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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
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Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

2016 C to F


Campbell, John E. ; . . Campbell, Raymond Ersel Jr. ; . . Charles, Ethel E. ; . . Charles, J. Harold ; . . Charles, Miriam Jeanette Stalter ; . . Christner, John D. ; . . Chupp, Eli M. ; . . Chupp, Menno Lewis ; . . Chupp, Sarah I. ; . . Claassen, Gladys L. Moyer Moyer ; . . Coblentz, Daniel N. ; . . Coblentz, Elsie J. Miller ; . . Covington, Ruth Bertsche Hainline ; . . Cressman, Calvin ; . . Crider, Charlotte Nadene Yankey ; . . Crouch, Mary Ellen Blackmun ; . . Culp, Lester I. ; . . Denlinger, Earl Groff ; . . Denlinger, R. Elverta Groff ; . . Denlinger, Ruth Naomi ; . . Derr Clark E. ; . . Derstine, Velma F. Hagey ; . . Detweiler, Emma Kathryn "Kass" Yoder ; . .Detweiler, Gerald R. ; . . Detweiler, Raymond Wismer ; . . Dintaman, Clara Eleanor Wideman ; . . Dietzel, Wilmetta Dorothy Weaver ; . . Eash, Saloma N. ; . . Eash, Susan Yoder ; . . Eberly, Elva M. Zimmerman ; . . Eberly, Mary Catherine Imhoff ; . . Eberly, Ricky L. ; . . Ebersole, Charles Edward ; . . Ebersole, Scott C. ; . . Ebersole, Raymond B. ; . . Eby, Anna Kathryn Shenk ; . . Ediger, George Edward ; . . Ediger, John F. ; . . Esbenshade, Adam B. (Rev.) ; . . Esh, Elias S. ; . . Ewy, Ellen Jost ; . . Fehlberg, Nettie Ada Troyer ; . . Fisher, Rachel Swartzendruber ; . . Fisher, Sarah Schrock ; . . Flory, Diana Jean Durham ; . . Franklin, Glenda Cleo Unruh ; . . Freed, Pearl Alderfer ; . . Freed, Russell L. ; . . Frey, Kendyn John ; . . Frey, Rodger Abram ; . . Friesen, Menno M. ; . . Friesen, Mildred Garber ; . . Fry, Andrew W. ; . .


Campbell, John E.
, 95, of New Holland, Lancaster Co., PA died November 30, 2016 at the same place. He was born April 24, 1921 at to Martin and Annie (Hess) Campbell. On December 28, 1941 he was married to Mildred M. Musser, who was born December 28, 1922 and died May 9, 2010.

Surviving are children, John married to Anna (Zimmerman) Campbell, Carl married to Janice (Weber) Campbell, Joyce Campbell; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.

His siblings, Rhoda Wenger, Paul Campbell, Raymond Campbell, and Anna Mae Campbell preceded him in death.

John was self-employed as a farmer for 30 years and as a trucker for 45 years. He loved to tinker and learn how to do new things. The past several years, he spent time volunteering at the ReUzit Shop of New Holland.

Memorial services were held December 5, 2016 at New Holland Mennonite Church, New Holland, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dawn Ranck Hower, New Holland, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Campbell, Raymond Ersel Jr.
, 83, of Harrisonburg, went to heaven to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Sept. 22, 2016. He had been in declining health, but maintained a positive spirit until his death.

He was born on March 21, 1933, in Rockingham County, near Dayton, and was the oldest son of the late Raymond Ercil and Sarah (Coffman) Campbell. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School in 1950, and did alternative service during the Korean War at Eastern State Mental Hospital in Williamsburg, Va. He was a faithful member and supporter of Weavers Mennonite Church.

He worked various jobs in farming, construction, driving a bus and hauling feed until finding his career work as the route driver for Shank Wholesalers Inc. He worked there for 31 years until forced into retirement by a heart attack in 2006.

Ersel will be remembered as a relaxed, talkative, encouraging man who usually never knew a stranger for long. His values of dependability, promptness, hard work and a quiet faith added to his character. His humorous sayings and mannerisms will be remembered by many.

Ersel is survived by his wife, Mary Frances “Francie” Martin Campbell, formerly of Stuarts Draft. They were married Oct. 19, 1963. Also surviving are a son, Jeffrey Ersel Campbell (Pam); four grandchildren, Christina, Jonathan, Joshua and Christopher Campbell, of Harrisonburg; siblings, Barbara Campbell Showalter (William “Bill”), Lewis Campbell (Phyllis), Sarah Campbell Byler, all of Harrisonburg, and Dorcas “Dee” Campbell Blair (Robert “Bob”) of Stephens City; aunt, Phoebe F. Coffman of Harrisonburg; stepaunt, Martha K.C. Weaver of Ephrata, Pa.; 14 nieces and nephews; and 28 grandnieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, James Lee Byler; grandparents, Homer and Ella Swope Coffman and H.T.B. and Mary Frances Parret Campbell.

His brother, Heber (H.C) Campbell, passed away Sept. 23, 2016.

Pastor Phil Kanagy will conduct a memorial service on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Weavers Mennonite Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

Burial will be private.

Friends may call at the funeral home at any time to view and sign the register book.

The family wishes to thank all of those who have brought comfort, food, cards, flowers and many wonderful and caring thoughts about Ersel. For the special services and persons who served, we are truly grateful for these kind deeds to the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Daily News Record - 9/24/2016
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Charles, Ethel E.
, 88, formerly of Millersville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, June 8, 2016 at Landis Homes, where she had resided since September 2012.

Miss Charles taught first grade for thirty-two years in the Penn Manor School District at Central Manor and Hambright.

Born December 6, 1927 in Manor Twp., she was the daughter of the late Amos B. and Edith S. (Haverstick) Charles. She was an active member of the Habecker's Mennonite Church, where she helped establish the library and served as librarian for many years. Her teaching career at the church began when upon her high school graduation from Millersville-Manor High School (now Penn Manor) in 1945, she began teaching the preschool class. After many years teaching the little ones, she taught the high school and college age and later moved to an older ladies class. When the church began working with the Burmese refugees, she taught them English during the Sunday School hour. She was also involved teaching Summer Bible School for numerous local Mennonite churches as well as in Northern Pennsylvania. At that time, SBS was a two-week project-ten days of teaching.

Volunteering was a big part of her life after retirement. She volunteered at the Re-Uzit Shop, Columbia, Books Abroad, Ephrata and at the Mennonite Home, Lancaster.

Ethel enjoyed music, reading, playing word games, especially Scrabble with friends. She loved to travel; her trips included Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Greece and Israel as well as a number of the States and Canada.

Surviving are two brothers; J. Harold Charles, of Landisville (formerly of Quarryville) and Amos J. Charles, of Manheim; one sister-in-law; Elva Charles as well as nineteen nieces and twenty-two nephews. She was also preceded in death by five siblings: Grace C. Landis, Florence M. Brubaker, C. Earl, Elmer H., and H. Melvin Charles; three nieces: Sarah Louise Charles, Anna Mary Charles, and Doris Weaver and two nephews: Ronald Charles and Paul Charles.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service to be held at Landis Homes-WEST Bethany Chapel, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543 on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11AM. The family will receive friends at Landis Homes-WEST Bethany Chapel on Saturday morning between 10-11AM. Interment will be private in the Habecker's Mennonite Cemetery, Manor Twp., PA at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial remembrances can be made in her memory to the Landis Homes Caring Fund at the above address.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/12/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Charles, J. Harold
, 94, entered into eternity after a brief illness on August 13, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Mary Longenecker Charles. Born in Manor Township on June 14, 1922, he was the son of the late Amos B. Charles and Edith Haverstick Charles. Harold was a 1940 graduate of Penn Manor High School.

He farmed for 60 years and served as a bi-vocational pastor for 34 years at Oakwood Mennonite Church, Oakwood MD. He was also a tireless helper in the community and served with Mennonite Disaster Service. Surviving are sons, Will, husband of Daleen and Marvin, husband of Sheri; and daughters, Lou Ann, wife of Leon Ressler and Julie, wife of Brent Hess. Also surviving is a brother Amos Charles; 9 grandchildren: Derek Charles, Melissa Noll, Lynn Ressler, Lee Ressler, Lyle Ressler, Lorielle Anderson, Kaitlyn Charles, Seth Charles and Jerrica Hernandez; 8 great-grandchildren: Gavin and Grayson Charles, Elliott, Oliver, Thatcher, and Pierson Ressler, Alenna and Lucian Hernandez. A Memorial Service will take place at New Danville Mennonite Church, 103 Marticville Road, Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a viewing at the church on Friday evening from 5:00-7:00 pm. Kindly omit flowers, contributions can be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543. Arrangements entrusted to Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, Quarryville.

Intelligencer Journal - 8/16/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Charles, Miriam Jeanette Stalter

Sept. 13, 1919 - June 11, 2016

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Miriam Jeanette (Stalter) Charles, 96, of State College, died Saturday, June 11, at her residence in Elmcroft of State College.

A longtime resident of Goshen, she had been living in State College since February 2015.

Miriam was born Sept. 13, 1919, in Elida, Ohio, to James and Bertie Swartz Stalter and was the youngest of their children. She graduated from Gomer High School in 1937 and then attended Goshen College, from which she graduated in 1941 with a degree in education.

