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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.

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Raber, David L. ; . . Ramer, Frances M. Ebersole ; . . Ramer, Merle W. ; . . Reiff, Lydia M. Martin ; . . Reinhardt, Delora J. Metzger ; . . Rensberger, Alberta M. Augsberger Hartzler ; . . Ressler, Sylvan G. ; . . Rhodes, Luke C. ; . . Rhodes, Reuben Swope ; . . Rickenbach, Charles S. "Rick" ; . . Riegsecker, Orval Leroy ; . . Riegsecker, Vernon ; . . Ries, Marvin Gene ; . . Risser, Robert B. ; . . Rittenhouse, Alice Clemmer ; . . Robinson, Melvin Francis ; . . Rohrer, Evelyn Neff ; . . Rohrer, F. Edwin ; . . Rohrer, Marion E. Ranck ; . . Ruby, Helen Marie Hoffman ; . .


Raber, David L.

Feb. 3, 1956 - March 27, 2016

SHIPSHEWANA - David L. Raber, 60, of Shipshewana, formerly of Wellman, Iowa, died Sunday, March 27.

He had been battling Myasthenia Gravis.

He was born Feb. 3, 1956, to Joni B. and Fannie Mae (Troyer) Raber.

He married Darlene Shetler. She survives. Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Mitchell (Stacy) Raber; a daughter, Bethany (Richard) Mullet; three grandchildren, Kaisey Raber and Erikson and Jennika Mullet; his parents; a sister, Debbie (Freeman) Yoder; two brothers, Daniel (Toni) Raber and Paul Raber and his girlfriend Brenda Murphy; and his nieces and nephews include Audra, Clarissa, Jalen and Danessa.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 31, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Townline Mennonite Church, Shipshewana. Services will be conducted by Pastors Dan Feigenspan and Calvin Borntrager. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Memorials may be given to The Luke Commission in Swaziland or to the family for medical expenses.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 29, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Ramer, Frances M. Ebersole, age 84, of Chambersburg, PA, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehab Center. Born November 28, 1931, in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Rosetta Wadel Ebersole.

Mrs. Ramer worked in the Laundry Service at Wilson College in her early years. She later worked in housekeeping at the former Franklin County Nursing Home for 18 years, retiring in 1991. She was a faithful member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Mrs. Ramer participated in the sewing circle at Pleasant View Church, the Camp Joy El Chorale and the King's Troubadours. She enjoyed singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph E. Ramer (wife Joann) of Shreveport, LA and Myron D. Ramer (wife Julie A.) of Chambersburg, PA; four grandchildren, Jessica and Travis (wife Crystal) Ramer of Chambersburg, PA and Alex and Addie Ramer of Shreveport, LA; three great-grandchildren, Zaine, Bailey, and Madison; three siblings, Norman D. Ebersole (wife Janet), Adin R. Ebersole (wife Wanda), and Mary Catherine Martin (husband Clair E.); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ramer was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Andrew Ramer on August 29, 1976, and two siblings, Harry L. Ebersole, Jr. and Paul S. Ebersole.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 10 AM at Pleasant View Mennonite Church, 346 Warm Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA 17202, where Rev. Harold Yeager and Rev. Samuel Sollenberger will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 16, 2016, from 6 - 8 PM in the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Rd., Chambersburg, PA and on Monday at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the above church and address.

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler



Ramer, Merle W.
, 21, 2027 E. 600 North, Rochester, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:45 P.M. from injuries sustained in a bicycle and motor vehicle accident.

He was born on December 28, 1994 in Elkhart, Indiana, the son of Mark K. and Irene (Weaver) Ramer. On May 12, 2016 in Rochester, Indiana, he married Etta Imhoff, and she survives. Merle had been a construction worker for Built Rite of Rochester, Indiana.

