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Imhoff, Lizzie W. Leid
Nov. 11, 1926 - May 22, 2017
GOSHEN - Lizzie W. (Leid) Imhoff, 90, of Goshen, died Monday, May 22, 2017.
She was born Nov. 11, 1926, to John and Anna (Weaver) Leid. She married Elmer J. Imhoff, who died Oct. 14, 2001.
Surviving are stepdaughters Rhoda Martin, Esther, Lois and Rachel Ramer; stepson David Imhoff; and stepdaughters-in-law Pauline and Hettie Imhoff.
Also surviving are 41 stepgrandchildren, 229 stepgreat-grandchildren and sisters Emma Nolt and Susannah Lemmon.
Preceding her in death were her husband; three stepsons; one stepgrandson; two sisters; and five brothers.
Visitation will be from 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, at the home of Rachel Ramer, 66484 C.R. 7, Wakarusa.
The service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Yellow Creek Old Order Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Burial will be in the Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Elkhart Truth, Elkhart, IN
May 24, 2017
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin
Johnson, Dorothy Ellen, 64, of Staunton, VA died February 13, 2017 at Fishersville, VA. She was born September 10, 1952 at Stuarts Draft, VA to Arthur S. and Rhoda L. Johnson.
Surviving are her siblings, Daniel E. & Brenda Johnson, Samuel A. Johnson, Alice L.J. Falls, Anna M. Dettwiler, Ruth E. & Howard Duncan, and Susan & James Poole.
A sister, Ruby K. Johnson preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held February 17, 2017 at Springdale Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, VA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Jones, Levi D.
Oct. 19,1914 - July 16,2017
SHIPSHEWANA - Levi D. Jones, 102, died Sunday, July 16, 2017.
He was born Oct. 19, 1914, to David E. and Mary (Miller) Jones.
On Dec 7, 1937, he married Mandy Gingerich.
Surviving are, Larry (Mary Ellen) Jones, Levi (Janet) Jones, Jr., Lynn (Jill) Jones of Topeka, Winford (Ulonda) Jones, Kenneth (Vera) Jones, Jacob (Loretta) Jones; six daughters, Marilou (Dale) Mast, Judy (Josey) Bontrager, Elsie (Alvin) Miller, Rebecca (Mervin) Byler of Wolcottville, Ruth (DeWayne) Miller, Linda (Ernest) Lehman.
Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Monday, July 17 and all day Tuesday, July 18 at Jacob Jones residence, 3290 N. 500 West, Shipshewana. Funeral services are at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19 at Alton Bontrager residence, 2780 N. 500 West, Shipshewana.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Elmer Schrock and the home ministers. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Judy, H. Steven "Steve", 60, of Bridgewater, Rockingham Co., VA died April 20, 2017 at the same place from a motorcycle accident. He was born April 6, 1957 at Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., VA to C. Byron and Igerna Caroline (Moyers) Judy. On November 5, 2010 in Harrisonburg he was married to Judy Cline, who survives.
Surviving are a step-daughter, Joy Shenk and two step-sons, Cory Shenk and wife Kelly, and Brian Shenk; and twin sisters, Sue Williams and husband Ron, and Ann Bird and husband Steve.
His parents preceded him in death.
He was a partner in New Country Organics and active in Bible Study Fellowship.
Memorial services were held April 24, 2017 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Eastlawn Memorial Garden, Harrisonburg, VA.
Kalbfleisch, Mary Louise Mumaw
Nov. 26, 1926 - June 7, 2017
GOSHEN - Mary Louise (Mumaw) Kalbfleisch, 90, of Goshen, died at 10:12 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.
She was born near, Wakarusa, Nov. 26, 1926, to Ira Mumaw and Martha (Weaver) Mumaw Leinbach.
She married Raymond W. Kalbfleisch, of Levering, Michigan, April 5, 1969, and he died Dec. 14, 2000.
She is survived by a brother, Lowell Mumaw of Goshen: sister Gladys Mast of Goshen; half brothers Gerald (Lois) Leinbach of Hesston, Kansas and Russell (Sally) Leinbach of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Raymond; stepsisters Louida Mishler, Irma Shank, Catherine Walters, Fern Yontz and Betty Herendeen and stepbrothers Lloyd Leinbach, Jr. Leinbach, Kenneth Leinbach and Morris Leinbach.
Mary Louise attended Wakarusa and Waterford grade schools. After attending New Paris High School for two years, she graduated from Hesston Academy (now Hesston College) in Hesston, Kansas in 1946. Mary Louise worked at West Liberty Children’s Home for several years and also at Maple Lawn Homes in Eureka, Illinois. From 1963 to 1967, she was employed as a cook at Goshen College.
After marrying Raymond, the couple lived five miles south of Petoskey on Howard Road until 1996 when they moved to Greencroft. For 15 years they spent winters at their home in Sarasota, Florida.
In 1969, she graduated from North Central Michigan College as a registered nurse. She worked as a nurse at Little Traverse Hospital and Beverly Manor at Geriatric Nursing.
She had a love for music and played the accordion. She was known for sharing secular music and hymns with residents at Greencroft Healthcare.
At the age of 13, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Later on Dec. 12, 2004, she joined the College Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Meeting House, 1820 Greencroft Blvd., Goshen, with the service following at 3 p.m. Pastor Pamela Yoder will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey, Michigan.
Memorials may be directed to Greencroft Healthcare, Goshen.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements.
July 22, 1955 - September 2, 2017
CLIFFORD KAUFFMAN, 62, of rural Arthur, IL passed away at 4:36 P.M. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Arthur Mennonite Church, 710 E. Park in Arthur, IL. Rev. Glen Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 and from Noon to 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 7, 2017 all at the Arthur Mennonite Church. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Clifford was born on July 22, 1955 in Tuscola, IL. He was a son of Melvin J. and Katie W. (Schrock) Kauffman. He married Debra Sue Oye on August 10, 1974 in Arthur, IL.
He is survived by his wife Debby; two children, Kim Weber and her husband Rob of Anchor, IL and Kyle Kauffman and his wife Whitney of Sullivan, IL; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Reed, Katelyn, Colton and Raegan Weber and Sophia and William Kauffman; two brothers, Virgil Kauffman and his wife Sarah, and Larry Kauffman and his wife Delores all of Arthur, IL; three sisters, Dorothy Otto and her husband Paul and Carolyn Kauffman all of Arthur, IL and Sharon Rocke and her husband Larry, of Tuscola, IL and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one nephew, Justin Kauffman, one great-nephew, Tanner Tabb and a special brother-in-law DeWayne Snyder.
Clifford was a member of the Arthur Mennonite Church, the Douglas County Farm Bureau and the American Paint Horse Association.
At the age of 13, Cliff started working at Stutzman’s Feed Mill mixing feed then when he turned 16, he drove a truck delivering bags of feed and later also hauling turkeys at night. As you can see, being a hard worker was instilled in him at a very young age. He continued to work for Stutzman’s for 10 years before he took over the propane business from his father who had been in it for 20 years. Cliff then serviced Arthur and the surrounding areas for over 36 years in his gas truck. Everyone from young to old knew him as “gas man Cliff”! He was so dedicated to his job and gas customers, and held the top sales spot for many years with Okaw Valley Propane delivering more than 1 million gallons of gas per year. He often put in 15-16 hour days in the winter time just in his gas truck. In 1992, Kauffman Brothers incorporated and Cliff and his brothers started farming together and raising and showing draft horses. He loved spending what spare time he had with the horses and farming, and because he didn’t have enough on his plate, he took up hauling horses in the Arthur area and was always available. He took many late-night trips to the University of IL to transport sick horses or made early morning trips to horse sales or farrier appointments. He did not like telling someone “No” so there were many mornings he was up at 3 am just to get the chores done before he started his day. He also enjoyed spending his Sundays in the summer doing tractor drives as Cliff and his brothers have restored 5 antique tractors with another in the works.
