held May 14, 2011 at Grace Mennonite Church, Lansdale, PA
with burial in Lower Skippack Mennonite Cemetery, Skippack, PA.

Submitted by: Ruth E. Delp, Lansdale, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Auker, Althea E. Swartz
, 88, of Thompsontown, PA, died July 7, 2011, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. Born on March 31, 1923, in Fayette Twp., Juniata Co., PA she is a daughter of the late George and Gladys (Long) Swartz. On September 30, 1945 she wed S. Merrill Auker with whom she spent nearly 63 years, before he preceded her in death on May 31, 2008.

Surviving are her children: Delmar D. Auker and his wife Elaine, of Thompsontown, PA; Connie Hartzler, of Belleville, PA; Sam M. Auker and his wife Janice, Montrose, CO, one sister, Bea Shelley, of Thompsontown, PA; seven grandchildren, Brett Auker, Chad Auker, Kim Tusing, Sean Auker, Erin Auker, Chris Hartzler, Heather Boring, and thirteen great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were, her husband S. Merrill, one brother, Clarence Swartz and one son-in-law, John Hartzler.

Mrs. Auker was a member of the Delaware Mennonite Church, East Salem where she had taught Sunday school, Bible school and had served as trustee. She also belonged to the church's sewing circle. Funeral service was July 11, 2011, at the Delaware Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Glenn D. Hosler and Pastor Roy L. Brubaker officiating. Interment was in the Deleware Mannonite cemetery. East Salem, PA.

Source: Brown Funeral Homes, Inc, McAllisterville, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler




Auker, Rachel M. Martin
, 80, of Ephrata, entered into rest at her residence on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Born in Earl Township, she was the daughter of the late Clayton O. and Fianna (Sensenig) Martin and was the wife of Clarence S. Auker. A homemaker, Rachel was a member of Stauffer Mennonite Church, Earl Township.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons: Eugene, husband of Kathryn (Martin) Auker of Bainbridge, OH; Jonas, husband of Brenda (Martin) Auker of Bainbridge, OH; and David, husband of Noreen (Wanner) Auker of Port Trevorton; six daughters: Sally, wife of Alvin  Stauffer of Selinsgrove; Mabel, wife of Abel Weaver of Mt. Pleasant Mills; Mary, wife of John  Martin of East Earl; Susie, wife of Wayne Wenger of Tunas, MO; Lizzie, wife of Lamar Martin of  Ephrata and Anna, wife of Tom Stauffer of Port Trevorton. Also surviving are 75 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, her brother, Elmer Martin of Denver and sister, Dora Deimer of Ephrata.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lilly, four brothers, Edwin, Israel, William and Paul, three sisters, Mariam, Emma and Edith, and 2 grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at the late residence, 219 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata from 2-4 and 6-8 PM  on Monday, February 21st. Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, February 22nd, with further services from Stauffer Mennonite Church at 9:15 AM.  Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/18/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Auker, Warren S.,
47, of Elliottsburg passed away at home on Sunday, July 3, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Warren was born October 4, 1963 in Lancaster County to Arthur S. Auker of Manheim and the late Edna W. (Sensenig) Auker.

He served as minister and was a member of the Milltown Mennonite Church at Landisburg since 1998. Warren was also a dairy farmer most of his life.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Martha Ann (Martin) Auker, six children, Dennis M. Auker and his wife Karolyn (Good), Landisburg, Laura M. Wenger and her husband Matthew, Manheim, Gerald M. Auker, Lynette M. Auker, Nathan M. Auker, Jesse M. Auker, four grandchildren, Jalinda & Carson Auker, Hannah & Keturah Wenger, seven siblings, Mildred Good and her husband Nathan, South Boston, VA; Joyce Hahn and her husband Millard, Vineland, NJ; John Auker and his wife, Erma, Myerstown, Arthur Auker, Jr., Mt. Joy; Lloyd Auker, Manheim; Paul Auker and his wife Elizabeth, Edgar, WI; Glenda Weaver and her husband Nelson of Manheim.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center, 350 Green Park Road, Elliottsburg, Pa. 17024. The funeral service will be held 9:30 AM Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Milltown Mennonite Church on Waggoner's Gap Road, Landisburg, Pa. 17040 with the following ministers, Marlin Hoover, Jay Paul Hoover, Jonathan Martin, Raymond Zimmerman and Lester M. Martin. Burial will be in the Milltown Mennonite Cemetery, Landisburg. Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements are being handled by the Nickel Funeral Home, P. O. BOX 910, 3626 Shermans Valley Road, Loysville, Pa. 17047.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/5/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Ayers, Ruth Amstutz
, 92, of Bluffton, OH died September 25, 2011 at the same place. She was born May 16, 1919.

Memorial services were held October 1, 2011 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH with burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, OH.

Submitted by: First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Ayers, Ruth L. Amstutz - 1919-2011

Ruth L. Ayers, 92, died, Sept. 25, 2011 at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton. She was born May 16, 1919 on the family farm near Pandora, to Ezra and Etta Davidson Amstutz. She married Wilbur Ayers in 1945 and he died in 1999.

She is survived by their children, Keith (Rebecca) Ayers of Houston, Texas, Marilyn (Tom) Beerman of Worthington, Ohio and John (Cheryl) Ayers of E. Greenwich, R.I. There are five grandchildren, Kevin Ayers, League City, Texas, Andrew Beerman, Park City, Utah, Jennifer Bonnice, Oregon, Ohio, Bradley Ayers, Warwick, R.I., Brian Ayers, Ligonier, Pa., and 10 great-grandchildren She is also survived by her sister Marcile Henkener of Dublin, Ohio, her sister-in-law Mary Amstutz of Bluffton and 10 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers Ray and Fred Amstutz and granddaughter Deborah Blount.

Mrs. Ayers taught Home Economics at Delphos Jefferson High School for over 20 years. Ruth and Wilbur raised their family in Delphos and in 1998 moved to Maple Crest Senior Living Communities in Bluffton where Ruth remained until recently.

There will be calling hours at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton on Friday Sept. 30 from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos on Saturday Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. Following burial, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church in Bluffton.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First Mennonite Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Bluffton Icon, Bluffton, OH
By Fred Steiner, Sept. 26, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bachman, Elda Long

Feb. 6, 1916 - Nov. 11, 2011

GOSHEN - Elda Long Bachman, 95, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen, where she had resided since May.

She was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Dixon, Ill., to C. Norman and Bertha (Landis) Long. On Aug. 1, 1937, she married Harold Bachman. He survives.

Also surviving are sons Stanley (Ginger) Bachman of Peoria, Ill., and Walter (Lynette) Bachman of Goshen; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by son H. Sherwin; sister Hazel Lapp; and brothers Mervin, Leslie, Chester and Orlo Long.

Elda and Harold made their home in Sterling, Ill. She was an elementary education teacher for over 25 years in Sterling area schools and was an active member of Science Ridge Mennonite Church. She has resided in Goshen since 2004 and is a member at Eighth Street Mennonite Church.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Meetinghouse at Greencroft Healthcare. Visitation will be from noon to 12:45 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Mission Network, P.O. Box 370, Elkhart, IN 46515.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 19, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bachman, Elda Mae Long, 95, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died November 11, 2011 at the same place. She was born February 6, 1916 at Dixon, IL to C. (Charles) Norman and Bertha (Landis) Long. On August 1, 1937 at Sterling, IL she was married to Harold R. Bachman, who was born February 16, 1915 and survives.

Surviving are two sons, Stanley (Ginger) Bachman, and Walter (Lynette) Bachman, 8 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

A son, H. Sherwin Bachman, and siblings, Hazel Lapp, Mervin Long, Leslie Long, Chester Long, and Orlo Long preceded her in death.

Elda was an elementary education teacher for over 25 years in Sterling, IL area and was an active member in the Science Ridge Mennonite Church. She has resided in Goshen since 2004 and was a member of Eighth Street Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held December 7, 2011 at Meetinghouse at the Gables, Greencroft, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Rachel Nolt, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bachman, Joseph Alvin


BRISTOL -- Joseph Alvin Bachman, 61, of Bristol, died unexpectedly Saturday (Jan. 29, 2010) at his winter home in Englewood, Fla.

He was born in Pomona, Calif., on Aug. 8, 1949, to the late Richard Christian and Lucinda (Burkey) Bachman.

He is survived by a daughter, Jillian Jo'Lee (Sean) Bachman-Underhill of Yuma, Ariz.; a sister, Marianne (Rodney) Pletcher of Goshen; a brother, Frederick Bachman of Adrian, Mich.; and a brother-in-law, Harold (Elaine Unzicker) Kauffman of Goshen. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Kauffman.

A graduate of Goshen High School and Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Mr. Bachman was owner and operator of White Cloud Chimney Sweeps. He was a member of College Mennonite Church, National Chimney Sweeps and Indiana Chimney Sweeps Associations.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church. Family and friends will meet at Violett Cemetery for burial at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. Friends may also call from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Koinonia Room prior to the 6 p.m. memorial service. Pastor Rose Widmer will officiate. A light supper for family and friends will follow the service in the church's fellowship hall.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Feb. 6, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bachman, Joseph Alvin, 61, of Bristol, IN died at his winter home in Englewood, Florida. He was born August 8, 1949 in Pomona, California, to Richard Christian and Lucinda (Burkey) Bachman. He was a member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

He is survived by a daughter, Jillian Jo-Lee (Sean) Bachman-Underhill of Yuma, Arizona; a sister, Marianne (Rodney) Pletcher of Goshen, IN; a brother, Frederick Bachman of Adrian, MI; and a brother-in-law, Harold (Elaine Unzicker) Kauffman of Goshen, IN.

He was preceded in death by a sister Jean Kauffman.

Family and friends met at Violett Cemetery for burial on February 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. and at 6:00 pm a Memorial service was in the Koinonia Room at College Mennonite Church, officiated by   Pastor Rose Widmer.

Source: Yoder-Culp Funeral Home Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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Bachman, Joseph Alvin, 61, of Bristol, IN died January 29, 2011 at Englewood, FL.  He was born August 8, 1949 at Pomona, Calif. to Richard Christian and Lucinda (Burkey) Bachman.

Surviving are a daughter, Jillian Jo-Lee (Sean) Bachman-Underhill, a sister, Marianne (Rodney) Pletcher; and a brother, Frederick Bachman

A sister, Jean Kauffman preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 10, 2011 at College Mennonite Church Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Baer, Harold L.
, 74, of 12275 Market St., North Lima, Ohio, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the love of his life, early Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2011, following a short battle with cancer.

Mr. Baer was born in Hagerstown, Md., on Aug. 5, 1937, the son of Alvey and Elizabeth (Kuhns) Baer.

Harold moved to the area in 1958. He was a truck driver, and later became a sales manager at Barth Farms in Poland, Ohio, for 28 years. In later years, he was a truck driver for Edgar Miller Co. in Youngstown, Ohio and then for Lemon Tree Flowers in Columbiana, Ohio.

He was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church, where he was a past Sunday school teacher and superintendent, elder and janitor.

Mr. Baer was preceded in death by his wife, Effie (Ropp), whom he married Jan. 1, 1959.

He is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Ed) Wilson of New Springfield, Ohio; Marlene (Gerald) Witmer of Poolesville, Md.; two sons, Gareth (Karla) Baer of North Lima and Arnold (Dawn) Baer of Poolesville; three sisters, Gladys (Raymond) Shank of Harrisonburg, Va., Marie (Raymond) Davis of Mineral Ridge, Ohio; and Esther (Ernie) Mast of Lancaster, Pa.; one brother, David (Nancy) Baer; nine grandchildren, Bob (Kristy) Wilson, Heather (Nick) Shaulis of New Springfield, Ryan Witmer of Hutchinson, Kan., Austin (Connie) Witmer of Roanoke, Va., Kayla and Leana Witmer of Poolesville, and Lauren, Landon and Logan Baer of North Lima; and five great-grandchildren, Lydia, Robby and Makenna Wilson, and Alaina and Ava Shaulis, all of New Springfield.

Calling hours will be Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, North Lima, and also one hour prior to the service Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at North Lima Mennonite Church, with Pastor Robert D. Wengerd officiating. Burial will be at the North Lima Mennonite Cemetery.

The family suggests that material contributions be made to North Lima Mennonite Church, or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., North Lima, OH 44512.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima.

Herald-Mail - 11/11/2011
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Baker, Anna Mae Moyer

March 23, 1918 - Nov. 6, 2011

ELKHART - Anna Mae Baker, 93, of Elkhart, died at Goshen General Hospital at 5:03 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011.

Anna Mae was born in Elkhart on March 23, 1918, to William Culp Moyer and Lizzie (Miller) Moyer.

Anna Mae married Robert J. Baker on May 16, 1947, in Elkhart. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2006.

Anna Mae is survived by two daughters, Nancy Baker of Elkhart and Rebecca (Loren) Hoyt of Ackley, Iowa; three sons, Douglas (Cindy Warner) Baker of Goshen, Solly (Lorinda Palin) Walker of Broadway, Va., and Timothy (Anne Sulloway) Baker of Bellingham, Wash.; a brother, Jonathan (Carol) Moyer of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Jonathan Baker, and a brother, David Moyer, preceded her in death.

Anna Mae graduated from Concord High School and attended Goshen College for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of Belmont Mennonite Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher in the past. Anna Mae had a fine business mind and was an innovator in recording and distributing tapes of church services. She enjoyed keeping flowers, was a great lover of music and collected church hymnals. Anna Mae was involved in the local WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union) and served as state treasurer for many years. She also was a member and supporter of the Mennonite Historical Society.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Friends and family may gather at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, to proceed to Prairie Street Cemetery for a 9:30 a.m. graveside service. A memorial service will follow at 10:30 a.m. at Belmont Mennonite Church. The Rev. Russell Jensen of Belmont Neighborhood Fellowship will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Belmont Mennonite Church Love Fund.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 9, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Basbagill, Kathleen Iona Rohrer
, 61, Louisville, Ohio died February 26, 2011 at Columbus, Ohio from cancer.  

She was born November 3, 1949 at Canton, Stark Co., Ohio to Maynard C. and Awilda G. (Miller) Rohrer.  Maynard was born May 4, 1923 and died July 15, 2005.  Awilda was born February 3, 1925 and survives.

She was married to Frederick T. Basbagill at Columbus, Ohio.

Surviving are a daughter, Michelle (Dave) Lehman, a son, Stephen (Kelli) Whitley, 6 grandchildren, and two sisters, Sharon (Michael) Zwick and Evelyn (Rick) Watts.

Kathy's childhood family were missionaries in Brazil from 1958-1961. It was there, where the missionary nurses allowed her to help in the clinic, that she developed her passion to become a nurse, which she did for 34 years.

Memorial services were held March 2, 2011 at Stier-Israel Funeral Home, Louisville, Ohio with burial in Beech Mennonite Cemetery, Louisville, Ohio.

Submitted by: Sharon Zwick, Phoenix, AZ
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Basinger, L. Eugene
, 92, of Bluffton, Ohio died July 1, 2011 at the same place in his sleep. He was born February 14, 1919 at Bluffton, Ohio to Daniel J. and Elizabeth (Bixel) Basinger. On July 8, 1948 at Metamora, IL he was married to Lola Schertz, who was born September 27, 1916 and survives. They were married at the home of Rudy and Tillie (Stalter) Schertz, Lola's parents, by Rev. H.R. Schertz.