For the next four years she taught elementary school in West Liberty, Ohio. In 1945, after taking further coursework at the Ohio State University in Columbus, she returned to Goshen College as an assistant in the registrar's office and taught part time in the education department.

In 1947, she married Howard H. Charles of Lititz, Pa., whom she had met during their student days at Goshen College. They made their home in Goshen for the next 55 years, punctuated by studies for Howard in Edinburgh (1950 to 1952) and Oxford (1965 to 1966) and teaching assignments under Mennonite Board of Missions in Japan (1961) and Ghana (1973 to 1974).

Miriam was preceded in death by Howard in 2002, an infant daughter, Ruth Ann in 1957, and her brother, Fred and sisters Rowena, Anna Mary, and Virginia.

She is survived by two sons, J. Robert Charles of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Thomas Kopp Charles (Kristine) of State College; five grandchildren, Laura Charles (Matt Wiens) of Portland, Ore., Dan Charles of San Francisco, Calif., Sophie Charles (Henry Dick) of Bloomington, Ill., Brian Charles of Goshen and Luke Charles of State College; and three great-grandchildren, Henry Wiens, Louis Wiens and Moses Charles-Dick.

She was a member of East Goshen Mennonite Church, where for many years she served as church librarian and in various other capacities.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at East Goshen Mennonite Church. A family graveside service will take place prior to the memorial service.

Memorials may be directed to East Goshen Mennonite Church or Goshen College.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 15, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Christner, John D.

July 23, 1946 - June 13, 2016

GOSHEN - John D. Christner, 69, passed away at his home Monday evening, June 13, after a long illness.

He was born July 23, 1946, in Goshen, to David and Caroline (Borkholder) Christner.

Survivors include two sisters, Edna Miller of Goshen and Freda (Mose) Mishler of Seymour, Mo.; and a brother, Jonas Christner, Kingman of Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Elmer and a sister, Viola.

Mr. Christner graduated from Bethany Christian High School, Goshen College and earned a master's degree from Indiana University. He taught at New Paris Elementary School for 39 years. Following retirement, he conducted a voluntary reading program at New Paris for those needing extra help.

He was a member of 8th Street Mennonite Church and volunteered at Menno Hof.

Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, where an 11 a.m. Friday, June 17, funeral service will be conducted. Pastor Brenda Sawatzky Paetkau will officiate.

Burial will follow in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Menno Hof.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 15, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Eli M.

July 20, 1929 - Dec. 4, 2016

SHIPSHEWANA - Eli M. Chupp, 87, of Shipshewana, died Sunday, Dec. 4.

He was born July 20, 1929, to Jacob and Mattie (Herschberger) Chupp.

He married Anna Weirich; she survives.

Survivors also are daughters Betty Miller, Esther Yoder, Carolyn Beechy, Loretta Otto and Linda Mast; son Eugene Chupp; 29 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; three sisters, Edna and Clara Schrock and Wilma Yoder; brothers Lewis, Edward and Omer Chupp.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Elizabeth Arkeketa; daughter-in-law Roseanna Chupp; and brother Joas Chupp.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Fairhaven Mennonite Church, 13513 S.R. 4, Goshen.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, also at the church.

Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to ARC Opportunities of LaGrange.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Dec. 6, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Menno Lewis

Nov. 20, 1935 - Jan. 31, 2016

GOSHEN - Menno Lewis Chupp, 80, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, at Elkhart General Hospital after battling extended illnesses.

He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Amboy, to Elmer M. and Fannie (Miller) Chupp.

On Sept. 2, 1956, he married Lucile J. Hoover at Salem Mennonite Church in New Paris.

Menno worked at several area businesses, including WCMR Radio, Miles Laboratories, Dairy Farmers of America and, most recently, at Primerica Investments.

Menno endured a difficult childhood, but came to know Jesus as his savior at a young age. He lived with an attitude of amazement about God's love for him, and would not hesitate to share that love with others. This led him to support many ministries over the years, and even make a trip to smuggle Bibles into China. Even in his last years, as his body became weary, his spirit continued to grow strong in the Lord.

Menno had a zest for life, an intense desire to learn and an enthusiasm for wherever he put his energies and interests. He was a committed member of several church fellowships, including Benton Mennonite Church, Zion Chapel and Voice Ministries. He never knew a stranger and always had a kind word to say to everyone he met. As Menno grew older, God gave him a tender heart for children, and he made sure every child who crossed his path knew how precious they were in the eyes of their Heavenly Father. The friends he made from so many areas of his life will miss him dearly.

As his children and grandchildren grew into adulthood and began lives of their own, he wholeheartedly supported each one and believed in their endeavors. He was a proud father and grandfather, and could frequently be heard bragging on his children or grandchildren's work, education, travel and accomplishments.

Surviving Menno are his wife, Lucile of Goshen; sons Ronald M. (Lori) Chupp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kenneth W. (Diane) Chupp of Osceola, James L. (Susan) of Caddo Mills, Texas, David R. (Heidi) Chupp of Forney, Texas, and Douglas B. (Cindy) Chupp of Millersburg; daughters Brenda R. (Paul) Bertha of Elkhart and Teresa M. Chupp of Wills Point, Texas; 16 grandchildren, Randi Chupp, Andrew Chupp, Karen (Tim) Courliss, Kevin (Jessica) Chupp, Kelli Chupp, Hannah Chupp, Peter Chupp, Bethany (Trent) Lockhart, Elise Chupp, Ariel (Taylor) Wogoman, Cally Chupp, Rachael Hall, Janae Hall, Nicholas Johnson, Gabrielle Bertha and Devlin Bertha; five great-grandchildren, Vivienna and Abriella Courliss, Carsten and Abbigail Lockhart, and Michael Howard; a sister, Edna Mae (Chupp) Humes of Atwood, Ill.; a brother, Alvin (Carole) Chupp of Dallas Center, Iowa; a half brother, Andy (Anna) Miller of Lebanon, Mo; and a half sister, Lizzie Ann (Floyd) Kauffman of Arcola, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Joe Miller; a half brother, Ervin Kauffman; and stepbrothers Reuben Miller, Alva Miller and Perry Miller.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S. Main St., Goshen. A service celebrating Menno's life will be at 11 a.m. at the same location. The Rev. Chris Howell, Zion Community Church, the Rev. Ed Wilsberg with the Center for Hospice Care, and the Rev. Ken Chupp, Warsaw Missionary Church, will officiate.

Internment will follow in Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery in Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Gospel for Asia or World Missionary Press.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Feb. 3, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Chupp, Sarah I.

Jan. 15, 1921 - May 8, 2016

NAPPANEE - Sarah I. Chupp, 95, of 9769 W. 1200 N., passed away peacefully with her loving family at her side at 7:28 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at her residence after a short illness.

She was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Elkhart County, to Isaac A. and Suvella (Miller) Miller. She lived her lifetime in this area. On Dec. 30, 1948, she married Joseph J. Chupp . He preceded her in death July 9, 1983. Mrs. Chupp was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Surviving are her daughters, Mary Jane Miller of Bourbon, JoAnn (Karl E.) Miller, Nancy Sue (Larry Joe ) Schwartz and Laura Jean Chupp, all of Nappanee, and Salena Fern (Darrell) Yoder, Chouteau, Okla.; sons, William J. (Candi) Chupp of Liburn, Ga., and Alan Ray (Tammy) Chupp of Bristol; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and sister Laura Miller of Middlebury.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; son-in-law, Dale W. Miller; brother and sister-in-law, Eli and Lovina Miller; and sisters, Lizzie Ann Chupp and Emma Wagler.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and all day Tuesday at the Earl Bontrager residence, 9720 W. 1200 N., Nappanee. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Earl Bontragers. Bishop John Earl Miller with the Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

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

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 9, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Claassen, Gladys L. Moyer Moyer
, 92, of Lititz, Lancaster Co., PA died April 21, 2016 at the same place.

She was born May 22, 1923 at Salford, Montgomery Co., PA to Abram and Sophia (Lewis) Moyer. Abram was born November 29, 1899 and died March 12, 1989. Sophia was born July 1, 1902 and died June 25, 1996.

On August 12, 1989 at Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA she was married to Alfred H. Claassen, who was born February 2, 1925 and survives. She was previously married to Stewart Moyer in November 1948; Stewart died after 36 years of marriage in 1985.

Surviving are three daughters, Janelle (husband David Zigon); Sharon Claassen (husband Robert Still); and Carol Friesen (husband Vern Friesen); one son, David Claassen (wife Sharon); eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Pauline Musselman of Souderton, PA.

A sister, Ruth Moyer preceded her in death.

She volunteered with MCC/Ten Thousand Villages, the quilt room of MRC, at Ephrata Community Hospital, and was active in Akron Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held April 28, 2016 at Akron Mennonite Church, Akron, Lancaster Co., PA with burial in Zion Memorial Gardens, Telford, Montgomery Co., PA

Submitted by: Rebecca Pereverzoff, Akron, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Coblentz, Daniel N.

Dec. 20, 1923 - July 4, 2016

MIDDLEBURY - Daniel N. Coblentz, 92, of Middlebury died Monday, July 4.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923, to Noah J. and Lydiann (Schlabach) Coblentz.