Cliff was not only a hard worker, but he was also a Christian and a strong family man. His family meant the world to him and he loved being a Grandpa. His grandkids were about the only thing that could keep him from working as he loved spending precious time with them giving gator rides, swinging them on the swing set he put so much work in to, taking them on stroller rides, and snuggling up at night to put them to bed. Cliff worked so hard to keep his home and everything he owned in meticulous condition. He was the best Grandpa, Dad, Husband, Dedicated Worker, Good Man and Great Friend to many. Cliff will be missed by so many and has left a lasting legacy with everyone he met. His role in the Arthur community will be difficult to fill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Colton Weber Buddy Walk which provides funding to the local and national Down syndrome organizations or the Arthur Mennonite Church.
Kauffman, Dorothy J. Rohrer, 86, of Atglen, went home to be with the Lord, at her home, of natural causes, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Born in Manheim Twp., she the daughter of the late J. Norman and Mary (Mummau) Rohrer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel S. Kauffman, Jr., who died Feb. 10, 1996.
Dorothy was a homemaker and a member of the Honey Brook Mennonite Church.
Surviving are four children, Donald, married to Dawn (Zimmerman) Kauffman of Parkesburg, Daniel S., III, married to Marilyn (Sensenig) Kauffman, Dale, married to Grace (Weaver) Kauffman of Myerstown, and Doris, married to Kevin Nolt of Manheim; 27 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death is a grandson, Sheldon Kauffman; three sisters, Kathryn Jane Rohrer, Mary Elizabeth Redcay, and Arlene Nissley; and a brother, John Norman Rohrer.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 16 at 10 am at Honey Brook Mennonite Church, 678 Reservoir Road, Honey Brook, PA. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held at the Church on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
Kauffman, Erma Ranck, age 88, formerly of Cochranville, PA, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA. She was the wife of the late Benjamin K. Kauffman who passed away on December 15, 2013. She was born in Paradise, daughter of the late John H. & Mary Eby Ranck. She was a member of the Media Mennonite Church, where in the past she was a member of the church sewing circle, Sunday School and Bible School Teacher. Erma worked as a tour guide for Rutt's Tours for 31 years and then the Mennonite Information Center. She enjoyed reading, sewing and making comforter tops for M.C.C.
Surviving are 4 children: B. Edwin husband of Judy Lapp Kauffman of Ronks, Louella Gray companion of Michael Peace of Cochranville, James M. husband of Edna Martin Kauffman of Lancaster, Jeanette L. wife of David Brooks of Parkesburg, 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 2 siblings: Helen M. wife of Paul Sands of Roaring Springs, PA, J. Ray husband of Reba Kauffman Ranck of Paradise.
Funeral service will take place from the Garden Spot Village, Garden Towers, 433 South Kinzer Road, New Holland, PA on Tuesday, June 6th at 11 a.m. with a viewing time from 10 a.m. until time of service. Pastor Jesse Johnson and Chaplin Chet Yoder will be officiating. Interment will take place in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery at approximately 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501. Arrangements by Shivery Funeral Home, Inc., Christiana & Paradise.
Kauffman, Glendon Melvin
Glendon Melvern Kauffman, 82, of Lorimor died Saturday, June 24, 2017, at his home.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at Crest View Amish Mennonite Church northeast of Creston. Edward Headings, Leonard Headings and Gerald Hostetler will officiate. Burial will be in Crest View Amish Mennonite Cemetery northeast of Creston. Open memorial visitation with family present will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 26, at Crest View Amish Mennonite School.
Glendon Melvern Kauffman, son of Melvin and Mabel (Kropf) Kauffman, was born Aug. 16, 1934, at Pigeon, Michigan. Around the age of 5, he moved with his parents from Michigan to Tampico, Illinois, and in 1949, the family moved to Oregon.
On Jan. 10, 1954, he married Beulah Hostetler, daughter of Elmer and Vinnie Hostetler, near Yoncalla, Oregon. In 1962, Glendon and Beulah moved to Muscoda, Wisconsin. He was a dairy farmer for many years. After living in Wisconsin for 46 years, they moved to Lorimor in 2008, where they lived at the time of his death.
Glendon is survived by his wife Beulah; children, Ronald (Shirley) Kauffman of Creston, Gary (Sharon) Kauffman of Lorimor, Clifford (LaRita) Kauffman of Lorimor, Randall (Iva) Kauffman of Monroe, Wisconsin, LaVonne Kauffman of Lorimor and Joanne (Ben) Hostetler of Buffalo, Missouri; 33 grandchildren; 68 great-grandchildren, sisters, Loretta (wife of the late Alvin) Kempf of Sedalia, Missouri, Emma Jean Packnett of Creston, Miriam (Larry) Headings of Muscoda, Wisconsin, Eunice (Clifford) Hostetler of Berryville, Arkansas; and brother-in-law Ken Headings of Summerville, Missouri.
Glendon was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Curtis and Raymond; sisters, Elva Headings and Mary Lou Hostetler; one granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.
Kauffman, Kathryn Anna Lederman, 91, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died February 19, 2017 at the same place. She was born April 19, 1925 at Ft. Wayne, Allen Co., IN to Amos and Lillian (Liechty) Lederman. On June 11, 1944 at Leo, Allen Co., IN she was married to Herman Kauffman, who was born August 12, 1924 and survives.
Surviving are children, Janice Andrews, Phillip (Barbara Britsch), Jane (Ron) Yoder, Steven (Jennifer Lawrence), and Debra (Jack Young) Kauffman; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Loveda Liechty.
A brother, L. Cornell Lederman, preceded her in death.
She was a farmer's wife, and an active member of Central Mennonite Church.
Memorial services were held February 23, 2017 at Central Mennonite Church, Archbold, OH with burial in Pettisville, Pettisville, Fulton Co., OH.
Kauffman, Leola Grace Berkey
Nov. 29, 1920 - July 15, 2017
GOSHEN - Leola Grace Kauffman, 96, died on Saturday, July 15.
She was born on Nov. 29, 1920, in Shipshewana, to Levi and Loretta (Miller) Berkey.
On March 8, 1947, in Shipshewana, she married Melvin S. Kauffman, he died Sept. 23, 1988.
Surviving are three daughters, Janice (Bob) Tossava, Phyllis Gingerich, Karen (Dave) Perkins; son, Donald (Deb) Kauffman; 11 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son-in-law, Merlin Gingerich; one sister; and six brothers.
Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. on Monday, July 17 at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury.
A memorial service will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, July 18 also at the funeral home.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Phil Yoder.
Memorials may be given to Whistle Stop in Goshen.
Kauffman, Lydia Mae Gingerich Riegsecker
Sept. 3, 1926 - Aug. 24, 2017
MIDDLEBURY - Lydia Mae Kauffman, 90, Middlebury, died Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017.
She was born Sept. 3, 1926, to William and Lizzie Gingerich.
She married Elmer Riegsecker. He passed away. She later married Marion Kauffman. He passed away.
Lydia has sons Stephen and Larry Riegsecker; daughters Diane Cross, and Karen Knowlton.
With her marriage to Marion, she gained three sons, Ron, Craig and Loren Kauffman.
Preceding her in death were her parents, six brothers and two sisters.
Memorials can be given to Marion Christian Fellowship, Shipshewana.
Viewing will be at Marion Christian Fellowship from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. Burial and graveside services will be at Millers 8 Square Cemetery, Middlebury, at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, followed by the celebration of life service at Marion Fellowship at 11 a.m.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.
