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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.

2019  C to F


Carpenter, Letha A. Christophel ; . . Charles, B. Robert ; . . Christophel, Virginia K. Swartzendruber ; . . Chupp, Benjamin V. ; . . Chupp, Carl E. ; . . Conrad, Cletus D. ; . . Crossgrove, Kathryn Marie Roth ; . . Deter, Dorrine Jane Bos ; . . Detweiler, Sara A. Moyer ; . . Detwiler, Debra Annette ; . . Diffenderfer, Elizabeth Shirk ; . . Eberly, J. Glenn ; . . Eberly, James G. ; . . Eberly, M. Irvin ; . . Eberly, Martin M., Jr. ; . . Eberly, Susanna H. ; . . Ebersole, Arlene Ida Hertzler ; . . Erb, Larry Lee ; . . Eshleman, R. Arlene Lefever ; . . Faus, Abram H. ; . . Fecher, Deanna Kay Parsons ; . . Fidler, Naomi Grace Shirk ; . . Fisher, Omar S. ; . . Fox, Emmanuel ; . . Frey, Phyllis Jane ; . . Fry, David O.

 

Carpenter, Letha A. Christophel
April 14, 1920-April 6, 2019

Letha A. Carpenter, 98, of Goshen, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Goshen Hospital after suffering a stroke on April 3.

She was born April 14, 1920 in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, to John and Cora (Nice) Christophel.

Survivors include three children, Janice (Orv) Miller of Wolcottville, Richard (Janet) Carpenter of Mishawaka and Jerry (Pat) Carpenter of Goshen; daughter-in-law, Ruby Carpenter of Elkhart; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Flora Jane Christophel, Elkhart.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dewayne Carpenter; sisters, Lois Reuter and Annabelle Snyder; brothers, Everett, Theron, Eldon and Paul Christophel and daughter-in-law, Janet Carpenter.

Letha first worked at the House of Harter, Goshen, then as a clerk at Sears until her retirement. She was a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and enjoyed her grandchildren, table games, reading, gardening and flowers.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Wednesday, funeral service, at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 C. R. 11, Goshen. Pastor Wes Bontreger will officiate.

Burial will follow in Yellow Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
April 7, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Charles, B. Robert, 83, formerly of West Earl Twp. passed away at Calvary Fellowship Homes on Monday, May 20, 2019. He was born in Manor Twp. to the late J. Clayton and Mary L. (Rutt) Charles. Bob celebrated 48 years of marriage with his wife Anna (Wenger) Charles last September 19th.

A 1953 graduate of Penn Manor High School, Bob worked his dairy farm in Dover for 17 years. After selling the farm, he was a salesman for F.M. Brown's Feeds in Birdsboro for 13 years and then drove for the Manheim Auto Auction for another 13 years, before retiring this past February.

Having a very strong faith in God, Bob was a former member of Community Bible Church in Marietta and he currently worshipped at Calvary Church.

A wonderful man, he had beautiful blue eyes, had a dry sense of humor and was always smiling. Bob was passionate about his family, music and farming. He liked to golf and watch the Phillies. He played coronet in High School and in a trio at various churches. He previously sang bass in a quartet, and enjoyed travelling.

In addition to his wife Anna, Bob is survived by a daughter Elizabeth A., wife of Theodore D. Kachel of Ephrata, a son Robert Charles, husband of Joyce (Decker) of Parkton, MD, 5 grandchildren: Lauren, Abigail and Denton Kachel, and Emma and Caroline Charles; and 4 siblings: Margaret Lefever, wife of the late Donald H. Lefever of Landisville, Helen Charles and Betty Charles (his twin sister) both of Lancaster and J. Clayton Charles, husband of Dorothy (Brubaker) of Manor Twp. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter Susan Charles (Elizabeth's twin).

A celebration of Bob's life will take place 3 PM Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Calvary Church with The Rev. Jeff Burkholder officiating. His family will receive friends immediately following the service. Private interment will be in Habecker Mennonite Cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 5/24/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Christophel, Virginia K. Swartzendruber, 74, of Kalona, Washington Co., IA died June 23, 2019 at the same place. She was born August 1, 1944 at Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA to Morris and Alta (Miller) Swartzendruber. On June 24, 1967 at Kalona, Johnson Co., IA she was married to Levon Christophel, who survives.

Surviving are children, Todd (Janet Wagner) Christophel, Lititz, PA; and Craig (Laura) Christophel, Kalona, IA; four grandchildren; and siblings, Gareth (Mary) Swartzendruber, Anna Maria Island, FL; Marlene (Elmer) Yoder, Kalona, IA; Lorraine (John) Munk, Cary, NC; and Lyndon (Linea) Swartzendruber, Antigo, WS.