He married Elsie J. Miller; she survives.

Survivors also are daughters Ruth Bontreger, Betty Miller, Lydia Chupp, Jean Lambright, and Miriam Lambright; sons Joseph, John, Daniel Jr. and Stephen Coblentz; 79 grandchildren; 192 great-grandchildren; brothers Earl, Joe and John Henry Coblentz; sisters Emma Miller, Nettie Coblentz and Amanda Lehman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday at Willis Miller residence, 11755 W. 450 N., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Urie R. Miller residence, 11465 W. 450 N., Middlebury. Burial will be in New Pennsylvania Cemetery, Middlebury.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
July 5, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Coblentz, Elsie J. Miller

June 3, 1929 - Aug. 10, 2016

MIDDLEBURY — Elsie J. Coblentz, 87, of Middlebury, died Wednesday, Aug. 10.

She was born June 3, 1929, to Joe M. and Lydia (Kurtz) Miller.

She married Daniel N. Coblentz. He died July 4, 2016.

Surviving are daughters Ruth Bontreger, Betty Miller, Lydia Chupp, Jean and Miriam (Daniel) Lambright; sons Joseph, John, Daniel Jr. and Stephen Coblentz; 79 grandchildren; 193 great-grandchildren; sisters Verna Stutzman and Emma Miller; brothers Atlee, Dan, Melvin, Ben and John Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister; and two brothers.

Visitation will be all day Friday, Aug. 12, at the Willis Miller residence, 11755 W. 450 N., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Urie R. Miller residence, 11465 W. 450 N., Middlebury. Burial will be in New Pennsylvania Cemetery, Middlebury.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
August 12, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Covington, Ruth Bertsche Hainline
, 90, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died January 8, 2016 at the same place. She was born June 24, 1925 at Bluffton, Ohio to Harry and Emma (Steiner) Bertsche. On December 28, 2008 at Goshen, IN she was married to Robert Jean Covington, who was born December 28, 1932 and died July 5, 2010.

On May 7, 1960 Ruth married Frank Hainline, who died in October 1979.

Surviving are five nieces and two nephews.

Two brothers, James Bertsche; and Evan Bertsche preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held June 24, 2016 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Diana Hershberger, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Cressman, Calvin
"Cal", 76 , of St. Jacobs, Waterloo Co., Ontario, Canada, died October 31, 2016 at Kitchener, Waterloo Co., Ontario from cancer. He was born May 16, 1940 at Kitchener to Eden M. & Laura (Dettwiler) Cressman. On September 18, 1965 at St. Jacob he was married to Janice Martin, who was born May 30, 1942 and survives.

Surviving are children, Mark (Monica) Cressman, and Michael (Gary Zehr) Cressman; two grandchildren, and three sisters, Naomi (Milt) Shoemaker, Mary Musselman, and Violet Martin.

A sister, Beatrice Cressman (in infancy), preceded him in death.

Cal was one of the two original voices of the Glad Tidings Quartet.

Memorial services were held November 4, 2016 at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, St. Jacobs, Ontario with burial in St. Jacobs Mennonite Cemetery, Three Bridges Road, St. Jacobs, Ontario.

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



Crider, Charlotte Nadene Yankey
, 88, of Criders, Va., died July 14, 2016, at the home of her daughter.

She was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Criders, and was the oldest of 13 children of the late Lewis H. and Mary Thomas Yankey.

Charlotte graduated from Broadway High School in 1944. She attended Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia Tech and James Madison University, earning various certifications.

She worked for Rockingham County Public Schools in the cafeterias at Bergton Elementary and Broadway High schools for 35 years before retiring. She was a member of Valley View Mennonite Church in Criders since the age of 13. She was a 4-H Girls Leader for 32 years. She had worked at Girl Scout Camp May Flather and Highland Retreat. She was a charter member of Criders Home Demonstration Club, and was highly devoted to all the community organizations she was involved in.

On June 16, 1946, she married Laco Rudolph Crider, who preceded her in death June 18, 1982.

Surviving are three daughters, Carolyn Mauck and husband, Bobby, of Woodstock, Gloria Stump and husband, Steve, of Waynesboro, and Donna Slater and husband, Danny, of Fulks Run; one foster son, Ronnie Mongold of Bridgewater; longtime companion, Stanly Miller; siblings, Jean Estep, Carroll Yankey, Shirley Kuykendall, Lennis Dove, Richard “Dick” Yankey, Harold “Squirm” Yankey, Bernice Keplinger, Sharon Lantz, Linda Stultz and Brenda Yankey; foster siblings, Kerlyn Farmer and Sandra Tutwiler; grandchildren, Bryan Mauck, Melinda Artz, Monica Scruggs, Tammy Rowzie, Natasha Miller, Anthony Slater, Crystal Slater and Brent Slater; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

Her stepmother, Ressie Yankey; two brothers, Donald “Donnie” Yankey and Robert “Bob” Yankey; and stepgreat-grandson, Seth Scruggs, preceded her in death.

The Rev. Mike Shenk III and Jerry Shiflet will conduct a funeral service 2 p.m. Monday at Valley View Mennonite Church. Burial will be in the Caplinger Cemetery in Criders.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caplinger Cemetery Fund, or any civic organization of one’s own choice.

Daily News Record - 7/16/2016
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Crouch, Mary Ellen Blackmun
, 84, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 2, 2016 at the same place. She was born November 20, 1931 at Niles, MI to Harold and Ruth (Carnes) Blackmun. On September 10, 1950 she was married to Jack Crouch, who was born August 30, 1931 and survives.

Surviving are children, Laurie (Crouch) Dowling; Marti Crouch; and a brother, Bob (Pat) Blackmun.

A brother, Bill (Dorie) Blackmun preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 6, 2016 at Greencroft Evergreen Gathering Place, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Diana Hershberger, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Culp, Lester I.

Sept. 19, 1918 - Feb. 7, 2016

GOSHEN - Lester I. Culp, 97, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, at Greencroft Healthcare.

He was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Tiskiwa, Ill., to Emanuel I. and Cora (Smucker) Culp.

On June 16, 1945, he married Inez Oberholzer.

She survives along with three children, Joetta (Kenneth) Strickler of Patterson, Calif., Charles (Mary) Culp of Des Moines, Iowa and John (Pam) Culp of Goshen; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Culp of Hesston, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Millard Culp and a sister, Maurine Hess.

From 1942 to 1946, he did his Civilian Public Service in Clear Spring, Md.

A longtime Goshen resident, Mr. Culp earned both his bachelor and master's degrees from University of Illinois and a second master's degree from Case Western, Ohio. He taught at Hesston College, Kansas, and from 1954 to 1987 at Bethany Christian High School. He was a charter member of Waterford Mennonite Church, Gideon's International and the National Audubon Society.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and again from 10:30 until the 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, memorial service at Waterford Mennonite Church.

A private family burial will take place in Violett Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Waterford Mennonite Church or Bethany Christian Schools.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Feb. 9, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Denlinger, Earl Groff
, age 85, of Hartville, OH, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016.

He was born in Lampeter, Pennsylvania on March 4, 1930 to the late Anna Mary Denlinger and Paul Milton Denlinger. He volunteered at the Fox Street Mission in New York City, where he met Magdalena Denlinger.

After their marriage on July 31, 1955, together they served five years in the work there. Eventually, they made a home in Hartville, where they raised eight children. He was a faithful member of Hartville Conservative Mennonite Church. He blessed many with his gifts of humor, music, and hospitality.

He is survived by his eight children: Marcia (David) Miller of Seymour, MO; Rose (Harold) Miller of Hartville; Marjorie Denlinger of Hartville; Steven (Laura) Denlinger of Vashon, WA; David (Jan) Denlinger of North Canton, OH; Tim (Lori) Denlinger of Myerstown, PA; Richard (Tina) Denlinger of Hartville; and Heidi (Adin) Stoltzfoos of Burgettstown, PA. He is also survived by seven sisters: Betty Denlinger; Martha (Clayton) Nissley; Edna (the late Clyde) Weaver; Lois (Wes) Boyer; Cathy Denlinger Bock; Paulette (Bob) Campbell; Janet (Bill) Robinson. Finally, there are 34 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren who lay claim to their patriarch's affection. Preceding him in death are his wife of 58 years, Magdalena; and son-in-law, Harold Miller.

Calling hours are Thursday, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Hartville Conservative Mennonite Church. Funeral service is Friday, 10 AM in the church with Eugene Sommers officiating. Final resting place is Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hartville Conservative Mennonite Church.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/21/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Denlinger, R. Elverta Groff
, 91, formerly of Gordonville, died at Landis Homes on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. She was the wife of the late Roy K. Denlinger, who died in 2010.

A homemaker, Elverta had also worked in the gift shop at Plain & Fancy and later for J&M Catering. She and Roy were distributors of home care products for many years. She was a long time member of the Paradise Mennonite Church, where she was active with the sewing circle. Elverta volunteered at The Re-Uzit Shop, New Holland. She loved her family, and made many quilts and needlepoint gifts for her family and close friends.

Born in Gordonville, Elverta was the daughter of the late Irwin L. and Mary (Wenger) Groff.