Kauffman, Melvin E., 85, of St. Johns, MI died November 10, 2017 at Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN. He was born May 13, 1932 at St. Johns, MI to John and Mina (Edelman) Kauffman. On June 2, 1953 at Goshen, IN he was married to Loretta F. Burkey, who survives.
Surviving are a son, Jeff L. Kauffman (Chris Holsopple); five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three sisters, Esther Kauffman, Mary Lou Meek, and Ruth (Steve) Stump all from Goshen.
Two sons, Robert (Bobby), in 1960, and James R. (Jamie) in 2004 and two sisters, Sara Schlabach, and Fern Oswald preceded him in death.
An area resident since 1954 after his return from 1-W alternative civil service at Ypsilanti, Mich., Mel retired in 1997 from the Elkhart County Parks Department. Earlier, he was co-owner of Gardner’s Power Lawn Products, after selling the family business Kauffman Greenhouse. He had earlier worked at Pine Manor.
After retiring, Mel was an avid volunteer. Both Mel and his wife Loretta spent 17 winters with the Service Opportunities for Older People service program in El. Dorado, Ark. He also offered energies to the Elkhart County Parks Department and Mennonite Disaster Service. At both Greencroft and Oaklawn, he was known as the “bird house guy,” assuming the duties of building and maintaining birdhouses, or filling the birdfeeders during the warmer seasons. Mel’s volunteer motivations included his hope to “make life better for others”.
Mel was an active member at Benton Mennonite Church where he enjoyed many youth and adult involvements. After moving to Greencroft, he and Loretta became members at College Mennonite Church. Most recently, he appreciated worship at Evergreen of Greencroft.
Memorial services were held November 19, 2017 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN. Donated body to Indiana University School of Medicine.
Kauffman, Thelma LaVerne
Feb. 26, 1924 - Feb. 9, 2017
GOSHEN - Thelma LaVerne Kauffman, 92, of Goshen, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, at Goshen Hospital.
She was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Shanesville, Ohio, the daughter of Elmer N. and Ella Irene (Yoder) Kauffman.
Survivors include two sisters, Claramae (Don) Gingerich of Kouts and J. Arlene (Dennis) Schrock of St. Charles, Ill.; two brothers, Richard “Dean” Kauffman of Elkhart and Kenneth D. (Carole) Kauffman of Marion and 15 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Elmer J. Kauffman and Betty Stutzman.
A longtime area resident, Miss Kauffman attended Goshen College in business.
She worked at Goshen College, Elkhart Paint and Wallpaper, Miles Laboratory in the Ames Division for a number of years, Travel Equipment and Coated Fabrics.
She was a member of The Little Choir, traveled extensively, enjoyed photography as a hobby and was gifted artistically. In her past, she served with a small group of ladies from Goshen at a Chicago mission church. Her entire family had much love and respect for her.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, memorial service at College Mennonite Church.
Her cremated remains will be scattered in the Memorial Garden at College Mennonite Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to World Missionary Press or Goshen College.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kauffman, Thelma LaVerne, 92, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 9, 2017 at the same place. She was born February 26, 1924 at Shanesville, Holmes Co., OH to Elmer N. and Ella Irene (Yoder) Kauffman.
Surviving are her siblings, Claramae (Don) Gingerich; J. Arlene (Dennis) Schrock; Richard Kauffman; and Kenneth D. (Carole) Kauffman.
A brother, Elmer J. Kauffman; and a sister, Betty (Kauffman) Stutzman preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held February 18, 2017 at College Mennonite Church.
Kauffman, Vera Mae Stauffer, 90, passed away May 3, 2017, at her home in Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.
Mrs. Kauffman was born Dec. 26, 1926, in Morgantown, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Martin Stauffer and Anna Zimmerman Stauffer Zeiset.
She graduated with an R.N. in nursing from Lancaster General Hospital, where she worked with polio patients until returning to school to obtain her master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Kauffman then taught nursing students at St. Frances Hospital in western Pennsylvania for eight years and at West Virginia Wesleyan College for 10 years. Before retiring to care for her husband, she was a patient education instructor for four years at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of Park View Mennonite Church, where she was active in the Mennonite women’s group and Sunday school classes. She started an exercise program at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community before the Wellness Center was built and was active in a local kayaking group.
In July 1959, she married Emmet Daniel Kauffman, who preceded her in death in 1994.
Surviving are two sons, Everett D. Kauffman and wife, Brenda (Shenk), and Glen E. Kauffman and wife, Sandra (Hershey), all of Harrisonburg; two grandchildren, Daniel Paul Kauffman and wife, Erin (Burke), of Fairfax, Va., and Amanda Kauffman Lyreman and husband, Joshua, of Yorktown, Va.; stepsister, Ruth Rohrer of York, Pa.; and a stepbrother, Paul Zeiset of Ephrata, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Richard, Lloyd and Alma Stauffer, and stepbrothers, Horace, Alvin and George Zeiset, and stepsister, Arlene Kitch.
Pastor Barbara Moyer Lehman will conduct a memorial service Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Her body was donated to the Virginia Anatomical Board program.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Mission Network, P.O. Box 370, Elkhart, IN, 46515-0370, or to Virginia Mennonite Missions, 601 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
Kauffman, Vera Mae Stauffer, 90, of Harrisonburg, VA died May 3, 2017 at VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA. She was born December 26, 1926 at Morgantown, PA to Martin and Anna Zimmerman (Zeiset) Stauffer. On July 25, 1959 she was married to Emmet Daniel Kauffman, who died November 1, 1994.
Surviving are two sons, Everett D. Kauffman (Brenda) of Harrisonburg, VA; and Glen E. Kauffman (Sandra) of Harrisonburg, VA; two grandchildren, and a brother, Paul Zeiset of Ephrata, PA.
Her siblings, Richard Stauffer; Lloyd Stauffer; Alma Stauffer; Horace Zeiset (step brother); Alvin Zeiset (step brother); George Zeiset (step brother); Arlene Kitch (step sister); and Ruth Rohrer (step sister) preceded her in death.
She earned a BSN in nursing from Goshen College and Masters in Nursing Education from University of Pennsylvania. She taught nursing students for 18 years in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Memorial services were held May 13, 2017 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
Kaufmann, Ruth Birky
Jan. 8, 1928 - Nov. 7, 2017
GOSHEN - Ruth B. Kaufmann, 89, of Goshen, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2017, at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Albany, Oregon, to Joe A. and Sarah (Kenagy) Birky.
On May 8, 1965, she married William H. Kaufmann in Elkhart. He died Sept. 13, 2006.
Survivors include three children, Karen (David) Kieper of Goshen, Elaine (Tim) Martin of Greensboro, North Carolina and Eric (Cynthia Good) Kaufmann of Goshen; three stepchildren, Beth (Albert) Schlabach of Leesburg, Virginia, Alice (Steve) Slabach of Goshen and William (Bonita Martin) Kaufmann Jr. of Loris, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Luke Birky and Wilbur (Fanni) Birky, both of Goshen.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Minerva Kropf and Lela Birky and a brother, Eldon Birky.
Ruth was a member of College Mennonite Church and former member of Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, Illinois, where she worked as a secretary.
She also worked for the Illinois Mennonite Conference; Mennonite Board of Missions; and the Mennonite Hour radio program.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Gathering Room at College Mennonite Church prior to the 11:30 a.m. funeral service in the sanctuary.
Burial will be in Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Mennonite Mission Network or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Kaufmann, Ruth B. Birky, 89, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died November 7, 2017 at the same place. She was born January 8, 1928 at Albany, Oregon to Joe A. and Sarah (Kanagy) Birky. On May 8 1965 she was married to William H. Kaufmann, who died September 13, 2006.
