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Lazarus Project

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  I to K

Janzen, Anna Mae Hiebert ; . . Jones, Daniel M. ; . . Kauffman, Mary Stoltzfus ; . . Kaufman, John Junior "Shorty" ; . . Kaufman, LeRoy James (Dr.) ; . . Kaufman, Linda Joyce Fletcher ; . . Keeler, Daniel L. ; . . Kemp, Clara Mae Miller ; . . Kempf, Orval Arlis ; . . Kennel, LeRoy E. ; . . Kratz, James D. ; . . Kraybill, Gerald Lee ; . . Kreider, B. Winona Stauffer ; . . Kreider, Lester ; . . Kropf, Donald Owen ; . . Kropf, Rosemary Jean Shrock ; . . Ku K'Paw Paw ; . . Kulp, Oleta “Pauline” Miller ; . . Kunkel, Rhoda S. Martin ; . . Kurtz, John S. ; . .


Janzen, Anna Mae Hiebert
February 24, 1927 - February 22, 2019

Anna Mae Janzen, 91, died February 22, 2019 at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. She was born February 24, 1927 in Marion County, Kansas, the daughter of Edmund and Agatha Schmidt Hiebert. She was a graduate of Goessel High School. A homemaker most of her life, she was a member of Kingdom Life Ministries, on the board of the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, a member of Spring Lake Resort, a member of Golden Agers, and knitted for Newton Medical Auxiliary.

She married Floyd Janzen on April 5, 1951 at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel. He passed away December 21, 2016.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Sheryl (Kim) Shantz, Phoenix, AZ, Kayleen (Rick) Curey, Michigan Center, MI, and Amy (Richard) Duerksen, Newton; a brother, John Hiebert, Beatrice, NE; stepsisters, Mary Richert and Susan Voth, both of Goessel; step brother, Henry Dueck, Arizona; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Susanna Hiebert; a son, Ed Janzen; brothers, Salmon and Erwin Hiebert; and sisters Sylvia Goertz, Velma Flaming, and Lela Goertz.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Kingdom Life Ministries, Hesston. Burial will follow at Hesston City Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or Ethnos 360, both in care of the funeral home.

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


Jones, Daniel M.
Dec. 26, 1962 – Feb. 26, 2019

Daniel M. (Danny) Jones, 56, died peacefully, Tuesday, February 26 at the home of his brother Floyd in Fairfield, MT. Floyd and his wife Carolyn were his caretakers for the past seven years. Prior to that he was cared for by his sister Susie and her husband David for 23 years. He was one of God's special children. He was born Dec. 26, 1962, in
Goshen, to Manass S. and Katie Ann (Beachy) Jones.

He is survived by five brothers, David (Marie) Jones of Winnemucca, NV, Mervin (Bonnie) Jones of Howe, M. Sidney (Ruth) Jones of Topeka, Edward (Judy) Jones, Floyd (Carolyn) Jones both of Fairfield, MT; three sisters, Esther (Lavern) Kauffman of Colorado Springs, CO, Susie (David) Borntrager of Sarasota, FL, Miriam (Russell) Stults of Goshen; 31 nieces and nephews and 34 great- nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2:00- 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 2 at Woodlawn Mennonite Church, 62861 CR 41, Goshen, where funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 pm. Burial will be at Grace Haven Cemetery, Millersburg. Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, is assisting with arrangements.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Feb. 28, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kauffman, Mary Stoltzfus
April 14, 1948 - June 16, 2019

Mary S. Kauffman, 71 joined her heavenly father on June 16, 2019. Mary passed quietly at home with her husband and family by her side.

Mary, daughter of Lydia P. & Amos Z. Stoltzfus, was born on April 14, 1948 in Honey Brook, PA. Mary was joined in marriage to David G. Kauffman on April 13, 1968 and had the honor of celebrating 51 years together. Mary was an active member at Weavertown Amish Mennonite Church and participated in many church activities, including Sewing Circle. Mary was a school bus driver for Weavertown Mennonite School for 40 years and enjoyed the many students on her route. She also served with dedication and purpose as a Volunteer EMT with her husband at Gordonville Fire & EMS for 41 years.