Surviving are children, Doug (John Flickinger), Deb Stechschulte, and Jerome (Pam), five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

All his siblings, Charlotte Keller, Weldon, Amelia, Franklin, Marcella Neuenschwander, and Bryan preceded him in death.

Eugene and Lola met during Civilian Public Service in Grottoes, Virginia, where Lola was serving as a camp nurse. Eugene graduated from Bluffton College (BA) and University of Cincinnati (MA). As a public high school teacher he taught English, Shakespeare, the Bible as Literature, and German.

Memorial services were held July 7, 2011 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, Bluffton, Ohio.

Submitted by: Doug Basinger, San Francisco, CA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Basinger, Lowell Eugene, 92, of Bluffton, OH died July 1, 2011 at the same place. He was born February 14, 1919 was married to Lola Basinger, who survives.

Surviving are children, Douglas, Deborah & Jerome.

Memorial services were held July 7, 2011 at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, OH.

Submitted by: First Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Batterman, Evelyn Frances Rhodes
, 93, of Dayton, passed away, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, at her home. She had been failing in health for just over a year. She was born in Rockingham County, on March 8, 1918, and was a daughter of the late John Lewis and Sadie (Weaver) Rhodes.

Evelyn was a member of Peake Mennonite Church. She graduated from Dayton High School. She was united in marriage to Levi M. Batterman on Dec. 17, 1941, who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Susan B. Rodes and husband, Elden, of Mount Crawford; six grandchildren, Christie Rhodes and husband, Linden, Kevin Knicely, Bryan Rodes, Craig Rodes, Valerie Good and Gloria Rodes; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn B. Good; two sons-in-law, Fred H. Knicely and Glen G. Good; a sister, Katharine L. Rhodes; and brother, Frankin J. Rhodes.

A funeral service will be held at Pike Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, with Ministers of the Peake Mennonite Church officiating. Burial will follow at Pike Mennonite Church Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 11/26/2011
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Bauman, Jeffrey M.
, 25, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 26, 2011 at the same place from cancer.  

He was born February 28, 1985 at Goshen to Philip and Connie (Leinbach) Bauman. Philip was born March 12, 1949 and Connie was born December 28, 1955.  They both survive.

Also surviving is a brother, Mark.

Memorial services were held March 5, 2011 at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen, IN with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen,IN.

Submitted by: Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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JEFFREY M. BAUMAN

Feb. 28, 1985 - Feb. 26, 2011

GOSHEN -- Jeffrey M. Bauman, 25, died Saturday afternoon (Feb. 26, 2011) at home. He had been ill since April 2010.

He was born Feb. 28, 1985, to Philip and Connie (Leinbach) Bauman of Goshen.

They survive with his grandparents, Harold (Carolyn Hertzler) Bauman and Gene and Shirley Leinbach; and a brother, Mark Bauman, all of Goshen. He was preceded by a grandmother, Elizabeth Bauman.

Jeff worked as a trust accounting assistant at Everence, formerly Mennonite Mutual Aid, Goshen. He graduated from Bethany Christian High School, Goshen, in 2003, and Goshen College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in business. He spent a year in La Jara, Colo., with the Mennonite Voluntary Service program, at Adams State Community Partnerships Business Support Center.

An avid chess player, Jeff gave leadership to a number of area elementary, middle school and high school chess clubs and programs most of the past seven years. Jeff enjoyed hiking, camping, bicycling, and Notre Dame football and basketball. He was a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen. The Rev. Dan Schrock of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship will officiate. Burial will be at Violett Cemetery, Goshen, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society or Mennonite Voluntary Service.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 2, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bauman, Jeffrey M. 25, of Goshen, IN, died February 26, 2011, at his home. He had been ill since April 2010.  He was born February 28, 1985, to Philip and Connie (Leinbach) Bauman of Goshen, PA.

Survived by his parents and grandparents, Harold (Carolyn Hertzler) Bauman and Gene and Shirley Leinbach; and a brother, Mark Bauman, all of Goshen, IN.

He was preceded by a grandmother, Elizabeth Bauman. 

He was a member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. A memorial service was March 5, 2011 at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, Goshen. Rev. Dan Schrock of the church will officiate. Burial at Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.

Source: Yoder-Kulp Funeral Home Goshen, IN.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Beachy, Alice Mae Miller

Jan. 3, 1922 - Oct. 18, 2011

NAPPANEE - Alice Mae Beachy, 89, of 9473 W. 1050 N., Nappanee, died at 12:32 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Topeka, to Atlee N. and Anna Glick Miller. She married Elmer M. Beachy on Feb. 3, 1944, in Topeka. He preceded in death Feb. 8, 2009.

Mrs. Beachy was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing and gardening. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are daughters Rosanna (John Henry) Borkholder of Nappanee, Loretta (Noah) Herschberger and Rachel (Edward) Otto, both of Kokomo; 11 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; a brother, Daniel A. (Ida) Miller; and a sister, Rosa (Ervin) Miller.

She was preceded in death by a daughter and her husband, Treva and Vernon Miller, six brothers and a sister-in-law.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today and all day Thursday at Lyle Borkholder's residence, 9457 W. 1050 N. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Ray Kemp residence, 9699 W. 1050 N.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 19, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Beachy, Bryan David
, age 52, of Seattle, Washington, formerly of Plain City, [OH] died October 6, 2011. Born August 30, 1959 in Columbus, Ohio.

Survived by parents: Joseph O. and Ada (Yutzy) Beachy; siblings: Jeffrey A. (Jodi) Beachy of Plain City, Michael J. (Denise) Beachy of Plain City, Monica (Brian) Milovich of Columbus, Steven E. Beachy and fiancée Jenny M. Pond of Plain City; nieces: Paige, Cassandra and Cassidy Beachy; nephew: Nicholas Beachy.

Bryan was baptized as a youth at United Bethel Church. He was a gifted musician who always had a song in his heart and a smile on his face. His infectious laughter would fill a room with joy. He was also passionate about sailing and fishing and his dreams were as big as the oceans are large.

A memorial service was October 12, 2011, at United Bethel Mennonite Church, Plain City, OH with Pastors Walter and Lonnie Beachy officiating.

Source: Ferguson Funeral Home
Plain City, OH
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Beachy, Elsie M. Leaman
, 91, ­ formerly of Witmer, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Landis Homes where she had resided since 2003. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie R. Beachy, in 2002.

Born in East Lampeter Twp., she was the daughter of the late M. Rohrer and Elizabeth (Leaman) Leaman.

Elsie was an active member of Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, and a life member of Witmer Fire Co., Ladies' Auxiliary. She had been a census taker for East Lampeter Township for many years.

She and her husband had enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and Europe and visiting with their children and relatives who lived out of state and in Canada as well.

She will be missed by friends and her family, including her children, Glenn, married to Janice (Skiles) Beachy of Westerville, OH, Dottie, married to Rev. Mel Hathaway, of Dalton, OH, Don, married to Darlene (Sauder) Beachy of Bird-in-Hand, and Lois, married to Ron Eby of East Earl; her grandchildren, Allison, married to Marlon Beach, Beth, wife of the late Mike Scharfe, Dawn Beachy, Heather, married to Mike Kelly, and Marissa Eby; two great grandsons, Jack Scharfe and Max Beach; and a sister, Ruth Martin of Goshen, IN.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Leaman, Irene Groff, Pauline Leaman, and Dorothy Musser, and two infant brothers.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Hwy. E., Lancaster, PA, with Pastors Joe Miller and Leon Oberholtzer officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at West Bethany Chapel, Landis Homes, and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Church. If desired, in memory of Elsie, memorials may be sent to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543 or to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Arrangements are with Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 10/19/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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Beachy, Elsie Marie Leaman, 91, of Lancaster, PA died October 17, 2011 at Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA. She was born March 22, 1920 at Lancaster, PA to M. Rohrer and Elizabeth (Leaman) Leaman. On November 16, 1946 at Lancaster, PA she was married to Alvie Roy Beachy, who was born May 2, 1923 and died September 14, 2002.

Surviving are children, Glenn (Janice Skiles) Beachy; Dottie (Rev. Mel) Hathaway; Don (Darlene Sauder) Beachy; and Lois (Ron) Eby, 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruth (the late Enos) Martin.

Four sisters, Gladys Leaman; Irene (the late Earl) Groff; Pauline Leaman; and Dorothy (Harry) Musser preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held October 22, 2011 at Mellinger Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dottie Hathaway, Dalton, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Beachy, John E.

GOSHEN -- John E. Beachy, 92, died Monday afternoon, April 18, 2011.

He was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Plain City, Ohio, to Eli C. and MaryAnn (Kauffman) Beachy. On Aug. 29, 1942, he married Miriam Weaver of Goshen.

He was a graduate of Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart. From 1948 to 1971 he was a missionary to Bihar, India, with Mennonite Board of Missions. He supervised the building of three mission stations and Nav Jiwan Hospital. He was ordained as a minister in 1951. He was principal of a pastors training school, served with Indian pastors and planned for Indian leadership of the church in Bihar. In 1966 to 1967, he directed a large famine relief program in Bihar followed by an agricultural development program. In 1972, John began work as director of finance and services with Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., retiring in 1985. In 1995, following 10 years in Sarasota, Fla., where he served in church and conference assignments, he moved to Goshen. Wherever he lived, John found joy in growing roses. He was a member of College Mennonite Church.

Surviving are his wife, Miriam; two sons, John Allen of DeKalb, Ill., and Kenton (Rhonda) of London, Ohio; two daughters, Cheryl Jo (David) Paulovich of Phoenix and Lynette (Leon) Bauman of Goshen; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alvin (Donna) and Eli (Katie) Beachy Jr.; and three sisters, Betty Lyles, Anna Christner and Lena (Omar) Showalter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jonas, Neil, Noah and infant brother Leroy; and a sister, Florence B. Hostetler.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A private burial service will be at Violett Cemetery. The memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at College Mennonite Church. The Rev. June Alliman Yoder will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to Mennonite Central Committee or Mennonite Mission Network for the Bihar Mennonite Church, India.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
April 20, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Beachy, John E. 92, died April 18, 2011at Greencroft Gables, Goshen, IN. He was born August 12, 1918, in Plain City, Ohio to Eli C. and MaryAnn Beachy. He married Miriam Weaver on August 29, 1942, in Goshen. IN.

Mr. Beachy was a member of College Mennonite Church, Goshen, and he served on the executive committee of Alleghany Mennonite Conference and South East Mennonite Conference. A missionary, Mr. Beachy served in India for 23 years. He was ordained as a minister in 1951, and was the director of finance at Mennonite Publishing House from 1971-1985.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (David) Paulovich, Phoeniz, AZ, Lynette (Leon) Bauman, Goshen, IN; two sons, John Allen Beachy, DeKalb, IL, Kenton Beachy, London, OH; three sisters, Betty Lyles, Woodstock, GA, Anna Christner, Phoenix, AZ, Lena (Omar) Showalter, Harrisonburg, VA; two brothers, Alvin Beachy, Eli (Katie) Beachy Jr., both of Plain City, OH; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jonas, Neil, and Noah Beachy; and one sister, Florence B. Hostetler.

A memorial service was April 23, 2011 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. A private family burial was in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.

Source: Yoder-Culp Funeral Home Goshen, IN.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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Beachy, John E., 92, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 18, 2011 at the same place. He was born August 12, 1918 at Plain City, Ohio to Eli C. and MaryAnn (Kauffman) Beachy. On August 29, 1942 at Goshen, IN he was married to Miriam Weaver, who was born July 15, 1921 and survives.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters, John Allen; Kenton (Rhonda); Cheryl Jo (David) Paulovich; and Lynette (Leon) Bauman, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Alvin (Donna) and Eli (Katie) Beachy Jr; and three sisters, Betty Lyles; Anna Christner; and Lena (Omar) Showalter.

Three brothers and a sister, Jonas, Neil, Noah, and Florence B. Hostetler preceded him in death.

John was a graduate of Goshen College and of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. He was ordained as a minister in 1951.

From 1948 to 1971 he was a missionary to Bihar, India, with Mennonite Board of Missions. He supervised the building of three mission stations and Nav Jiwan Hospital. He was principal of a pastors' training school, served with Indian pastors and planned for Indian leadership of the Mennonite Church in Bihar.

In 1966-1967, he directed a large-scale famine-relief effort in Bihar. The Indian government acknowledged the successful impact of the program when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi requested a personal meeting with John to receive a report on the progress of the relief operation. Following the famine-relief effort he directed a capacity-building agricultural development program.

In 1972 he became director of finance and services with Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pa., retiring in 1985. After 10 years in Sarasota, Fla., where he served in church and conference assignments, he moved to Goshen in 1995. He was a member of College Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held April 23, 2011 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen.

Submitted by: Cheryl Paulovich, Phoenix, AZ and
Sandra Shenk Lapp, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Beachy, Lovina Beachey
, 95, of 2350 CR 1800 E, Arthur, died at 4 a.m. Friday, September 9, 2011, in her residence.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Otto Center, Arthur, with Bishop Edward Chupp officiating. Visitation was anytime after 6 p.m. Saturday and anytime Sunday at the Otto Center. Burial was in Otto Cemetery, Arthur.

Lovina was born October 24, 1915, in Arthur. She was the daughter of Joel and Lizzie Gingerich Beachey.

She married Alvin S. Beachy on December 9, 1937. He preceded her in death on July 24, 1999.

Surviving are four daughters, Viola Yoder and husband Andrew of Russell­ville, Kentucky, Dorothy Schrock and husband Ervin of Arthur, Betty Miller and husband Vernon of Middle­bury, Indiana, and Marilyn Miller and husband Ray of Arthur; two sons, Richard Beachy and wife Esther and Ken Beachy and wife Vanessa, all of Arthur; three sisters, Fannie Mast, Clara Schrock, and Lizzie Ann Miller, all of Arthur; a sister-in-law, Catherine Beachey of Mattoon; two brothers, Elmer Beachey of Mahomet and Lewis Beachey of Decatur; 17 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson, Kevin Yoder; grandson-in-law, Elwayne Mast; four sisters, Sarah Ann Schrock, Verna Kauffman, Katie Stutzman, and Mary Diener; and two brothers, Alvin Beachey and Jake Beachey.

Lovina was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at reedfuneralhome.net. Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan, assisted the family with arrangements.

The Arthur Graphic, Arthur, IL
Sept. 13, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bechtel, Edgar W.

March 3, 1926-Dec. 14, 2011

GOSHEN - Edgar W. Bechtel, 85, 25108 C.R. 40, died from natural causes Wednesday at 3:35 a.m. at his residence. He had rheumatoid arthritis for many years.

He was born March 3, 1926 in Goshen, to William Henry and Effie (Weaver) Bechtel. He was a lifetime area resident. He was a member of the Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, and he enjoyed having company visit in his home. He was a retired van driver.

Edgar married Ruth Wenger Oct. 23, 1949, in Wakarusa. She survives, along with sons, Roger (Dawn) Bechtel, Wakarusa, Arthur (Delores) Bechtel, Marlette, Mich., and Brian (Sue) Bechtel, Goshen; daughters, Arlene Bechtel, Goshen, Vada (Paul) Shirk, Macon, Miss., Edith (Kevin) Shirk, Brooksville, Miss., Laura (Wesley) Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.; 36 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brother, James (Sue Etta) Bechtel, Goshen; and sister, Pauline Killian, Goshen. Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Darren Yoder; brothers, Clarence and David Jancy Bechtel; and sisters, Catherine Lois Ramer and Mary Elizabeth Ramer.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa.