Memorial services were held June 29, 2019 at Kalona Mennonite Church, Kalona, Washington Co., IA with burial in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Kalona, Washington Co., IA.

Submitted by: Janice Hostetler, Kalona, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Chupp, Benjamin V.
October 15, 1988 - July 5, 2019

Benjamin V. Chupp, one of God’s special children, 30, of Middlebury, died at 9:18 pm, on Friday, July 5 at Goshen Health Hospital. He was born on October 15, 1988 in LaGrange, to Vernon R. and Mattie (Bontrager) Chupp.

Survivors in addition to his mother are six brothers, David (Wilma) Chupp, Rudy (Mary) Chupp both of Shipshewana, Paul (Loretta) Chupp, Daryl (Nadine) Chupp, William (Laura) Chupp all of Middlebury, Aaron (Susan) Chupp of Goshen; four sisters, Rebecca (Sam) Fisher of Goshen, Joann Miller, Sara (John) Miller both of Middlebury, Esther (Harry) Yoder of Goshen; 16 nieces, 23 nephews, two great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, John Ray Chupp; brother-in-law, Robert Miller; grandparents, Rudy and Fannie Chupp, Joe and Saloma Bontrager.

He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and worked at the Crystal Hope Workshop in Middlebury.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 7 and all day Monday, July 8 at the family residence, 14350 CR 20, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 9 also at the family residence.

Services will be conducted by Bishop Calvin Miller and the home ministers. Burial will be in East Barren Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Chupp, Carl E.
October 7, 1945 - March 29, 2019

Carl E. Chupp, 72, of Goshen, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019, at Courtyard Healthcare.

He was born October 7, 1946 in Batavia, New York to Jacob Chupp and Edith (Ressler) Holmes.

On February 25, 1967 he married Loretta Birkey.

She survives along with two children, Craig (Maria) Chupp of New Paris and Carla (Ryan) Johnson of Mishawaka; six grandchildren, Matthew (Haley) Chupp, Kaylena and Cody Chupp, Kaleb and Elizabeth Johnson; five brothers, Charles (Diane), Ezra (Phyllis), Don (Janet), Marvin (Connie) and Melvin (Heidi) Chupp and a sister, Grace (Lon) Shupp.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Mya Chupp.

A member of Pleasant View Church, Carl was last employed by Elkhart County Parks Department. He loved the outdoors – hunting, fishing and wood cutting.

He made custom fishing rods and in 2000 turned his hobby into a business, known as Slick Stick Custom Rods.

Visitation will be Monday, April 1, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Pleasant View Church, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to Amigo Centre or Pleasant View Church.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
March 30, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Conrad, Cletus D., 91, of Orrville, Wayne Co., OH died March 10, 2019 at Wooster, Wayne Co., OH. He was born April 2, 1927 at Aurora, OH to Raymond and Mattie (Stutzman) Conrad. On March 31, 1951 he was married to Ruth Friedt, who was born May 15, 1928 and survives.

Surviving are children, Wendy (Ken) Swartzentruber; Peggy Conrad; and Tom (Jan) Conrad; six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry (Melva) Conrad.

Memorial services were held March 14, 2019 at Orrville Mennonite Church, Orrville, OH with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville, OH.

Submitted by: Jan Kauffman, Orrville, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Crossgrove, Kathryn Marie Roth, 97, of Archbold, Fulton Co., OH died January 31, 2019 at the same place. She was born June 26, 1921 at Archbold to Frank and Ada (Schmucker) Roth. She was married to Chauncey Willard Crossgrove, who is deceased.

Surviving are children, Steve (Barb); Nancy; Ruth Ann Yoder; Alan; Lois (Dave) Stoltzfus; ten grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A granddaughter, Mieka Crossgrove and five sisters, Mildred; Wilma; Mabel Schrock; Alta Schrock and Lucille Roth preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held February 7, 2019 at Lockport Mennonite Church, Stryker, Williams Co., OH with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Barb Crossgrove, Stryker, OH
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Kathryn M. Crossgrove
June 26, 1921 - January 31, 2019

Kathryn Marie Crossgrove, age 97 years, of Archbold, born June 26, 1921 to Frank and Ada Schmucker Roth, went into the arms of Jesus January 31, 2019 after several years of being confined at home due to health.

Kathryn accepted Christ as her Savior as a teenage youth and was baptized at the Lockport Mennonite Church. She was an active member there throughout her life, serving with the women’s sewing and food committees, as well as teaching Sunday and Bible school as her health allowed.

On February 25, 1942 she married Chauncey Crossgrove. She was his helpmate in life on the family dairy farm and in gardening and in raising their family.