Mary is survived by her family, including siblings, Ann and Ray Yoder, Stephen and Mary Etta Stoltzfus, Barbara and Nelson Shrock, Ivan and Daria Stoltzfus. Mary also was a devoted mother to her 5 sons, D. Glenn, Lauren R. and Glenda, Stephen L. and Valerie, Michael J. and Sarah, Anthony L. and Jody. Mary also enjoyed being grandma to her 7 grandsons and 9 granddaughters. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brother David Stoltzfus and son Stanley L. Kauffman.

Mary will always be remembered for faith, devotion and service to everyone she knew. She was a faithful servant to Jesus and a steadfast witness to his word.

Viewing and funeral services to celebrate Mary's life will be held at Ridgeview Mennonite Church. The viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 18th between 1-3:00pm and 5-8:00pm. The funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that donations be sent to Hospice & Community Care of Lancaster for the outstanding service they provided Mary and her family. Please send donations to: PO. Box 4125, Lancaster PA 17604. Furman's – Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 6/17/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kaufman, John Junior "Shorty", 94, of Goshen, died Sunday, January 20, 2019, at Greencroft Healthcare.

He was born December 15, 1924 in Davidsville, Pennsylvania to John B. and Elsie (Mast) Kaufman.

On May 26, 1945 he married Violet G. Garber in Middlebury.

He is survived by his wife, Violet, of 73 years; three children, Nancy (Gail) Ehret of Cassopolis, Michigan, Annette (Karen Paluzzi) Kaufman of Granger and John G. (Myrna) Kaufman of Goshen; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Kermit Kaufman and two siblings, Willis Kaufman and Hope Kauffman.

A founding member of Bonneyville Mennonite Church, he worked as a controller at Mastercraft, Shipshewana.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.

An 11 a.m. memorial service will be conducted Friday, January 25, 2019, at Bonneyville Mennonite Church with Rev. Edward Kauffman, nephew, officiating.

A private burial will precede the service at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.

Memorials may be given to Amigo Centre, 26455 Banker Road, Sturgis, Michigan 49091.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN
Jan. 22, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kaufman, LeRoy James (Dr.), 75, of Freeman, SD died June 2, 2019 at the same place from a heart attack. He was born March 13, 1944 at Yankton, SD to Sollie and Nellie (Preheim) Kaufman. On March 23, 1968 he was married to Dr. Dawn Crocker, who died in 2007. Dr. LeRoy and Dr. Dawn practiced optometry in Freeman, SD for 38 years.

Surviving are two sons, Erik Kaufman and David Kaufman, and siblings, Larry (Lois) Kaufman and Muriel Kaufman.

Memorial services were held June 10, 2019 at Salem-Zion Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Submitted by: Lisa Kaufman,
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin Freeman, SD


Kaufman, Linda Joyce Fletcher
April 9, 1943 - April 21, 2019

Kaufman, Linda Joyce Fletcher, 76, of Goshen, died Sunday, April 21, 2019, at Goshen Hospital after an extended illness.

She was born April 9, 1943 in Louisville, Kentucky to Thomas Ansel and Catherine Leah (Wentzel) Fletcher. She graduated from Normandy High School (St. Louis, MO) and attended St Luke’s Nursing School, graduating first in her class in 1964. She married Arlan D. Kaufman on June 11, 1966.

Linda was a long-time resident of Newton, Kansas, where she raised a family with husband Arlan, worked as a nurse and attended Faith Mennonite Church. After moving to Goshen, Linda attended Assembly Mennonite Church and lived at Evergreen Place, Greencroft where she enjoyed their social activities. She was a life-long learner and instilled the value of education in her children and others. Even in retirement, she attended Goshen College Life-long learning classes and was an avid reader. She enjoyed playing games, doing word puzzles and helping others. She adored her grandchildren and crocheted blankets for each of them. She also enjoyed tending her small garden and flowers.