She is survived by a son, Ron married to Joan (Weaver) Denlinger of Lancaster; two daughters, Donna married to Wilson Hershey of Lancaster and Cynthia Mast of Parkesburg; ten grandchildren and three great-grandsons. Elverta was preceded in death by a son, Roy Laverne; a grandson, Ryan K. Denlinger, and two brothers, Lester Groff and Melvin Groff.

There will be a Viewing on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 9 until 10 AM in the WEST Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA. The funeral is from the Chapel at 10 AM with Chaplain Jim Leaman officiating. Interment will take place in Paradise Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 10/6/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Denlinger, Ruth Naomi
, 77, of Lancaster, PA died July 27, 2016 Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy, PA. She was born June 4, 1939 at Hessdale, PA to Tobias Simon and Mabel (Harkins) Denlinger.

Surviving are a brother, Jason (Pamela) Denlinger, Canton, PA and a sister, Mary Alice Kreider, Lancaster, PA. She was a loving aunt to her 10 nieces and nephews and 32 great-nieces and nephews

Ruth graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1957.
Worked at Franklin & Marshall College's business office in accounting for over 30 years.

Memorial services were held July 30, 2016 at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PAwith burial in Strasburg Cemetary, Strasburg, PA.

Submitted by: Doris Sauder, Lancaster, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Derr Clark E.
, 85, of Ephrata, formerly of Marietta and Sarasota, FL, entered into rest, April 27, 2016, unexpectedly in the ER at Ephrata Community Hospital of natural causes. He was the husband of the late Brenda L. (Harbold) Derr, who died in 2010. His first wife, the late R. Arlene (Bowman) Derr, died in 1988.

Clark had worked in dairy farming and was a school bus driver.

Born February 5, 1931 in Danville, he was the son of the late Cyrus and Dorothy (Michler) Derr. Clark was a member of the Peace River Mennonite Church, Arcadia, FL and attended Simmontown Mennonite Church, Gap.

Surviving are three children; Audrey married to David Miller, of Manheim, Belinda married to Marlin Bashore, of Port Allegheny, NY and Dolores Miller, of East Petersburg; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and a sister. He was also preceded in death by a daughter; Christine (1991) and several siblings.

Funeral Services will be held at the Simmontown Mennonite Church, Simmontown Road and Quaker Lane, Gap, PA 17527 on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10 AM. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Friends may view at the Simmontown Mennonite Church on Sunday between 5 and 8 PM.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/29/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Derstine, Velma F. Hagey
, 94, of Souderton, Montgomery Co., PA died February 16, 2016 at the same place. She was born December 25, 1921 at Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA to Jonas and Sophia Hagey. On May 4, 1940 in Montgomery Co., PA she was married to Arthur N. Derstine, who was born December 18, 1919 and died September 22, 1995.

Surviving are three daughters, Sandra Erb; Linda Moyer and husband Ray; and Donna Moyer and husband, Donald; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; a half brother, Jonas C. Hagey Jr., and a half sister, Elizabeth C. Hagey.

Three sisters, Mary F. Hagey; and Beatrice F. Ruth; and three half-sisters, Eva C. Clemmer, Jean C. Miller, and Alice C. Godtwals preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 26, 2016 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



Detweiler, Emma Kathryn "Kass" Yoder
, 86, of Boyertown, Berks Co., PA died July 13, 2016 at the same place from congestive heart failure. She was born October 21, 1929 at Perkasie, PA to . She was married to Alvin Detweiler, who is deceased.

Surviving are 36 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Phil Detweiler preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held July 18, 2016 at Boyertown Mennonite Church, Boyertown, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Pastor Nelson Shenk, Boyertown, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Detweiler, Kathryn "Kass"
October 21, 1929 - July 13, 2016

E. Kathryn "Kass" (Yoder) Detweiler, 86, of Boyertown, PA; formerly of Perkasie, PA went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at her residence.

She was the loving wife of the late Alvin F. Detweiler for 57 years. Kass was born in Blooming Glen, PA to the late Wilmer R. & K. Florence (Keller) Yoder.

Prior to marriage, she worked as a Product Examiner for Ridge Hosiery in Quakertown, PA. Kass was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a member of Boyertown Mennonite Church.

Kass assisted her husband, the former pastor, of Boyertown Mennonite Church and Allentown Mennonite Church. She also worked with her husband as Camp Director at Men-O-Lan, Quakertown and Spruce Lake Wilderness Camp in Canadensis, over a period of 35 years.

Kass was a spiritual leader and prayer warrior and was dedicated to praying for her families, friends and others. She had a witty sense of humor and had many “one-liners” that kept you laughing. Kass was a very caring, compassionate lady who had an unconditional love for everybody.

She is survived by six daughters, Twila Nazario & husband, Jorge of Exeter, PA, Leona Kolb & husband, Dave of Gillett, PA, Aleta Kulp & husband, Glen of Lewes, DE, Carol Smith of Telford, PA, Karla Moonsammy & husband, Trevor of Morrisville, PA, Krista Detweiler & companion, Derek of Pottstown, PA; four sons, Steve Detweiler & wife, Jill of Royersford, PA, Douglas Detweiler of McVeightown, PA, Kenton Detweiler of Maui, HI, Marc Detweiler & wife, Jody of Green Lane, PA; 36 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Hackman of Souderton, PA.

In addition to her parents and husband, Kass was preceded in death by a son, Philip Detweiler.

Viewings will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Boyertown Mennonite Church, 275 Mill Street, Boyertown, Pennsylvania 19512 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and on Monday, July 18, 2016 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 am PROMPT at Boyertown Mennonite Church.

Burial will take place in adjoining church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Wilderness Camp Scholarship Fund c/o Spruce Lake Retreat, 5389 Route 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com

Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory
Souderton, PA
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Detweiler, Gerald R.
, 67, of Kintnersville, PA died October 12, 2016 at Hospital of the University of PA. He was born June 14, 1949 at Sellersville,Bucks Co., PA to Alvin T. and Anna (Rosenberger) Detweiler. He was married to Karen Blumrick, who survives.

Surviving are his mother, children, JoAnna, Joy, Rose, Rita; brother, Ronald & wife Cindy; and sister, Carol & husband, Bud Gross.

He was predeceased by his father.

Memorial services were held October 16, 2016 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by:Lois Ann Wismer, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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Gerald R. Detweiler
June 14, 1949 - October 12, 2016

Gerald ”Jerry” R. Detweiler, 67, of Kintnersville, PA died on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Hospital of the University of PA.

He was the loving husband of Karen (Blumrick) Detweiler for 24 years. Jerry was born in Sellersville, PA to the late Alvin T. Detweiler and Anna (Rosenberger) Detweiler of Souderton PA. He was a devoted father, son, brother and will be missed by all who knew him.

A graduate of Central Bucks High School, class of 1967.

A life member of the Deep Run Mennonite Church East where he served as a greeter, custodian and on the fellowship committee.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four daughters, JoAnna, Joy, Rose and Rita;
a brother Ronald (Cindy) and sister, Carol (Bud) Gross.

Jerry served his community as a volunteer EMT for 4 decades and was a life member of Point Pleasant-Plumsteadville EMS. Nothing made him happier than to tinker with tractors and work outside. He was a quiet man who did more thinking than talking.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, 350 Kellers Church Road, Perkasie, PA 18944 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm followed by a memorial service at 3:00 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Children Without Choices c/o Deep Run Mennonite Church East, 350 Keller’s Church Road, Perkasie, PA 18944.

Arrangements by: Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.andersfh.com

Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory
Souderton, PA
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Detweiler, Raymond Wismer
, 88, of Hilltown, PA died Octobeer 14, 2016 at LifeQuest Nursing Center, Quakertown, Bucks, PA. He was born December 28, 1927 at Bedminster Twp.,____ Co., PA. He was married to Grace Alderfer, who is deceased.

Surviving are two sons, Laverne Lee, and Dean Arlin Detweiler both of Blooming Glen, PA; brothers: Arthur Detweiler, Elmer Detweiler, and Chester Detweiler, and sisters: Cora Longacre, and MariAn Nyce.

Memorial services were held October 20, 2016 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lois Ann Wismer, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Raymond W. Detweiler, 88, of Blooming Glen, PA, died peacefully on Fri., Oct. 14th at LifeQuest Nursing Center in Quakertown. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Grace (Swartley) Detweiler, who passed away in 2015.

He was born Dec. 28, 1927 on the Detweiler Homestead in Bedminster Twp. He was one of twelve children born to the late Clayton R. and Alice (Wismer) Detweiler.

As a young man, he worked for Paul Kriebel. He also worked for Dublin Feedmill, Souderton Farm Bureau, and Davis Feed Mill in Perkasie. After he retired he had his own lawn mowing business. He enjoyed spending time with his family and he and his boys loved to ride bikes together.

Raymond was a member of Deep Run Mennonite Church East.

He is survived by his sons, Laverne L. Detweiler and Dean A. Detweiler; brothers Arthur, Elmer, and Chester Detweiler; and sisters Cora Longacre and MariAn Nyce. He was preceded in death by his brothers Lloyd, Warren, Claude, and Clayton Detweiler and his sisters Ella Mae Landis and Ruth Gahman.

Services will be held 7:00pm at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, 350 Kellers Church Rd., Perkasie on Thurs. Oct. 20th. A calling hour will precede the service from 6:00-7:00pm at the church. Interment at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Raymond’s name to Deep Run Mennonite Church East.