Their marriage was blessed with five children, all surviving: Steve (Barb) of West Unity, Nancy, Ruth Ann Yoder, Alan and Lois(Dave) Stoltzfus all of Archbold. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 5 sisters: Mildred, Wilma, Mabel Schrock, Alta Schrock and Lucille Roth, one granddaughter, Mieka Crossgrove, and 2 sons in law: Ed Yoder and Harold Yoder.

Kathryn always had an easy smile and enjoyed serving people with her love of quilting and cooking. She loved being with her family and was always ready for an impromptu picnic or outdoor adventure.

A Memorial service will be held at Lockport Church, rural Stryker, on Thursday, February 7 at 11:00 with Pastor Steve Heatwole officiating. Interment will proceed at the Lockport Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Lockport Mennonite Church Wednesday, February 6, from 4:00-8:00 pm. Suggested Memorials to Youth for Christ or MCC.

Short Funeral Home, Archbold, OH
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Deter, Dorrine Jane Bos, 88, of Morrison, Whiteside Co., IL died January 1, 2019 at the same place. She was born August 31, 1930 at Morrison, IL to Alvin and Jannette M. (Zuidema) Bos. On June 7, 1950 at Sterling, Whiteside Co., IL she was married to Clayton Deter, who survives.

Surviving are children, Rod (Tammy) Deter; Russ (Amy) Deter; and Rick (Glenda) Deter; eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Marilyn Habben.

A son, Randy Deter and a brother, William Bos preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held January 5, 2019 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church, Sterling, IL with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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


 

Detweiler, Sara A. Moyer
March 1, 1922 - March 11, 2019

Sara A. (Moyer) Detweiler, 97, of Fairmount Homes, Ephrata, PA; formerly of Souderton, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2019.

She was the wife of the late Willis G. Detweiler for 50 years. Sara was born March 1, 1922 in Harleysville, PA to the late Harvey D. and the late Verda S. (Alderfer) Moyer.

A Viewing will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Lansdale Mennonite Church, 520 York Avenue, Lansdale, PA 19446. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Salford Mennonite Cemetery, 460 Groff's Mill Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, PO Box 360, Berlin, OH 44610.

Arrangements are by Anders-Detweiler Funeral Home & Crematory, 130 East Broad Street, Souderton, PA 18964.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/12/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Detwiler, Debra Annette
April 20, 1957-April 22, 2019

Debra Annette “Deb” Detwiler, 62, passed away with family by her side on April 22, [2019] at her home in Goshen.

She was born on April 20, 1957, to Delbert and Helen (Thut) Detwiler in Elkhart. Her father preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Andy (Ali Gotwals) Brubaker of Goshen and Martin Brubaker of Richmond, Virginia; mother, Helen (Thut) Detwiler of Goshen; a sister, Karen (Loren) Nofsinger of Grand Rapids, Michigan; a grandson, Ian Brubaker; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Concord High School in 1975.

Deb lived life with passion. She was a deeply spiritual and compassionate person, and she shared this with her family and friends as well as through music. She earned a Master’s degree at University of Northern Colorado and a Doctorate degree at the University of Kansas. She was a professor of music and directed many choirs at Bluffton University and Goshen College for 29 years. Her choirs touched the lives of countless students and people around the world, and her impact will live on through all those whose lives were lucky enough to have intersected hers. She believed in the power of God and music to encourage us to be our best selves and in the healing power they can bring. She lived out this belief daily.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, 2509 Berkey Ave., Goshen. A memorial service will be Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10 a.m. at College Mennonite Church, 1900 S. Main St., Goshen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203-8058, https://www.heifer.org/ or Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500, https://mcc.org/.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Detwiler, Debra Annette, 62, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 22, 2019 at the same place from cancer. She was born April 20, 1957 at Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN to Delbert and Helen (Thut) Detwiler.

Surviving are her mother; two sons, Andy (Ali Gotwals) Brubaker and Martin Brubaker; a grandson, Ian Brubaker; and a sister, Karen (Loren) Nofsinger.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She graduated from Concord High School in 1975.
Deb lived life with passion. She was a deeply spiritual and compassionate person, and she shared this with her family and friends as well as through music. She earned a Master’s degree at University of Northern Colorado and a Doctorate degree at the University of Kansas. She was a professor of music and directed many choirs at Bluffton University and Goshen College for 29 years. Her choirs touched the lives of countless students and people around the world, and her impact will live on through all those whose lives were lucky enough to have intersected hers. She believed in the power of God and music to encourage us to be our best selves and in the healing power they can bring. She lived out this belief daily.

Memorial services were held May 10, 2019 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Jenny L. Hooley, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Diffenderfer, Elizabeth Shirk, 91, of the Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehab Center, formerly of Leola, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 13, 2019. Born in Earl Twp., she was the daughter of the late Jonathan and Elizabeth Martin Shirk. She was the loving wife of Melvin N. Diffenderfer. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last August.