She is survived by her husband Arlan Kaufman, formerly of Newton, Kansas; three children, Michael (Sonja) Kaufman of Lawrence, Kansas, Cheryl (Brian) Mast of Goshen, and David (Sydney) Kaufman of St. Louis, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Mariah, Mikayla, and Sophia Kaufman, Mackenzie, Tristan and Toby Mast, and Cole and Adler Kaufman; and six siblings, Jim (Cathy) Fletcher of Lees Summit, Missouri, Tom (Jackie) Fletcher, Gail (Dan) Harashe, Mark (Jayme) Fletcher, Judi O’Mara, and Scott Fletcher all of St. Louis, Missouri; and a sister-in-law, Donna (Harry) Neufeld of North Newton, Kansas.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held on May 25, 2019, at 3pm at the Gathering Place at Evergreen Place, 1300 Greencroft Dr, Goshen.

Memorials may be given to the Patient Assistance Fund at Goshen Health Center for Cancer Care, c/o Goshen Health Foundation, PO Box 139, Goshen, IN 46527 or Assembly Mennonite Church, 727 New York Street, Goshen, IN 46526.

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


Keeler, Daniel L., 80, of Telford, Bucks Co., PA died May 13, 2019 at the same place. He was born September 3, 1938 at Perkasie, Bucks Co., PA to Milton and Lydia (Leatherman) Keeler. He was married to Priscilla Oberholser, who survives.

Surviving are daughter, Janice C. King (and husband Barry); and daughter, Kathleen R. Fretz (and husband William); two grandchildren; two brothers, Walter Keeler (and wife Mary) and Paul Keeler (and wife Rachel) and a sister, Mary Moyer (and husband Timothy).

Three brothers, Harold Keeler, John Keeler, and Merrill Keeler preceded him in death.

Dan was a member of Spring Mount Mennonite Church.

Memorial services were held May 18, 2019 at Lutheran Community Chapel, Telford, PA with burial in Salford Mennonite Cemetery, Harleysville, PA.

Submitted by: Pastor Chris Nickels, Schwenksville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kemp, Clara Mae Miller
March 20, 1924-April 26, 2019

Clara Mae Kemp, age 95, of Nappanee, died at 7:00 a.m., Friday, April 26, 2019 at her daughter’s residence. She was born March 20, 1924 in Nappanee to Daniel A. and Fannie J. (Miller) Miller. On February 9, 1943 she married Daniel E. Kemp. He preceded her in death May 2, 2000. Clara was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Arlene (Walter) Schwartz, Etna Green, Marvin (Loretta) Kemp, Nappanee, Harvey (Barbara) Kemp, Goshen, Eva Burkholder, Nappanee, Wilma Mast, Millersburg, Ray (Judy) Kemp, Mel (Gayle) Kemp, and Marilyn (Richard) Kemp, all of Nappanee; 48 grandchildren; 169 great-grandchildren; 51 great great-grandchildren; brother, Marvin D. (Fannie Mae) Miller; sister, Wilma (Henry) Yoder; and brother-in-law, Marvin E. Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Eldon Kemp; grandsons, Ivan and Travis Miller; great-granddaughter, Karen Sue Schwartz; great-grandson, Daniel Joseph Schwartz; great great-grandson, Austin Jon Schwartz; grandson-in-law, Lloyd McCoige; son-in-laws, Walter Burkholder Jr. and Tim Mast; sisters, Lizzie Troyer and Edna Miller.

Family and friends may call after 2 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019 and all day Sunday, April 28th at Homer Slabaugh residence (8563 W. 1100 N., Nappanee). Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 29th, also at Homer Slabaugh residence. Home Ministry of the Old Order Amish Church will officiate. Burial will be in Graber Cemetery.

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

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kempf, Orval Arlis
Jan. 17, 1935-Jan. 5, 2019

Orval Arlis Kempf beloved husband of Ruby Fern (Eigsti) Kempf, born January 17th 1935 to Lee and Ella (Hostetler) Kempf at Kalona, Iowa.