Surviving are children, Karen (David) Kieper of Goshen, Elaine (Tim) Martin of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Eric (Cynthia Good) Kaufmann of Goshen; three step-children, Beth (Albert) Schlabach of Leesburg, Virginia, Alice (Steve) Slabaugh of Goshen, and William (Bonita Martin) Kaufmann, Jr. of Loris, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Sisters Minerva Kropf and Lela Birky, and brother, Eldon Birky preceded her in death.
Ruth was a member of College Mennonite Church and former member of Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, Illinois, where she worked as a secretary. She also worked for the Illinois Mennonite Conference; Mennonite Board of Missions; and the Mennonite Hour radio program.
Memorial services were held November 11, 2017 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetary, Tiskilwa, Illinois.
Kawira, Josiah Okeyo, 69, of Shirati, Tanzania died March 26, 2017 at Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN. He was born September 21, 1947 at Shirati, Tanzania to Nashon Kawira Nyambok and Dorka Boya Oliech. On July 19, 1980 at Goshen he was married to Esther Lehman, who was born July 15, 1952 and survives.
Surviving are his mother, children, Sara Kawira; Timothy Kawira; Jonathan Kawira; and Joel Kawira, one grandchild, and siblings, Manaen Kawira; Isaka Kawira; Daniel Kawira Nyambok; Yohana Kawira.
One sibling, Loyce Chacha preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held April 1, 2017 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN.
Kilmer, Irene M. Newswanger, 76, of Denver passed away at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital, Friday, August 18, 2017, following an unexpected diagnosis of terminal cancer and a short hospital stay.
Born in Churchtown, she was a daughter of Noah S. and Maria M. Newswanger. Irene was the loving wife of Eli B. Kilmer for 52 years.
Irene was a homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and family. She was known for her beautiful hand quilting and crocheting.
In addition to her husband, Irene is survived by eight children: Louella (Thomas) Reagan, Doe Run, MO; Norma (Randy) Gilliland, Lohman, MO; Michael (Karen) Kilmer, Warrenton, VA; Robert (Kara) Kilmer, California, MO; Sharon (Ryan) Newswanger, Ephrata, PA; Dawn (Steve) Martin, Ephrata, PA; Sheril (Rodney) Zeiset, Ephrata, PA; and Diane Kilmer, Dallas, TX. She was blessed with 25 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Irene is also survived by three sisters and two brothers: Esther (Amos) Martin, New Holland, PA; Noah (Esther) Newswanger, Martinsburg, PA; Alvin (Shirley) Newswanger, Tucson, AZ; Alma (Lloyd) Weaver, East Earl, PA; and Anna (Luke) Martin, New Enterprise, PA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers and one sister.
Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, August 21, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 420 E. Fulton St., Ephrata. On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service at 10:00 a.m. at New Life Fellowship in Ephrata. Interment will be at Bowmansville Mennonite Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, PO Box 31, Terre Hill, PA 17581, to assist with funeral expenses.
King, John C., 85, of Goshen, died Friday, November 24, 2017 at Greencroft Healthcare.
He was born August 22, 1932 in West Liberty, Ohio to Emmett D. and Kathryn (Plank) King.
On August 15, 1952 he married Edith Birky in Fisher, Illinois. She died April 28, 2017.
Survivors include three daughters, Julie (Paul) Keim of Goshen, Emily (Adrian) Jantzi of Prescott Valley, Arizona and Susan King of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; two sons, Arlan (Brenda) King of Sun City, Arizona and John “Tony” (Marsha) King of Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a brother, K. Eldon (Dorothy) King of Dalton, Ohio.
Along with his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Esther King.
A Mennonite pastor since 1955, John served in the following churches, Millersburg Mennonite, Millersburg, Ohio, Martin’s Mennonite Church, Dalton, Ohio, First Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne, North Main Street Mennonite, Nappanee, Bethel Mennonite Church, Milford, Nebraska. He retired in 1998 and served as interim pastor at Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church, Middlebury and then as Senior Adult Pastor at Waterford Mennonite Church.
John enjoyed woodworking and made many lovely pieces for family members and friends.
In retirement he and Edith opened up their home to many Goshen College foreign students.
Friends may call Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Waterford Mennonite Church. Pastors Neil Amstutz and Velma Swartz will officiate.
Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to International Student Fund at Goshen College or Pastoral Ministries Program at Hesston College.
King, John Clifford, 85, of Goshen, IN died November 24, 2017 at the same place. He was born August 22, 1932 at West Liberty, OH to Emmett D. and Kathryn (Plank) King. On August 15, 1952 at Fisher, IL he was married to Edith Birky, who was born January 29, 1930 and died April 28, 2017.
Surviving are children, Julie (Paul) Keim; Emily (Adrian) Jantzi; Susan King; Arlan (Brenda) King; and John "Tony" (Marsha) King; ten grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a brother, K. Eldon (Dorothy) King.
A sister, Esther King preceded him in death.
A Mennonite pastor since 1955, John served in the following churches: Millersburg Mennonite, Millersburg, OH; Martin's Mennonite Church, Dalton, OH; First Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne, IN; North Main Street Mennonite, Nappanee, IN; Bethel Mennonite Church, Milford, NE. He retired in 1998 and served as interim pastor at Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church, Middlebury, IN, and then as Senior Adult Pastor at Waterford Mennonite Church.
John enjoyed woodworking and made many lovely pieces for family members and friends. In retirement he and Edith opened up their home to many Goshen College foreign students.
Memorial services were held November 29, 2017 at Waterford Mennonite Church, Goshen, Elkhart with burial in Violett Cemetary, Goshen, Elkhart Co., Indiana.
King, Lawrence H., 94, of Pettisville, Fulton Co., OH died March 4, 2017 at Toledo, Lucas Co. OH from an aneurysm. He was born August 30, 1922 at Wauseon, Fulton Co., OH to Simon and Katie (Wyse) King. On June 24, 1943 he was married to Berneda Short, who died November 5 2011.
Surviving are children, Susan (Ed) Sutton; Betty (Raymond) Hathaway; Kathy (Marvin) Leatherman; John (Karen) King; Pete (Luana) King; and Richard (Ann) King; 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; a brother Lester (Marge) King and a sister-in-law, Rhoda King.
An infant son, Larry and siblings, Willard King, Kenneth King, Ada Miller, Martha King preceded him in death.
Lawrence was a farmer, owner/operator of King Sawmill, and served 16 years on the Pettisville Board of Education.
Memorial services were held March 9, 2017 at West Clinton Mennonite Church, Wauseon, OH with burial in Pettisville Cemetery, Pettisville, OH.
Klippenstein, Shari P.
June 12, 1957 - Sept. 3, 2017
GOSHEN - Shari P. Klippenstein, 60, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Courtyard Healthcare, Goshen, where she had recently been admitted.
She battled with ovarian cancer for many years.
She was born June 12, 1957, in Taegu, South Korea and was adopted by Donald L. and Elizabeth (Sawatzky) Klippenstein.
She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth, Goshen; and two brothers, Dr. Donald (Linda) Klippenstein, Lutz, Florida and Michael (Robin) Klippenstein, Edina, Minnesota.
Along with her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Klippenstein.
Shari attended Winona State University, Minnesota and worked in student housing, as assistant director, at Idaho State University.
She also earned a master’s degree.
She also worked in Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Maine specializing in student support.
She attended Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen.
She played the violin in high school and college and continued her love of music, learning to play the guitar and write music.
According to her wishes, cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory, Goshen.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Eighth Street Mennonite Church, 602 S. 8th Street, Goshen. Pastors Brenda Sawatzky Paetkau and Julia Gingrich will officiate. Burial will take place in Minnesota at Lakewood Cemetery, at later date.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Eighth Street Mennonite Church or Mennonite Central Committee.
Knepp, Ella N. Hershberger
Oct. 27, 1933 - Jan. 28, 2017
LAGRANGE - Ella N. Knepp, 83, of LaGrange, died at 7:30 am on Saturday, Jan. 28, at her residence.