A homemaker and member of New Holland Mennonite Church and its sewing circle, Mrs. Diffenderfer enjoyed quilting and volunteering for auxiliaries of several local fire companies and Tel Hai Camp; and more recently knitting hats on a loom for MCC, a mission in West Africa, and the local Water Street Rescue mission.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: seven children, Leroy married to Kathy Eddings Diffenderfer, Kannapolis, NC, E. June Diffenderfer, Lancaster, Charles married to Dotty Diffenderfer, Muncy, Barbara married to Abe Rissler, East Earl, Darrell married to Barb Groff Diffenderfer, Manheim, Elaine married to Lloyd Hoover, Leola, Eileen married to Larry Wenger, Lancaster; 20 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; one sister, Frances married to Clyde Martin, Ephrata; sister-in-law, Ruth Weber Shirk, Akron; brother-in-law, Eugene Sauder, Ephrata.

She was preceded in death by: one grandson, Duane Wenger; two brothers, Richard and John Shirk; two sisters, Helen Shirk and Grace Sauder.

Memorial services: Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at 7 PM at New Holland Mennonite Church, 18 Western Ave., New Holland. The family will greet friends from 5:30 - 7PM. Kindly omit flowers. Private Burial: Weaverland Mennonite Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to: MCC Material Resource Center, 517 W. Trout Run Rd., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Furman's - Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 1/16/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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Diffenderfer, Elizabeth S. Shirk, 91, of Leola, PA died January 13, 2019 at Lancaster, PA. She was born July 17, 1927 in Earl Township, Lancaster Co., PA to Jonathan and Elizabeth (Martin) Shirk. On august 9, 1947 she was married to Melvin N. Diffenderfer, who was born July 31, 1926 and survives.

Surviving are children, Leroy married to Kathy Eddings Diffenderfer, Kannapolis, NC; E. June Diffenderfer, Lancaster; Charles married to Dotty Diffenderfer, Muncy; Barbara married to Abe Rissler, East Earl; Darrell married to Barb Groff Diffenderfer, Manheim; Elaine married to Lloyd Hoover, Leola; and Eileen married to Larry Wenger; 20 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances married to Clyde Martin, Ephrata.

A grandson, Duane Wenger, two brothers, Richard Shirk and John Shirk; and two sisters, Helen Shirk and Grace Sauder preceded her in death.

Elizabeth was a homemaker and member of New Holland Mennonite Church and its sewing circle. She enjoyed quilting and volunteering for auxiliaries of several local fire companies and Tel Hai Camp; and more recently knitting hats on a loom for MCC, a mission in West Africa, and the local Water Street Rescue mission.

Memorial services were held January 19, 2019 at New Holland Mennonite Church, New Holland, PA with burial in Weaverland Anabaptist Faith Community Cemetery, East Earl, PA.

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

 


 

Eberly, J. Glenn, 66, of Faith Friendship Villa, Mountville, went home to be with the Lord on March 12, 2019. He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (High) Eberly. Glenn worked as a parts handler for Ephrata Area Rehab Services; also worked for TGI Fridays and the Occupational Development Center. A member of Stumptown Mennonite Church and the Friendship Singers, he enjoyed baseball, bowling and playing guitar.

Glenn will be lovingly missed by: a brother, Raymond married to Mary Ann Eberly of Leola; two sisters-in-law, Vesta Ann Watt of Lancaster, Ann Eberly of Ephrata; brother-in-law, Gerald Felpel of Terre Hill; nieces; nephews; and extended family. He was preceded in death by: a brother, Titus Eberly; a sister, Anna Mary Felpel; and a nephew, Bryan Eberly.

Funeral services: Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00 am at the Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Rd., Bird-In-Hand. Viewing: 10:00 - 11:00 am. Kindly omit flowers. Burial: Groffdale (Brick) Mennonite Cemetery. Memorials are welcomed to the Faith Friendship Villa, 128 W. Main St., Mountville, PA 17554. Furman's -- Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 3/15/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Eberly, James G., 89, a resident of the Zerbe Retirement Community, passed away at the home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

He was married 67 years to Elsie S. Bicher Eberly. Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice Good Eberly.

James retired from New Holland Concrete where he had been employed for 45 years. He was a member of the Conestoga Mennonite Church and enjoyed hunting.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Kenneth husband of Betty Eberly of Reading, James Lamar husband of Bethene Eberly of Kingsley, and Paul Marvin husband of Lori Eberly of Reinholds; two daughters, Marian Eberly of Media, and Linda Jane wife of Charles Lauver of East Earl; 12 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Titus Eberly of Little Marsh, and Joseph, Jr. husband of Jean Eberly of Myerstown; and two sisters, Anna Mary Oberholtzer, and Alice Horst both of Ephrata. He was preceded in death by brothers, Daniel and Paul Eberly and by sisters, Susanna Bicher and Lena Sauder.