On June 23rd, 1957, he was united in marriage to Ruby, daughter of Chris and Lizzie (Hostetler) Eigsti, sharing the joys and sorrows of life for over 61 years.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife Ruby, and children; Retha, Hughesville, MO; Rosella and husband Chris Hostetler, Sedalia, MO; Ollie and wife Michelle (Wagler), Sarasota, FL; Ruth and husband Paul Hostetler, Mena, AR; Arlie, Sarasota, FL; Mirriel and husband Sam Packnett, Hughesville, MO; daughter-in-law Lillian and husband Rodney Blosser, Buffalo, MO; Mary, Hughesville, MO; 24 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Also surviving is 1 sister; Marietta Miller, Tampico, IL; 2 sisters-in-law; Loretta Kempf, Sedalia, MO; and Joy and husband Dale Hostetler, Viola, AR.

He was preceded in death by his stillborn daughter, Rebecca Jean, son Kevin, great grandson Kirby, his parents, Lee and Ella, brothers Alvin and Eldon, and sisters Emmagene, Rosetta, and Ruby Jane.

He accepted Christ in his youth and was a faithful member of the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church at the time of his death.

After battling cancer for almost a year, God called Grandpa from his home on January 5th, 2019 at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 19 days.

Orval knew no stranger and was friendly to all. He showed his appreciation to those who lovingly cared for him during his illness. His heart’s desire was to meet his family in Heaven someday.

Dad especially noticed sunsets and called Mom in to look at them. A few days before he passed away, God sent us a very beautiful, impressive sunset that reminded us of His love.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the meals brought in, and the help, love and prayers through this time of grief.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite Church.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Olive Hill Amish-Mennonite School.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.

Heckart Funeral Home, Sadalia, MO
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Kennel, LeRoy E., 88, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Elkhart Meadows.

He was born March 29, 1930 in Shickley, Nebraska to Peter and Anna (Reeb) Kennel.

On July 26, 1953 he married Pauline Graybill in Freeport, Illinois.

She survives along with four children, Jon (Mary) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, Rita (Larry) Lopienski, Bartlett, Illinois, Janice (Lonnie) Kennel Roop, Schaumburg, Illinois and Jay (Laura) Kennel, Riverside, California; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother, Willard Kennel, Albany, Oregon.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Fern Springer and three brothers, Harry, Lester and Mahlon Kennel.

A 1951 graduate of Goshen College, LeRoy went on to earn master's degrees from University of Iowa in 1952 and AMBS in 1953 and a doctorate degree from Michigan State University where he worked for 14 years.

LeRoy spent most of his adult life pastoring churches in the Chicago area at Lombard Mennonite Church and Christ Community Mennonite Church in Schaumburg.

Additional information will be posted as it is available.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, IN - Feb. 16, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kennel, LeRoy E., 88, of Goshen, Elkhart Co., IN died February 14, 2019 at Elkhart, Elkhart Co., IN. He was born March 29, 1930 at Shickley, Nebraska to Peter and Anna (Reeb) Kennel. On July 26, 1953 at Freeport, IL he was married to Pauline Graybill, who survives.

Surviving are children, Jon (Mary) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, IN; Rita (Larry) Lopienski, Bartlett, IL;, Janice (Lonnie) Kennel Roop, Schaumburg, IL and Jay (Laura) Kennel, Riverside, CA; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a brother, Willard Kennel, Albany, OR.

A sister, Fern Springer and three brothers, Harry, Lester and Mahlon Kennel preceded him in death.

A 1951 graduate of Goshen College, LeRoy went on to earn master’s degrees from University of Iowa in 1952 and AMBS in 1953 and a doctorate degree from Michigan State University. He taught for 14 years at Bethany Theological Seminary. LeRoy spent most of his adult life pastoring churches in the Chicago area at Lombard Mennonite Church and Christ Community Mennonite Church in Schaumburg.

Memorial services were held March 16, 2019 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN with burial in College Mennonite Church Memorial Garden.