There will be a funeral service Saturday at 10 a.m. at Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, Goshen. The home ministers will officiate.

Burial will be in Yellow Creek Wisler Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeremy Bechtel, Lamar Bechtel, Steven Shirk, Jesse Shirk, Tyler Bechtel and Weston Yoder.

Memorial contributions may be given to Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart. Online condolences may be shared at www.tlyfh.com.

The Goshen News, Goshen, IN
Dec. 15, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bechtel, Irene Souder
, age 99, of Souderton, PA formerly of Spring City, PA died March 6, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, where she lived for the last 17 years. Irene was born January 20, 1912 in Telford, PA to Edwin and Ella Hackman Souder.  She married Norman H. Bechtel, of Spring City, in 1932 and lived there raising eight children and dairy farming with her husband who was also a pastor and evangelist.

She was a member of Lansdale Mennonite Church and a former member of Pottstown Mennonite Church where her husband was pastor.

Survived by five children: Geraldine, wife of Paul Stiedle of Little Rock, AR, Eleanor, wife of Earl Fuhrman of Hanover, PA, Lois, wife of Lowell Gerber of Lititz, PA, Lorraine, wife of Mike Sayre, of Navarre, OH and Doris, wife of Bob Schmehl of Wyomissing, PA.  She is survived by 24 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 6 great-greatgrandchildren.  She is also survived by a brother Eugene Souder and wife Alice of Grottoes, VA.

In addition to her husband Norman, she was preceded in death by sons Harold and Wilmer, daughter Dorothea, granddaughters Cynthia and Sonya (Wilmer's daughters), sisters Grace Kolb, Elizabeth Allebach, Gladys Kolb, and Iona Weaver, and brothers Mahlon, Kraybill, Norman, and Stanley Souder and sons-in-law Jim Hardison, Henry Shank, David Dutcher and Paul Kolesar.
 
Funeral service was March 12, 2011 at Vincent Mennonite Church, Interment was in Vincent Mennonite Cemetery.  Spring City, PA

Source: Williams, Bergey,
Koffel Funeral Home, Telford, PA

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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Bechtel, Irene Souder, 99, of Spring City, PA died March 6, 2011 at Souderton Mennonite Homes, Souderton, PA.

She was born January 20, 1912 at Telford, PA to Edwin and Ella (Hackman) Souder. Edwin was born June 27, 1882 and died April 17, 1958. Ella was born January 29, 1885 and died December 1, 1915.

On August 2, 1932 at Telford, PA she was married to Norman Huber Bechtel, who was born March 5, 1911 and died November 9, 1986.

Surviving are children, Geraldine Stiedle (Paul), Eleanor (Earl) Fuhrman, Lois Shank Gerber (Lowell), Lorraine Sayre (Mike), Doris Schmehl (Bob), 24 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and a brother, Eugene Souder (Alice).

Three children, Harold, Wilmer (Fay), and Dorothea Ray (Ken), two granddaughters, Cynthia Bechtel Kropf, and Sonya Bechtel Miller, four sisters, Grace Kolb (Paul), Elizabeth (Paul) Allebach, Gladys Kolb (Irvin), and Iona Weaver (Harold), and four brothers, Mahlon (Eleanor), Kraybill (Ethel), Norman (Arvilla), and Stanley (Velma) preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 12, 2011 at Vincent Mennonite Church, Spring City, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lois Shank Gerber, Lititz, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Becker, Evelyn M. Ranck
, 87, Lititz, PA died August 14, 2011, at Landis Homes. She was the daughter of Chester D. and Anna M. Rohrer Ranck. She was married to the late John B. Becker with whom she celebrated 54 years of marriage. A member of East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church, Evelyn faithfully served the Lord by serving others, she enjoyed playing the piano and accordion, and was a member of the Melody Strings.

Survived by a son, Clair M. Becker, husband of Mary Anne (Weaver) Becker, Millersville, and a daughter, Alma E. Wenger, wife of Nelson H. Wenger, Manheim; six grandchildren, Jennifer , wife of Bradley Rhine, Allison, wife of Carl Mummert, Dean (Janelle Frey) Wenger, Eric (Kristin Hornberger) Wenger, Neil (Jamie Weaver) Wenger, Troy (Nicole Koser) Wenger, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold E. and Lloyd H. Ranck.

Source: Bachman Funeral Home Strasburg, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Beechy, John M.


April 8, 1921 - Feb. 26, 2011

TOPEKA -- John M. Beechy, 89, of Topeka, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at his residence.

He was born April 8, 1921, in LaGrange County to Manelius A. and Fanny (Yoder) Beechy.

He married Katie M. Hochstetler Dec. 23, 1943, in LaGrange County. She died Aug. 11, 2002.

Surviving are a daughter, Mary (David) Miller of Topeka; four sons, Daniel (Emma) Beechy of Topeka, Elmer (Wilma) Beechy of Shipshewana, Melvin (Barbara) Beechy of Mesa, Ariz., and Amos (Lorene) Beechy of Shipshewana; 22 grandchildren; 89 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Levi (Mabel) Beechy of Kenton, Ohio, and Eli (Clara) Beechy of Centreville, Mich.; and a brother-in-law, Amos Hochstetler of Kenton.

Preceding him in death were a grandson, two brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the family residence, 4410 W. 350 S., with Bishop Perry Lehman and home ministers officiating.

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 1 p.m. today and all day Monday at the home.

Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is assisting the family with arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Feb. 27, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Beery, Wesley Alan
, infant son of Nolan and Donna Beery of Dayton, was born on Dec. 15, 2011, at the University of Virginia Medical Center and died Dec. 16, 2011.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Katrina, Lorna and Janae Beery; one brother, Kenton Beery, all at home; maternal grandparents, Dan and Becky Knicely of Dayton; paternal grandparents, Emory and Mary Beery of Dayton; one great-grandmother, Mary E. Shank, of Dayton; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was predeceased by an infant sister, Bethany Jane Beery, in December 2008.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church Cemetery with a minister of the church officiating.

Daily News Record
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Begly, Norman David

ORRVILLE -- Norman David Begly, 94, of Orrville, formerly of the Smithville area, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at Shady Lawn Health Care Community in Dalton.

Norman was born on June 21, 1917, in Chester Township, to the late John and Mary (Lehman) Begly and married Martha Kilmer on Feb. 12, 1941, in Rittman.

He worked as a tractor mechanic for Sterling Farm Equipment for 35 years. Following his retirement, he continued working in machining and engine repair for several local businesses.

Norman was a charter member of Wooster Mennonite Church and most recently a member of Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville. He was also a member of the Smithville Ruritan Club. He enjoyed volunteering with his wife at MCC Connections in Kidron, talking about tractors and traveling, especially to Oregon.

Surviving are his wife of more than 70 years, Martha Begly of Orrville; two daughters, Karen (Terry) Cowan of Bend, Ore., and Louise (Richard) Crilow of Fredericksburg; two sons, John (Doris) Begly of Smithville, and Merle Begly of Wooster; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Nettie Lytle of Dalton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild; four brothers, Floyd, Homer, Olen, and Forrest Begly; and a sister, Viola Zimmerman.

A memorial service will be held at Oak Grove Mennonite Church near Smithville on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m., with the Revs. Norma Duerksen and Doug Zehr officiating. A family burial will take place at the church cemetery prior to the service.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at the funeral home's website at www.aublefuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, Pa. 17501-0500

The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Oct. 10, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bender, Delmar I.
, 92, of rural Johnson Co., IA died October 3, 2011 at Kalona, Washington Co., IA. He was born November 12, 1918 in Iowa Co., IA to Irving and Ethel (Yoder) Bender. On August 20, 1940 he was married to Goldie J. Miller, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, John and Cathy Bender, Alice Golden, Virginia and Ken Rew, Les and Kathy Bender, and Laurie Bender, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Wallace Bender, and a sister, Wilma Gingerich preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held October 6, 2011 at West Union Mennonite Church, Parnell, Iowa with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Anita Beachy, Parnell, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bender, Delmar, 92, of Parnell, Iowa died October 3, 2011 at Kalona, Iowa. He was born November 12, 1918 in Iowa Co., Iowa to Irving and Ethel (Yoder) Bender. On August 20, 1940 at Parnell, Iowa he was married to Goldie J. Miller, who was born December 14, 1919 and died September 7, 2004.

Surviving are children, John (Cathy) Bender; Alice Golden; Virginia (Ken) Rew Les (Kathy) Bender; and Laurie Bender, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A brother, Wallace Bender and a sister, Wilma (Bender) Gingerich preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held October 3, 2011 at West Union Mennonite Church, Iowa Co., Iowa with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: West Union Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bender, Floyd Samuel


May 23, 1937 - Sept. 3, 2011

BREMEN -- Floyd Samuel Bender, 74, 5117 Beech Road, Bremen, passed away at 5:08 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Medical Center, South Bend, where he had been a patient since Friday.

He was born to Daniel D. and Sylvia (Schmucker) Bender on May 23, 1937, in Goshen. On April 17, 1958, he married Anna Mae Borkholder in Nappanee.

She survives along with five daughters, Sharon (Steve) Yoder of Nappanee, Sara Jean Bender at home, Barbara (Devon) Miller of Nappanee, Laura Bender at home and Susan (Atlee) Yutzy of Nappanee; three sons, Mark (Nancy) Bender of Nappanee, Lavern (Rosanna) Bender of Bremen and Merle (Vonda) Bender of Nappanee; 37 grandchildren; one great-grandaughter; one brother, Edward (Martha) Bender of New Paris; and five sisters, Dorothy Borkholder of Nappanee, Christina (Melvin) Mullet of Sugar Creek, Ohio, Marie (Mahlon) Hostetler of Nappanee, Barbara (Orla) Troyer of Carbondale, Ill., and Esther Bender of Nappanee.

Floyd was preceded in death by a daughter, Marietta Bender, on July 15, 2009, and also his parents.

He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church, and a retired farmer.

Friends and family may call at the family residence after 1 p.m. today and all day Monday. The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harley Miller's residence, 1486 E. Fifth Road, Bremen. Bishop John Plank and the Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will lead the service. Burial will be in Cedar Road Amish Cemetery.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Sept. 4, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Bender, Ross T.

June 25, 1929 - April 21, 2011

GOSHEN -- Ross T. Bender was born June 25, 1929, in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada, to Christian and Katie Bender.

He married Ruth Steinmann in 1950. He studied at Toronto Teacher's College and the University of Western Ontario before completing his bachelor's degree at Goshen College, Goshen.

He also earned Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees at Goshen College Biblical Seminary in 1956. He then earned Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at Yale University. Post-graduate work was completed at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

In his lifetime, Ross T. Bender contributed much to the church -- as pastor, writer, theologian, educator and administrator. He served in pastorates in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Lansdale, Pa., and Lakewood, Colo. He also served the Mennonite Church and his home congregation, College Mennonite Church in Goshen, in many ways.

Ross served more than 26 years at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in various roles, including 15 years as dean. At AMBS he also served as professor of Christian Education and director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies. Ross retired as Dean Emeritus of AMBS in 1996.

Among his special assignments for the Mennonite Church were member and chair of the Mennonite Commission for Christian Education (1963-1971), executive secretary of the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries (1972-1974), moderator of the Mennonite Church General Assembly (1981-1983) and president of the Mennonite World Conference (1984-1990).

In addition to his published articles, he authored and co-edited four books -- "The People of God: A Mennonite Interpretation of the Free Church Tradition," (Herald Press, 1971); "Christians in Families: Genesis and Exodus," (Herald Press, 1982); "Baptism, Peace and the State in the Reformed and Mennonite Traditions," (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1991, co-edited with Alan P.F. Sell) and "Education for Peoplehood: Essays on the Teaching Ministry of the Church" (Institute of Mennonite Studies, 1997). His final publication was "Tending and Mending the Creation" (Pandora Press, 2007), his reflections on his struggles with Parkinson's disease.

Ross was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. Bender, in 1997.

He is survived by five children and their spouses: Ross Lynn Bender and Sylvia Horst of Philadelphia; Elizabeth and Jim Barker of Buhl, Idaho; Michael and Alice Bender of Washington, D.C.; Lenore and Stevan Challenger of Camano Island, Wash.; and Anne and Dave Jacoby of Bel Air, Md. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one brother, Harold Bender of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

He was also preceded by his parents; a sister, Leona Bender; and two brothers, Walter and Orie Bender.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Koinonia Room at the College Mennonite Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the College Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greencroft Goshen Employee Benevolent Fund or to Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, in care of Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S . Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
April 24, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bender Ross T., 81 of Goshen, IN died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen. He was born June 25, 1929, in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada to Christian and Katie Bender. He married Ruth Steinmann in 1950.

In his lifetime, Ross T. Bender contributed much to the church - as pastor, writer, theologian, educator and administrator. He served in pastorates in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; Lansdale, Pa. and Lakewood, Colo. He also served at his home congregation, College Mennonite Church in Goshen, IN.

Survived by his children Ross Lynn Bender and Sylvia Horst of Philadelphia, Pa.; Elizabeth and Jim Barker of Buhl, Idaho; Michael and Alice Bender of Washington, DC; Lenore and Stevan Challenger of Camano Island, Wash.; and Anne and Dave Jacoby of Bel Air, Md. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and one brother, Harold Bender of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

He was also preceded by his wife, Ruth, in 1997, his parents, a sister, Leona Bender and two brothers, Walter and Orie Bender.

A memorial service was April 26 at the College Mennonite Church Goshen, IN.

Source: Goshen News & Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler

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Bender, Ross T., 81, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 21, 2011 at the same place. He was born June 25, 1929 at Tavistock, Ontario, Canada to Christian and Katie Bender. On December 22, 1950 he was married to Ruth Eileen Steinmann, who was born July 8, 1931 and died December 13, 1997.

Surviving are children, Ross Lynn (Sylvia Horst) Bender; Elizabeth (Jim) Barker; Michael (Alice) Bender; Lenore (Stevan) Challenger; and Anne (Dave) Jacoby, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Harold Bender.

A sister, Leona Bender, and two brothers, Walter Bender and Orie Bender preceded him in death.

Ross served more than 26 years at Associated Biblical Seminaries in various roles, including professor of Christian Education, director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and, for 15 years, as dean. Special assignments for the Mennonite Church included: member and chair of the Mennonite Commission for Christian Education (1963-1971), executive secretary of the Mennonite Board of Congregational Ministries (1972-1974), moderator of the Mennonite Church General Assembly (1981-1983) and president of the Mennonite World Conference (1984-1990).

Memorial services were held April 26, 2011 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Sandra Shenk Lapp, Goshen, IN
Eddited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Benner, Iva Catherine
, 87, of Mennonite Home in Maugansville, Md., died May 27, 2011, at the home. Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Smithsburg, Md., to Penrose and Mary Elizabeth (Eshleman) Benner. She was a member of Pondsville Mennonite Church.

She is survived by nieces, Cathy Mohn of Amberson, Pa., Maryann Gaulding of Waynesboro, Pa., and Dianna Clever of Hagerstown, Md.; nephew, Timothy Benner of Williamsport, Md.; six great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by sister, Esther Benner; brothers, Paul Benner and David Benner; and niece, Glennie Bowers. Service was May 31, 2011, at Stouffers Mennonite Church, Greensburg, Md., with Pondsville Ministries officiating. Burial will be in Joint Stouffers-Pondsville Cemetery.