She was born on Oct. 27, 1933, in LaGrange County to Noah J. and Mary (Whetstone) Hershberger.
On July 21, 1954, in LaGrange she married Enos J. Knepp. He died Jan. 3, 2016.
Ella was a homemaker, gave foot treatments and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, all day Monday, Jan. 30, at the family’s residence, 3895 S. 150 West, LaGrange.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the same residence.
Services will be conducted by Bishop Glenn Troyer Jr. and the home ministers. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery, LaGrange. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Knicely, Dorothy Pearl, 78, of Dayton, passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 5, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Miss Knicely was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of John R. and Amy Martin Knicely. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.
Surviving are siblings, Joseph D. Knicely and wife, Anna R., and Martha L. Knicely; a sister-in-law, Eunice M. Knicely, all of Dayton; an aunt, Naomi Martin Rhodes of Scottsville, Ky.; 14 nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
In addition to her parents, Miss Knicely was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin M. Knicely; a brother-in-law, Dwight E. Knicely; and nephew, Mark S. Knicely.
The ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The body will be taken to the home of her sister, Martha L. Knicely, 4270 Bowman Road, Dayton, Va., where friends may call Sunday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday until 7:30 p.m.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Knicely, Dwight Edward, 74, of Dayton, passed away March 23, 2017, at his home.
Mr. Knicely was born on Feb. 21, 1943, and was the only child of the late Marvin Jones and Maude Virginia Showalter Knicely. He was a farmer and enjoyed helping the community in many ways. He served as a trustee and undertaker for the church most of his life. He was a member of Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.
On Sept. 18, 1969, he married Martha Louella Knicely, who survives.
Also surviving are five children, Wayne Knicely and wife, Katie, of Dayton, Willard Knicely and wife, Sandra, of Bridgewater, Amy Sue Beery and husband, Kenneth, of Dayton, Dale Knicely and wife, Frances, of Dayton, and Richard Knicely and wife, Lillie, of Dayton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph Knicely and wife, Anna, Dorothy Knicely, and Eunice Knicely, all of Dayton; 24 grandchildren; and several aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Darla Sue Beery, and a brother-in-law, Edwin Knicely.
Ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service Monday, March 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The body will be taken to his home, where friends may call Saturday and Sunday until 7:30 p.m.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kratz, Floyd H., 70 , of Telford, Montgomery Co., PA died May 5, 2017 at the same place.
He was born August 9, 1946 at Sellersville, Bucks Co., PA to Raymond and Alice (Halteman) Kratz. Raymond was born January 22, 1905 and died January 2, 1997. Alice was born January 22, 1909 and died June 5, 2005.
On March 26, 2011 at Telford he was married to Monique A. Moyer, who was born May 22, 1959 and survives.
Surviving are children, Scott G. Kratz and wife Julie and Brenda K. Bechler and husband David; three grandchildren; three brothers, Nevin Kratz, Arlan Kratz, and Vernon Kratz; and a sister, Mary (Kratz) Showalter.
His first wife Mary Jane (Halteman) Kratz preceded him in death.
Memorial services were held May 12, 2017 at Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kratz, John D., 78, of Souderton, PA died February 13, 2017 at the same place. He was born June 29, 1938 at Souderton, PA to Walter and Hilda (Derstine) Kratz.
On December 7, 1963 he was married to Dorothy C. Freed, who was born August 19, 1942 and survives. He and his beloved wife celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in December.
Surviving are children, Randy and Melissa Kratz; Dr. Richard and Suzanne Kratz; and Rodney and Carissa Kratz; six grandchildren, and two brothers, Jim and Dorothy Kratz, and Ray and Mary Kratz.
Memorial services were held February 18, 2017 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, PA with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Kraus, Harry Lee Sr., M.D., of Harrisonburg, passed away Sept. 1, 2017, at 91 years of age. He was born in Hyattsville, Md., on Sept. 9, 1925. His family moved to Virginia, where he grew up as a part of the Mennonite Colony in Denbigh. He graduated from Eastern Mennonite School in 1943. During the war, he served in CPS camp at Western State, the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the Eastern shore. In 1946, he married his high school sweetheart, Mildred Brunk. He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1951, where he majored in biology and minored in philosophy. He then graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1955 as a member of the medical honors society, Alpha Omega Alpha. After a year internship in Akron, Ohio, he founded Denbigh Family Practice in 1956 in Newport News. He served the community faithfully until his retirement in 1988. After his “retirement,” he served for several years as a medical missionary in Kenya and Albania before settling in Harrisonburg.
He is survived by his twin daughters, Donna Parrish (husband, Tim) and Debbie Snyder (husband, Jeff); one son, Harry Lee Kraus Jr., M.D. (wife, Kristine); his brother, C. Norman Kraus; nine grandchildren, Joe Parrish (Casey Mitchell), Charlie Parrish (Brittany), Brian Parrish (Caitlin), Kelly Snyder Briggs (JT), Casey Snyder Harwood (George), Kristin Snyder Salat (Steven), Joel Kraus (Amber), Evan Kraus, M.D., (Brittney), and Sam Kraus; and four great-grandchildren, Joel and Elowyn Harwood and Eleanor Parrish and Davis Parrish.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 2011; two sons, Clyde Joseph and Milton Lowell, who died by drowning in 1957; brother, Lewis Kraus; infant sister, Vivian Frances; and both parents, Clyde and Phebe Shenk Kraus.
He was a member of Warwick River Mennonite Church in Newport News, New Covenant Church in Hampton, and Harrisonburg Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.
He and Mildred enjoyed family history and both compiled and wrote several genealogies with relatives traced back to 1631. He loved his Bible and loved Jesus. He spent many hours teaching Sunday school lessons, sharing his beliefs and faith.
He made several grandfather clocks, which he donated to the Mennonite Relief Sale.
The family will receive visitation at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.
Kraus, Harry Lee, 91, of Harrisonburg, VA died September 1, 2017 at the same place. He was born September 9, 1925 at Hyattsville, Maryland to Clyde and Phebe (Shenk) Kraus. In 1946 he was married to Mildred Brunk, who died in 2011.
Surviving are children, (twins) Donna Parrish and Debbie Snyder, and Harry Lee Kraus, Jr.; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a brother, C. Norman Kraus.
Two grandsons, Clyde Joseph and Milton Lowell, a brother, Lewis Kraus, and a sister, Vivian Frances Kraus preceded him in death.
During the war, he served in CPS camp at Western State, the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the Eastern Shore. Graduated from Bridgewater College and Medical College of Virginia. He founded Denbigh Family Practice in Newport News, Va. Served as a medical missionary in Kenya and Albania. He also made several grandfather clocks which he donated to the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale.
Memorial services were held September 3, 2017 at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
Krehbiel, Lillian Ortman, 89, of Freeman, SD died October 13, 2017 at Marion, SD. She was born November 23, 1927 at Canistota, SD to August and Caroline (Waltner) Ortman. On June 11, 1950 she was married to Ray Krehbiel, who died February 6, 2008.
Surviving are children, Kathy & Daniel Hacking and Randy & Cindy Krehbiel; four grandchildren.
A son, Kraig Krehbiel, preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held October 16, 2017 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Krieder, Alan Fetter
Nov. 8, 1941 - May 8, 2017
GOSHEN - Alan Fetter Kreider, 75, died at home in Goshen on May 8, 2017.
Alan was born Nov. 8, 1941 in Goshen, the son of Carl and Evelyn (Burkholder) Kreider.
A lifelong scholar, Alan graduated from Goshen College in 1962. After earning his PhD in English History at Harvard University, Alan returned to teach history at Goshen College.
Alan married Eleanor Graber Nase on June 19, 1965, in Goshen.