Survivors include his wife, Etta Ramer, Rochester, Indiana, parents, Mark K. and Irene Ramer, Rochester, Indiana, brothers, Simon Ramer, Silvanus Ramer, Timothy Ramer, Kervin Ramer, Caleb Ramer, Luke Allen Ramer, sisters, Marcile Ramer, Rachel Ramer, and Margaret Ramer, all at home, Rochester, Indiana, grandparents, David and Nancy Ramer, Tippecanoe, Indiana, maternal grandparents , Warren and Lydia Weaver, New Paris, Indiana, maternal great- grandparents, Christian and Lydia Weaver, Goshen, Indiana, many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Family and friends may visit at the home of Keith Imhoff, 4136 E. 550 North, Rochester, Indiana on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 6-8 P.M., and on Sunday November 20, 2016 from 2-5 P.M. and 6–8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held on Monday November 21, 2016 at 9:45 A.M. at Tippecanoe Old Order Mennonite Church, Rochester, Indiana. Burial will be in the Tippecanoe Old Order Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements are by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimmermanbrosfh.com

Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Homes
Rochester, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Reiff, Lydia M. Martin
, 96, formerly of 2983 Beaver Run Road, Mifflinburg, entered into rest at 5:25 PM on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the residence of her daughter. She was born on September 17, 1919, in East Earl Township, the daughter of the late Rufus M. and Lydia S. (Martin) Martin. On November 16, 1941, she married Paul M. Reiff, who preceded her in death on August 13, 1978.

Lydia was a homemaker and a member of Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving are eight sons and daughters-in-law, Phares and Lena Reiff of Lewisburg, Titus and Ada Reiff of East Earl, Paul and Anna Reiff of Shiloh, OH, James and Esther Reiff of Greenwood, WI, John and Anna Mary Reiff of Latham, MO, Luke and Ina Reiff of Greenwood, WI, Edwin and Grace Reiff of Fortuna, MO, Earl and Edith Reiff of Noxon, MT, five* daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and Allen Martin of Mifflinburg, Lucy and Allen Oberholtzer of Mifflinburg, Mabel and Warren Martin of Shelby, OH, Lydia and Clayton Shirk of Delano, TN, 95 grandchildren, 297 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters in infancy, six brothers, three sisters, and seven grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday at the Home of Eugene Oberholtzer, 2933 Beaver Run Road, Mifflinburg, where the funeral be held at 9:00 am on Friday, with further services beginning at 9:30 am at the Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Church, with the church's home ministry officiating. Interment will be in the Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are by the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.

Intelligencer Journal - 8/17/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

*One daughter & son-in-law were missed - Elizabeth & Amos Oberholtzer



Reinhardt, Delora J. Metzger

March 3, 1960 - March 14, 2016

GOSHEN - Delora J. Reinhardt, 56, of Goshen, died at 4:40 a.m. Monday, March 14, at Elkhart Hospice House.

She was born March 3, 1960, in Elkhart, to Eugene C. and Delores J. (Gable) Metzger.

She married Randy Reinhardt on Dec. 19, 1981, and he died Nov. 18, 2014.

Surviving are her children, Stephanie (Timothy) Hoag of Goshen, Natalie (Matthew) Patka of Fort Wayne and Cory Reinhardt of Goshen; grandchildren, Brayden, Taylinn and Harper Hoag; siblings, Kenny (Donna) Metzger of Goshen, Brenda (Howard) Schmucker of Goshen, Vickie Hetrick of DeMotte and the Rev. Michael (Debbie) Metzger of Florence, Mont.

Preceding her in death were her parents and husband, Randy.

Delora was a retired nursing supervisor and deliverance minister. She attended Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, Goshen, and World Harvest, Elkhart. She loved learning and reading anything that would strengthen her faith. She also enjoyed traveling.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Fellowship Hall at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 C.R. 11, Goshen, where the service will follow at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael Metzger and Pastor Wes Bontreger will officiate. Burial will be in Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church or World Harvest.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 16, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Rensberger, Alberta M. Augsberger Hartzler

March 31, 1923 - May 18, 2016

GOSHEN - Alberta M. Hartzler Rensberger, 93, of Goshen, died Wednesday, May 18, at the Maples at Waterford Crossing.

She was born March 31, 1923, in Middlebury, to Arthur and Clara (Miller) Augsberger.

On May 20, 1945, she married Nolen J. Hartzler in Middlebury. He died May 2, 1978. She later married Melvin "Bud" Rensberger in Topeka. He died March 2, 1990.

She is survived by a son, Roger (Deb) Hartzler of Demotte; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and a sister, Betty Moyer of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; a son, Keith Hartzler; and a brother, Donn Augsberger.