Source: Herald Mail.com
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Benner, Kathleen "Kathy" M. Brown
, 52, of Harrisburg, PA died June 1, 2011 at her home. Born on March 10, 1959, in New York, NY to Francis Brown, of Bangor and the late Jean (Foley) Brown. On February 10, 2006 she married her surviving husband, Asher D. Benner.

In addition to her father and husband, she is survived by two sons, James Brown, of Mechanicsburg, PA; Keifer Benner, of Harrisburg, PA; one brother, John Brown and his wife Tina, of Bangor, PA; three sisters, Jean Malachowski and her husband Steven, Kelly Hill and her husband Terry, all of Bangor, Patricia Sloan and her husband Roger, of Pittsburgh; two grandsons, Nicolas Brown, James Brown and nine nieces and nephews.

Kathy attended the New Love in Christ Church, Harrisburg, PA.

Funeral service was June 6, 2011 at the Richfield Mennonite Church with her brother-in-law Pastor Aaron Benner officiating. Interment will follow in the
Goodwill Cemetery, Bunkertown, PA.

Source: Brown Funeral Homes, Inc.,
McAlisterville, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Benner, Michael Alan
, 56, of Port Trevorton, PA died July 23, 2011, at his home. Michael was born on Jan. 19, 1955, in Waynesboro, a son of the late Harold A. "Hal" and Maxine (Brubaker) Benner. He was a graduate of Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Vt., and the University of Vermont with a degree in philosophy. At the time of his passing, he was employed with JBS Woodworking Shop, Port Trevorton. Michael was a member of Stauffer's Old Order Mennonite Church, Upper District, Port Trevorton.

He is survived by a sister, Pam Cohen, wife of Ron, of New Berlin, Wis.; a brother, Todd Benner and his wife, Kimberly, of Bennington, Vt.; stepmother, Ferne I. Troxell-Benner, of Lewisburg, PA; a stepbrother, Tim Troxell and his wife, Eunice, of Selinsgrove, PA; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded by a niece, Michaela Benner.

Funeral service was July 28, 2011 at Stauffer's Old Order Mennonite Church, Port Trevorton. Burial at Stauffer's Old Order Mennonite Cemetery, Port Trevorton, PA.

Source: The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA July 24, 2011
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Benner, Stanley Longacre
, 65, of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada died March 7, 2011 at Grand River Cancer Centre, Kitchener, Ontario from non-Hodgins lymphoma.  

He was born May 30, 1945 at Souderton, PA to Paul Yoder and Margaret May (Longacre) Benner.  Paul was born March 13, 1910 and died October 2, 2003.  Margaret was born May 18, 1912 and died May 4, 1985.

In September 1975 at Warden Woods, Toronto, Ontario he was married to Margaret Janzen, who was born August 13, 1945 and survives.

He was a member of Mennonite Church, Canada.

Surviving is a son, Nathan.

Memorial services were held March 13, 2011 at Rockway Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario with burial in Detweiler Mennonite Meetinghouse Cemetery.

Submitted by: Dick Benner, Waterloo, ON
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Birkey, Leslie V.
, 90, of Foosland, Champaign Co., IL died January 15, 2011 at the same place.  He was born September 30, 1920 at Goodfield, IL to Joseph and Ida (Zehr) Birkey.  On January 18, 1951 he was married to Verena Heiser, who was born January 24, 1920 and survives.

Surviving are a son, Duane (Muriel) Birkey and two grandchildren.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Leslie worked at M&W Gear Company in Gibson City for 18 years.  He was a farmer and enjoyed working the land.  He also enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening and mowing.

Memorial services were held January 20, 2011 at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Champaign Co., IL with burial in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher, IL.

Submitted by: Angela Beachey, Fisher, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Bishop, Lloyd
, 84, of Perkasie, PA died March 27, 2011 at Allentown, PA.  He was born April 23, 1926 at Hilltown, Bucks Co., PA to Leon and Lizzie (Loux) Bishop.  On May 17, 1947 he was married to Marie Shelly, who was born February 13, 1926 and survives.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Hunsberger and Titus; Marjorie Brenneman and Don; a son, L. Darrell Bishop and Cheryl; 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Lori Bishop; two brothers, Marvin Bishop and Paul Bishop; and a sister, Irene Bishop, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held March 31, 2011 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Bucks Co., PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Blooming Glen Mennnonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Blauch Claude A., 85, of Sugarcreek, OH died April 10, 2011 in Walnut Hills Nursing Home at Walnut Creek. He was born December 10, 1925 in Aurora, OH to Omar and Effie (Miller) Blauch. He was a member of the First Mennonite Church at
Sugarcreek.

Survived by his wife the former Eileen Trustdorf whom he married August 30, 1953. Also surviving are 3 children Michele (Mitch) Stein of Baltic, OH; Mike (Heather) Blauch of Sugarcreek, OH and Beth (Chuck) Steed of Rochester, Indiana; 5 grand children Ashley (Andrew) McClellan, Justin Stein, Aaron Steed and Mikey and Marissa Blauch; 2 brothers twin brother Clare Blauch of Florida and Doyle (Jennie) Blauch of Sugarcreek, OH and a sister Miriam Sue (Robert) Denzer of Mt. Vernon, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Charlene Bear. A memorial service was April 13, 2011 at the First Mennonite Church at Sugarcreek, OH with Rev. Jayne Byler officiating.Union Hill Cemetery.

Source: Smith-Varns Funeral Home Sugarbreek, OH
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Blosser, Matthew John

April 7, 1978 - July 15, 2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Matthew John Blosser passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 15, 2011, in Vancouver, where he resided for two years.

His many friends and family remember him as warm, engaging, adventurous and loyal.

Matthew was adopted 12 days after his April 7, 1978, birth in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up in Hesston, Kan., and completed a GED and two years of study at Hesston College. Matt lived and worked in Goshen, Ind., and Atlanta, Ga. He had professional interests in social services and engaged in many work experiences, for which he drew on significant strengths in math and science as well as great abilities in social interactions and sports, including basketball, baseball, soccer and golf.

Matt was most comfortable in the presence of other people and never shy to engage with others, displaying his genuine and disarming trait of humor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Janlee Blosser, and grandparents Verna and Harry Loewen and Elizabeth and Ralph Blosser.

He is survived by his father, John Blosser; siblings Chris Burkhalter Blosser and Kirsten Overton; as well as daughters Baiden Janlee Blosser and Emily Rose Blosser; grandmother Mildred Quiring; stepmother Beck Unternahrer; and many good friends.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, and at a later date in Hesston.

Memorial gifts may be offered to: John Blosser and Beck Unternahrer, Fund for the Children of Matthew J. Blosser (to be retained for them in a universal gift for minor account until their 21st birthdays), 101 Gorham Road, Goshen, IN 46528; or to Quinn House, 120 S. Perry St., Lawrenceville, GA 30046-4847.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
July 30, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Blosser, Wilma Lehman
, 101, of Parkside Health Care Center, Columbiana, OH, died October 19, 2011.

Born on March 28, 1910 in North Lima, OH to Edwin C. and Mary (Basinger) Lehman.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harvey Blosser, who passed February 15, 1998. They were married November 7, 1981.

She was a member of the Midway Mennonite Church where she was a Sunday school teacher superintendent and also the bible school superintendent. Wilma was a graduate of Goshen College and had worked as a teacher for North Lima for seventeen years and as a fourth grade school teacher for Boardman Elementary for twenty years from where she retired. She was a member of the Ohio retired teachers association and did volunteer service at Mennonite Central Committee, Akron,PA, and Gulfport Mississippi.

Wilma is survived by step daughter, Mrs. Rosetta (Ernest) Martin, Columbiana, OH; step son, Virgil Blosser, Columbiana, OH; sister, Mrs Flossie Yoder, Goshen, IN; and brother John (Margaret) Lehman, Goshen, IN.

She was preceded in death by step daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Heindel, sisters Mrs. Grace Huebert, Mrs Elva Yoder, Mrs. Hazel Schmucker, and Mrs Esther Miller.

She leaves many nieces and nephews, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral Service was October 22, 2011, at the Midway Mennonite Church with Dan Coburn assisted by Ernest Martin officiating. Burial will be at the Midway Cemetery.

Source: Seederly-Mong & Beck
Funeral Home, Columbiana, OH.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Bohn, Alden Lantz
, 79, of Goshen, IN died June 13, 2011 at the same place from cancer.

He was born March 15, 1932 at Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA to Ernest J. and Nora M. (Lantz) Bohn. Ernest was born July 31 1894 and Nora was born November 25, 1896. They are both deceased.

He was married to Doris L. Roberts.

Surviving are children, Karl and Julie Bohn, Trish Donaldson, Linda Bohn, and David and Heather Bohn, four grandchildren, and five siblings, Esther Groves, Catherine Hartman, Stanley Bohn, John Bohn, and Eleanor Unruh.

A sister, Helen Bohn Klassen preceded him in death.

Visitation was at Hively Ave. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN on July 8, 6 to 8 PM

Memorial services were held July 9 2011 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana.

Submitted by: Stanley Bohn, North Newton, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bohn, Alden Lantz, 79, of Goshen, IN died June 13, 2011 at the same place from cancer. He was born March 15, 1932 at Souderston, PA to Ernest and Nora (Lantz) Bohn. On June 19, 1954 at Quakertown, PA he was married to Doris Bohn, who was born September 25, 1931 and survives.

Surviving are children, Trish Donaldson, Karl (Julie) Bohn, Linda Bohn, and Dave (Heather) Bohn, 4 grandchildren, 3 sisters, Esther Grove, Catherine (Harold) Hartman, and Eleanor Unruh, and 2 brothers, Stanley (Anita) Bohn, and John (Tina) Bohn.

A sister, Helen Bohn KLassen preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held July 9, 2011 at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Unknown
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Alden L. Bohn

March 15, 1932 - June 13, 2011

GOSHEN -- Alden Lantz Bohn, 79, died Monday evening, June 13, 2011, in his home. He had been ill with cancer for three months.

He was born March 15, 1932, in Souderton, Pa., to Ernest and Nora (Lantz) Bohn. He moved to the Elkhart area in 1963. On June 19, 1954, he married Doris L. Roberts in Quakertown, Pa. She survives.

Also surviving are their children, Trish Donaldson of Burton, Ohio, Karl (Julie) Bohn of Windsor, Calif., and Linda Bohn and Dave (Heather) Bohn, both of Goshen; grandchildren Brendan, Kevin, Risa and Braden; sisters Esther Groves of Newton, Kan., Catherine (Harold) Hartman of Goshen and Eleanor Unruh of Lawrence, Kan.; and brothers E. Stanley (Anita) Bohn of Newton, Kan., and John (Tina) Bohn, Goshen.

He was preceded by his parents and a sister, Helen Klassen.

He worked for Elkhart Community Schools for 24 years and was their first clinical social worker. He also worked at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center for seven years. He was a member of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church and Elkhart National Association of Social Workers. He was formerly a board member at Bashor Home and Camp Friedenswald. A graduate of Bluffton College, he received his master's degree from Ohio State and attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church, 800 E. Hively Ave., Elkhart. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S. Eighth Street, Goshen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Friedenswald or Goshen Home Care and Hospice or Center for Community Justice.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Boldt, Marie Funk
, 88, of Reedley, CA died February 3, 2011 at the same place from natural causes.  She was born January 16, 1923 at Hillsboro, KS to Peter F. and Elizabeth (Penner) Funk.  On September 24, 1948 in California she was married to Gus Boldt, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Edward & Barbara; David & Dorothy; Larry & Susan; 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Memorial services were held February 8, 2011 at First Mennonite Church Reedley, Fresno Co., CA with burial in Reedley Cemetery, Reedley, CA.

Submitted by: Dee Patrick
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Boll, James LaMar
, 64, of Flat Gap, KY, died February 8, 2011 at the U.K. Medical Center, Lexington, KY, after a fall on icy pavement. He was born on May 28, 1946 at Lancaster, PA, to Sanford Boll and Helen Miller Boll Martin. His wife, Darlene Weaver Boll. He worked as an Editorial Manager for the Rod and Staff Publishers at Crockett, KY. He worked at Rod & Staff since 1966. James was ordained deacon in 1971 and minister in 1974. When Hope Valley Mennonite Church began in 1990, James became the minister there where he served until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene, one son and daughter-in-law, Brian L. and Yvonne Boll of Hoosick Falls, NY; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen L. and Sidney Sensenig of West Liberty, KY, Doreen A. and Titus Otto of Grayson, KY, and Lisa J. and Nathan Beachy of West Liberty, KY; fourteen granddaughters; seven grandsons; and three brothers, Marlin Boll of Lititz, PA, Leon Boll of East Petersburg, PA, and Nelson Boll of Lititz, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step father, Raymond Martin, his sister, Rachel LeFever, and one grandson, Darnell Beachy.   

Funeral Services were February 12, 2011 at Allen Baptist Church, Prestonsburg, KY with Bro. William Schueler and Bro. Stanley Wine officiating Pallbearers: Brian Boll, Sidney Sensenig, Nathan Beachy, Titus Otto, Clinton Hurst, Leslie Sensenig and Timothy Rissler. Burial will follow in Hope Valley Cemetery, Flat Gap, KY.

Source: Potter Funeral Home, West Liberty, Ky
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Boll, John H.
, 92, of Manheim, PA died December 10, 2011 at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz. Born October 13, 1919 in Penn Township, to Joseph A. and Martha Oberholtzer Boll.

He was the husband of the late Grace Witmer Boll who died in 2008 and his first wife, Edith Widders Boll who died in 1993.

John was an active and faithful member of Hernley Mennonite Church, Manheim where he taught Sunday school, served on several committees and was the contact person for Mennonite Disaster Service. He was considered the historian of Hernley Mennonite Church. John enjoyed reading, memorizing poetry, camping, family history and genealogy.

Surviving are three daughters, Lorraine wife of Walter H. Shirk of Lititz, PA; Mabel Jean wife of Dennis E. Baum of Manheim, PA; Lois M. wife of William B. Stauffer of Liberal, Missouri, two sons, J. Nevin husband of Mary Stoltzfus Boll of Lititz, PA; Jay H. husband of Lois Ginder Boll of Mount Joy, PA; 7 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a great grandson, Nathaniel Aaron Sprenkle, four brothers, Noah, David, Norman and Joseph Boll, three sisters, Ella Boll, Martha Hoover and Anna Mary Boll.

Funeral service was December 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the West Bethel Chapel at Landis Homes Retirement Community, Lititz with George M. Hurst,
Richard Buch, and Jay Peters officiating. Interment was in Hernley Mennonite Cemetery, Rapho Twp. Lancaster Co., PA.

Source: The Buch Funeral Home Manheim, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Boller, Leona M. Gingerich
, 88 of Kalona, IA died October 9, 2011 at the Pleasantview Home. Leona Mae (Gingerich) Boller was born October 3, 1923 in rural Kalona, IA to Joseph P. and Lula (Stutzman) Gingerich. On January 28, 1945 she was united in marriage to Martin Boller at her family's home. Leona was a member of the East Union Mennonite Church.

Survivors include her children, James (Ruth) Boller of Kalona, IA; Arnold Boller of Cedar Falls, IA; Emma Lou Miller of Central City, IA; 11 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and two brothers, Delmar (Betty) Gingerich of McGregor, IA and Don (Ellen) Gingerich of Stover, Missouri.