Naugle Funeral and Cremation Service
Quakertown, PA
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Dintaman, Clara Eleanor Wideman

Sept. 30, 1931 - June 3, 2016

GOSHEN - Clara Eleanor Dintaman, 84, of Goshen, died Friday, June 3, at her Greencroft apartment.

She had been in failing health the past seven months.

She was born Sept. 30, 1931, in Akron, N.Y., to Richard and Louise (Ulrich) Wideman.

On June 2, 1962, she married Walter Dintaman in Elkhart. He died Nov. 10, 2010.

Clara is survived by two daughters, Linda (James) Martin of Apex, N.C., and Lisa (Gregg) Skinner of The Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene (Leighton) Snyder of Akron.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Leona Troyer, and a brother, Leon Wideman.

Clara was a graduate of Goshen College and earned a master’s of education from Indiana University. She was an elementary school teacher and a private tutor prior to retirement.

As a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church, she taught children’s and adult Sunday school for many years. She also served on the grounds and landscape committee both at the church and later at Manor IV on the Goshen Greencroft campus.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 6, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. An 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted Tuesday, June 7, at North Goshen Mennonite Church. The Rev. Mark Schloneger will officiate.

A private entombment will take place at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, in Rice Cemetery, Elkhart.

Memorial contributions may be given to Mennonite Central Committee or North Goshen Mennonite Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
June 5, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Dietzel, Wilmetta Dorothy Weaver
, 95, of Newton, KS died September 24, 2016 at Hesston, Harvey Co., KS She was born August 25, 1921 to Harry and Margaret (Deschner) Weaver. On July 12, 1946 at Hesston she was married to Arnold Dietzel, who died July 4, 2014.

Surviving are children, Ronald L. (Shirley) Dietzel, Margaret E. Hillegass, Carol J. Cranston; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, Milford (Barbara) Weaver.

Memorial services were held September 29, 2016 at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS with burial in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston.

Submitted by: Jasmine Stutzman, Hesston, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eash, Saloma N.

(May 22, 1930 - June 18, 2016)

Saloma N. Eash, age 86, of Topeka, IN passed away Saturday morning June 18, 2016 at home. She was born on May 22, 1930 the daughter of Noah T. and Katie J. (Yoder) Eash in LaGrange County, IN. Saloma had worked as a housekeeper for many years and also at ARC in LaGrange, IN. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Saloma is survived by 3 siblings, Levi (Rosie) Eash of Topeka, IN, Katie (Elmer) Miller of LaGrange, IN, and John Eash of Raymondville, MO; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and thirteen siblings, Amos, Christ, Edna, Mahalia, Fannie, Ida, Joni, Tobias, William, Lizzie Ann, Menno, Susana, and Mattie.

A funeral service will begin at 9:30 am at the Nelson Miller residence, 2585 S 500 W; Topeka, IN 46571 on Tuesday June 21, 2016. Bishop Chris Lambright Jr. and the home ministers will officiate. Burial will follow at Miller Cemetery in LaGrange, IN.

Family and friends will be received after 1pm on Sunday, June 19, 2016 and all day Monday June 20, 2016 at the Nelson Miller Residence. Pallbearers are Perry Yoder, Joe Wengerd, Darryl Lambright, and Wade Otto.

Yeager Funeral Home
Ligonier, IN
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eash, Susan Yoder

April 21, 1923 - Oct. 12, 2016

MIDDLEBURY - Susan Eash, 93, of Middlebury, died Wednesday, Oct. 12.

She was born April 21, 1923, to Edward and Annie (Gingerich) Yoder.

She married Linus E. Eash; he died March 14, 2002.

Surviving are her children, Carolyn (Howard) Miller, Alta (John) Shrock, Dave (Beverly) Eash and Linda (Austin) Miller; a sister, Martha Kauffman; and 13 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a stillborn son, Vernon Dale Eash; six sisters; and two brothers.

She enjoyed writing poems and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 15, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at Griner Mennonite Church, Middlebury.

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to Rosedale Mennonite Mission.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Oct. 14, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eberly, Elva M. Zimmerman
, 84, of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Fairmount Homes.

She was born in East Earl to the late Jonas and Sarah (Martin) Zimmerman and was the wife of Luke M. Eberly with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.

She was a member of Springville Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conf.).

Elva was a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, Elva is survived by 4 children, Carolyn, wife of Isaac Hurst of Akron, Homer, husband of Etta (Martin) Eberly of Ephrata, Merle, husband of Sharon (Martin) Eberly of Narvon, Stephen Eberly of Stevens; 28 grandchildren; a sister, Irene, wife of Lester Zimmerman of East Earl and a foster sister, Verna, wife of the late Melvin Martin of Bethel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Zimmerman, and a sister, Vera Oberholtzer.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, from 5 to 8 pm at the Farm Crest Chapel, Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 8:30 am at the Farm Crest Chapel, Fairmount Homes, with further services at 9:30 AM, at Springville Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference), on the corner of Springville and Schoeneck Roads, Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 10/10/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Eberly, Mary Catherine Imhoff

May 23, 1927-July 23, 2016

ORRVILLE - Mary Catherine (Imhoff) Eberly, 89, of Orrville, passed away Saturday morning, July 23, 2016, at her home after declining health the past number of months.

She was born in West Salem on May 23, 1927 to the late Franklin and Martha (Weaver) Imhoff and married Lloyd B. Eberly on Aug. 6, 1954. He died Aug. 4, 2010.

She accepted Christ in her youth and was a member of Valley View Church at the time of her death.

Surviving are children, Clifford and Lydia Eberly of Barwick, Ontario, Canada, Eugene and Ann Eberly of Louisburg, Mo., Wayne and Marcia Eberly of Goshen, Ind., Mark and Sandra Eberly of Claypool, Ind., Martha and Sarah Eberly of the home, and Roy and Rachel Eberly of Dalton; 10 grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 38 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a stepdaughter in 1948; sons, Franklin in 1992 and Elmer in 1984; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; a step-great-granddaughter; brothers, Clarence and Walter Imhoff; and sisters, Bertha Imhoff and Ruth (Mrs. Ernest Martin).

The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind deeds over the time of bereavement.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at East Union Mennonite Church, 10678 Old Lincoln Way, Orrville, with the Valley View Ministry officiating. Burial will be in County Line Mennonite Church Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at East Union Mennonite Church. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling arrangements.

The Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Published: July 26, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Eberly, Ricky L.
, 60, of East Earl died unexpectedly on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. His wife, Alma J. (Martin) Eberly, survives. They would have been married 41 years on March 22.

Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Allen B. and Martha S. (Stauffer) Eberly.

He attended the PA School for the Deaf and was a member of Weaverland Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Ricky was a welder for 27 years for Zimmerman Mfg., and for the last six months for JR Metals.

Surviving are two children: Patty married to Dexter Answer, Terre Hill and Ricky M. married to Amy Beth (Wallin) Eberly, Terre Hill; four grandchildren: Dominic Answer, Chase, Joanna, Katy Eberly; and five siblings: James D. married to Frances (Cease) Eberly, Terre Hill; Roy A. married to Sandra (Smootz) Eberly, New Holland; Darla J. Eberly, Terre Hill; Lori M. married to Michael Mowen, Ephrata; Krista D. Eberly, Martindale.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Weaverland Mennonite Church with Bishop Amos G. Martin, Paul Hurst, Amos K. Martin and David Martin officiating. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. A viewing will be held at the Martindale Fellowship Center on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Kindly omit flowers. The Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill is in charge of arrangements.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/19/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Ebersole, Charles Edward
, 94, of Sterling, Whiteside Co., Illinois died April 1, 2016 at the same place.

He was born June 9, 1921 at Sterling to Roy Henry and Ruth (Nice) Ebersole. Roy was born February 26, 1892 and died November 11, 1967. Ruth died November 22, 1933.

On June 18, 2000 at Sterling he was married to Joyce Helen VanHorne, who was born May 1, 1930 and died January 11, 2012.

Surviving are a stepson, Kenneth (Jane) Ebersole; four stepdaughters, Donna Beard; Christine (Scott) Kuntz; Dorrine (Russell) Evitt; and Kathy (Scott) Bilderback; several grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene (Maraldean) Ebersole and Willard (Ellen) Ebersole; two sisters, Betty Sutter and Belva Robinson; a half-brother, Roy Ebersole; and two half-sisters, Verna Kauffman, and Suellen Chavin.

Two sons, Terry Hallock and Robert Hallock; and siblings, Everett Ebersole, Russell Ebersole, Robert Ebersole, Cathryn Johnson, Gertrude Campbell, Anita Oberg, Pauline Dickhut, and Miriam Shank, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held April 9, 2016 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, IL with burial in Science Ridge Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling, IL.

Submitted by: Sue Dirks, Sterling, IL
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ebersole, Raymond B.
, 86, formerly of Elstonville, PA, passed away surrounded by his family on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2016 at Landis Homes in Lititz following a period of declining health. Born in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Samuel K. and Amy Burkholder Ebersole. He was the husband of the late Leah S. Ober Ebersole for 45 years before her passing in 1995.