Alberta taught first grade in the Topeka and Honeyville area for 32 years. She was a homemaker and member of Silverwood Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Silverwood Mennonite Church, where an 11 a.m. memorial service will take place on Tuesday, May 24. Pastors Rachel Nolt and Jeremy Shue will officiate.

A graveside service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Silverwood Mennonite Church or Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 20, 2016
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Rensberger, Alberta Augsberger Hartzler,93 , of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died May 18, 2016 at the same place. She was born March 31, 1923 at Middlebury, IN to Arthur and Clara (Miller) Augsberger. On May 20, 1945 at Middlebury, IN she was married to Nolen J.Hartzler, who died March 2, 1978

Surviving are a son, Roger (Deb) Hartzler; four stepchildren; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Moyer of PA.

A son, Keith Hartzler and a brother, Donn Augsberger preceded her in death.

Alberta taught first grade in the Topeka and Honeyville area for 32 years. She was a homemaker and actively involved as a member of Silverwood Mennonite Church, which she joined in 1969. She served as church visitor for many years, walking with people through illness, suffering and grief. She supported all who needed a listening ear. She regularly prayed for family, friends and everyone who attended the church.

Memorial services were held May 24, 2016 at Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Topeka, IN.

Submitted by: Michelle Strite, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ressler, Sylvan G.
, 69, of Leola, went to be with his Lord after passing away unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday, January 7, 2016. He was the loving husband of Nancy J. (Nolt) Ressler.

Born on Sept. 8, 1946 in Ephrata, he was a son of Alma J. (Martin) Ressler and the late Martin E. Ressler. He was a member of Nickel Mines Mennonite Church and worked at Fisher & Thompson as an agricultural salesman for 23 years. Sylvan had a gift and love for music. He enjoyed singing with various choruses over the years and was a leader and promoter of acapella hymn singing in church life.

In addition to his wife and his mother, he is survived by four children: Jeffrey G. Ressler, husband of Christine, of Gap, Larry Ressler, husband of Lisa, of Brownstown, Wesley K. Ressler, husband of Alice, of Ephrata, and Cheryl J. Ressler of Leola; 4 siblings: Marian Yoder, wife of Keith, of Leola, Marilyn Kreider, wife of Leonard, of Elizabethtown, Christine Rohlf, wife of William, of Lancaster, and Merle Ressler, husband of Rosene, of New Holland; and 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Cletus Ressler, husband of Nancy, of Leola.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. at Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Rd., East Earl, PA 17519 with Leon Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday, Jan. 11, at the Church from 5:30-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30-10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, PO Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610. To send the family online condolences, visit us at www.groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/8/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Rhodes, Luke C.

Oct. 11, 1926-May 23, 2016

DALTON - Luke C. Rhodes, 89, of Dalton, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Carol (Jerry) Neuenschwander.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926, near Dayton, Va., to the late Webster and Sarah Mabel (Showalter) Rhodes and was united in marriage to A. Miriam Good on June 27, 1953. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2015.

He accepted Christ in his youth and was a faithful member of Woodlawn Mennonite Church in Greenwich. The Rhodes family raised farm produce and attended markets for many years.

Surviving are children, Kathleen (Norman) Schrock of Patriot, Phyllis (Harold) Weaver of Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia, Carol (Jerry) Neuenschwander of Dalton, Kenneth (Martha) of Fairchild, Wis., Mary Beth (Elvin) Neuenschwander of Dalton, Luke Jr. (Arlene) of Newberry, Ind., Juanita (Brian) Bear of Hopewell, Rachel (Marcus) Bear of Mazeppa, Minn., and James (Anita) of Carpenter, Wyo.; 66 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; brothers, Reuben of Harrisonburg, Va. and John of Dayton, Va.; and sisters, Esther Rohrer and Norma Koogler, both of Dayton, Va.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Mark, Harry, Frank, Eber, Daniel and Neil Rhodes; and sisters, Edith Showalter and Ida Rohrer.

Friends may call Friday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. at County Line Mennonite Church, 19199 Church Road, Dalton. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at County Line Mennonite Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodlawn Mennonite Church, 1572 Baseline Road, Greenwich 44837.

Daily Record, Wooster, OH
Published: May 25, 2016 4:00 AM
Submitted By: Thelma Hoover Martin



Rhodes, Reuben Swope
, 91, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Oct. 20, 2016, at his home. He had been in declining health for three years.