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


Kratz, James D.
September 11, 1930 - May 2, 2019

James D. Kratz, 88, died May 2, 2019 at Greencroft Healthcare.

He was born September 11, 1930 in Souderton, Pennsylvania to Walter and Hilda (Derstine) Kratz.

In 1951 he moved to La Junta, Colorado to be leader of a Volunteer Service group, where he met his wife Dorothy A. Schrock, who was in nurses training. They were married June 4, 1953.

Jim graduated from Hesston College in 1954, Goshen College in 1956, and Goshen Biblical Seminary in 1959. From 1961 - 1967 Jim and Dorothy lived in Chaco, Argentina working on Bible translation and providing pastoral and medical care to the Toba Indian communities scattered throughout the province.

From 1967 - 1974 he served as Associate Secretary at the Mennonite Board of Missions, overseeing the Mennonite missionaries serving in Latin American countries. He worked at Mennonite Mutual Aid from 1974 - 1992 serving as president from 1987 - 1992. His life focus was to serve those in need, and to pray for and mentor each person in his path.

His wife Dorothy Kratz survives along with three children, Rachel Ann (Phillip) Slabaugh of Sitka, Alaska, James (Karen) Kratz Jr. of Elkhart, and Rebeca (James) Bening of Phoenix, Arizona, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother Ray (Mary) Kratz of Washington Borough, Pennsylvania.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother John Kratz.

A memorial service will be held May 11, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be given to Sunnyside Mennonite Church (new sound system), or Everence Sharing Fund.

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


Kraybill, Gerald Lee
July 14, 1953 - May 19, 2019

Gerald Lee Kraybill, 65 of Dillsburg, PA born July 14, 1953 died May 19, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Grace A. (Shelley); his parents, Daniel & Amy, Dillsburg PA; twelve children Orpha (Nathan) Rohrer, Mifflintown PA; Luke (Naomi), Dillsburg PA; Samuel (Juanita), Barnett MO; Peter (Wanda), Arcadia FL; Jacob (Judith), Thorp WI; John (Charity), East Dublin GA; Noah (Priscilla), Arcadia FL; Miriam (Jonathan) Sensenig, Thompsontown PA; Rachel (Michael) Good, Elkton MD; Sarah (Wesley) Wagner, Carlisle PA; Martha (Titus) Eberly, Dillsburg PA; and Jonas (Ella Mae), Thorp WI; 57 grandchildren and 3 sisters.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Quentin Kraybill.

Visitation is Thursday May 23, 5-8 and Friday May 24, 1-3, 5-8. Funeral is Saturday May 25, 10 AM. Kralltown Mennonite Church 6719 Davidsburg Road, East Berlin, PA 17316, [With burial Churchtown Mennonite Cemetery Allen, Cumberland County, PA]

Published on and in The Patriot-News from May 21 to May 23, 2019
Submitted by: Leon Hertzler, Newport, NH


Kreider, B. Winona Stauffer, 88, of Lancaster, passed away on Friday evening, February 1, 2019, at home.

Born in Lancaster on September 3, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin G. and Martha (Zercher) Stauffer. She was married 63 years on August 13th to Franklin H. Kreider.

Winona was a member of Muddy Creek Mennonite Church, Hope Mennonite Fellowship. She was a 1948 graduate of Manor High School, Millersville; attended Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, VA, and graduated from Millersville College in 1952. She taught first grade in the Manor School District and later at Pleasant Valley Mennonite School, Ephrata. She was a secretary for many years for the family business.

In addition to her husband, Winona is survived by 5 children, Amy L. married to Glenn Martin of Manheim, Dale F. married to Melissa (Shirk) Kreider of Lancaster; Martha J. married to Richard Hoover, Narvon; Barbara E. married to Kenneth Sheaffer, Lancaster; and Leon S. married to Karen (Weaver) Kreider, Denver; 19 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers, LaMar E. Stauffer, Lancaster and B. Leon married to Nancy (Shenk) Stauffer, Manheim; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn (Buckwalter) Stauffer, Reedsville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Dwight Eugene Kreider; a great-grandson, Carter Logan Martin; and a brother, J. Robert Stauffer.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral at Muddy Creek Mennonite Church, 988 Beam Road, Denver, on Thursday, February 7th, at 10:00 am. There will be a public viewing at Martindale Mennonite Reception Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, on Wednesday, February 6th, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm. Interment will be in the Muddy Creek Mennonite Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