In 1974, Alan and Eleanor moved to London, England, to serve with the Mennonite Board of Missions, where they were directors of the London Mennonite Centre and spoke in churches and colleges around the country. In the 1990s, they moved to different parts of England, first to Manchester, and then in 1995 to Oxford.
Throughout these years, they taught in theological colleges, spoke at conferences and helped to establish a new Anabaptist Network. They developed a distinctive style of shared public speaking. In 2000, Alan and Eleanor returned to live in Elkhart, where Alan taught church history and missions courses at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He was named Professor Emeritus of Church History and Mission by AMBS in Oct. 2014.
Alan is survived by his wife Eleanor and son Andrew (Katie Bast) of Elkhart, two siblings, Rebecca (Weldon) Pries of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Thomas Kreider of Goshen, Indiana, and three grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Eleanor Rose Kreider.
His brother Stephen died in 2014.
His legacy is seen in his writing and in the lives of the many people for whom he was a trusted mentor.
A funeral service will be held at Prairie Street Mennonite Church at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Friends may call at the church one hour before the service.
Memorial gifts may be given to Church Community Services or Mennonite Mission Network.
Kreider, Ellis David, 90, of East Drumore Twp., passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on November 8, 1926 in East Lampeter Township and was the son of the late David and Bessie (Peifer) Kreider. Ellis devoted his life to his family, farming, and service to his church.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Amy (Groff) and three sons: Carl D. (Marylin Ott) of Quarryville; Wayne E. (Carla Kirkaldie) of Quarryville, and Bruce G. (Beverly Stoltzfus) of Marietta. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Jonathan Kreider, David Kreider and Anna Kreider all of Quarryville; Andrew Kreider (Sarah Rathbun) of Camp Hill and Kyle Kreider of Pittsburgh.
Ellis was preceded in death by 3 siblings: Harry Kreider, Elsie Ulrich, and Grace Delong.
He served as deacon and minister at Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church for over 20 years, and was a Sunday school teacher for practically his entire adult life. His insights and passion for scripture will be missed. He loved to read and passed that love to his family. As a dairy farmer, Ellis loved his work and was active on the farm until very shortly before his death. He was a skilled mechanic and modified or fabricated several pieces of farm machinery, particularly for the hay business he and son Carl operated. He was a jack of all trades and there was often a construction project on the farm, designed and carried out by Ellis and his family.
A service to celebrate Ellis' life will be held on Monday, May 8, at Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church, 735 Church Rd., Quarryville at 10:00 AM with Pastor Ken Hershey officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. There will be a viewing at the church on Sunday evening from 6-8 PM and also on Monday from 9-10 AM.
Arrangements entrusted to Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.
Kreider, Evelyn Burkholder
Nov. 17, 1914 - April 30, 2017
GOSHEN - Evelyn B. Kreider, 102, of Goshen, died Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Greencroft Goshen Healthcare.
Evelyn was born Nov. 17, 1914, in West Hill, Pennsylvania, to Mary Rebecca (Seitz) Burkholder and Henry Longenecker Burkholder.
On June 8, 1939, she married Carl Kreider in London, England. He died Feb. 7, 2002.
Evelyn is survived by a daughter, Rebecca (Weldon) Pries of Cambridge, Massachusetts; two sons, Alan (Eleanor Graber Nase) Kreider and Thomas Kreider, both of Goshen; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents and her husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Kreider (Gretchen Fisher) in 2013; two sisters, Mildred Hackman and Verna Troyer; and two brothers, J. Lawrence and Harold Burkholder.
Evelyn was a 1936 graduate of Goshen College where she majored in home economics.
Her life complemented her husband’s work and commitment to Christian higher education as they lived and served locally at Goshen College and internationally at International Christian University in Tokyo and Halie Selassie I University in Addis Ababa.
She served on the Peace Section of Mennonite Central Committee, on the board of Maple City Health Care Center, and as elder at College Mennonite Church where she was a longtime member.
She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, homemaker, neighbor, friend and peace activist.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home. A 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 7, memorial service will be conducted at College Mennonite Church. Pastors Phil Waite and Pamela Yoder will officiate. A private family graveside service will be in Violett Cemetery where her cremated remains will be buried.
Memorial gifts may be directed to College Mennonite Church Jubilee Fund, Goshen College, Interfaith Hospitality Network or Maple City Health Care Center.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Kreider, Evelyn Burkholder, 102, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 30, 2017 at the same place. She was born November 17, 1914 at West Hill, PA to Henry Longenecker and Mary Rebecca (Seitz) Burkholder. On June 8, 1939 in London, England she was married to Carl Kreider, who was born September 26, 1914 and died February 7, 2002.
Surviving are children, Rebecca (Weldon) Pries, Alan (Eleanor Graber Nase) Kreider, and Thomas Kreider; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
A son, Stephen Kreider (Gretchen Fisher)and siblings, Mildred Hackman, Harold Burkholder, J. Lawrence Burkholder, and Verna Troyer, preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held May 7, 2017 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, with burial in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, IN.
Kreider, Virginia Lorene Stalter
May 19, 1921 - March 20, 2017
GOSHEN - Virginia Lorene Stalter Kreider, 95, of Goshen, was born May 19, 1921, in Chenoa, Illinois, daughter of Daniel D. and Alice (Miller) Stalter. She died Monday, March 20, 2017, at Greencroft in Goshen.
After receiving teacher training at Goshen College, Virginia taught for one year in a one-room school house in Woodford County, Illinois, before marrying J. Robert Kreider, of Wadsworth, Ohio, on June 10, 1941.
Virginia joined Robert at the Civilian Public Service Camp 24, Unit 4 in Clear Spring, Maryland, where she worked as dietician and matron. After the war, the Kreiders moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, where, as a pastor’s wife at Bethel Mennonite Church (1945 to 1956), she joined Robert in visitation, serving on church committees, the Women’s Missionary Sewing Circle, and hosting visiting speakers and evangelists.
In 1965, the family moved to Goshen, where Robert served as college administrator (1956 to 1985).
She and Robert moved into Greencroft (2008) where she was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, and then four years later by her dear friend Don Snyder and her beloved daughter-in-law Kay (Sutter) Kreider.
Virginia is survived by five sons, J. Evan (Janice Aeschliman) of Vancouver, Canada, Paul (Kay Sutter) of Seattle, Washington, Mark (Amy Hill) of New York, New York, Bruce (Charlotte Unruh) of North Newton, Kansas and Frank (Lori Fritter) of Jackson, Michigan; grandchildren Vivian (Stephen Deal), Aaron (Julia Stone), Kara, Alyssa (William Sunderland), Kristin, Michael, Christopher (Sofaia), and Nicholas; great-granddaughters Katelyn and Elizabeth Kreider and great grandsons Yuri and Gareth Sunderland and Nolan Kreider; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Burkholder Kreider and Ruth Kreider Heatwole; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Heatwole; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Virginia was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Gladys Reedy, Ferne Yordy, Marjorie Summer and five brothers, Irvin, Lloyd, Wilbert, Milo and Orval Stalter.
Private internment will be in the Violet Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the Evergreen Place, The Gathering Room at 1300 Greencroft Drive. The memorial service will be at the College Mennonite Church, Fellowship Hall, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mennonite Mission Network, Goshen College or a charity of your choice.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Kreider, Virginia Lorene Stalter, 95, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died March 20, 2017 at the same place. She was born May 19, 1921 at Chenoa, IL to Daniel D. and Alice (Miller) Stalter. On June 10, 1941 she was married to J. Robert Kreider, who died November 30, 2009.