Mr. Rhodes was born on Dec. 11, 1924, to the late Webster Clay and Sarah Mabel Showalter Rhodes. He spent his life in Rockingham County and was a poultry and dairy farmer. He had a love for people and was a friend to many. He was a member of Pleasant View Mennonite Church.

On Nov. 23, 1949, he was united in marriage to Margaret Evelyn Good, who survives.

Also surviving are six children, Leon (Elva) Rhodes of Harrisonburg, Janet (Galen) Showalter of Dayton, Steven (Kathy) Rhodes of Dayton, Joyce (Eldon) Horst of Singers Glen, Sharon (Fred) Knicely of Harrisonburg and Donna (Joseph) Hartman of Linville. Also surviving are two sisters, Esther Rohrer and Norma Koogler, both of Dayton; one brother, John Rhodes of Dayton; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six* brothers, Mark, Harry, Frank, Eber, Daniel and Neil Rhodes, and two sisters, Edith Showalter and Ida Rohrer.

The funeral will be conducted on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church by the ministers of the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

The body will be taken to the Rhodes residence, where friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements are by McMullen Funeral Home.

Daily News Record - 10/21/2016
Harrisonburg, VA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

*Should be seven - brother, Luke is missing - see above



Rickenbach, Charles S. "Rick,"
78, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Ephrata, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Charles H. and Thelma Mae (Sharp) Rickenbach and was the husband of Lois J. (Martin) Rickenbach.

Rick was a member of the Chapel of Christian Faith, The Villages, FL. He retired in 1996 after 33 years as a millwright at Armstrong World Industries. Rick faithfully served at the Wildwood Soup Kitchen in Wildwood, FL. He enjoyed Philadelphia sports, was an avid golfer and especially loved the Lord, and his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 daughters, Denise R. Zimmerman, fiancée of Bob Leonowich of Fleetwood, Deb, wife of Jim Kepiro of Strasburg; 2 step-daughters, Kim, wife of Jerry Keefer of Clay, Heidi, wife of Jason Gelnett of Harrisburg; 4 grandsons; 3 step-grandsons and 2 step-granddaughters; a brother, Leslie, husband of Joyce Rickenbach of Leola and a sister, Henrietta, wife of Lloyd Mull of Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara A. (Bair) Rickenbach and a daughter, Dori-Lynn Rickenbach.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 17, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Ephrata Church of the Brethren, 201 Crescent Ave., Ephrata, followed by a memorial service at 7 pm, with Pastor Galen Hackman officiating. Interment will be private in the Cedar Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rick's memory may be made to The Wildwood Soup Kitchen, 203 Barwick St., Wildwood, FL 34785.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 5/14/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Riegsecker, Orval Leroy
, 89, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died April 12, 2016 at the same place. He was born April 29, 1927 at Wauseon, Fulton Co., OH to Louis and Della (Stutzman) Riegsecker. On August 13, 1950 at Archbold, OH he was married to Lois Miller, who was born October 9, 1927 and died November 17, 2015.

Surviving are children, Ardis (Holmes) Stephenson; Delvin (Lora) Riegsecker; Joetta (Rick) Pugh; Doneta (Bert Magana) Riegsecker; Vonda (Dave) Smith; Angie (Jeff) Wyse; Amy (Al) Frey; and Karla (Brett) Hatley; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Donald (Mona) Riegsecker, Arlene (Wayne E.) Wyse; Shirley (Merle) Klopfenstein; JoAnn Riegsecker; and Donna Riegsecker.

His siblings, Louis Jr. Riegsecker, Edward Riegsecker, Dale Riegsecker, Freeman Riegsecker, Earl Riegsecker, Mildred Riegsecker, Florence Riegsecker; and Virgie (Stan) Aschliman preceded him in death.

As a youth, Orval was baptized and was a long time member of Central Mennonite Church, Archbold. He was devoted to his family and retired after many years of service as a livestock buyer, for Lugbill Livestock, Michigan Livestock Exchange, and most recently, United Producers. Orval was very passionate about his work and his customers’ well-being.

Orval also enjoyed gatherings with immediate and extended family. He enjoyed playing games and having coffee with friends.