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

Intelligencer Journal - 2/4/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kreider, Lester
Feb. 1, 1941 - Jan. 1, 2019

Kreider, Lester, died peacefully on January 1, 2019 surrounded by family. Lester was married to Laura Mae Carpenter, with whom he would have celebrated his 58th anniversary in March. He is survived by 3 children: Jay (Kimberly Belzner); Rose; and Pearl (Michael Smith); and three grandchildren: Stacy (James Durborow); Joshua; and Niko.
Kreider, Lester

Lester was the son of the late Elmer S. and Esther M. Kreider, and was raised on the family farm on Donerville Rd. He worked for Franklin H. Kreider for several years before serving in 1-W/VS in Washington, DC. In 1963, Lester organized the first department of respiratory care at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. Later, he worked at Breathing Services in Ephrata and Respitech Medical Inc. in Lancaster.

Lester was an avid gardener, reader, music lover who enjoyed connecting with people through humor. Lester was an active member of several churches across his life – most recently East Petersburg Mennonite. He gave generously to his favorite charities and was a regular blood donor. Lester is also survived by three siblings: Dorothy Ruppert (William); Betty Funk (Curtis); and Arlene. He was preceded in death by three siblings: Esther (Daniel Landis); Edna (Jacob Ginder); and Melvin (Anna Mary).

The family would like to thank the staff at LGH, Lancaster Rehab Hospital and Landis Homes. We are deeply grateful to the staff at Oregon House North at Landis Homes for their expert and gentle care for Lester and his family during his final days.

A memorial service will be held from the Landis Homes West Bethany Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon Rd., Lititz, on Saturday, January 5th at 11 a.m. There will be two opportunities to greet the family: Friday, January 4th 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, January 5th 10-11 a.m., both at the West Bethany Chapel. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Mennonite Central Committee. Also, to celebrate Lester's love of silly fun and sweet humor, feel free to bring candy to share. Furman's – Leola

Intelligencer Journal - 1/3/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Kropf, Donald Owen
Oct. 8, 1950-Feb. 4, 2019

Donald Owen Kropf, husband of Rita Carol (Osman) Kropf, was born October 8, 1950 to Owen and Lily (Hostetler) Kropf at Princeton, IL.

He passed away on February 4, 2019, at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, MO, at the age of 68 years, 3 months, and 27 days.

He was baptized in his youth at Tampico, IL. At the time of his passing he was a member of the Pleasant View A.M. Church at Buffalo, MO.

On June 18, 1983 he was united in marriage to Rita Carol Osman, daughter of Clifford and Imogene Osman.

Surviving besides his sorrowing wife is one daughter, Amanda Jean, husband Kevin Ballenger; grandchildren Donnie, Silas, Lily, Heaven, and Hunter. Also surviving are his mother Lily, brothers Gordon and wife Lily, Rodney and wife Rhoda, Jason and wife Elsie, sisters, Leona Hostetler, Rita and husband Leslie Swartzentruber, Margaret and husband Jonathan Headings, Melodee and husband Stanley Hostetler, Jewell and husband Donald Headings, and sister-in-law Karen Kropf, wife of Robert.

Preceding him in death were his father Owen, infant brother Lester, brother Robert, brother-in-law John Hostetler, husband of Leona, and sister Marjorie Kropf.

Don and Rita made their home together at Dover, MO, for almost 35 years.

In his many years of trucking he touched many lives and was an inspiration to those he worked with and met from day to day.

After an accident in 2009 he was disabled, and was lovingly cared for by his wife in their home.