Surviving are children, J. Evan (Janice Aeschliman) Kreider; Paul (the late Kay Sutter) Kreider; Mark (Amy Hill) Kreider; Bruce (Charlotte Unruh) Kreider; and Frank (Lori Fritter) Kreider; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Her siblings, Gladys Reedy; Ferne Yordy; Marjorie Summer; Irvin Stalter; Lloyd Stalter; Wilbert Stalter; Milo Stalter; and Orval Stalter preceded her in death.
Memorial services were held March 25, 2017 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in Violet Cemetery, Goshen, IN.
Kuhns, Alma A. Hochstetler, age 79, of Milford, passed away at 11 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at Elkhart General Hospital, where she had been admitted on Saturday. Alma was born on February 3, 1938 in Milford to Perry L. and Pennola (Boley) Hochstetler. On September 2, 1965 she married Otis D. Kuhns in Shipshewana. She moved to Nappanee in 1966. Alma was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
She is survived by her husband, Otis D. Kuhns, Milford; children, Wayne (Lauretta) Kuhns, Nappanee, Lavera (John) Auer, Nappanee, Rosetta Mitchell, Nappanee, Sharon (Nelson) Slabaugh, Milford, Joan Gay Kuhns, Elkhart, Lavern (Lou Ella) Kuhns, Nappanee; 16 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Raymond (Helen) Hochstetler, Topeka; sisters, Erma (Jake) Beachy, Berlin, Ohio, Katie Kelly, Florida; and sister-in-laws, Fannie Hochstetler, Goshen, Nettie Hochstetler, Shipshewana. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Marlene; brothers, Emil, Lester, and Leroy Hochstetler; and a sister, Edna Gingerich.
Family and friends may call after 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017 and all day Thursday, May 18th at the family residence (3962 W. 1350 N., Milford). Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 19th at the Carlisle Hershberger residence (25559 C.R. 50). Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Northwest Union Center Amish Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Nov. 28, 1961 - March 25, 2017
NAPPANEE - Eli Kuhns, 54, of Nappanee, died unexpectedly at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Bremen Community Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born Nov. 28, 1961, in Nappanee to Ivan and Susie (Weaver) Kuhns.
Mr. Kuhns was a dairy farmer and maple syrup producer.
He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Mr. Kuhns is survived by his father, Ivan Kuhns, Nappanee; brothers, Vernon Kuhns of Goshen, Jerry (Sharon) Kuhns of Bremen; sisters, Mary Etta Kuhns of Nappanee, Ruby (Glenn) Yoder of Etna Green, Lizzie (Aaron) Borkholder of Bourbon; nine nephews; and nine nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Edna Mae Kuhns.
Family and friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday, March 27, and all day Tuesday, March 28, at the Richard Borkholder residence, 699 Marshall County Line Road.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, also at Richard Borkholder’s.
Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Borkholder Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Kuhns, Harold, 91, of Harrisonburg, VA died February 26, 2017 at VMRC, Harrisonburg, VA. He was born June 19, 1925 at Chambersburg, PA to Samuel and Martha (Horst) Kuhns. On March 24, 1945 he was married to Vera Mae Martin, who was born April 3, 1926 and died July 25, 2003.
Surviving are children, Dennis (Edith) Kuhns; Gloria (John) Swartzendruber; Brenda (Lynn Dale) Maust; Loretta (Phillip) Helmuth; and Pamela (Phillip) Risser; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Cora Crunkleton.
A son, David Kuhns (infant son) preceded him in death.
Harold worked as a radio and TV technician in Greencastle, PA for 30 years, was licensed as a broadcast engineer and put 5 radio stations on the air, and was in VS work at EMU for two years.
Memorial services were held March 3, 2017 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA with burial in Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, Greencastle, PA.
Nov. 8, 1934 - Oct. 22, 2017
GOSHEN - Isaac Kulp, 82, of Goshen, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at Hospice House.
Isaac “Ike” Kulp was born Nov. 8, 1934, to Manasseh and Amanda (Eby) Kulp in Brutus, Michigan, the fourth of eight children.
When Isaac was 7 years old, his family moved to Indiana.
In Michigan, he had been attending kindergarten, but there was no kindergarten in Indiana. However, the first grade teacher accepted him into her class after she asked if he knew his ABCs.
He recited them to her both forward and backward, as fast as he could speak.
During his growing up years, Isaac’s family were farmers.
They also took care of both of his grandfathers in the years before their deaths.
Isaac recalled travelling back to Michigan with his mother on the train at age 13 when his Grandpa Eby passed away.
When he was 18, Isaac moved to Pennsylvania where he met Florence Horst. They were married Feb. 6, 1954. Mary Ann, Virginia, and Elsie were born to them while they lived in Kutztown where Isaac worked as a tomato farmer.
Louella and James were born while they lived in Lancaster County and Isaac worked as a mechanic.
In the spring of 1964, Isaac and Florence and the five children moved to Indiana, where he put his newly purchased bull dozer to work after a few months of farming.
Isaac and his younger brother, Reuben worked for several years cleaning out fence rows with the bulldozer. Sometimes, Isaac would take a few of the children with him to work.
When they used dynamite to blow up stumps along the fence row, he instructed Virginia and Elsie to crouch under the bulldozer bucket for protection while the men set off the dynamite and ran away from the site.
After the Palm Sunday tornado in 1965, Ike used his bulldozer to help with cleanup.
Willie Miller, the owner of Willie’s Construction, saw his name in the newspaper, and hired him to work as an excavator.
In later years, Ike worked for Schrock’s construction as well, for a total of 40 years of excavating.
As his children married and had their own families, the grandchildren loved to take pictures with grandpa on the dozer.
Grandpa had a tradition of passing out small red boxes of raisins when the grandchildren came to visit.
In 2002, Isaac and Florence built a house in Millersburg close to a woods with a pond.
Ike phased out the bulldozer business and started his own wood business.
Isaac loved trees and wood, and could identify the various kinds on sight.
With his sawmill and kiln, Ike started Hobby Shop Hardwoods where he sold all shapes and sizes of wood and boards from a small store close to their pond.
Because of the unique wood he sold, he had customers who drove long distances to visit his shop and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces of wood.
Isaac and Florence lived in Millersburg for 12 years.
Three years ago, Isaac and Florence moved back to the Goshen area.
Isaac resumed his woodworking on a smaller scale, creating step stools, bluebird houses and wren houses which he passed out to his children and grandchildren.
When his lung illness took him to the hospital, Isaac struck up a conversation with his pulmonologist about woodworking.
A few weeks before his death, Isaac sent a bluebird house to the doctor, who received it with gratitude, stating that he believes Isaac was one of his most favorite patients since he began to practice medicine.
After moving back to Goshen, Isaac checked the Amtrak schedule nearly every day.
He and Florence went to Steak ’n Shake to drink their morning coffee and watch the passing of the daily Amtrak trains, one from New York and the other from Pennsylvania.
Isaac is survived by his wife, Florence, children, Mary Ann (Keith) Martin of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Virginia (LaVerne) Hoover of Elkhart, Louella (Larry) Zimmerman of Elkhart, James (Malinda) Kulp of Unity, Wisconsin, son-in-law, Ray Hoover, as well as 34 grandchildren and 79 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by a sister, Rachel Newswanger from Pennsylvania, a sister, Mary Ann (David) Newswanger from Missouri, a sister, Lydia (Christian) Weaver from Goshen, and a brother, Reuben (Pauline) Kulp from Stratford, Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Elsie Hoover in 2010 and his granddaughter, Lana Martin in 2015, his parents, brothers Paul and Cyrus and sister Lena.
Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the Ramer Building, 24647 C.R. 44, Nappanee.
A service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church, 65081 C.R. 11, Goshen.
Burial will follow in Yellow Creek Wisler Cemetery.
Home ministry will officiate.