Memorial services were held April 16, 2016 at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, OH with burial in Pettisville Cemetery, Pettisville, Fulton Co., OH.

Submitted by: Dana Short, Archbold, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Riegsecker, Vernon

March 28, 1919 - March 22, 2016

GOSHEN - Vernon Riegsecker, 96, of Goshen, formerly of Middlebury, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen.

He was born March 28, 1919, in Elkhart County, to Joe and Katie Ann (Kauffman) Riegsecker.

On Dec. 9, 1943, in Elkhart County, he married Ida Troyer. She passed June 21, 2013.

Surviving are two daughters, Jan (Joe) Yoder of Middlebury and Vert (Dennis) Miller of Goshen; five sons, Gene (Judy) Riegsecker of Goshen, Glen (Jeanne) Riegsecker of Goshen, Gary (Carolyn) Riegsecker of Goshen, Dale (Shirley) Riegsecker of Middlebury and Jim (Marilyn) Riegsecker of Millersburg; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lucy Bontrager of Goshen, Mary Riegsecker of Middlebury and Gladys (Lester) Miller of Shipshewana; and a brother, Glenn (Esther) Riegsecker of Middlebury.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister Ella Troyer; brother Harold Riegsecker; and a granddaughter, Shelly, and her husband, Douglas Watts.

Vernon was a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church, a farmer for 40 years and had worked for Jayco after retirement. He loved farming and often told many stories of it, even up until his final days. Vernon had served in the CPS (Civilian Public Service) in Downey, Idaho, during World War II. He and his wife volunteered with MDS after Hurricane Hugo. He was a loving father; his children loved him dearly and have many great memories of him.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. There will be one hour of visitation prior to funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at First Mennonite Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by pastors Ben Shirk and Randall Riegsecker. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to MDS (Mennonite Disaster Service).

Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.

The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
March 24, 2016
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Ries, Marvin Gene
, 91, of Freeman, SD died July 19, 2016 at Freeman, Hutchinson Co., SD.

He was born April 29, 1925 at Freeman, Turner Co., SD to Jonathan and Rose (Preheim) Ries. Jonathan was born March 23, 1893 and died December 30, 1979. Rose was born January 10, 1901 and died May 9, 1975.

On August 17, 1950 at Freeman, Turner Co., SD he was married to Jane Kaufman, who was born July 25, 1930 and survives.

Surviving are children, Murray (Emily) Ries, Karl Ries, Lynelle (Steve) Andal, and Susan (Jon) Bot; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Ardelle (Allen) Schrag, Alan (Sara) Ries, and Lemoyne (JoAnn) Ries.

Two grandsons, Adam & Aaron Ries preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held August 13, 2016 at Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, Turner Co., SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Amy Waltner, Freeman, SD
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin



Risser, Robert B.
, 90, of Lititz, passed away at Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center on Monday, March 14, 2016, a few days shy of his 91st birthday. Born on the family farm in Lititz, he was the son of the late Jacob W. and Edna Buchen Risser and was the husband of the late Lois I. Hollinger Risser, who passed away in 2003.

A 1942 Rothsville High School graduate, Robert's life was centered around his family and working his family farm, which was located behind the Lititz United Methodist Church on Market Street. For 30 years, he was a bus driver for the Warwick School District and was a transporter for the Amish.

He enjoyed attending school and sporting events for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and the time he spent with them. He was an avid Phillies fan and he enjoyed watching college basketball. Robert had a soft spot for animals, especially his dog Jasper.

He will be lovingly missed by his sons, R. Eugene, husband of Jean Risser, Lititz, J. William Risser, Ephrata, C. Thomas, husband of Janice Risser, Leola; daughters, Kathleen R., wife of Paul Harclerode, Lancaster, Cheryl, wife of Mike Mitchell, Lititz; sisters, Ruth Hershey, Lancaster, Kathryn Hoffman, Shillington; 18 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Paul, Leon and Jacob Risser and sisters, Lillian Weaver and Edna Risser.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to Robert's Funeral Service on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 Market Street, Lititz, preceded by a visitation with the family from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in Hammercreek Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/15 2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Rittenhouse, Alice Clemmer
, 87, of Harleysville, Montgomery Co., PA died September 10, 2016 at Souderton Montgomery Co., PA. She was born August 22, 1929 at Harleysville, PA to Allen and Alice (Moyer) Clemmer. On March 24, 1951 she was married to Norman Derstein Rittenhouse, who was born July 17, 1926 and survives.