Preceding Leona in death were her parents, her husband Martin on February 12, 2010, four sisters, Edna Dolan, Vesta Miller, Marietta Yoder and Marge Gingerich, and one brother, Paul Gingerich.

A celebration of life service was October 14, 2011 at the East Union Mennonite Church with Pastor Jay Miiller officiating. Burial will follow at the East Union Cemetery.

Source: Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona, IA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Bontrager, Alvin J.

Jan. 4, 1936 - Nov. 8, 2011

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Alvin J. Bontrager, 75, of Bemidji, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at Tenstrike (Minn.) Community Church with the Rev. Steve Pomp officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.

Al was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Haven, Kan., the son of Jacob and Ida Borntrager. He moved with his family as a child to Topeka, Ind., where he was raised and educated. He married Leona Miller on June 12, 1955, in Goshen, Ind.

He worked at a trailer factory in Goshen for a few years and then moved to Cincinnati to complete his 1-W service as an X-ray technician for a hospital from 1959 to 1961. They moved back to Goshen for eight months, where he worked for Star Tank. In 1962, they moved to Pennington, where he worked as a logger before becoming manager of Blackduck Lumber Yard for nine years in Blackduck. He joined Lee Hochstetler in creating Lee and Al's Construction Co. which he worked at for 40 years. They also owned and operated Kal's Lumber Supply for many years.

In recent years, he was a very active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He also was a member of the Bemidji Rotary Club, served on the Blackduck School Board for nine years and was faithfully dedicated to Gideon's International since 1968. Al's gift of being nonjudgmental and having an open, caring heart led him to minister and embrace people, leaving them feeling loved and cared for. He was also instrumental in building Tenstrike Community Church, where he served as an associate pastor.

Al loved spending time with his family and was proud of his nine grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Leona of Bemidji; three sons, Daryl (Marlisa) Yoder-Bontrager of Lancaster, Pa., Duane (Anne Martin) Bontrager of Harrisonburg, Va., and Dennis (Jane) Bontrager of Goshen; daughter Dawn (Lin Hoppel) Bontrager of Mishawaka, Ind.; nine grandchildren; brother Marvin (Joyce) Bontrager of Goshen; and four sisters, Anna Yoder of Sarasota, Fla., Mary Keely of Sturgis, Mich., Sally (Lee) Hochstetler of Pennington, Minn., Susie (Amos) Schrock of Gladys, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Orvin Borntrager and Ervin Borntrager.

Casketbearers will be Al's children and grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to Gideon's International or Habitat for Humanity.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.ceasefuneralhome.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov. 12, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Andrew

July 24, 1915 - Nov. 28, 2011

Andrew Bontrager, 96, Sarasota, Fla., died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Beneva Lakes Skilled Nursing Facility, Sarasota, Fla.

He was born July 24, 1915, in Kokomo, the son of Abraham and Anna (Beachy) Bontrager. On Aug. 15, 1936, he married Wilma Yoder. She preceded him in death on May 25, 1991. On June 6, 1992, he married Louise (Otto) Beachey, and she survives.

He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fla., and an associate member of Howard Miami Mennonite Church, Kokomo. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather who loved the Lord. He lived a shining example of Christianity. He was a retired farmer and carpenter.

He is survived by a son, Raymond Bontrager and friend Holly Daupert, Bunker Hill; two daughters, Alta (Melvin) Wagler and Almeda Mast, Kokomo; six grandsons, Norman (Carol), Merlin (Kimberly), Ernest and fiancee Cathy Clarke, Nathan (Tina) Wagler, Kokomo, Matthew (Crystal) Mast, Atlanta, and Terry Bontrager, Bunker Hill; two granddaughters, Karen (Richard) Munsey and Tracy (Lavell) Brown, Kokomo; 12 great-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by one sister, Verna Bontrager, Millersburg, Ohio, and one sister-in-law, Emma Bontrager, Kokomo.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, parents, six brothers and one daughter-in-law, Joan Bontrager.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday at Howard Miami Mennonite Church, 3976 E. 1400 South, Kokomo, with Pastors Lee Miller, David Leeder and Randy Detweiler officiating. Burial will follow the service in Christner Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard Miami Mennonite Church with envelopes available at the church. Hasler and Stout Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.haslerstout.com.

Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, IN
November 29, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Eli A.

MIDDLEBURY -- Eli A. Bontrager, 71, of Middlebury, died at 11:05 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Elkhart Hospice House. He was born on July 1, 1940, in Millersburg to Amos D. and Esther (Eash) Bontrager. On Nov. 19, 1964, he married Mary Arlene Stutzman, she survives.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Kathy (Jim) Sears of Greentown and Eva (Cliff) Yutzy of Plain City, Ohio; son, Daryle Dee Bontrager of Middlebury; nine grandchildren, Amber and Austin Sears, Zak, Cody, Brittany and Kasey Bontrager; Jade, Tayler and Samantha Yutzy; four sisters Mary (Edd) Slabaugh of Freedom, Katie Miller of Millersburg, Ida (LeRoy) Weaver of Shipshewana, Fannie (Perry) Lehman of Topeka; brothers Levi Bontrager of Portland and Ervin (Irene) Bontrager of Millersburg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home and one hour prior to the 10 a.m. funeral services on Wednesday at Griner Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Burial will be in Miller-Glick-Stutzman Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to Elkhart Hospice House.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
July 18, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Felty E.

Aug. 17, 1994 - July 20, 2011

LAGRANGE -- Felty E. Bontrager, 16, of LaGrange, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Ontario Dam as the result of a swimming accident.

He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He was born Aug. 17, 1994, at home to Ervin A. and Lydia J. (Troyer) Bontrager. They both survive.

Also surviving are sisters Martha Bontrager, Miriam (Mose) Miller and Regina Bontrager, all of LaGrange; brothers David Bontrager of LaGrange, Tobie (Susan) Bontrager of Howe, Eli (Vera Mae) Bontrager, Reuben Bontrager, Mose Bontrager and Perry Bontrager, all of LaGrange; nephew Jesse Alan Bontrager; and niece Kaylene Bontrager; and grandparents Alva Bontrager of LaGrange and Joe and LeAnna Troyer of Hillsboro, Wis.

Preceding him in death were grandmothers Katie Ann Bontrager and Mattie Troyer and uncle Daniel J. Troyer.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the family residence, 4275 E. ? 175 N. LaGrange, where visitation will be all day today. Bishop Marvin Graber and Home Ministers will officiate the service. Burial will take place in Bloomfield Cemetery. Frurip-May Funeral Home, LaGrange, is handling arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
July 22, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Bontrager, Glendon L.
, 59, of Howe, IN died October 13, 2011 at his residence. He was born on April 7, 1952, in Goshen, to Vernon and Nettie (Schrock) Bontrager. On April 6, 1973, he married Patricia Stauffer, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a daughter, Jennifer (Dennis) Miller of Talkeetna, AK; three sons, Jason Bontrager of Dallas, TX, Jared (Anna) Bontrager of Sturgis, MI, Justin (Danita) Bontrager of LaGrange, IN; six grandchildren; his parents of Goshen.

Funeral services will be October 16, 2011 at Rosewood Fellowship Church conducted by his Pastor Jim Bontrager, of Faith Community Chapel. Burial will be in Rosewood Cemetery, Shipshewana, IN.

Source: Miller-Stewart Funeral Home Middlebury, IN.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Bontrager, Ira J.

May 28, 1913 - Oct. 26, 2011

LAGRANGE - Ira J. Bontrager, 98, of LaGrange, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at his daughter's residence in LaGrange.

He was born May 28, 1913, in Reno County, Kan., to Jacob and Sarah (Miller) Bontrager. On Dec. 20, 1934, in Haven, Kan., he married Martha Petersheim. She died Nov. 19, 2007.

Surviving are daughter Rosanna (Ron) Tetzloff of LaGrange; son Gerald (Jody) Bontrager of Elkhart; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; son Edward Bontrager; both parents; brothers Ezra, Harry and Ora Bontrager; and sisters Polly Mullet, Mary Fry, Anna Knepp, Ida Borntrager, Ada Bontrager and Ola Fry.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Maple Grove Church, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Phillip Bontrager. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

Memorials may be given to Parkview Home Health and Hospice. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 27, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Isaiah Jon

 
March 1, 2011 - April 5, 2011

SHIPSHEWANA -- Isaiah Jon Bontrager, 5 weeks old, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born March 1, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in LaGrange, to Joni and Ruby (Miller) Bontrager.

Surviving are his parents; grandparents Amos L. and Elsie Bontrager of Shipshewana and Eli P. and Mary Etta Miller of LaGrange; and great-grandparents Jerry and Ruby Miller and Levi W. Bontrager, all of Shipshewana.

A service will be at 9:30 a.m. today, April 7, at the family home, 8545 W. 050 N., Shipshewana.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
April 7, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Jonathan Wayne

Sept. 4, 1998-July 9, 2011

LaGRANGE - Jonathan Wayne Bontrager, 12, died Saturday at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne of injuries sustained when the cart he was driving was struck by an automobile.

He is survived by his parents, Mahlon and Miriam (Hochstetler) Bontrager.

The family will receive friends after 3 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday at the family residence, 1450 E. 750 South, LaGrange.

A funeral service will take place at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Danny Otto residence, 0200 S. 400 East, LaGrange.

Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery.

Carney-Frost Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

The Goshen News, Goshen, IN
July 11, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

 

Bontrager, Joseph M.


GOSHEN -- Joseph M. Bontrager, 82, died Friday morning (March 24, 2011) at home.

He was born Dec. 15, 1928, to Martin and Lydia (Yoder) Bontrager in Oelwein, Iowa. On Jan. 28, 1952, he married Fannie Jane Detweiler in Shreveport, La. She died Aug. 29, 1994.

Surviving are daughters Rita Jean Miller of Goshen and Pamela Jo (Terry) Snyder of Camdenton, Mo.; son Brian Douglas (Chris) Bontrager of Clarinda, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Elva Reiff of Elkhart, Barbara Bender of Middlebury and Anna Knepp of Bristol; and brothers Ed of Wellman, Iowa, John of Flint, Mich., Reuben of Elkhart, Marvin of Hermitage, Mo., and Jonas and Martin Bontrager, both of Middlebury.

He was preceded by his parents, wife, daughter Debra Kay Metzger and brothers Al and Tobias Bontrager.

During the Korean conflict he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He was a painter, drywaller and finisher for Miller Brothers until he retired in 1995. He attended Goshen First Church of God.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, where the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday. Officiating will be Mr. Bontrager's son, Pastor Brian Bontrager. Burial will be at Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be given to Goshen First Church of God.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 25, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Martha E. Miller

Jan. 16, 1932 - Oct. 27, 2011

TOPEKA - Martha Ellen Bontrager, 79, of Topeka, died at 12:16 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, while en route to Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born Jan. 16, 1932, in LaGrange to Ervin J. and Lizzie (Yoder) Miller. On Oct. 20, 1955, in LaGrange County, she married Ervin W. Bontrager. He survives.

Also surviving are niece Inez (Norman) Yutzy of Topeka; special friends Steve and Elaine Jones of Topeka; sisters Clara (Lester) Hochstetler of Wolcottville, Sally (Orla) Bontrager of Topeka, Mary Miller of Goshen and Lizzie (Wilbur) Lehman of Shipshewana; sister-in-law Mary Miller of Goshen; and brothers John (Viola) Miller and Ervin Jr. (Mabel) Miller, both of Topeka.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ida Mae Miller, brother Clyde Miller, brother-in-law Larry Miller and her parents.

Visitation will be all day today at the family residence, 4765 S. 500 W., Topeka. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Fred Cain residence, 4830 S. 500 W. Topeka. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 29, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Matthew David

Aug. 7, 2011

MIDDLEBURY -- Matthew David Bontrager, infant son of Joseph L. and Waneta (Yoder) Bontrager, Middlebury, was stillborn at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at IU Health Goshen Hospital, Goshen.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, are sister Grace Elizabeth Bontrager and two brothers, Lucas John and Curtis Aaron Bontrager, all at home; grandparents John (Barbara) Bontrager of Chouteau, Okla., and David (Linda) Bontrager of Middlebury; great-grandfather Menno Bontrager of Centreville, Mich.; and two great-grandmothers, Lizzie Herschberger of Topeka and Fannie Miller of Chouteau, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Orval Yoder.

A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 8. Services were conducted by Bishop Calvin Miller and home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Aug. 9, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Noah M.E.

Jan. 22, 1917-Sept. 17, 2011

MIDDLEBURY - Noah M.E. Bontrager, 94, of Middlebury, died at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at his residence of natural causes.

He was born Jan. 22, 1917, in Topeka, to Manasses and Elizabeth (Miller) Bontrager.

On Nov. 21, 1946, in Middlebury, he married Mary Miller. She died Jan. 11, 1996.

Surviving are three sons, LaVerne (Velma) Bontrager of Middlebury, Ray (Denis Ann) Bontrager of Goshen, Merv (Lois) Bontrager of Middlebury; three daughters, Frieda (David) Herschberger of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada, Ruth (Ernest Sonny) Yoder of Gladys, Va., Lois (Ed) Yoder of Huntsville, Ariz.; 21 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both parents; his wife, Mary Bontrager; an infant son, Stanley Bontrager; his brothers, Emanuel, Uriah, Amos, Manasess and Menno Bontrager; and his sisters, Sylvia Borkholder, Anna Borkholder, Lydia Bontrager, Amy Bontrager and Katie Schmucker.

Noah was self-employed with Bontrager Plumbing & Heating which he enjoyed because it gave him an opportunity to "work all over." He also had done farming, worked at Globemaster and the Middlebury Creamery. He was a member of the Woodlawn Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Woodlawn Mennonite Church, Goshen. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011, also at the church. Services will be conducted by Bishop Steve Miller and the Woodlawn Mennonite Church Ministry Team.

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press. Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.

Goshen News, Goshen, IN
September 17, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Rosie C.

Dec. 2, 2011

SHIPSHEWANA - Rosie C. Bontrager, infant daughter of Cletus E. and Ida Sue (Hershberger) Bontrager of Shipshewana, was stillborn at 12:29 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Parkview LaGrange Hospital.

Survivors in addition to her parents are sister Wilma Fern Bontrager; grandparents Ezra L. and Wilma H. Bontrager of Shipshewana and Glen Ray and Vera S. Hershberger of Howe; great-grandfather Levi W. Bontrager of Shipshewana; and great-grandmother Nettie Lambright of LaGrange.

A graveside service was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3, at Yoder Cemetery in Shipshewana. The service was conducted by Bishop Monroe Yoder.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home of Middlebury assisted with arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 4, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Bontrager, Sylvia M. Yoder


SHIPSHEWANA -- Sylvia M. Bontrager, 75, of Shipshewana, died at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18, 2011) at her home.

She was born July 19, 1935, in LaGrange County to the late Monroe and Emma (Schlabach) Yoder. On Oct. 18, 1956, in Topeka, she married Chris J. Bontrager. He survives.