The last 8 months he was tenderly cared for in the home of his brother Rodney and Rhoda Kropf and family, nephew Levi especially assisting in his care. - Feb 13, 2019
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kropf, Rosemary Jean Shrock
April 7, 1944 - June 17, 2019

Pocahontas- Rosemary Jean (Shrock) Kropf beloved wife of Ervin Kropf, was born on April 7, 1944 at Tampico, IL to Paul and Anna Shrock.
She peacefully passed away on June 17, 2019 at the age of 75 years, 2 months and 10 days due to a stroke.
She accepted Christ in her youth and was a faithful member of Mt Salem AM Church at the time of her death.
She was united in marriage to Ervin Kropf on June 9, 1968. They shared the joys and sorrows of marriage for 51 years, 8 days.
To this union was born three sons and two daughters. Brian, and wife Rose of Marshall, MO, Melody and Monica of Dalton, AR. Two sons, Merle and Jacob preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Mt. Salem AM Church. Interment will follow in Mt. Salem AM Cemetery.

McNabb Funeral Home, AR
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Ku K'Paw Paw, 12, of Emmaus PA died April 21, 2019 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PA from complications following treatment for Leukemia--lung infection. She was born August 11, 2006 in Thailand to Ah Paung and Jamie K'Paw.

Surviving are her parents and a sister, Julia Paw Paung.

She was a baptized member of Whitehall Mennonite Church, Whitehall PA

Memorial services were held April 26, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown; Allentown, PA with burial in Northwood Cemetary, Emmaus, PA.

Submitted by: Pastor Rose Bender, Allentown, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Ku K’Paw Paw, 12, of Emmaus, died April 21, 2019 in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia surrounded by her family. Born in Thailand, she was the daughter of Ah Paung and Jamie K’Paw. She was a 7th grade student at Lower Macungie Middle School. She was a member of Whitehall Mennonite Church.

Beautiful Ku K (or Cookie) was a beloved daughter, cousin, sister, friend, student, and patient, and she was a treasure to many. She was a talented artist, a feisty and fun-loving young woman, a caring soul, and she trusted the Lord with all her heart. She was a brave fighter and the strongest person any who had the privilege to know her have ever known.

We love you darling Ku K and we will see you in heaven one day very soon. You were our light and our lives were richer for having you in them. We weep for our loss but we rejoice in your homecoming.

She is survived by her loving parents; sister, Julia Paw Paung; maternal grandparents, Yee Yee Win and Kyi Tun; paternal grandparents, Naw Mu Baung and Hla Myint; 2nd family, Marla Sell and her parents, Myra and Dennis Sell; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Thaw Dah.

A funeral service will be held on Fri., April 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM in First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 West Tilghman St., Allentown. Viewing Thurs. 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., 250 Main St., Emmaus, PA 18049 and Fri. 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the church. Interment will follow in Northwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the funeral home for the benefit of her family.

Schantz Funeral Home
Emmaus, PA
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kulp, Oleta “Pauline” Miller of Stratford,WI, entered into the joy of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 7:10 PM on January 26, 2019 after a short battle with recurrent cancer. She was in her own home surrounded by her loved ones and under the exceptional care of Ministry Home Care Hospice services.

Pauline was born March 15, 1938 in Dover, Ohio, to Daniel and Erma (Christner) Miller. At the age of 8, she was placed in the home of Enos and Esther Martin of Wakarusa, IN, where she spent her growing up years.

She married Reuben Kulp of New Paris, IN on January 5, 1964.
Pauline and Reuben were sweethearts, and their tender love held strong through every storm. They adjusted well to the changes life handed them. They moved from Indiana to Wisconsin in 1979, and worked with their family on a dairy farm for the next ten years. Reuben and Pauline were a perfect team. Pauline kept the house running smoothly while Reuben was trucking over the road to support them financially. Later, when her sweetheart was enduring chronic pain, Pauline loved and supported him in every possible way. When Pauline bravely fought through breast cancer in 2009 and incredible health challenges in the years following, Reuben loved her well. In spite of their health issues, they tended a vegetable garden together. Reuben dreamed, planted, watered, harvested and marketed, while Pauline hoed, pulled weeds, preserved food and blessed family and friends with their bounty. When Reuben died six months ago, Pauline promised him she would be with him soon. After 55 years of loving and serving each other, they couldn't stay apart long.