Surviving are children, Eric (and Stacy) Rittenhouse and Jennifer Rittenhouse; six grandchildren, and a brother, Marvin Clemmer.

Four brothers, Jacob Clemmer, Joseph Clemmer, William Clemmer, and Cyrus Clemmer; and two sisters, Mary Ellen Derstine and Betty Kupeerus preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held September 18, 2016 at Plains Mennonite Church, Hatfield, Montgomery Co., PA.

Submitted by: Mike Derstine, Hatfield, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Robinson, Melvin Francis
September 21, 1935 - January 6, 2016

Melvin Robinson 80, died Wednesday (Jan. 6, 2016) at Newton Medical Center. He was born September 21, 1935 in Lucas to Francis S. and Alice S. Robinson. He married Virginia Wolfe on Aug. 28, 1960 in Russell and she survives of the home. Melvin retired as a welder from Hesston Corporation, now AGCO.

Melvin is survived by his wife Virginia of North Newton; Son and daughter-in-law Kirk and Sonia Robinson of Burlington, Ontario, Canada; daughter Denise and son-in-law Tony Bartel of Lucas, Texas; sister Martha Brandt of Luray; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother LeRoy Robinson and infant brother Francis Robinson.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Friday at Kingdom Life Ministries in Hesston with Pastor Scott Miller presiding. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Cheyenne Cemetery in rural Luray. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday (Jan. 7, 2016) at Petersen Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Kingdom Life Ministries Benevolence Fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

The Kansan, Newton, KS
Jan. 7, 2016

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Melvin Frankie Robinson was born at home on a farm in Lucas, KS on September 21, 1935 where he continued to live and work in the family business of ranching and farming until 1966.

His childhood was spent working and exploring his family's farm on horse and on a tractor. He loved hunting, and a hunting buddy commented that there was not enough land to walk to satisfy Melvin's passion. He also enjoyed sports and played football for Lucas High School where he graduated.

He also loved skiing, and Wilson lake was a favorite place for him. Fortunately he also enjoyed driving his car slowly down Main Street as he met Virginia Wolfe one evening when dragging Main Street in Russell, Kansas. They were married on August 28, 1960.

Melvin served our country for 6 years in the National Guard.

They welcomed their first child, Kirk Alan, in 1962, followed by a daughter, Denise Renee, two years later. He faced a tough decision to support his new family, and he chose to leave his beloved farm life and move to Newton to try his hand at living in the city. Tb support his young family, he sometimes worked three jobs at a time. He enjoyed his welding position at Hesston Corporation as he spent the majority of his working career there, and he eventually retired from Keystone Railroad in McPherson.

He accepted Christ as his savior in 1973 and was immediately drawn to a life of service. His soft heart and gentle ways with people led him to serve as bus driver, board member, Sunday school teacher and children’s church worker at the various churches they attended.

His greatest joy was watching his family expand and interacting with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He leaves behind a devoted wife, Virginia Wolfe-Robinson, son Kirk and his wife Sonia. Their children - Michael, Kristen and Jordan. Daughter Denise and her husband Tony. Their children - Renee, Taylor, Danae, Nicole, Alyssa, and Joshua. Three great grandchildren - Samuel, Lucille, and Brooklyn. Sister Martha Robinson-Brandt and a host of nephews, cousins and friends.

Melvin's older sister, Martha Robinson-Brandt, said "Melvin was very special, we will never know anyone as gentle, generous, considerate, and loving." Melvin leaves behind a legacy of simple faith, a soft heart, and a strong commitment to family, friends and God.

Kingdon Life Ministries, Hesston, KS
Submitted by: Elnor Stutzman, Halstead, KS



Rohrer, Evelyn Neff
, 93, of Mountville, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Mennonite Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Harry Charles Rohrer, who died November 19, 2014. They were married seventy-two years at the time of Harry's death.

She worked with the family business; Harry C. Rohrer Plumbing & Heating and Rohrer's Hardware Store.

Born April 30, 1923 in Lancaster County, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Ella (Bowers) Neff. Evelyn was a member of the Mountville Mennonite Church. She enjoyed traveling, family and music.