Raymond was a member of Hernley Mennonite Church in Manheim and attended Covenant Fellowship in Lititz for many years. He was a life-long dairy farmer in Penn Twp. and was also employed by Manheim Auto Auction as a lane manager for more than 30 years. He also worked part time at Conestoga Auction in Manheim and provided automobile transport for George Poulas in Philadelphia. Raymond also was a Conklin products representative for a time. He enjoyed hunting game on his farm.

He is survived by six children, Deborah E., wife of the late John J. Risser, of Hershey, R. Daryl Ebersole of Manheim, Donna K., wife of Jay R. Campbell, of Manheim, Doris J., wife of Jeffrey C. DeHart, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Denise L. Snyder, wife of Dennis L. Kerstetter, of Elizabethtown, and Douglas L., husband of Beth N. Weaver Ebersole, of Manheim; eight grandchildren, Emily, wife of Matthew Lehman, Jay Campbell, Jr., Jennifer MacDonald, Jacob Risser, Jonathan Risser, Alexandria Kerstetter, Dalton Kerstetter, and Jared Ebersole; and a brother-in-law, Russell, husband of Dorothy Strite, of Gettysburg. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Michelle DeHart, and a sister, Fannie Louise Strite.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Landis Homes for the care provided for Raymond during his time there.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday morning, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 am at Hernley Mennonite Church, 746 Lebanon Road, Manheim. The family will receive guests at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543 on Wednesday evening from 7-9:00 pm and at the church on Thursday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Please omit flowers. If desired, contributions may be made in his memory to the caring fund of Landis Homes.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/5/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Ebersole, Scott C.
, 57, of New Holland, died July 9, 2016 at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of Paul S. and Arlene Hertzler Ebersole.

Scott was a Dairy Equipment Technician for E and S Pulsator and Vacuum Repair of New Holland. He attended Cambridge Mennonite Church and enjoyed driving for many of his Amish friends.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Randy and Tommy; three sisters, Doris, Donna and Gloria. He was preceded in death by two infant brothers.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2017, at 10:00 am at Martindale Mennonite Reception Center, 352 Martindale Rd., Ephrata. Friends may call Tuesday 5-8:00 pm at the Martindale Mennonite Reception Center. Furman Home for Funerals, Leola.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/12/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Eby, Anna Kathryn Shenk
, 75, of Harrisonburg, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Mrs. Eby was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Tanzania (East Africa) and was the daughter of the late J. Clyde and Alta Rebecca (Barge) Shenk, pioneer East Africa Mennonite Missionaries. Anna Kathryn graduated from Eastern Mennonite College in 1962. Along with her husband, Anna Kathryn served as a volunteer in East Africa. She later graduated from James Madison University with a master's degree in education. She worked for the Rockingham County School System as an elementary school teacher for many years prior to her retirement. Mrs. Eby was a longtime member of Weavers Mennonite Church, and more recently a member of the Park View Mennonite Church.

On Aug. 24, 1962, she married Omar Elias Eby who survives.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Eby is survived by her children, Katrina Yoder (Michael) of New York, N.Y.; Maria Lahman (Brent) of Greeley, Colo.; Lawrence Eby (Melanie) of Harrisonburg; brothers, David Shenk, John Shenk and Daniel Shenk; grandchildren, Lauren Mica Yoder, Noa Kathryn Yoder, Makayla Dawn Eby, Joshua Omar Eby, Martin Byard Lahman and Anna Catherine "Kate" Lahman. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Shenk.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church with Pastor Phil Kniss officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. Burial will be held privately. At Mrs. Eby's request, her body was cremated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made in Mrs. Eby's honor to the Mennonite Central Committee, East Africa, by visiting www.mcc.org.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.

Arrangements entrusted to the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA. 540.833.2891.

Daily News Record - 4/2/2016
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ediger, George Edward
, 96, of Inman, McPherson Co., KS died November 8, 2016 at the same place. He was born July 30, 1920 at Inman, KS to H. P. and Katie (Neufeld) Ediger. On June 8, 1943 at Hillsboro, KS he was married to Rubena Foth, who was born July 19, 1921 and died October 19, 2007.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis and Sonja; and Steve and Vivian; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Walter and Tina Ediger; and Eldon and Dot Ediger.

Memorial services were held November 12, 2016 at Pleasant View Home Chapel, Inman, KS with burial in EMB Church Cemetery, Meade, KS.

Submitted by: Kim Pankratz, Inman, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ediger, John F., 84, of Inman, McPherson, KS died November 16, 2016 at Hutchinson, Reno, KS due to complications from heart surgery. He was born November 16, 1932 at Inman, KS to Gerhard P. and Katie Regehr (Pauls) Ediger. On April 16, 1954 at Buhler, Reno Co., KS he was married to Shirley L. Regier, who was born August 17, 1934 and died May 13, 2012.

Surviving are children, Kay Schmidt; Randy and Janie Ediger; and Russell Ediger; 12 grandchildren, 17-grandchildren; a brother, George and Margaret Ediger; and four sisters, Anna Plett; Mary Barg; Kathryn Becker; and Hilda Schierling.

A daughter, Barbara Brown and son-in-law, Mike Brown; and siblings, Sol Ediger; Helen Reimer; and Josie Pankratz
preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held November 19, 2016 at Bethel Mennonite Church, Inman, KS with burial in North Inman Cemetary, Inman, KS.

Submitted by: Kim Pankratz, Inman, KS
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Esbenshade, Adam B. (Rev.)
, 95, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Fairmount Retirement Homes, Ephrata, where he has been a resident since 2010. Born April 30, 1921, in New Holland, PA he was the son of the late Ferree F. and Lizzie (Weaver) Esbenshade.

On November 15, 1940, Adam married his surviving wife, Alta Burkhart Esbenshade with whom he was blessed to share 75 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one brother, Ferree Esbenshade, Jr., his children, Geraldine, wife of Ivan Martin, Sarasota, FL, Wilmer husband of Janice (Sauder) , New Holland, PA and Linda, wife of D. Ray Geissinger, Mifflintown, PA, grandchildren: Rodney Martin (Angie), Lititz, PA., Wendell Esbenshade (Lorelei), Wade Esbenshade (Jenn) both of New Holland, PA., Denise Oberholtzer (Tom), Penn Laird, VA, Dan Geissinger (Joni), Mifflintown, PA, Judy Mummau (Chris), East Waterford, PA and 10 great-grandchildren. Adam was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Reiff and Edith Sensenig.

Adam began his ministry in Atmore, Alabama, serving with the We Care Prison Ministry. Later he served under Eastern Mennonite Missions in Belize. He attended Kitchener Bible Institute, Kitchener, ON, and served as a church planter and pastor in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference at the Bible Fellowship Center, New Haven, Ct., Lebanon Christian Fellowship, Lebanon, Pa., and New Life Fellowship, Ephrata, Pa. In addition, he was interim pastor at Ashton Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fl., and Delaware Mennonite Church, Thompsontown, Pa., and Assistant Pastor at Cedar Lane Chapel, East Earl, Pa.

He was a member of New Life Fellowship, Ephrata, The Retired Minister's Association, the Antique Classic Car Club, and a charter member of the Buccaneer Hunting Camp.

Before going into fulltime ministry Adam was a dairy farmer at New Holland. He also was a salesman at L.J. Denlinger, Paradise, and factory rep for Heritage Custom Kitchens, New Holland. Adam's enjoyment came from golfing, hunting, fishing, antique cars and volunteering at the Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

Family will receive friends for a viewing on Sunday, June 12, 2016, from 6-8 PM at Wheat Ridge Chapel, Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:00 AM at New Life Fellowship, 410 E. Fulton St, Ephrata with a visitation from 10-11 with Pastors Kevin Horning and Rodney Martin officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastern Mennonite Missions, P.O. Box 458, Salunga, PA 17538. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/8/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Esh, Elias S.
, 86, of Intercourse, went home to be with his Lord January 7, 2016, surrounded by his family.

He was the husband of Anna Mae Huyard Esh, who survives him and with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born 1929, he was the son of the late Amos and Annie Smoker Esh.

Elias, a charter member of Ridgeview Mennonite Church, owned and operated Esh's Archery Shop for 25 years, and in retirement worked at the Manheim Auto Auction.

He enjoyed hunting, golfing and spending time at his mountain cabin, and was a Phillies fan through thick and thin. For his children and grandchildren he was always supportive and always available.

His four children include Sylvan (Melissa Hill), Madison, WI; Calvin (Janet Lind), Strasburg; Linda Hershey (Nathan), Smoketown; and Julie Yoder (J. Dwight), Manheim.

He was blessed with nine grandchildren: Zander and Niko Esh; Isaac Esh; Mitchell, Juliana and Olya Hershey; and Megan, Zachary and Katie Yoder.

Elias is survived by four siblings: Sarah King (John), Jonathan (Mary), Rachel Stoltzfus (the late Reuben), and Naomi Zook (Paul). He was pre-deceased by his brother Samuel (Naomi) and sisters Barbara Beiler (Jonathan) and Annie.