Daughters Ruth (Glenn) Lambright and Marlene (Glen) Miller; sons Kenny (Tressie) Bontrager, Wayne (Katie) Bontrager, Dan (Betty) Bontrager, Dave (Irene) Bontrager and Mark (Marla) Bontrager; 44 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brothers Henry (Polly) Yoder and Monroe (Susan) Yoder; sisters Emma (Mahlon) Eash of Utica, Ohio, and Elizabeth (Jerry) Mast; and sister-in-law Wilma (Bruce) Glazener of Sarasota, Fla., also survive.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation is all day today at the Dan Bontrager residence, 2355 N. 500 W., Shipshewana. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the same place. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is in charge of arrangements.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Jan. 20, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Borkholder, Jeriah Michael

Jan. 26, 2010 - Aug. 2, 2011

BREMEN -- Jeriah Michael Borkholder, 19 months, of 2209 4th C Road, Bremen, died in an accident at his home at 9:23 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011.

He was born Jan. 26, 2010, in Bremen, to Marvin E. and Erma Troyer Borkholder.

They survive; along with brothers Matthew and Joshua and sisters Diana, Leah and Melissa, all at home; and grandparents Eli and Clara (Kauffman) Borkholder Jr. of Bremen and John and Mahala (Schmucker) Troyer of Nappanee.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today and all day Friday at the family residence. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Lyle Borkholder residence (2060 E. 5th Road, Bremen). Officiating will be the Home Ministry of the Older Amish Church. Burial will be in Cedar Road Amish Cemetery. Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Aug. 4, 2001
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Bowman, Edna M. Weaver
, 95, formerly of New Holland, PA died March 15, 2011, at Hospice of Lancaster County, Lancaster, PA. Born in Earl Twp. Lancaster Co., PA to Noah W. and Mabel (Martin) Weaver. Her husband Aaron R. Bowman died in 2001. She was a member of New Holland Mennonite Church and had been secretary of the Church Sewing Circle.

Survived by her children: Robert L, married to Monica (Deller) Bowman of Coudersport, PA; Mary Ann, married to Raymond L Eberly of Leola, PA and Roy W., married to Marlene (Bollinger) Bowman of Ronks, PA; six grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren, a sister Marian Nolt and a brother Earl, married to Grace (Lefever) Weaver, both of New Holland, PA.

Preceding her in death is husband Aaron, a granddaughter, Jeannelle Bowman, and a brother Lester Weaver.

Funeral service was March 19, 2011 at New Holland Mennonite Church with Pastors Judy and Ron Zook officiating. Interment was in the New Holland Mennonite Cemetery New Holland, PA.

Source: Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Bowman, Ivan Earl, 79, of Akron, Lancaster Co., PA died May 29, 2011 at the same place. He was born November 4, 1931 in East Earl Twp, Lancaster Co. PA to Ivan and Eva (Martin) Bowman. On December 28, 1955 he was married to Irma Ebersole, who was born March 7, 1929 and survives.

Surviving are a son, David Bowman (Karen); two grandchildren, Erin and Matthew; one sister, Emma Felpel; and two brothers, Clair (husband of Ruth Bowman), and Wilmer (husband of Naomi Bowman)

A daughter, Mary Beth Bowman Moser preceded him in death.

During the 1930's and 40's, his family engaged in farming, carpentry, and baking goods for market. In 1950, Earl began working at the New Holland Concrete block plant. In 1953, as a conscientious objector, he volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee Pax Program, where he worked for 2 years building homes for refugees in Enkenbach, Germany, meeting his future wife on a PAX-MCC tour of Palestine, Italy, and Greece. On December 28, 1955, he married Irma Ebersole, of Sterling, Ill.; together they built a home in Akron, Pa. in 1963. Earl spent 2 months building homes for hurricane victims in Haiti in 1967 as well as participating in home rebuilding projects with the Mennonite Disaster Service. He was employed by Wickes Lumber Co. for 19 year and worked as a custodian and courier for the Ephrata Area School District for 14 years until his retirement. He also volunteered as a firefighter with the Akron Fire Department for 37 years and was an active member of the Akron Lions Club. Earl and Irma were charter members of the Akron Mennonite Church, where he took an active behind the scenes role in various church activities.

Memorial services were held June 3, 2011 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lloyd Chapman, Interim Admin Assistant
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Bowman, Ivan Earl, 79, of Akron, PA died May 29, 2011 at his home. He was born in East Earl Twp Lancaster Co., PA to Ivan and Eva (Martin) Bowman. He was the husband of Irma (Ebersole) Bowman, of Akron, PA to whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

In 1953, as a conscientious objector, he volunteered with the Mennonite Central Committee Pax Program, where he worked for 2 years building homes for
refugees in Enkenbach, Germany, meeting his future wife on a PAX-MCC tour of Palestine, Italy, and Greece. On December 28, 1955, he married Irma Ebersole, of Sterling, Ill.

Earl and Irma were charter members of the Akron Mennonite Church, where he took an active behind the scenes role in various church activities. He also volunteered as a firefighter with the Akron Fire Department for 37 years and was an active member of the Akron Lions Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his wife Irma and a son, David, husband of Karen Bowman; 2 grandchildren Erin and Matthew Bowman ; a sister - Emma Felpel of Akron, PA; and 2 brothers, Clair, husband of Ruth Bowman of Denver, PA and Wilmer, husband of Naomi Bowman of Narvon, PA. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Beth Bowman Moser.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Akron Mennonite Church, 1311 Diamond St., Akron, with his memorial service at 11 a.m., on Friday, from the church, with Pastors James Amstutz and Michelle Dula officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Source: Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler


Bowman, Joanne Gaye Bowman, 56, of Brookline, MA died March 11, 2011 at the same place from ovarian cancer.

She was born October 8, 1955 at Salem, Ohio to Paul Ezra and Ruth Arlene (Detwiler) Bowman. Paul was born September 7, 1925 and Ruth was born July 4, 1924. They both survive.

On August 20, 1977 at Columbiana, OH she was married to John Lawrence Bowman, who was born August 30, 1955 and survives.

Surviving are a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, a son, Phillip Daniel, a brother, Greg Bowman (Ellen), and a sister, Lori Bowman Graber (Mark).

Memorial services were held April 2, 2011 at Mennonite Congregation of Boston, Cambridge, MA. Sacred Harp Singing followed the Memorial Service. Burial was in St. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA.

Submitted by: Ruth Bowman, Columbiana, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Breckbill, Willis L. "Bill"

April 28, 1926 - Aug. 17, 2011

GOSHEN -- Willis "Bill" L. Breckbill, 85, of Goshen, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at his home.

He was born to the late David and Anna (Leaman) Breckbill on April 28, 1926, in Willow Street, Pa. On Aug. 14, 1954, he married Ina Ruth Krabill of Louisville, Ohio.

She survives, along with their four children, David (Anita Stoltzfus) of Lincoln, Neb., Bruce (Jill Detweiler) of Kidron, Ohio, Don (Carola Horsch) of Stoughton, Wis., and Anne of St. Paul, Minn. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Hannah, Ben, Max, Greta, Madlen, Isaiah, Anna and Elizabeth; a brother, Parke; and a sister, Marion (Clarence) Rudy.

Two brothers, Raymond and Richard, and a sister, Alice (Roy) Charles preceded him in death.

Bill's career reflected his love of the Mennonite Church. In addition to pastoring congregations in Biglerville, Pa., (Bethel); Canton, Ohio (First Mennonite), Cambridge, Ont. (Preston), and Goshen (Waterford), he also undertook interim pastoral assignments in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Archbold, Ohio (Central), and Elkhart (Southside Fellowship and Hively Avenue).

He served the broader church as a member of the General Board of the Mennonite Church and then as moderator, 1977 to 1979. Between pastorates, he was conference minister of both the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference and the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference. Bill was a Goshen College and Goshen Seminary graduate,1954/1955, and later became a member of the Goshen College Board of Overseers. He was the speaker on The Mennonite Hour radio broadcast for two years. He was one of the driving forces behind creating the Memorial Garden at Waterford Mennonite Church where his cremains will be scattered.

Bill was a man who cherished and built relationships, loved people and advocated for the marginalized in society and the church. He enjoyed expanding his horizons and took many opportunities to educate himself on theological and social issues. He was a big man with a friendly smile and gentle presence. Most importantly, he was a devoted and fun-loving husband, father and grandfather.

Visitation will be from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. The funeral will be at Waterford Mennonite Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

Memorial donations may be given to Mennonite Central Committee, Goshen Hospice, or your local Hospice.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Aug. 19, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Brenneman, Olive M. Troyer
, 89, of Ephrata, PA, formerly of Kalona, IA, died Fenruary 9, 2011 at Ephrata Community Hospital. Born in Midland, MI, to Ora and Lydia (Miller) Troyer. Her husband, Harold H. Brenneman, died Sept. 2, 2010. She was a member of the Denver Mennonite Church.

Surviving is a daughter, Lucy, married to Ottis Conley of Crockett, KY; a son, Keith Alan, married to Robin Brenneman of Green, OH; 10 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; and a sister, Violet Miller of Hesston, KS.

Preceding her in death was her husband Harold and a son Lon David Brenneman; a sister, Ruth Wise; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral service was February 15, 2011 at the Denver Mennonite Church with Interment in the Denver Mennonite Cemetery, Denver, PA.   

Source:  Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Brown, Jalil
, 17, of McAlisterville, PA died April 9, 2011, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. A son of Wilmer and Erma Graybill, he was born Feb. 16, 1994, in Philadelphia, PA.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers and one sister-in-law, Wendell and Rachel Graybill, of Mifflintown, PA and Nisaiah Barmont, of McAlisterville, PA; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Rosalie and Dean Miller, of Mifflintown, PA; Kimberly and Shawn Berkholder, of Millerstown, PA and Jessica Graybill, of McAlisterville, PA; one niece and eight nephews.

Funeral service was April 13, 2011 at Shade Mountain Mennonite Church with Pastor Anthony Good officiating. Burial will follow in Shade Mountain Mennonite Church Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA.

Source: April 12, 2011
Lewistown Sentinel Lewiston, PA
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Brubacher, Ivan
, 83, of Elmira, Ontario died February 12, 2011 at Kitchener, Ontario from congestive heart failure.  He was born July 4, 1927 at Conestogo, Ontario to Christian and Selina (Brox) Brubacher.  On November 29, 1950 he was married to Eileen Martin, who was born June 25, 1930 and died April 29, 2006.

Surviving are children, David (Lynda) Brubacher, Dennis (Sheri) Brubacher, Darlene (Roger) Weber, Marvin Brubacher, and Mark Brubacher, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Lydia Ann Kappes.

A daughter-in-law, Shirley Brubacher, four brothers, Norman Brubacher, Abe Brubacher, Jacob Brubacher, and David Brubacher, and a sister, Leah Prott preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held February 16, 2011 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario with burial in St. Jacobs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Three Bridges, Ontario.

Submitted by: Karen Sauder, St. Jacobs, ON
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Brubaker, Daniel A.
, 91, of 17 Joseph Court, Bridgewater, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 17 2011, at his home. He was born June 18, 1919, in Rockingham County to the late William and Sophia (Showalter) Brubaker. Mr. Brubaker was a farmer. From 1944 to 1946 he served in Civilian Public Service at Denison, Iowa, and Clearspring, Md.

He was married to the former Nellie Rhodes, who survives, on Oct. 5, 1941. They were married 69 years. He is also survived by five children, Elizabeth Burkholder (David) of Bridgewater; Harold (Fay) and Charles (Elizabeth) Brubaker, both of Harrisonburg; Sharon (Carl) Hostetter of Gordonsville, Pa.; and Evelyn Brubaker of Bridgewater. He is also survived by 12  grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by siblings Jacob Brubaker, Margaret Shank, Mary Brubaker and Anna  Brubaker. In May 1958, Daniel was ordained to the ministry and served pastorates at Pike and Temple Hill Mennonite Churches.

He was a member at Pike Mennonite Church, where services will be held. Services will be in charge of the Pike Church ministers on Sunday at 2 p.m. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. A viewing will be held at Johnson Funeral Service on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be sent to VMRC Compassion Fund, 1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA  22802. Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 2/18/2011
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Brubaker, Daryl Allen
, 54 of Olar, SC died July 13, 2011 at his home. Born in 1957 at Harrisonburg, VA to Howard Brubaker and Miriam Heatwole Brubaker. He was a member of the Barnwell Mennonite Church Olar, SC.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Weaver Brubaker of the home; his parents of Olar, SC; daughter, Robin (Jordan) Ehst of Lancaster, PA; sons, Benjamin Allen (Charity) Brubaker of Dayton, VA, William Brubaker of Due West, SC, Thomas Brubaker of the home; grandchildren, Catherine Brubaker, Anna Brubaker and Aaron Ehst; sister, Phyllis (Dale) Mast of Batesburg, SC; brothers, Myron (Jane) Brubaker of Olar, SC, Steven (Cynthia) Brubaker of Guys Mills, PA and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was July 17, 2011 at the Barnwell Mennonite Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Source: Folk Funeral Home Williton, SC.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Brubaker, Frances Elizabeth,
79, of Wadsworth, OH died June 19, 2011 at Seville, OH from a sudden cardiac death.

She was born September 1, 1931 at Wadsworth, Ohio to Elam Abram and Sara Marian (Auker) Brubaker. Elam was born August 31, 1898 and died March 17, 1966. Sara was born August 27, 1900 and died July 9, 1975.

Surviving are a brother, Raymond (Betty) Brubaker and a sister, Mildred (P. Kenneth) Yoder.

A brother, Floyd Brubaker preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held September 3, 2011 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Rittman, (Wadsworth) Medina Co., OH with burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio.

Submitted by: Mildred Yoder, Rocky Ford, CO
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Brubaker, Martha Jane Reist
, 96, of Lititz, PA died January 2, 2011 at the same place.  She was born October 31, 1914 at Mount Joy, PA to J. Clarence and Barbara (Frey) Reist.  On September 20, 1941 she was married to Roy A. Brubaker, who was born February 26, 1919 and survives.

Surviving are three sons, Donald R. (Elaine), Thomas A. (Kathy), and Leon M (Carolyn), 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Virginia Lehman and a brother, Warren Reist preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held January 7, 2011 at Lititz Mennonite Church, Lititz, PA with burial in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Submitted by: Sandy Good
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Brubaker, Noah M.
, 90, formerly of Lewisburg, PA and a resident at Riverview Manor for the past six months, died June 17, 2011, at RiverWoods. Born February 11, 1921 in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Landis H. and Sara (Brubaker) Brubaker. Following his marriage to the former Hilda H. Shertzer on June 20, 1942, he began crop farming and raising laying hens.

In 1971, he moved to Union Co, PA. He was a member of East District Mennonite Church, Watsontown, and a former member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church. He found genealogy to be very interesting and helped research and write two family genealogies. Noah and Hilda spent many winters in Sarasota, Florida. Noah previously served on the board of the Juniata Historical Society, Richfield, and belonged to various railroad associations.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 69 years, Hilda Brubaker of Lewisburg, PA; one son and daughter-in-law, James C. and Naomi Brubaker of Lewisburg, PA; one daughter and son-in-law, Miriam L. and Lamar Hackman of Lewisburg, PA; 11 grand children and 20 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sons, one who died in infancy, and David Brubaker who died in 1986; and by one brother, John Brubaker.

Funeral service was Jun 20, 2011 at East District Mennonite Church, Watsontown, PA Officiating ministry will be Timothy Stoltzfus, Kenneth Metzler and Roy Brubaker. Burial was in Old Rohrerstown Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Source: Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home,
Lewisburg, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Brubaker, Paul W.

SHIPSHEWANA -- Paul W. Brubaker, 82, died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 8, 1928, to William and Annie (Weaver) Brubacher. On Aug. 17, 1950, he married Marianna Kehr. She died Oct. 20, 1993. On May 28, 1994, he married Lydia Mishler. She survives.