Pauline lived a full and happy life. To know her was to be welcomed into her home and conversations, usually for a piece of pie and plenty of coffee. She always made time for visitors, and made their comfort her priority. Her love of people and life was irresistible, and her laughter infectious. She always took time for the little and the least, whether it was nursing an unfortunate creature back to health, reviving an old houseplant that had been left to wither, or refurbishing some unwanted piece of ratty furniture. She was creative, innovative and resourceful and she up-cycled long before it was the Thing to Do.

Pauline was preceded in death by her biological parents; her foster parents; her only brother, Walter Miller; a great-grandson, Sojourner Bavido; and her dear husband, Reuben.

Survivors include her five children, John (Twila) Kulp of Mosinee,WI; Bob (Laura) Kulp of Stratford, WI; Mike (Reyna) Kulp of Stratford,WI; Margaret (Mark) Troyer of Maricopa, AZ; Marjorie (Mark) Weaver of Stratford, WI; 28 grandchildren, 10 spouses of grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother-in-law and several sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.

The Kulp family welcomes friends and relatives to join us as we say good-bye to the dearest lady we have ever known.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 at St. John's Lutheran Church at B3750 State Highway 13, Spencer, WI, from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00PM.

Funeral services will be on Friday, February 1, 2019, also at St. John's, at 10:30 AM.

Burial will follow the service at the Bethany Mennonite Church cemetery.

By the Family
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kunkel, Rhoda S. Martin, 76, of Manheim, Lancaster Co., PA died March 2, 2019 at the same place. She was born January 25, 1943 at New Holland, Lancaster Co., PA to Titus and Edna (Sauder) Martin.

Surviving are a daughter, Kristina, wife of Tim Wilson of Manheim; four grandchildren, and siblings, Ben husband of Mary Steffy, Phebe wife of Don Good, Esther wife of Charles Lefever and two sisters-in-law: Peggy Redcay Martin and Betsy Weber Martin Brackbill.

Brothers, Mark and Isaac Martin; sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Martin, Mary Alice Martin, and Naomi Martin Diffenbach; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Martin preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held March 10, 2019 at Landisville Mennonite Church, Landisville, Lancaster Co., PA.

Submitted by: Christy Kauffman, Landisville, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Kurtz, John S., 91, of Ephrata, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Fairmount Homes.

He was the husband of the late Louella H. Rutt Kurtz who died in 2009. Born in East Earl Twp, he was the son of the late Aaron H. and Edna B. Sensenig Kurtz.

John spent his career in the poultry manufacturing industry and was a partner in Favorite Manufacturing with his brothers. John enjoyed gardening and woodcarving and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

Surviving is a daughter, Barbara wife of Richard Farneth of Lititz; three sons, Melvin, husband of Judy Horst Kurtz of New Holland, John, husband of Doris Weaver Kurtz of Stevens, and Linford Kurtz of Farmersville; five grandchildren, Jessica Kurtz Herlein, wife of Brad Herlein, Brandon, husband of Sheila Weaver Kurtz, Rebecca Farneth, Jeremy, husband of Brittany Hurst Kurtz, and Jeffrey Kurtz; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Aaron S. husband of Janet Landis Kurtz of New Holland, and Willis S. husband of Ann Marie Martin Kurtz of Ephrata; and three sisters, Jane S., wife of Melvin M. Nolt of Richland, Vera S. Kurtz of New Holland, and Edna S., wife of Glenn Shonk of Ephrata. He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman S. Kurtz and by a sister, Elva S. Zeiset.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 28, at 9 am at Fairmount Homes Wheat Ridge Chapel, 333 Wheat Ridge Dr., Ephrata, with further services at 9:30 at Groffdale Mennonite Church with the Bishop Curvin Z. Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Viewing will be held at the Wheat Ridge Chapel on Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

Intelligencer Journal - 2/26/2019
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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