A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 15, at 11:00 A.M. at the Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, PA with the Rev. Robert L. Petersheim officiating. Friends may call at the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, 209 E. Main St., Terre Hill, PA on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and at the church on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment in the Bowmansville Mennonite Cemetery.

To send an online condolence to the family, visit www.GroffEckenroth.com Arrangements by the Eckenroth Funeral Home, Terre Hill, PA

Intelligencer Journal - 7/12/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Eberly, M. Irvin, 81, of Gap, passed away unexpectedly at Brandywine Hospital on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

He was married 59 years to Alma Hoover Eberly. Born in East Earl Township, he was the son of the late Menno M. and Lizzie S. Brubaker Eberly.

Irvin was a farmer and for many years was a Pioneer Seed salesman. He was a member of the Weaverland Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving besides his wife is a son, Kenneth L. Eberly of Gap; two daughters, Carol A. wife of Wilmer J. Bowman of Narvon, and Teresa J. wife of Francis Olweiler III of Elizabethtown; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; three brothers, Leon husband of Mary Eberly of Leesport, Marvin husband of Tina Eberly of East Earl, and Lester husband of Sharon Eberly of Ephrata; and four sisters, Arlene Horst of Ephrata, Margaret wife of Willis Nolt of Peach Bottom, Kathryn wife of Earl Hurst of New Holland, and Laura wife of Amos Hursh of Ephrata.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 12, at 9 am at Fairmount Homes, Farm Crest Chapel, 1100 Farm Crest Dr., Ephrata, with further services at 9:30 at Weaverland Mennonite Church with the Bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held at the Farm Crest Chapel on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by The Eckenroth Funeral Home, Terre Hill, PA.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/8/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Eberly, Martin M., Jr., 82, formerly of Fairmount Road, Ephrata, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019, at Lincoln Christian Home.

He was born in East Earl Township to the late Martin M. and Minnie W. (Martin) Eberly and was the husband of the late Anna B. (Martin) Eberly who died in May of 2018.

Martin was a member of Groffdale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference) He farmed for many years prior to his retirement.

Martin is survived by five children, Nelson M. husband of Theresa (Buttrum) Eberly of Rydal, GA, Lois A., wife of James N. Zimmerman of Ephrata, Marvin R., husband of Susan (Fredrickson) Eberly of Reinholds, Mary Jane, wife of Richard N. Burkholder of Leola, Kenneth L., husband of Suzanne (Lally) Eberly of Ephrata; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Elizabeth M., wife of John Elam Zimmerman of Lebanon, Willis M. husband of Myrna Eberly of Reinholds, Edna M., wife of Allen Brubacker of Wisconsin, and John M. Eberly, husband of Abby Rhoads of Terre Hill; two sisters-in-law, Hilda Eberly of Richland, and Esther Mae Eberly of Loysville; and a brother-in-law, Irvin Weaver of Stevens.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Luke, Henry, and Paul Eberly; four sisters, Eva Kurtz, Esther Weaver, Anna and Minnie Eberly.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6-8 pm at the Farm Crest Chapel, Fairmount Homes, 333 Wheat Ridge Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 9:00 am, at Farm Crest Chapel, Fairmount Homes, with further services at 9:30 am, at Groffdale Mennonite Church, 168 N. Groffdale Road, Leola, with Bishop Curvin Z. Zimmerman officiating.

Burial will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 4/29/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Eberly, Susanna H., 94, of Ephrata, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late Nathan Z. and Mary Herr Eberly.

Susanna had worked at Spring Glen Foods for 20 years. She was a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference. Her interests included quilting, gardening and raising sheep.

She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, John, Henry and Nathan Eberly, by sisters, Barbara Eberly, Elizabeth Weaver, Mary Eberly, Annie Huber and Katie Eberly, and by a nephew Alan Eberly.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Martindale Mennonite Church, 905 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:30 A.M. with Bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. A viewing will be held at the church on Monday evening (TONIGHT) from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by the Groff High Funeral Home, New Holland, PA

Intelligencer Journal - 5/27/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Ebersole, Arlene Ida Hertzler
July 30, 1932 - May 13, 2019

Arlene Ida (Hertzler) Ebersole, 86 years, 9 months, 13 days, of Xenia, IL died May 13, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 30, 1932 [at the Benner homestead at Slate Hill, Lower Allen township Cumberland county PA] to the late Elmer and Mabel (Benner) Hertzler. On January 17, 1953 she was married to Paul S. Ebersole, who survives her. Formerly of Elizabethtown, the family relocated to Wayne County, IL.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Randy Meadath, Stevens, Pa and Thomas Ebersole Xenai, IL. Three daughters, Doris, wife of Raymond Kramer, Wayne City, IL; Donna, wife of Jason Gehman, Womelsdorf, PA; and Gloria, wife of Timothy Ehst, Xenia IL; 29 grandchildren; 70 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Leon (JoAnne) Hertzler, Newport, New Hampshire; 3 sisters, Betty Hege, Shippensburg, PA; Lois, wife of Warren Clugston McConellsburg, PA; Doris Mae, wife of Dale Moyer Leola, PA and one sister-in-law, Beverley Hertzler, Bastrop Texas.