Also surviving are children Patricia Grosse-Brubaker of Wakarusa, Dale (Gail) Brubaker of Elkhart, Donald (Rhonda) Brubaker of Middlebury and Doane (Sharon) Brubaker of Morton, Ill.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings Emma Zimmerman, Wilma (Dana) Shaum, Florence (Vernard) Guengerich, Esther (Steve) Walters and Wayne (Joyce) Brubacher, all of Goshen, Ruth (Henry) Burmeister and Naomi (Alvin) Martin; sister-in-law Doris Brubacher; and aunt Bertha Weaver of Wakarusa.

Three siblings are deceased.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka. A graveside service is at 9 a.m. Friday at Yellow Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Goshen, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the church.

Give memorials to Menno-Clinic, India.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 5, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Brubaker, Paul W., 82, of Shipshewana, IN died May 3, 3011 at Parkview Hospital, Ft. Wayne, IN. He was born on November 8, 1928 in Elkhart County, to William and Annie S. (Weaver) Brubacher.

On August 17, 1950 in Elkhart County, he married Marianna Kehr, she died October 20, 1993. On May 28, 1994 in Shipshewana, he married Lydia M. Mishler, she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife Lydia and daughter, Patricia Grosse-Brubaker of Wakarusa, IN; three sons, Dale (Gail) Brubaker of Elkhart, IN; Donald (Rhonda) Brubaker of Middlebury, IN; Doane (Sharon) Brubaker of Morton, IL; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren; six sisters, Ruth (Henry) Burmeister of Silverton, OR; Emma Zimmerman of Goshen, IN; Wilma (Dana) Shaum of Goshen, IN Florence (Vernard) Guengerich of Goshen, IN; Naomi (Alvin) Martin of Decker, MI; Esther (Steve) Walters of Goshen, IN; (note spelling change in the last names) brother, Wayne (Joyce) Brubacher of Goshen; IN; sister-in-law, Doris Brubacher of Sturgis; aunt, Bertha Weaver of Wakarusa, IN.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, both parents, sister, Susie Zimmerman, two brothers, John and Amos Brubacher.

He was a member of Emma Mennonite Church Topeka. A graveside service was May 5, 2011 at 9:00 am at Yellow Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Goshen, IN. A memorial service will be held May 6, 2011 at 11:00 am at Emma Mennonite Church, Topeka. Services will be conducted by Rev. Gene Hartman.

Source Miller-Stewart
Funeral Home Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler




Brubaker, Pearl I. Wyble
, 97, of Landis Homes, formerly of Mount Joy, died September 19, 2011. Born November 8, 1913 in New Holland, PA to Harry K. and Minnie M. (Shelley) Wyble. She was the wife of the late Arthur W. Brubaker, who died in 1974. She was a member of Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim, PA.

Survived by a son, J. Kenneth, of Reston, Virginia; a brother, Paul, husband of Margaret Wyble of New Holland; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Clair W., and three brothers, Albert, Ira, and Lester Wyble.

Funeral Service was September 24, 2011 at West Bethany Chapel of Landis Homes, Lititz, PA. Interment was in Erisman Mennonite Cemetery, Rapho Twp., Manheim, PA.

Source: Sheetz Funeral Home, Inc., Mount Joy, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Brubaker, Ray M.
, 69, of Narvon, entered into rest at Zerbe Sisters Nursing Center, Caernarvon Township on Monday, January 3, 2011.

He was born in Ephrata Township, a son of the late Joseph S. and Edna Z. Martin Brubaker. He was married to Nora Stauffer Brubaker for 46 years.

Ray was a member of Metzler Mennonite Church, Ephrata. He was a former fire police chief and president of Zone 3 District Fire Association for Farmersville Fire Co., and also drove a truck for Martin Limestone for many years.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Dale R., husband of Joanne Summy Brubaker of Denver, Christine E. Brubaker of Ephrata, Lois J., wife of Andrew Petersheim of Morgantown, Anne M. Brubaker of Narvon, Carla J., wife of Philip Meissner of Elverson, and Cheryl L., wife of Jonathon Troyer of Ringtown; 11 grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Joseph M., husband of Ida Gehman Brubaker of Port Trevorton, Ivan M., husband of Sylvia Stauffer Brubaker, James M., husband of Diane Rollman Brubaker, Clarence M., husband of Debra Horning Brubaker, and Irvin M., husband of Lilly Brubacker Brubaker, all of Ephrata, Wayne M., husband of Erla Brubacker Brubaker of Port Trevorton, Arlene M., wife of Larry Stauffer of Bainbridge, OH, Ida M. Brubaker, Miriam M., wife of Leon Brubaker, and Mary Ann, wife of Stephen Weaver, all of Port Trevorton.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Louella Brubaker, and a brother, Paul M. Brubaker.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 P.M., Friday, January 7 and 9 to 10 A.M. Saturday, January 8, at Metzler Mennonite Church, 515 W. Metzler Rd., Ephrata with the funeral service at 10 A.M. on Saturday, with Pastors Richard Buch and Nevin Horning officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Ray's memory may be sent to Metzler Mennonite Charity Fund, 515 W. Metzler Road, Ephrata, PA 17522 or the Farmersville Fire Co., 74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
Intelligencer Journal - 1/6/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Buckwalter, Carl R. "Bucky"
, 68, Stevens, died Dec. 29, 2011, in Hospice of Lanc. Co. – Mt. Joy. Born in Narvon, a son of Ralph M. and Catherine C. (Shelby) Buckwalter, he worked as a truck driver for Woolworth Dist. Center, Denver, and as a self-employed carpenter. A member of New Holland Mennonite Church, he also belonged to Adamstown Rod & Gun Club, and Fritztown and Gouglersville Fire Companies. Bucky enjoyed trap shooting and was an avid golfer.

Surviving are daughters, Bonnie Good, Honeybrook; Cindy Shaffer, Birdsboro; and Pam McDermott, Denver; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Fegely, Pearl Schultz, Ruth Ann Bensing, and Evelyn Fischer; brothers, Paul, Raymond, David and Leon Buckwalter; his significant other, Pat Rice, with whom he resided; her family; children, Dwayne Shober, Vicki Moyer, Kathy Ann Keith, all of Denver; Donna Hirneisen, Adamstown; and Diane Rissler, New Holland; and her 8 grandchildren; and was predeceased by sisters, Grace Baxter and Irma Sager; and brother, Lloyd Buckwalter.

VIEWING: Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, 6-8 PM, Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown. PRIVATE INURNMENT: Center Union Cemetery, East Earl.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/1/2012
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Buckwalter, Irvin S.
, 61, of Ephrata, died on Friday, November 18, 2011 at his home after a long illness. He was born in Lancaster to the late Ralph M. and Frances K. (Martin) Buckwalter.

He worked for Horst Construction, Inc. for about thirty years as an excavating equipment operator. Irvin enjoyed riding motorcycles. During his years of disability he served the community as a taxi service for those without transportation.

Surviving are: one brother, Leon husband of Audrey Buckwalter, Chapala, Mexico; one sister, Evelyn wife of John Fischer, New Knoxville, OH; four half brothers, Paul husband of Jane Buckwalter, New Holland, Raymond husband of Margie Buckwalter, Mohnton, David husband of Linda Buckwalter, Lititz, Carl Buckwalter, Ephrata; three half sisters, Dorothy wife of William Fegley, Quakake, Pearl wife of Emil Schulze, Leola, Ruth Ann wife of Kenneth Bensing, Terre Hill.

A half brother, Lloyd M. Buckwalter; two half sisters, Grace Baxter and Irma Sager preceded him in death.

Furman's Funeral Home - Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 11/25/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Buehler, Vincent Grant
, 65, of Kitchener, ON died February 24, 2011 at the same place.  He was born February 12, 1946 was married to Ruth Diehl.

Surviving Siblings:
Floyd (Irma) Buehler, Verda (Stanley) Cook, Murray (Vera) Buehler, Diane (Paul) Schuett, Joe Cormier, Diane Pfaff (Guy Scott), Roger (Donna Cormier), Rosie (Bill) Clement, Pauline (Bruce) Stickney

Memorial services were held February 28, 2011 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario with burial in St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery, Three Bridges, Ontario.

Submitted by: Karen Sauder, St. Jacobs, ON
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin




Burkey, Arnold A.
, 88, of Milford, NE died April 6, 2011 at Seward, NE.  He was born August 14, 1922 at Milford, NE to Joseph and Mattie (Troyer) Burkey.  On May 26, 1945 at Friend, NE he was married to Phyllis Bowen, who was born September 20, 1923 and survives.

Surviving are two sons, Tim & Bonnie Burkey and Sid & Peg Burkey, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Betty & Mel Yoder.

A brother, Kenneth & Carolyn Burkey and two sisters, Lucinda & Dick Bachman and Doris & Dale Inbody preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held April 10, 2011 at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford, Seward Co., NE with burial in Andrew Cemetery, Friend, NE.

Submitted by: Bellwood Mennonite Church
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Burkholder, Ammon N.

SHILOH: Ammon N. Burkholder, age 62, of Shiloh, died Friday, July 15, 2011 at his home. He was born January 29, 1949 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

He had lived in Shiloh for the past 35 years. He was the owner and operator of Ammon Burkholder Trucking Company since 1971. He was a member of the Chester Mennonite Church in Wooster, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Floretta "Flossie" (Martin) Burkholder; his children, Clyde Loren Burkholder of Shiloh, Diane Yvonne Burkholder of Shreve, Ileen Renee (Lavern) Troyer of Millersburg, Ohio; five grandchildren; his parents, George O. and Anna Mary (Nolt) Burkholder of Ephrata, Pa.; his siblings, Lester (Annie) Burkholder of Ephrata, Pa., Mary Ellen (Clarence) Weaver of Martinsburg, Pa., Erma (Norman) Shirk of New Holland, Pa., Ida Ann (Marvin) Martin of Versailles, Mo., Etta (John Mark) Martin of New Holland, Pa. He was preceded in death by his son, Edwin Lamar Burkholder in 1973.

Friends may call from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2011 at the Blooming Grove Community Center, 7316 Amstutz Rd., Shiloh. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Chester Mennonite Church, 7243 Lattasburg Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691 with Paul Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow at the Chester Mennonite Cemetery.

The family requests that flowers be omitted. Eastman Funeral Home, Greenwich were in charge of arrangements.

Published in the News Journal on July 16, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Burkholder, Anna M. Horst

Anna M. Burkholder, 71, of Memphis, MO, died September 22, 2011, at her home. She was born the daughter of Amos H. and Lena W. (Martin) Horst on April 20, 1940 in Lancaster County, PA.

She married Luke Burkholder on April 28, 1960. He survives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Phares, Martin, Clarence, Leon Horst and a brother in infancy; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

She is survived by her husband, Luke, of Memphis; children Edward and wife Susan Burkholder of Ashland, OH, Frances and husband Irwin Zimmerman of Rutledge; Wilma and husband Raymond Jr. Burkholder of Baring, Leon and wife Elaine Burkholder of Memphis and Lavern and wife Esther Burkholder of Mt. Sterling, IA; brothers, Aaron Horst of Myerstown, PA, John and wife Maggie Horst of Goodville, PA; Amos and wife Grace Horst of Edina; James and wife Nora Horst of Memphis; Edwin and wife Ruth Horst of Memphis; and Frank Horst of Lititz, PA; a sister-in-law, Loretta and husband Glenn Horst of Narvon, PA; sisters, Vera and husband Allen Fox of Memphis, Lena Weiler of Memphis, Katie and husband Leon High of Robesonia, PA, Amelia and husband Arthur Weaver of Ephrata, PA; Margaret and husband Henry Martin of Lititz, PA, and Mary Ellen and husband Leon Martin of Memphis; 37 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services were at 9:30 a.m., Monday, September 26, at the Meadowview Mennonite Church in Scotland County, MO. Burial was in the Meadowview Cemetery.

Luke Fox, Nelson Martin, Vernon Oberholtzer and Neil Burkholder officiated the services. Chestor Burkholder, Dave Burkholder, Harlan Burkholder, Curvin Burkholder, Eugene Burkholder and Nelson Zimmerman served as coffin bearers.

Condolences may be sent to the Burkholder family via email at [email protected]
Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service of Memphis and Wyaconda.

AmericonProfile.com
Published 09/29/2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Burkholder, Anna N. Zimmerman

LIBERTY - Anna N. Burkholder, 74, of Liberty, died April 21, 2011, at her residence.

Born Dec. 18, 1936, in Ephrata, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Daniel Zimmerman and Minnie Nolt Zimmerman.

She was a housewife and is survived by her husband, Amos H. Burkholder.

Additional surviors include five sons, Ephriam, Daniel and Joseph Burkholder, all of Liberty, Mahlon Burkholder of Dunndee, N.Y., and Leroy Burkholder of Pembroke, Ky; two daughters, Leah and Rachel Burkholder, both of Liberty; 35 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Adin Zimmerman of Mifflinburgburg, Pa., and Eli Zimmerman of Dunnville; and two sisters, Nora Zimmerman of Eylmer, Ontario, Canada, and Lena Reiff of Lewisburg, Pa.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Susan Burkholder; one grandchild; one brother, Enos Zimmerman; and two sisters, Leah Brubacker and Edna ZImmerman.

Central Kentucky News
April 23, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Burkholder, Bertha Naomi
age 101 of Maugansville, MD died February 25, 2011 at the Mennonite Home. Born December 23, 1909 in Letterkenny Twp. Franklin County, PA, to Henry S. and Mary G. (Horst) Burkholder. She was a longtime member of Millers Mennonite Church near Leitersburg and was currently a member of Paradise Mennonite Church Hagerstown,

Survived by one sister Edith Burkholder, resident of the Mennonite Home of Maugansville, one brother John Eber Burkholder, Menno Haven, Chambersburg, PA and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Edgar Burkholder and Norman Burkholder, two sisters Ada Strite Martin and Anna Burkholder.

Funeral service was March 1, 2011 at Millers Mennonite Church with the Paradise Mennonite Church Ministry officiating. Burial was in the adjoining church cemetery near Leitersburg, MD.

Source:  Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home
Greencastle, PA.

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Burkholder, Carrie Yoder
, age 92, died November 17, 2011 at Parkview Home, Stouffville, Ontario. She was born March 6, 1920 to David and Emma Yoder. Beloved wife of Elmer Burkholder.

Surivied by her husband Elmer and children Ruth Corbin, Katherine Bauman (Ray), James (Donna), Richard (Karen) and Lois Phillips (Mark). Loving grandmother of 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A sister of Edna Ruth Kipfer (Mose Deceased), Ken (Lois) Yoder, Doris Knechtel, and the late Edith (Vernon deceased) Ulrich, Maynard (Blanche deceased) Yoder, and Waneda (Floyd) Wright.

Predeceased by her parents, David and Emma Yoder.
Friends will be received at the Dixon-Garland Funeral Home Markham, Ontario on Monday, November 21, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and at Wideman Mennonite Church 10530 Hwy # 48 on Tuesday from 1p.m. until time of Graveside Service at 2p.m. A Memorial Service will follow in Wideman Mennonite Church.

Source: Dixon-Garland Funeral Home Markham, Ontario
Submitted by Leon Hertzler, 2013



Burkholder, David Z
., 78, of 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, formerly of 276 Gristmill Road, New Holland, died Thursday, October 27, 2011, surrounded by his family at Fairmount Homes.

Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Noah W. and Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Burkholder. His wife, Grace H. (Fox) Burkholder, died May 29, 2011.

David retired in 1995 from the former Rutt Custom Kitchens in Goodville after 35 years as a salesman.

He was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church where he served as chorister and Sunday school teacher for many years. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed playing guitar, golfing, model airplanes, hunting, and playing softball. For a time, he played with the Golden Valley Boys and was a member of the Garden Spot and the Indian Springs Hunting Camps.

Surviving are four children, Nancy, married to Ray Newswanger of Terre Hill, Dale, married to Diane (Weaver) Burkholder of Ephrata, Lynn Burkholder of East Earl, and Glenn, married to Lori (Morgan) Burkholder of Martindale; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 10 brothers and sisters, Anna, married to Eli M. Horst of Leola, Mary, married to Melvin S. Martin of Richland, Edna, married to Noah B. Weaver of Manheim, Lena, married to Paul B. Zimmerman of Ephrata, Ivan, married to Irene M. (Zimmerman) Burkholder of Akron, Harvey, married to Jeanette (Shober) Burkholder of Ephrata, Ella, married to Raymond M. Hurst of Ephrata, Etta, married to Edwin M. Martin of Holtwood, Norman Burkholder of Leola, and Elvin Burkholder of Ephrata.

Preceding him in death are three sisters, Alta Zimmerman, Elizabeth Martin, and Ada Snyder, and two brothers, Aaron and Noah Burkholder.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata with the Reverend David Sensenig and the Reverend Marty Hostetter officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. and on Monday from 9-10 a.m. at the Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, PA 17522. To send the family condolences, visit us at www.groffeckenroth. com. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 10/29/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Burkholder, Dorothy Jane Sheaffer
, 86, of Denver, [PA] entered into rest at her home on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Born in East Earl, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Cora (Waid) Sheaffer and was the wife of the late William K. Burkholder. They were married 40 years before his death in 1981. A homemaker, she was a member of Springville Mennonite Church.

Surviving are two sons: Donald S., husband of Lena Mae (Zimmerman) Burkholder of Stevens; and Ervin S., husband of Anna Ruth (Musser) Burkholder of Denver; three daughters: Grace Ann, wife of Irvin Ray Musser of Womelsdorf; Fay, wife of Marvin N. Sauder of Reinholds; and Ruth S., wife of Earl H. Wenger of New Holland; 19 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a step-brother, Ernest, husband of Shirley Sheaffer of Bowmansville.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Glen S., husband of L. Irene (Musser) Burkholder of Stevens and Harold S. Burkholder, infant son. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, David and Arthur Sheaffer, her sister Arlene Weber, 1 grandchild and 2 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 PM on Sunday, March 27, at Farm Crest Chapel at Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata [PA]. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, March 28, 2011 at the Farm Crest Chapel with further services at 10:00 from the Springville Mennonite Church, with Bishop Lester B. Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/26/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Burkholder, Ethel Lena Wenger
, 90, of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Mrs. Burkholder was born March 9, 1921, in Dayton, Va., and was the daughter of the late Abram Wenger and Eva (Harper) Wenger. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Burkholder, who passed away Feb. 9, 2006.

Mrs. Burkholder is survived by one brother, Warren Wenger of Dayton, Va.; and eight children, Bruce B. and wife, Jean (Sacra) Burkholder, of Harrisonburg, Lynwood R. and wife, Louise (Redmond) Burkholder, of Chapin, S.C., Eldon D. and wife, Brenda (Carwile) Burkholder, of Harrisonburg, Marlin L. and wife, Christine (Landis) Burkholder, of Singers Glen, Va., Rodney J. and wife, Joyce (Good) Burkholder, of Harrisonburg, Olen D. and wife, Norma (Neuenschwander) Burkholder, of Harrisonburg, Zola F. Burkholder Showalter and husband, Duane, of Broadway, Va., and Gary L. and wife, Karen (Hampton) Burkholder, of Newberg, Ore.

She also had 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by two grandchildren, brothers Emory Wenger, Arlie Wenger, Joseph Wenger, Warren Wenger, Ervin Wenger and sisters Elizabeth Howdyshell, Ruth Lewis and Dorothy Stover.

Ethel enjoyed flower gardening and traveling and was a wonderful homemaker, mother and grandmother.

The family will receive friends Friday, June 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church Fellowship hall. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va. Interment will follow the service at the church cemetery. McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 6/16/2011
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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Burkholder, Ethel Lena Wenger, 90, of, Harrisonburg VA, died June 14, 2011 at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. She was born March 9, 1921 in Dayton, VA to Abram Wenger and Eva (Harper) Wenger. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Burkholder, who passed away Feb. 9, 2006.

Mrs. Burkholder is survived by one brother, Warren Wenger of Dayton, VA and 8 children: Bruce B. and wife Jean (Sacra) Burkholder of Harrisonburg VA, Lynwood R. and wife Louise (Redmond) Burkholder of Chapin SC, Eldon D. and wife Brenda (Carwile) Burkholder of Harrisonburg VA, Marlin L. and wife Christine (Landis) Burkholder of Singers Glen VA, Rodney J. and wife Joyce (Good) Burkholder of Harrisonburg VA, Olen D. and wife Norma (Neuenschander) Burkholder of Harrisonburg VA, Zola F. Burkholder Showalter and husband Duane of Broadway VA and Gary L. and wife Karen (Hampton) Burkholder of Newberg OR.

She also had 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, brothers Emory Wenger, Arlie Wenger, Joseph Wenger, Warren Wenger, Ervin Wenger and sisters Elizabeth Howdyshell, Ruth Lewis and Dorothy Stover.

Funeral service was June 18, 2011 at Trissels Mennonite Church. Interment was in the Trissels Mennonite Church, Broadway, Va.

Source: McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Burkholder, George M.
, 87, formerly of Earl Township, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at his home in South Newton Township.

He was born in Ephrata Township to the late Paul and Annie (Martin) Burkholder and was the husband of the late Elizabeth H. (Gehman) Burkholder, who passed away in 2008.

George was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference and was a retired farmer.

George is survived by 4 sons, Henry G., husband of Mabel (Newswanger) Burkholder of Thorp, WI, Weaver G., husband of Ruth (Martin) Bukholder of Walnut Bottom, Eli G., husband of Vera (Hoover) Burkholder of Newville, Isaac G., husband of Anna (Hoover) Burkholder of Thorp, WI; 6 daughters, Mabel G., wife of Menno Nolt of New Holland, Mary G., wife of Lawrence Nolt of Withee, WI, Elizabeth G., wife of Alvin Martin of Withee, WI, Ella G., wife of Raymond Hoover of Kutztown, Anna G., wife of Elmer Leid of Fortuna, MI, Lucy G., wife of Leroy Sensenig of Penn Yan, NY; 77 grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 149 great grandchildren; 34 step great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Paul, husband of Elizabeth (Stauffer) Burkholder of Fleetwood, Jonas, husband of Bertha (Zimmerman) Burkholder of Stanley, NY; 3 sisters, Lizzie, wife of Weaver Leid of Ephrata, Ada, wife of Aaron Zimmerman of Dundee, NY, Susanna, wife of Ben Shirk of Penn Yan, NY.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ezra, Isaac, and Menno Burkholder; sisters, Annie Burkholder, Maria Burkholder, and ­Minnie Hoover; 3 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; and 5 step great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Menno and Mabel Nolt ­residence, 282 Ranck Church Rd., New Holland. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nolt residence with further services at 9:30 a.m. from Martindale Mennonite Church (Groffdale Conference), Earl Township. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/3/2012
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Burkholder, Grace H. Fox
, 76, of 276 Gristmill Road, New Holland, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Martindale, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Sally (Horning) Fox. She was married 58 years, on Feb. 14, to David Z. Burkholder. Grace was a homemaker and a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church. She enjoyed reading, going to the cabin, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and she was a Phillies Fan.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Nancy, married to Ray Newswanger of Terre Hill, Dale, married to Diane (Weaver) Burkholder of Ephrata, Lynn Burkholder of East Earl, and Glenn, married to Lori (Morgan) Burkholder of Martindale; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three brothers and a sister, Willis H., married to Shirley (Styer) Fox of Ephrata, Erma, married to Henry Z. Garman of New Holland, Eugene H., married to Violet (Styer) Fox of Martindale, and Marlin H. Fox of Bowmansville.

Preceding her in death is a brother, Lloyd H. Fox.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 2 pm at Martindale Mennonite Church, 171 Hurst Road, Ephrata with the Reverend Daryl Weaver officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Wednesday from 6-8 pm and on Thursday from 1-2 pm at the Martindale Mennonite Church. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/30/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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Burkholder, Grace H. Fox, 76, of New Holland, PA died May 29, 2011 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Martindale, PA to Clarence and Sally (Horning) Fox. She was married 58 years, on Feb. 14, to David Z. Burkholder. Grace was a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Nancy, married to Ray Newswanger of Terre Hill, Dale, married to Diane (Weaver) Burkholder of Ephrata, Lynn Burkholder of East Earl, and Glenn, married to Lori (Morgan) Burkholder of Martindale; 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; three brothers and a sister, Willis H., married to Shirley (Styer) Fox of Ephrata, Erma, married to Henry Z. Garman of New Holland, Eugene H., married to Violet (Styer) Fox of Martindale, and Marlin H. Fox of Bowmansville.

Preceding her in death is a brother, Lloyd H. Fox.

Funeral service was June 2, 2011 at Martindale Mennonite Church, with the Reverend Daryl Weaver officiating. Interment was in the Martindale Mennonite Cemetery, Ephrata.

Source: Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA.
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Burkholder, Helen Mae Yoder

May 22, 1913 - Oct. 5, 2011

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. - Helen Mae Burkholder, 98, of White Cloud, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at her home following a short illness.

Helen was born May 22, 1913, in Elkhart, Ind., to Vernon A. and Lula (Van-Scoik) Yoder. Helen was the widow of Lowell and was a member of the White Cloud Mennonite Church.

Helen is survived by her children, Howard (Carol) Burkholder of White Cloud, Marjorie (Allen) Christner of East Jordan, Miriam (Sanford) Christophel of Goshen, Ind., Delbert (Betty) Burkholder of White Cloud, Carolyn Burkholder of Kansas City, Kan., Doris (Dean) Roberts of Vian, Okla., Nelson (Virginia) Burkholder of Canton, Ohio, Ruth Ann (Calvin) Hershberger of Topeka, Kan., and Ed (Carol) Burkholder of Elkhart; 26 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at White Cloud Mennonite Church and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at White Cloud Mennonite Church. Interment will be at Big Prairie Everett Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may go to Hospice of Michigan, Newaygo County.

Arrangements are by Crandell Funeral Home - White Cloud Chapel, www.crandellfh.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 6, 2011
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Burkholder, Maria M., age 82, formerly of Lancaster Co., currently of Dundee, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in the comfort of the home of her sister, Mrs. Aaron (Ada) Zimmerman.

Friends are invited to call at the family home, 2382 State Rte. 230 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 7. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Gravel Run Mennonite Church, Ray Crosby Rd., Dundee, NY, and at the Old Order Martindale Mennonite Church at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, with burial in the Martindale Mennonite Cemetery.

Miss Burkholder was born March 29, 1929 in Ephrata Township, the daughter of the late Paul Z. and Annie B. Martin Burkholder. Maria was a renowned self-employed seamstress, specializing in quilts, and woman's coverings, when she lived in Pennsylvania, where she was a member of Old Order Martindale Mennonite Church.

Having never married, she was still blessed with a large loving family who loved and will dearly miss her. She leaves 3 brothers, George M. Burkholder of Shippensburg, Paul M. (Elizabeth) Burkholder of Berks Co., Jonas M. (Bertha) Burkholder of Potter, NY; 3 sisters Lizzie M. wife of Weaver Leid of Ephrata, Ada M. (Aaron) Zimmerman, with whom she currently made her home, Susanna M. wife of Ben Shirk of Benton, NY; and countless nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a little brother, Ezra, and a younger sister, Annie, as well as 2 brothers, Menno M. and his wife Ruth Burkholder, Isaac M. and his wife Emma Burkholder; a sister, Minnie M. Hoover; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth wife of George Burkholder.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baird Funeral Home, 36 Water Street, Dundee, NY.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/7/2011
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Burkholder, Noah Z.
, Jr., 83, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, in Myerstown. He was the husband of Annie W. Nolt Burkholder to whom he was married 63 years. He was born May 12, 1928, in Ephrata Township, Lancaster County, a son the late Noah W. and Elizabeth Z. Zimmerman Burkholder. Noah was employed as a farmer and was a member of Martin's Mennonite Church of the Weaverland Conference, Womelsdorf.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children, Lucille, married to Glenn High of Robesonia, Elizabeth, married to Marvin Weaver of Lititz, Aaron, married to Edith Huber Burkholder of Myerstown, Noah, married to Martha Sensenig Burkholder of New Holland, and Anna, married to Lester High of Denver; 26 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; brothers, David Burkholder, husband of the late Grace Fox Burkholder of Ephrata, Ivan, married to Irene M. Zimmerman Burkholder of Akron, Harvey, married to Jeanette M. Shober Burkholder of Ephrata, Norman Burkholder of Leola, and Elvin Burkholder, husband of the late Ruth Ristenbatt Burkholder of Ephrata; and sisters, Anna, married to Eli M. Horst of Denver, Mary, married to Melvin Martin of Richland, Edna, married to Noah B. Weaver of Manheim, Lena, married to Paul B. Zimmerman of Ephrata, Ella, married to Raymond M. Hurst of Ephrata, and Etta, married to Edwin M. Martin of Holtwood.

He was preceded in death by a son; grandson; two great-grandsons; brother, Aaron Burkholder; and sisters, Alta Zimmerman, Elizabeth Martin, and Ada Snyder.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Fairview Mennonite Church, Elco Drive, Myerstown. Viewing will be on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Mennonite Reception Center, 141 Jackson Road, Lebanon. Interment will be made in the adjoining church cemetery. Please omit flowers. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. of Schaefferstown is handling his arrangements.

Lebanon Daily News - 6/20/2011
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish




Byler, Betty M. Hershberger
, 70, of Canton, OH   died January 15, 2011 at Aultman Hospital in Canton OH She was born on February 10, 1940 in Wayne Co., OH to Menno J. and Emma S. (Miller) Hershberger and married Daniel T. Byler on November 16, 1962. He survives. She was a member of the Hartville Mennonite Church and the Homebuilders Sunday School Class.

Survived by her husband Daniel, a daughter, Diane (Brian Bertsche) of White Pigeon, MI; three sons, Daniel and Ryan, both of Canton, OH and Jason (Stephanie) of Uniontown, OH; five precious grandchildren, Chelsea, Randy, Lauren, Logan and Reese; two step-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren; two brothers, Ervin (Lenore) Hershberger and Freeman (Lorraine) Hershberger, both of Dalton; three sister-in-laws, Lydia (John) Schmid, Esther (Freeman) Mullet and Dorothy (Earl) Yoder; a brother-in-law, John Byler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Teresa (Hochstetler) Byler.

Funeral service was January 18, 2011 at the Hartville Mennonite Church with Pastor Ross Miller officiating. Burial will be in the churc Hartville Mennonite cemetery.

Source:   Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton, OH
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



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