Kulp, Nona E. Sonifrank
Jan. 24, 1950 - May 27, 2017
WAKARUSA - Nona E. Kulp, 67, Wakarusa, died peacefully at 8:48 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2017 at her residence after a six-year battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 24, 1950 in Broadway, Virginia to George and Clara (Crider) Sonifrank. On April 7, 1973, she married Roger Kulp.
Nona is survived by her husband, Roger, Wakarusa; three children, Lora (Stephen) Miller, Goshen, Jerry Kulp, Foraker, Susan Kulp, Wakarusa; two grandchildren, Peyton and Elliana Kulp, Foraker; three sisters, Arlene (Robert) Miller, Fulks Run, Virginia, Lillie (Floyd) Lahman, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Janet (Jeffrey) Thompson, Harrisonburg, Virginia; two brothers, Linden Sonifrank, Dayton, Virginia and David (Janet) Sonifrank, Singers Glen, Virginia.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clifton and Nolan Sonifrank, four sisters, Beulah Estep, Oma Sonifrank, Loretta Horst, and Carolyn Sonifrank.
Nona worked at Parkview Press in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She worked at Family Fare in Nappanee and as a cook for Wa-Nee Schools where she retired after 15 years. She was a member of Mt. Joy Conservative Mennonite Church, Goshen.
Visitation will be 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, 311 S. Main St., Goshen and from 9 - 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Yellow Creek Cemetery, Goshen. Following the burial will be an 11 a.m. memorial service at Mt. Joy Conservative Mennonite Church, 120 N. 23rd St., Goshen. Pastor Ben Shirk, Pastor Millard Sonifrank, and Pastor Stephen Estep will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be directed to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County, Inc.
Kuhns, Harold Daniel, age 91, departed this life to enter the presence of his Lord, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
The son of the late Samuel and Martha (Horst) Kuhns, Harold grew up in the area around Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He married the late Vera Mae Martin of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, on March 24, 1945.
He is survived by his children: Dennis (Edith) Kuhns of Harrisonburg, VA; Gloria (John) Swartzendruber of Kingman, AZ; Brenda (Lynn Dale) Maust of Pigeon, MI; Loretta (Phillip) Helmuth of Harrisonburg, VA; Pamela (Phillip) Risser of Greencastle, PA. He is survived by 15 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. Also, he is survived by his only living sibling, Cora Crunkleton of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Vera; an infant son, David; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Eberly Kuhns; and his siblings.
Harold grew up on a farm and did turkey and chicken farming. During this time, he took a correspondence course in electronics. He then established a business as a radio and television technician in Greencastle, PA, called “Kuhns Radio and TV Sales and Service.” Harold and Vera ran this business for nearly 30 years until they sold the business in 1980. During his career, Harold obtained a first class broadcasting engineer’s license and helped put five radio stations on the air.
In 1980, Harold and Vera moved to Harrisonburg, VA, where they entered into two years voluntary service with Eastern Mennonite College (now Eastern Mennonite University). Vera served as Campus hostess, keeping a guesthouse where visitors to the campus would stay. Harold worked in the grounds/maintenance department where his electronics background was useful. After their term of voluntary service ended, they remained on staff with EMU until retirement. In his retirement years, Harold volunteered for many years at Gift & Thrift in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He also enjoyed the fellowship he had twice a week with friends in his ROMEO group (ROMEO meaning Retired Old Men Eating Out).
Harold and Vera were always active members of the churches they attended. They were active in the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church, near Greencastle, PA. One of the things Harold especially enjoyed was singing. He participated in an area wide men’s chorus, and sang in the men’s chorus at Cedar Grove. After moving to Harrisonburg, Harold and Vera were active in the Park View Mennonite Church.
Another ministry in which Harold was very active in the early 1960’s was on the board of the newly formed Mason-Dixon Youth for Christ. This ministry supported clubs in the area High Schools and a weekly Saturday youth rally. As a family, we have appreciated the life and witness of our father. May the legacy he left us be a beacon for our own lives.
Arrangements are being handled by McMullen Funeral home of Harrisonburg. A viewing will be held at McMullen Funeral Home on Thursday (March 2) from 6 PM – 8 PM. A memorial service will be held at Park View Mennonite Church at 2:30 PM on Friday (March 3) with viewing visiting hours in the church library from 12 PM – 2PM. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church Cemetery near Greencastle, Pennsylvania, on Saturday (March 4) at 1 PM.
Kurtz, Amy Lynette
May 31, 1995 - May 4, 2017
Amy Lynette Kurtz, 21, daughter of James and Anna Mae Landis Kurtz died Thursday, May 4, 2017. She was born May 31, 1995 in Flemingsburg, KY and was a school teacher.
Survivors besides her parents include brothers and sisters: Wendell Kurtz of Unionville, MO, Kaylene & Paul Sommers of Unionville, MO, LeAnna Kurtz of Harrodsburg, KY, Melissa Kurtz of Harrodsburg, KY, and Javan Kurtz of Harrodsburg, KY. Maternal Grandparents Alvin & Ruth Landis of Unionville, MO, and nephews: Lester, Reuben, Harlen, & Nevin Sommers.
She was preceded in death by Paternal Grandparents Christian & Eva Kurtz.
Funeral services were conducted 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Mercer Bible Fellowship with Sam Miller and Jason Yoder officiating. Burial was held in Mercer Bible Fellowship Cemetery with Wendell Kurtz, Javan Kurtz, Paul Sommers, Lavern Bates, Milton Kurtz, and Brian Landis serving as pallbearers.
Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home in Harrodsburg assisted the family with funeral arrangements. www.alexanderandroyalty.com
Kurtz, Jordan R.
March 7, 2005 - Nov. 23, 2017
PLYMOUTH - Jordan R. Kurtz,12, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.
He was born March 7, 2005.
Surviving are his parents, Chris and Amy; sisters, Amanda Jean, Kari Marie, Jenna Kay Kurtz; brother, Ethan Kole Kurtz; grandparents, Christ B. and Christena (Borkholder) Kurtz, Bourbon, John Dale and Rebecca Faye (Yoder) Slabaugh, Bremen; great grandparents, Edwin Jay and Ada Marie (Schwartz) Yoder, Marvin and Katie (Hochstetler) Slabaugh, and Dorothy (Bender) Borkholder.
Family and friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and after 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Marlin Miller residence (5649 St. Rd. 331, Bremen) where funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 26.
Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate and burial will be in Cedar Road Amish Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home.
Kurtz, Paul H., 80, of Reinholds, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his residence. He was the loving husband of Lena (Martin) Kurtz, with whom he shared over 58 years of marriage.
Born in New Holland, he was a son of the late Christian B. and Ella N. (Hoover) Kurtz.
Paul was a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church, Weaverland Confer-ence, and worked as a farmer.
In addition to his wife, Paul is survived by 6 children: Lois Hoover, wife of Clair, of Morgantown, Ellen Martin, wife of Galen, of Reinholds, Joyce Leinbach, wife of Allen, of Unity, WI, Lena Mae Kurtz, at home, Pauline Kurtz, at home, and Esther Weaver, wife of Marlin, of Unity, WI; 6 siblings: Norman Kurtz of Myerstown, Mary Weaver, wife of Clarence, of Myerstown, Verna Zimmerman, wife of Clarence, of Wellsboro, Minnie Horning, wife of Michael, of Myerstown, Anna Martin, wife of Enos, of Cynthiana, KY, and Naomi Weaver, wife of Harvey, of Bernville; 36 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Grace, his brothers Christian, Melvin, and David, his sisters Edna Nolt and Ella Martin, 1 grandson, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:45 AM at Fairmount Home Farm Crest Chapel, 1100 Farm Crest Dr., Ephrata PA 17522 with further services at 9:30 AM at Bowmansville Mennonite Church with Bishop Leon S. Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 16 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Fairmount Home Farm Crest Chapel. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.