She was preceded in death by three sons; A stillborn son; A infant son Mervin Paul, and Scott; one grandson; Lyndell Gehman and one brother; Kenneth Hertzler.

Services for Arlene will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday (Today), May 20, 2019 at Orchardville Mennonite Church in Keenes, IL. Friends will be received at Good's Mennonite Church, 4374 Bossler Road, Bainbridge, PA on Wednesday afternoon, May 22, 2019 from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM. Interment will follow in Good's Mennonite Cemetery.

Lancaster online and The Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, PA. Submitted by Leon Hertzler Newport New Hampshire

Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


 

Erb, Larry Lee
April 16, 1939-April 16, 2019

Larry Lee Erb, 80 of Benton died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at his home.

He was born April 16, 1939 to Menno and Lois (Eichelberger) Erb in Cuming County, Nebraska.

On October 3, 1959 he married Sharon Metzler at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in Goshen.

She survives along with their children, Richard (Jill) Erb of Benton, Regina (Dan) Vogelzang, and Christopher (Jill) Erb, both of New Paris; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth (Cory) Kauffman and Tyler (Cally) Erb, both of Benton, Heather (Ryan) Allred of Fort Wayne, Derek Vogelzang of Wabash, Spencer (Auna) Erb of New Paris, Sara Erb of Bloomington and Austin Erb of West Lafayette; four great-grandchildren, Reed and Harper Kauffman, Teegan Erb and Aurora Allred; five siblings, Karen (Homer) Schmucker of Nappanee, Lon (Linda) Erb of Benton, Phyllis (Keith) King of Kouts, Ralph (Marianne) Erb of Leesburg, Florida, and Eunice (Tom) Culp of Goshen; and several step sisters.

Mr. Erb was a 50-year member of the Benton Volunteer Fire Department serving as chief for 25 years. He was a current member of the Benton Township Advisory Board and the New Paris Benton 4-H Boosters. He was also a member of the Benton Mennonite Church.

Larry owned and operated Larry’s Upholstering Shop in Benton.

Visitation will be Friday, April 19, 2019 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen where a 10 a.m. funeral service will be conducted Saturday, April 20, 2019. Pastors Brenda Meyer and Douglas Kaufman will officiate.

Burial will follow at Benton Lutheran Cemetery, Benton.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Benton Mennonite Church or the Benton Volunteer Fire Department.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

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Erb, Larry Lee, 80, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died April 16, 2019 at the same place what was presumed to be heart failure. He was born April 16, 1939 in Cuming Co. NE to Menno and Lois (Eichelberger) Erb. On October 3, 1959 at Goshen he was married to Sharon Metzler, who survives.

Surviving are children, Richard (Jill) Erb; Regina (Dan) Vogelzang and Christopher (Jill) Erb; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and siblings, Karen (Homer) Schmucker, Lon (Linda) Erb Phyllis (Keith) King, Ralph (Marianne) Erb, and Eunice (Tom) Culp.

Memorial services were held April 20, 2019 at Yoder Culp Funeral Home, and Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen , IN with burial in Benton Lutheran Cemetery,Goshen, IN.

Submitted by: Brenda Meyer, Goshen IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Eshleman, R. Arlene Lefever
July 4, 1923-March 22, 2019

R. Arlene (Lefever) Eshleman, 95, a homemaker, of Willow Street, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community, Quarryville. She was the wife of the late Chester L. Eshleman, who died in 1990.

Born July 4, 1923, in Strasburg, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Elizabeth (Gerlach) Lefever. She was a member of the Byerland Mennonite Church, Willow Street.

Surviving are three children; Martha A. Eshleman, of Willow Street, C. LeRoy Eshleman, husband of Sherry, of Conestoga, and Fan, wife of Dan Bender, of New Providence; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters; Kathleen Brandt, Ruth Simpson, Gladys Sensenig and Grace Hauser.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers; Ernest, Leon, John, Martin and Clair Lefever; a sister, Edith Hess, and an infant sister, Fannie Mae Lefever.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service from the Byerland Mennonite Church, 931 Byerland Church Road, Willow Street, PA 17584 on Saturday morning, March 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. The family will greet friends at the Byerland Mennonite Church on Friday evening between 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday morning between 10:00-11:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately by the family in the adjoining church cemetery.