A viewing and time to greet the family will be held Sunday, January 10, 2016 -2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. Private interment will be at Ridgeview Mennonite Cemetery. An additional time of greeting will be held Monday, January 11, 10:00am, and a memorial service will follow at 11:00 am at Ridgeview Mennonite Church, 3723 Ridge Rd., Gordonville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ridgeview Mennonite Church, Food Pack Program, or to Hospice and Community Care.Furman's - Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 1/9/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Ewy, Ellen Jost
, 91, of Reedley, Fresno Co., CA died April 10, 2016 at the same place. She was born October 13, 1924 at Hillsboro, KS to John R. and Helen (Baerg) Jost. She was married to Raymond A. Ewy, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Dorothy (David) Boldt; Ron Ewy; and Michael (Hearthy) Ewy; and six grandchildren.

Her siblings - Alfred (Alma) Jost; John B (Susie) Jost; Kathleen (Daniel) Hiebert; Menno (Adina) Jost; Margaret (Leo) Goentzel; Hulda Jost; Harold (Marie) Jost; Edna (Jonathan) Janzen; and Melinda (Elmo) Hooley (and Wilmer Smith) preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held May 15, 2016 at Frst Mennonite Church, Reedley, CA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Dee Patrick
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Fehlberg, Nettie Ada Troyer
, 96, of Wellman, IA died July 9, 2016 at LaGrange, IN. She was born December, 3, 1919 at Shickley, NE to Lloyd and Emma (Kennel) Troyer. On April 8, 1944 at Wellman, IA she was married to William Fehlberg, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Connie (Gerri) Beachy, Charlene (Ron) Roth, Patricia (Norman) Finknew, and Randall (Carrie) Fehlberg; and three sisters, Verda Troyer, Alta Troyer, and Della Yoder.

A daughter, Sandra Fehlberg, and siblings, Ivan, Warren, Lloyd and Wilbur Troyer; Ida Kliewer, and Wilma Becker preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held July 15, 2016 at Wellman Mennonite Church, Wellman, IA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Jennifer Archer, Wellman, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Fisher, Rachel Swartzendruber

Sept. 15, 1920 - April 9, 2016

GOSHEN - Rachel S. Fisher, 95, passed away Saturday, April 9, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

She was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Hesston, Kan., to Herman and Esther (Rodgers) Swartzendruber.

She married Robert D. Fisher on Jan. 3, 1942, at the home of her parents in Wellman, Iowa. They were privileged to have 69 years together. He preceded her in death Jan. 26, 2011, along with her parents, a son, Lowell, and three brothers, Wallace, Willard, and Don Swartzendruber.

She is survived by a son, David (Joy) Fisher of Grottoes, Va.; two daughters, Julie (Ray) Profeto of Goshen, and Suzette (Leonard) Prokopin of Moreno Valley, Calif.; four grandsons, Anthony (Ammie) Fisher, Jordan (Kim) Fisher, Silas (Kate) Fisher, and Matthew Fisher; four great-grandchildren, Storme Carrol, John, Elizabeth and Theodore Fisher; a brother, Leo (Shirley) Swartzendruber of Grand Junction, Colo.; and a sister, Geneva (Glenn) Stoltzfus of Goshen.

Rachel and Robert volunteered with Mennonite Central Committee in Europe from 1942 to 1948.

After returning from Europe, Rachel and Robert moved to the farm near Iowa City, Iowa where their four children were born. In 1958, they moved to Scottdale, Pa., to work for Mennonite Publishing House.

She graduated from Hesston Academy, Kan., in 1937 and Hesston Junior College in 1939. She also attended Goshen College and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart.

Rachel served the Mennonite Church for 30 years in many different capacities. A member of College Mennonite Church, she was called to be their first woman pastor, serving for 11 years, retiring in 1986.

Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Gathering Room at College Mennonite Church. A 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, memorial service will be at the church.

A private burial will take place in Elkhart Prairie Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the College Mennonite Church Jubilee Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
April 12, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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Fisher, Rachel Swartzendruber, 95, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 9, 2016 at the same place. She was born September 15, 1920 at Hesston, Harvey Co., KS to Herman and Esther (Rodgers) Swartzendruber. On January 3, 1942 at Wellman, IA she was married to Robert D. Fisher, who died January 26, 2011.

Surviving are children, David (Joy) Fisher; Julie (Ray) Profeto; and Suzette (Leonard) Prokopin; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Leo (Shirley) Swartzendruber; and a sister, Geneva (Glenn) Stoltzfus.

A son, Lowell Fisher and three brothers, Wallace Swartzendruber; Willard Swartzendruber; and Don Swartzendruber preceded her in death.

Rachel served the Mennonite Church for 30 years in many different capacities. A member of College Mennonite Church, she was called to be their first woman pastor, serving for 11 years, retiring in 1986.

Memorial services were held April 17, 2016 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Diana Hershberger, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Fisher, Sarah Schrock

March 11, 1926 - May 24, 2016

GOSHEN - Sarah Fisher, 90, of Goshen, passed away Tuesday, May 24, at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born March 11, 1926, in Millersburg, Ohio, to Daniel and Lydia (Miller) Schrock.

On Nov. 5, 1950, she married Amos K. Fisher at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church. He died April 19, 2000.

Survivors include three daughters, Debra (Chip) Sweetser and Ruth (Malcolm) Webber, both of Goshen and Mary (Allen) Mishler of Greenville, S.C.; a son, Jim E. (Kerri) Fisher of Goshen; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anne Smith and Amanda Christner, both of Goshen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter, Natasha Webber; a daughter-in-law, Margaret (Martin) Fisher; five brothers, John, Abe, Levi, Danny and Albert Schrock; and two sisters, Ella Yutzy and Elizabeth Solloway.

Sarah was an active 66-year member of Clinton Frame Church, serving as church librarian, helping with custodial duties and involved in the sewing and quilting groups.

She worked as a cook in the cafeterias at Millersburg Elementary School and Fairfield High School.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Clinton Frame Church where an 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, May 28. Pastor Matt Yoder will officiate.

A private burial will take place in Clinton Union Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be given to Clinton Frame Brotherhood Fund.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements, and condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 26, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Flory, Diana Jean Durham

The Soul in The Faith that we came to know and love as Sister Diana Jean Flory, has left her earthly body to join our Lord in His Kingdom, as His plan for her here has been completed.

She passed from this world at LGH on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 after a four week illness.

Diana was a member of the Reformed Mennonite Church. Her influence here to all who were touched took many forms as she walked her path here; all the while carrying a painful, sickly body. Yet she always had a forgiving, loving child of God attitude. She moves on as a wife, best friend, Mother, partner and companion.

She was a homemaker and previously worked as a licensed CNA.

Born in Harrisburg, Diana was the daughter of the late Leon R. Young and Arlene "Nancy" (Noey) Durham. In addition to her husband Barry L. Flory, she is survived by five children, James Michael Flory, Aimee Michelle Flory, Sharon Lee Winger, Daniel Robert Butz and Rebecca Ann Hart; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Deborah Patschke and Cindy Smith and a brother, John Young.

There will be a viewing on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon in Longeneckers Reformed Mennonite Church, 604 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. The funeral is 12 Noon in the church with Kenneth Kilgore and Samuel Eshelman officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/3/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Franklin, Glenda Cleo Unruh
March 16, 1914 - May 19, 2016

Glenda Cleo Unruh Franklin moved from earth to heaven on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at age 102. She was a resident at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas. Glenda was born March 16, 1914, the oldest of five children, near Pawnee Rock, Kansas.

Glenda experienced a calling to be teacher when she was a student in the sixth grade. After graduating from Pawnee Rock High School in 1932, Glenda worked long hours for a family as a housekeeper and cook to earn and save money so that she could pursue her calling to be a teacher. She attended Bethel College,
North Newton, Kansas, for two years in the mid-thirties and earned the credentials to begin her career as a teacher, thus fulfilling her childhood dream.

Years later, Glenda completed requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Degree at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Many students benefited from Glenda’s passion for, and delight in teaching, whether it was in Sunday school, Bible School, or in public schools. Early in her career, she was the sole teacher in a one room schoolhouse near Pawnee Rock named Prairie Home School. Subsequently, Glenda taught the first three grades and served as principal at Radium, Kansas, before settling into her first grade classroom in Pawnee Rock. She enjoyed tutoring in her home after she retired. First graders were her love. Teaching reading was her passion.

Glenda married Jesse L. Franklin at Bergthal Mennonite Church, Pawnee Rock, Kansas, on May 24, 1939. At that time, she was the sole teacher at Prairie Home School, near Pawnee Rock. A school board member introduced Jess Franklin, then a bachelor living on a farm near the school, to Glenda at a school event. They married after a courtship of several months. Glenda was a true helpmate to her husband Jess. During many wheat harvests on their Prairie Home Farm near Pawnee Rock, she drove the truck and delivered delicious meals, including cold ice cream malts, to the field. Her daughters, their husbands and their children enjoyed participating in the adventures of wheat harvest during the 1970’s.

Glenda and her husband Jess moved off the farm to Great Bend in the early 1980’s. Jess died in 1986. Glenda continued to live in Great Bend for 10 years, then moved into the Schowalter Villa community in Hesston during the month of May, 1996, and lived at 455 Neufeld Drive, independently, until after she reached the age of 100 in 2014.

Glenda was an excellent seamstress and quilter, and an avid wheat weaver. During her latter years, she knitted hundreds of blue washcloths, donating them to MCC for sale at various locations throughout the country. Glenda supported mission work, particularly in Pakistan, India and Haiti.