She will be lovingly missed by her children; Larry Rohrer married to Carol, of Manheim, Marilyn married to Kenneth Campbell, of Mountville and James Rohrer married to Cheryl, of Lancaster; eleven grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren; one nephew, Dale Rohrer married to Paula, of Mountville and one brother; John W. Neff married to Irene, of Lititz. Evelyn was also preceded in death by two sisters; Verna Siegrist and H. Arlene Brubaker.

The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Mennonite Home for the compassion and care shown to Evelyn.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Celebration of Evelyn Rohrer's life will be held on Tuesday afternoon, July 12, 2016 at 2PM at the MOUNTVILLE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN, 60 Clay Street, Mountville, PA, 17554. The family will receive friends at the MOUNTVILLE CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN following the service on Tuesday afternoon. Private traditional casket burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Habecker's Mennonite Cemetery, Manor Twp., PA. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial Remembrances can be made in Evelyn's memory to the Mennonite Home Benevolent Fund.

Intelligencer Journal - 7/9/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Rohrer, F. Edwin
, 93, of Paradise Township, went home to be with his heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. He was the husband of Marion E. (Ranck) Rohrer for over 72 years.

A lifetime farmer, Ed graduated from the former Paradise High School.

He and Marion operated Maple Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast for over 54 years.

He was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church.

Ed enjoyed hunting and was a founding member of Mill Creek Hunting Club, Union Township, Tioga County. He enjoyed vacationing in Florida with friends, and he was an avid Phillies fan.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late B. Frank and Mary C. (Herr) Rohrer. Ed loved his family and, in addition to Marion, he is survived by a son, Roger married to Kandy (Mellinger) Rohrer of Strasburg; a daughter-in-law, Linda (King) Rohrer of Lancaster; a son-in-law, John McGonagle of Boston, MA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. McGonagle, a son, J. Edwin Rohrer, two grandsons, Scott and Ryan Rohrer, and a brother, Henry H. Rohrer.

There will be a visitation on Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM in Strasburg Mennonite Church. The funeral is 11:30 AM in the church with Pastor John Meck and Steve Good officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in Ed's memory to Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/12/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Rohrer, Marion E. Ranck
, 93, of Paradise Township, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, April 25, 2016. She was the wife of the late F. Edwin Rohrer for over 72 years. Ed went home to his Heavenly Father on February 9, 2016.

Marion was a farm wife. She graduated from the former Paradise High School. She and Ed operated Maple Lane Farm Bed & Breakfast for over 54 years. They had many repeat guests who over the years became special friends.

She was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church. She was a member of Farm Women Society #14.

Marion enjoyed music, art and the beach. She and Ed enjoyed vacationing in Florida.

Born in Paradise Township, she was the daughter of the late Earl D. and Elizabeth (Shaubach) Ranck. Marion loved her family. She is survived by a son, Roger married to Kandy (Mellinger) Rohrer of Strasburg; a daughter-in-law, Linda (King) Rohrer of Lancaster; a son-in-law, John McGonagle of Boston, MA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Janet married to Clyde Buchen of Manheim and Gladys Swarr of Mt. Joy. Marion was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn L. McGonagle, a son, J. Edwin Rohrer, two grandsons, Scott and Ryan Rohrer; a sister, Alma Rohrer and two brothers-in-law, Layton Rohrer and Russell Swarr.

There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:30 until 11:30 AM in Strasburg Mennonite Church. The funeral is 11:30 AM in the church with Pastors John Meck and John Harvey Groff officiating. Interment in Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers please consider sending a contribution in Marion's memory to Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579 or Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community. 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566. Bachman Funeral Home, Strasburg

Intelligencer Journal - 4/28/2016
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish



Ruby, Helen Marie Hoffman
, 90, of Pigeon, Michigan died September 9, 2016 at the same place. She was born May 23, 1926 at Thurman, Colorado
to John and Mary (Kuhns) Hoffman. On February 20, 1944 at Thurman, Colorado she was married to Joe Ruby, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Diane Maust, and Delores(Denny) Esch; six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held September 12, 2016 at Michigan Avenue Mennonite Church, Pigeon, Michigan with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Scot Wilson, Pigeon, MI
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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