Intelligencer Journal - 3/26/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Faus, Abram H.
May 13, 1931-March 18, 2019

Abram H. Faus, 87, of Lebanon, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019, at his home. He was the wife of Florence W. Martin Faus. On May 31, they would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Born on May 13, 1931, he was the son of the late Samuel W. and Anna Hernley Faus. He was a dairy farmer. Abram was a faithful member of Shirksville Mennonite Church in Fredericksburg and shared with many. His sense of humor was enjoyed by all, even to his last days. The little children always brought a smile on his face.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Allen husband of Carol Faus of Rock Stream, NY, Daniel husband of Lorraine Faus of Waterloo, NY, and Jon husband of Mary Faus of Reading; daughters Grace wife of Donald Hollinger of Myerstown, Esther wife of Kenneth Mast of Penn Yan, NY, Beth wife of Vernon Mast of Heron, MT, Rose wife of Nathan Overholt of Russellville, KY, and Elaine wife of Nelson Martin of Newmanstown; brother Samuel H. Faus of Manheim; sister Elizabeth Lehman of Owen, WI; forty-two grandchildren; and seventy-five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Swatara Mennonite Church, 10 Camp Swatara Rd., Myerstown. A viewing will be on Sunday, March 24, 2019, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow the service at Shirksville Mennonite Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Kreamer & Lum Funeral
Jonestown, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Fecher, Deanna Kay Parsons, 53, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died May 10, 2019 at the same place from breast cancer. She was born September 26, 1965 at Ripley, Jackson Co., WV to Kenneth and Marilyn (Chapman) Parsons.

Surviving are children, Ashley Fecher Johar; Daniel Fecher; Michael (Jherlly) Fecher; and Caitlin (Mel) Ricke;
grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a brother, Kenneth (Annette) Parsons; and her stepmother, Emma Parsons.

Memorial services were held May 18, 2019 at Benton Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Brenda Meyer, Goshen, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Fidler, Naomi Grace Shirk
November 21, 1941 - June 27, 2019

Naomi Grace Fidler, 77, of Manheim, PA passed at home surrounded by her family on Thursday June 27th following a courageous journey with cancer.

Born on November 21, 1941 in West Hempfield Township, Lancaster, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Elmer M. Shirk and Susan E. (Strickler).

She was married 53 years to David L. Fidler, loving husband, friend and provider.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her six children: David Luke (Tammy) of Gap, Pa., Nathanael (Michele) of Manheim, Pa., Priscilla (Mark Stoltzfus) of Gap, Pa., Lois (Wayne Wingert) of Berkeley Springs, W.V., James (Leah) of Manheim, Pa., and Joanna (Nevin Meyers) of St. Thomas, Pa., and 24 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a sister Catherine M. Wampler of Chambersburg, Pa.

Naomi was a member of the Old Order River Brethren Church, Lancaster District. She was known for her incredible hospitality and her love for cooking and baking. She and her husband operated a stand at Roots Country Market for 31 years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister Martha E. Myer.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation at Sonlight River Brethren School, 4075 Siegrist Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552 on Tuesday, July 2nd from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Midway Reception Center, 210 E. Lexington Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 on Wednesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/29/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Fisher, Omar S., 77, of 434B Newport Rd., Ronks, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home. Born in Ronks, he was the son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Stoltzfus Fisher. He was the husband of Rebecca K. Esh Fisher. They were married 56 years. A retired farmer and shop worker, he was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are: 9 sons, Samuel married to Linda Kauffman Fisher, Kinzers, Christ married to Sarah King Fisher, Gordonville, John married to Nancy Stoltzfus Fisher, Strasburg, Aaron married to Ruth King Fisher, Leola, Omar married to Marian Fisher Fisher, Ronks, Ben married to Sarah Fisher Fisher, Leola, Reuben married to Mary Beiler Fisher, Gordonville, Elam married to Naomi Lapp Fisher, Ronks, Daniel married to Lizzie Stoltzfus Fisher, Leola; 3 daughters, Rachel married to Christian Glick, Bird-in-Hand, Elizabeth married to Benjamin King, Quarryville, Rebecca, married to Abram Stoltzfus, Lancaster; 90 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are brothers, David married to Rebecca Stoltzfus Fisher, Samuel married to Rachel Smucker Fisher, both of Ronks; brothers-in-law, Daniel Stoltzfoos, Henry married to Mattie Fisher; sister-in-law, Lizzie Fisher. He was preceded in death by: a granddaughter, Suzanne; great-granddaughter, Miriam; brother, Joseph; sisters, Rachel, Rebecca, and Elizabeth.