Glenda sought God’s will throughout her life, and God richly blessed all of Glenda’s work.

During recent years, Glenda often requested a ride in the countryside so that she could see the wheat fields or a beautiful sunset and enjoy the stillness of “not a leaf blowing”. She was a true woman of the plains of Kansas.

Preceding Glenda in death were her parents, Harry and Lena Unruh, her sisters Avis and Allene, her brother Raymond, her beloved husband Jesse, and two granddaughters, Kristy Frederick Swanson and Sonja Rene Epp.

Survivors include her youngest sister, Lorrayne Pankratz (Norman) of Hesston, KS; two daughters, Jeanette D. Frederick (Richard) of Bryant, AR, and Ruth V. Epp (Gerry) of Hesston, KS; three grandchildren: Lisa Epp Morris (John) of Austin, Texas; Ann Frederick Pierson (Rob) of Scottsdale, AZ; Matthew Frederick (Hope) of Maumelle, AR; four great granddaughters: Margo Frederick of Maumelle, AR, Gabriella, Mallory and Kristy Pierson of Scottsdale, AZ; four great grandsons, Andrew Swanson Frederick (Amanda) of Benton, AR, Conner Frederick of Bryant, AR, Gus and Jackson Morris of Austin, TX; and three great great grandchildren, Madison, Kelsie and Ethan of Benton, AR, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Glenda’s life will be held Saturday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel at Schowalter Villa, Hesston Kansas. Arrangements are being made by Miller-Ott Funeral Home of Hesston, Kansas. (620-327-2685).

A graveside service will be held, at Bergthal Cemetery, Pawnee Rock, KS, at 4:30 p.m.on Saturday, May 21.

Miller-Ott Funeral Home of Hesston
Hesston, KS
Submitted by: Elnor Stutzman, Halstead, KS



Freed, Pearl Alderfer
, 80, of Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA died September 13, 2016 at the same place from cancer. She was born July 29, 1936 at Bedminster Twp., Bucks Co., PA to Henry and Aquilla (Miller) Alderfer. She was married to Norman Freed, who survives.

Surviving are two sons,Vernon Freed & wife, Tammy of Burns, OR; Duane Freed & wife, Connie of Perkasie, PA; two daughters, Nancy Leh & husband, Joel of Macungie, PA, Darlene Kulp & husband, Michael of Perkasie, PA; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth Myers of Souderton, PA, Alice Detweiler & husband, Elmer of Bedminster, PA; a brother, Claude Alderfer of Souderton, PA; a sister-in-law, Gladys Alderfer of Troy, PA and a brother-in-law, Durrell Detweiler of Hickory, NC.

Four sisters, Grace Scheetz, Mary Rice, Florence Alderfer & Miriam Detweiler and a brother, Willard Alderfer preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held September 16, 2016 at Deep Run Mennonite Church East, Perkasie, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lois Ann Wismer, Perkasie, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Freed, Russell L.
, 90, of Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA died April 9, 2016 at the same place.

He was born September 14, 1925 in Franconia Twp., Montgomery Co., PA to Russell N. and Annie (Landis) Freed. Russell was born in 1899 and died in 1979. Annie was born February 13, 1901 and died July 21, 1984.

On November 10, 1945 at Elroy, Montgomery Co., PA he was married to Dorothy F. Hagey, who was born June 28, 1925 and died August 11, 2011.

Surviving are a son, Arlin H. Freed and his wife Nancy of Souderton, PA; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Valeria Freed.

His children, Harold, Mary Ann, James, Jane, Richard and Donald Freed, a brother, Robert Freed and a sister, Verna Allebach, preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held April 15, 2016 at Peter Becker Community Chapel, Harleysville, PA with burial in Franconia Mennonite Church Cemetery, Telford, Montgomery Co., PA.

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



Frey, Kendyn John
, infant son of John Jr. and Luci Ann (Zeiset) Frey, of Newmanstown, was stillborn Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Lititz.

In addition to his parents, Kendyn is survived by 3 brothers, Kendall Dean, Ladell Trent, and Jordan Scott, and a sister, Janessa LaRose, all at home; paternal grandparents, John H. and Nancy (Martin) Frey of Annville; maternal grandparents, Allen W. and Esther (Oberholtzer) Zeiset, Fetterville; paternal great-grandparents, Ion and Emma (Zimmerman) Frey Weber of Leola; and maternal great-grandparents, David and Lucy (Horst) Oberholtzer of Lititz.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Fairview Mennonite Church Cemetery, Myerstown, with Ministers Frank Horning and Jay Zimmerman officiating.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 1/20/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Frey, Rodger Abram, 88, of Spring Grove, PA., Friday, March 18, 2016, at his home with his loving family by his side on the evening of his 66th wedding anniversary. He was the husband of Mildred A. (Ebersole) Frey, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.

Born July 31, 1927, in Hanover, he was the son of the late Allen L. and Effie I. (Keagy) Frey.

Rodger was a lifelong, self-employed farmer. He was a member of Bair's-Hostetters Mennonite Church, Hanover.

In addition to his wife, Mildred, Rodger is survived by his daughters, Jean Miller and husband, Paul of Spring Grove, Joyce Martin and husband, Allen of Shippensburg, Joan Hofer and husband, Samuel of Sebree, Ky., and Jerlene Miller and husband, Verlon of Athens, Tenn.; 28 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and one son-in-law, Luke Wadel. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Wadel, and a brother, Wilmer Frey.

A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Bair's-Hostetter's Mennonite Church, 6925 York Road, Hanover. Visitations and time to share memories with the family will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Kenworthy Funeral Home, Inc., 269 Frederick St., Hanover, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the church. Burial will be in York Road Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the Hospice Program of the VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove for their compassionate care of daddy.
Memorial contributions may be made in Rodger's memory to P.E.A.C.E. Ministries, 232 N. Franklin St., Hanover, PA 17331.

Published in Evening Sun on Mar. 20, 2016
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH



Friesen, Menno M.
, 83, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died March 23, 2016 at the same place. He was born August 11, 1932 at Meade, KS to Henry A. and Margaret L. (Loewen) Friesen. On August 21, 1956 he was married to Shirley Penner, who was born October 14, 1932 and survives.

Surviving are children, Paul S. (Bonnie) Friesen; Laura J. Friesen (Daniel Strain); and Julia Y. Friesen (William Morency); eight grandchildren, a sister, Esther M. Smoker; and a brother, Marvin M. Friesen.

His siblings, Pete M. Friesen; Margaret M. Wiens; Daniel M. Friesen; and Elda M. Plank preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held April 3, 2016 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Diana Hershberger, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Friesen, Mildred Garber

Oct. 15, 1920 - July 29, 2016

GOSHEN — Mildred Friesen, 95, died Friday, July 29, at Greencroft Healthcare.

She was born to Henry and Matilda (Wagner) Garber Oct. 15, 1920 in Eureka, Ill.

The second of three children, Mildred grew up on a large homestead farm where her father, among other things, raised 16 Belgian horses. During her younger years, Eureka was the Pumpkin Center of the World where she worked at the Libby, McNeill and Libby canning factory.

Mildred grew up attending church and was a member of Roanoke Mennonite Church where she was baptized.

She married John Z. Friesen Feb. 9, 1950. Prior to their marriage, John spent three years in China with Mennonite Central Committee.

John and Mildred had four children: Jay, Howard, Gwen, and Rachel. John was killed in a car accident April 23, 1957. His wish for their children was that they have the opportunity to attend a Christian high school. Since there were no local schools available to attend, John always told Mildred God would provide a way. Mildred moved her family to Goshen so they could attend Bethany Christian High School.

Mildred found employment at Covercraft as a seamstress. She also served as a Red Coat Volunteer at Goshen Hospital for 22 years, along with volunteering once a month for 30 years at The Depot. Since arriving in Goshen in 1965, Mildred has been an active member of East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Irma Noe.

Mildred is survived by her four children: Jay Friesen, Ft.Wayne; Howard (Maribeth Diener) Friesen, Goshen; Gwen (Tim) Hershberger, Goshen; and Rachel (Tim) Strombeck, Kalamazoo, Mich.; a brother, Lester (Barbara) Garber, Bloomington, Ill.; 13 cherished grandchildren; and 8 adored great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 19 at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home from 5:30-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. prior to the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life service at East Goshen Mennonite Church.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Aug. 4, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Fry, Andrew W.

Oct. 31, 1936 - Nov. 6, 2016

SHIPSHEWANA — Andrew “Andy” W. Fry, 80, of Shipshewana, died Sunday, Nov. 6.

He was born Oct. 31, 1936, to Willie and Mary (Miller) Fry.

He married Barbara Kinsinger; she survives.

Survivors also are daughters Loretta Fry, Rose Eash, Deloris (Joe) Clark, Mary (Darren) Griffith and Barbara LaBarge; son Glenn Fry; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Wilma Hochstetler, Lydia Riehl and Katie (Dan) Schwartz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dannie Fry; two brothers, Olen and Emery Fry; sister Doris Hochstetler; and son-in-law Homer Eash.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at New Life Christian Center, 15685 S. R. 120, Bristol.

Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.

Memorials may be given to New Life Christian Center.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
Nov 9, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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