Funeral services will be held from the late home on Tuesday, May 7th at 9 a.m. EST with interment following in Myer's Cemetery. Friends may call at the late home from the time of this notice till the service. Kindly omit flowers. Furman's – Leola

FurmanFuneralHome.com
LNP Media Group, Inc. 5/6/2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Fox, Emmanuel, stillborn infant son of Jordan & Faith Stoltzfus Fox of Ephrata, PA. He was born and passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Surviving besides his parents are his 4 siblings: Jackson, William, Harrison & Scarlett Fox all at home, grandparents: Marvin & Wilma Martin Fox of Denver, PA, Amos & Sadie Fisher Stoltzfus of Strasburg, great-grandmothers: Margaret Weaver Fox of Ephrata and Frances Hoover Martin of Blue Ball.

Intelligencer Journal - 1/5/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


 

Frey, Phyllis Jane
November 7, 1924 - May 2, 2019

Phyllis Jane Frey, 94, of Goshen formerly of Shipshewana, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2019 at Greencroft Healthcare.

Born November 7, 1924 in LaGrange County, she was the youngest of ten children born to Alvin and Fannie (Miller) Frey. Her siblings, who have preceded in death include; Alta (Harold) Whitehead, Floyd (Iola) Frey, Ella (Everett) Lantz, Mary Ann (Elvon) Kauffman, Harry (Hettie) Frey, Fern (Bill) Miller, Albert, Rollin (Florence) Frey and Mabel (Perry) Bontrager.

She is survived by 11 nieces and nephews and many cousins.

Phyllis was a life-long and active member of Forks Mennonite Church, Middlebury. She led congregational singing for more than 50 years, taught Sunday School and served in numerous committees and organizations, including Mennonite Women.

Phyllis attended Shipshewana schools from first grade through high school, graduating in 1946. She attended Goshen College in 1946, but was unable to complete her degree at that time. Over a 13-year period, she worked for Lupolds Grocery, Shipshewana and Krider Nurseries, Middlebury, and for her brother-in-law at Middlebury Grain.

Phyllis returned to Goshen College and completed a degree in home economics, graduating in 1963. She taught in the Shipshewana school system, later known as the Westview Corporation, for 23 years. Besides classroom teaching she was a class sponsor and leader of various extra-curricular groups. She completed her Master’s degree at the University of Illinois in home economics in 1970.

Phyllis expressed her love of music as a member of the Middie Singers, the Little Choir, and later the Evergreen Singers at Greencroft. She served in international service assignments with Mennonite Central Committee in Jamaica and Israel and as a hostess at the International Guest House in Washington D.C. Phyllis also volunteered at Menno Hof and Ten Thousand Villages, locally. She enjoyed travel in Germany, Holland, Scandinavia, Russia and the Philippines as well as various locations in the United States. All of her travels, education and service opportunities broadened her view of the world and of humanity. She cultivated a balance between the spiritual and professional dimensions of her life.

Phyllis will be remembered fondly as an aunt, cousin, teacher and friend. She shared her gifts, abilities and life experiences in ways that left a positive impact on everyone who knew and loved her.

Family and friends will gather for visitation and reflection Monday, May 6, 2019 from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the 10:30 a.m. memorial service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S. Main St., Goshen.

Interment will follow at Shore Cemetery, Shipshewana.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


 

Fry, David O.
December 6, 1938 - February 7, 2019

David O. Fry, 80, of Ligonier, died at 9:10 am on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born on December 6, 1938 in Hutchinson, KS, to David D. and Ola (Bontrager) Fry. On March 16, 1961, in LaGrange County, he married Mattie Irene Yoder; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three daughters, Edna (Daniel) Lehman of Topeka, Eileen (Henry) Eash of Millersburg, Maryann (Joe) Otto of Topeka; seven sons, Danny (Sue) Fry of Topeka, Lavern (Katherine) Fry, Orlie (Ada) Fry, Melvin (Pauline) Fry, Andrew (Mary) Fry, Harvey (Vera) Fry, Freeman (Ruth Ann) Fry all of Ligonier; 63 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ada (Alvin) Lambright, Ida (Jonas) Miller both of Topeka, Iva (Alton) Yoder of Goshen; seven brothers, Glen (Anna) Fry, Vern (Wilma) Fry, Paul (Elsie) Fry all of Topeka, Harvey (Lydia Ann) Fry of Ligonier, Jacob (Susie) Fry of Topeka, Ira (Alma) Fry of Middlebury, Danny Jay Fry of Gary.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Orva Fry; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren.

David did horse shoeing and was a farmer. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Visitation will be after 1:00 pm on Friday, February 8 and all day Saturday, February 9 at the Freeman Fry residence, 11700 N. 400 W., Ligonier. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Sunday, February 10 also at the Freeman Fry residence. Services will be conducted by the home ministers. Burial will be in Clearspring Cemetery, Topeka. Miller Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is handling the arrangements.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Feb. 8, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


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